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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