Visualization: A Tool for Shaping Your Life (Chapter 3: The “Outside the Box” Entrepreneur)

When I was a teenager I bought a book about manifesting. The author laid out a process for training your mind to create on the energetic plane (aka mental plane), so it could then manifest on the material plane. At this point, you may be thinking I have gone too woo-woo on you. But let me assure you, there is an abundance of scientific data to back up this theory. I will remind you of our discussion about vibration; everything is energy, including what cannot be perceived with our five senses. Modern science agrees, thoughts are things, and we know that everything we create — from art to technology — first begins as a thought.

So, back to my book about manifestation; to create what we want in life we first create it in our minds (and with our emotions). This is often referred to as visualization. Visualization is something we can train ourselves to become proficient at.

In order to train our mind, we must enter a light meditative state. This can be induced very quickly by sitting comfortably in an upright position. Close your eyes; and with your eyes closed, roll your eyes up and towards the center of your forehead. Focus on your breathing. Be aware of the rise and fall of your chest as you breathe. Let any thoughts that enter your mind flow through quickly and easily. Do this practice for about two minutes and you will naturally enter an alpha brainwave state* which is ideal for this exercise.

Next, intentionally clear your mind. It can help to imagine a large empty white room. Here you begin practicing your visualization and creation skills.

Picture in your mind – visualize or imagine – a circle. Something very simple. Then change it to 3D. See it in your mind and examine it a little. Now, add some color. Play with the size, make it larger or smaller.

Try a couple of different shapes. Square. Pyramid.

As this becomes easier, imagine something a little more complex. Perhaps a flower, like a rose or a lily.

When you feel ready, create something even more detailed. It is easiest to transition into this by visualizing or imagining your living room, or another place you spend a lot of time and know well.

And finally, shift into creating new imagery. If you feel comfortable with your ability to visualize, you can begin to see yourself having achieved what you desire. See it, sense it, feel it as though you are living it. Really FEEL the positive emotion.

*See reference section for information about brainwave states. (In full book.

Practice. Practice. Practice.

We use our imagination every day. More often than not, we are imagining things we do not want. Worrying is a perfect example of this.

It is never a matter of not being able to visualize. It is a matter of practicing and become self-disciplined enough to strategically visualize what we want. And to limit the amount of negativity we inadvertently visualize.

One practice I’ve found particularly helpful is to catch myself if I am worrying or thinking about what I don’t want, and intentionally override it with a positive visualization of what I do want. This simple activity can be done through your intention, and does not require that you go into a meditative state or even stop what you are doing. The key is to catch yourself if you go into negative thought forms and intentionally create positive thought forms instead (visualize what you desire, want, or prefer).

The more you practice visualization, the easier it becomes.

Important Points

There are a couple of important points I’d like to make about visualization as a tool to help you achieve your goals. First and foremost, it should always feel good. If, as you are doing your visualization exercise, you feel negative emotion, either stop and work on shifting your mindset (you may be in a state of resistance); or ask yourself whether what you are attempting to create in your life is what you truly desire, it could be that you’re going in the wrong direction.

When visualizing what you want to create, see and feel yourself having achieved the desired result. We have a tendency to want to know “how” things are going to happen. But, that is not really our job. Regardless of your spiritually based beliefs, I’m sure you will agree that things have a way of unfolding, often, much differently than we had anticipated. It is my belief and experience that, the Universe (God, Spirit, Source, insert your title) is orchestrating the details. Our job is to clearly define what we want (ideally by using our emotions as a guidance system) and take inspired action.

As you visualize what you want to create/experience, see and feel yourself beyond the actions and/or circumstances that got you there. Jump right into the being, doing or having of what you want. This will keep your subconscious mind from going into doubt and overwhelm over how this will come to pass.

Finally, at the conclusion of your visualization, release any attachment to the outcome. If you have strong faith, this may be easier for you. If you find yourself struggling to let go, you are blocking the manifestation with doubt.

We don’t know how things will unfold, nor do we know when they will unfold. However, we can and often do know that they WILL unfold by the way we feel. Practice your visualization and enjoy the process.


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Getting Aligned (Chapter 2: The “Outside the Box” Entrepreneur)

As a Business Coach and Mindset Strategist (a word I coined to describe the unique way I work with clients to shift subconscious patterns), I help my clients identify and resolve the old beliefs/patterns that create problems in their life. We all have beliefs, behavior patterns, unresolved emotional wounds and fears that hold us back from the happiness, fulfillment and success we aspire for. This is where the misalignment originates.

In order to create what we want in life or business, we must be in alignment with it. When our old conditioning opposes our desire, the achievement of our desire can feel impossible.

Virtually every one of us can relate to setting a goal that was easy for us to achieve. Likewise, we can all relate to setting a goal that not only seemed to elude us, but was extremely emotionally painful in the striving (and potentially failing) to achieve it.

It always has to do with our beliefs, or what I refer to as our conditioning.

This understanding of belief systems has become common knowledge to many. You don’t have to attend college for psychology or receive advanced training in hypnotherapy from an accredited collage like I did to understand that our beliefs affect our lives. That being said, understanding how to change your belief systems is much more complex. Furthermore, the answer to our greatest challenge is typically in our blind spot. Sometimes we need help to clearly see what is holding us back.

What is alignment?

I frequently use the word alignment. It has a metaphysical origin, as well as a practical one. I believe both are relevant. We live in a fascinating universe; complex beyond comprehension. It is perfect – infallible – strategic – mathematical and adhering to strict universal laws that govern our existence. If that seemed deep, that was my intention. To understand alignment, we must understand the law of attraction. A senior law, which encompasses several other universal principles, and can be simply defined as: Like Attracts Like.

Metaphysicians long before our time knew that everything in our universe is energy. Everything seen and unseen vibrates at different frequencies. Whether it is the chair you are sitting on, the electromagnetic frequency emitted by your cellphone, or the thoughts you are thinking, they are all energy; each vibrating at a unique frequency. Taking this concept a step further, each thought you think has its own unique frequency. And their corresponding emotions are also vibrational in nature.

The law of attraction could be explained metaphorically as the law of magnetism. The magnet is always either attracting or repelling based on its polarity. It doesn’t stop. Again, it is always working – either attracting or repelling. Forgive my seeming insensitivity towards ignorance, but anyone who says the law of attraction doesn’t work for them is wrong. It is a law, it is always working. You are always attracting to you a vibrational match to your dominant thought/emotion vibrations.

So when I refer to alignment, I am referring to a state of being. Specifically, when your dominate thought-emotion vibration is aligned with the vibration of what you want.

When you have old beliefs, patterns, and conditioning that contradict what you desire, you are emitting a vibrational frequency that is out of alignment. Like the magnet in our metaphor, it is repelling what you want.

An important caveat: It is not always necessary, and certainly not beneficial to try to identify and change every “negative” belief or pattern. It is, however, necessary and beneficial when you know you are out of alignment with what you desire. Especially when the thing you wish to change is creating distress.

When you have old beliefs, patterns, and conditioning that contradict what you desire, you are emitting a vibrational frequency that is out of alignment.

How to release the beliefs, patterns and conditioning that are creating misalignment?

This is a big topic. One so big, there are literally millions of books, audios, therapists, coaches, experts, programs, and techniques to address it. Is there one that is more effective than another? Sure. Is there one that is guaranteed to work for everyone? Unlikely. Why it is that way is another big topic, and one that I will not address here. However, I will say, in order for any technique, expert or solution to work for you, you must have made the decision to change.

I like to use an example to demonstrate this important concept. When I owned and operated my hypnotherapy practice, I attracted a lot of clients who wanted to quit smoking. Before I would agree to take on the client, I assessed their readiness to quit. Smoking is an interesting thing, because there are a lot of emotional reasons someone smokes. There are also a lot of emotional reasons that same individual wants to quit.

The subconscious mind stores all of the memories, good and bad associations, habitually practiced and reconditioned responses the smoker has had. And even when someone knows all the logical rational reasons to quit, from the health implications to the expense and social dogmas, their subconscious is holding a stronger more powerful positive association with the behavior.

The good news is that the old positive associations can be overridden. And smoking can easily become a thing of the past. But, if the individual has not make the decision to quit, if they waiver, or if they are doing it because someone else wants them to – not of their own choosing, then nothing or no one has the power to facilitate the change.

This is important to understand. You can change almost any belief, pattern or conditioning with the right tools and intention. But, if you have not decided — if you have not committed, then you will not change. If you waiver, then you are holding onto a belief that there is more benefit to stay the same than to change.

Stop for a moment and reflect on this…

Honestly reflect on what benefit you get from staying the same (your current circumstances). Is it the comfort of what is known? Is there a secret benefit, like sympathy? Be brutally honest with yourself, because if you truly want to create the lifestyle you desire, and something is in the way, then you must identify what you are holding onto and be willing to release it. You must make a committed decision to change.

This is important to understand. You can change almost any belief, pattern or conditioning with the right tools and intention. But, if you have not decided — if you have not committed, then you will not change. If you waiver, then you are holding onto a belief that there is more benefit to stay the same than to change.

Review and Implementation

You already know the importance of taking action. In fact, often what separates successful individuals from those who live a life of mediocrity is the willingness to take persistent action in spite of obstacles, setbacks and delayed gratification. If you have not already taken time for introspection based on the previous chapters, I encourage you to do so now.

♦  What do you really want?

Not what you think you should want or think you should have, but what you desire with your whole heart and soul. What does that look like? What does that feel like?

♦  What benefits are you getting out of your current circumstances?

Be brutally honest with yourself. If there is something you have been struggling to change, then you are holding onto something. Why might you not want to change? What are you afraid you will lose?

♦  Make a committed decision.

If you are clear about what you really want, and you are willing to let go of what was in the way, change can happen with ease.

The ability to change starts with a committed decision.


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