Three Tips To Help Creative Visualization Work Its Magic For You!

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Seeing what you want to create is a very big deal.

Bounties of scientific studies – lots focused on sports and visualization as a part of a training program where the results are easier to “measure”- have come up with the great big conculsion that it is much easier to achieve an outcome if you can envision it clearly beforehand.

We’ve all tried some form of visualization before.

But, sometimes I struggle. Maybe you do, too?

Have you ever tried to sit down and do the visualization/ manifestestation exercises so much touted these days, only to come up blank?

Lately I have been getting some wonderful knowledge in the world of envisioning things, and there are three key aspects of being able to see things clearly and meditate on an outcome in mental pictures that I have just recently embraced…. love… and want to share! 

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To sharpen the focus of your mind’s eye…

1. Get physically calm before you start.  Sometimes I am all over the map and sit down and try to get “organized” by visualizing.

My body is tense. My mind is moving a million miles an hour.  And I get frustrated.

Sound familiar?

Srinivasan Pillay writes about the science of visualization in Huffington Post, emphasizing the fact that you have to be calm first: “When you start your visualization, strive to construct the image with your mind free of worries even if you have to sculpt out an “artificial space” to do this. When you visualize while worrying, it is like painting with a shaky brush. Calmness increases the creativity and authenticity of your “brushstrokes”.”

Taking a bath, doing a run or doing some “envisioning” first thing in the morning are all times where there is increased calm and the brain is closer to an Alpha (create mind) brain state where tons of change is possible.

2. Use some “visualization” sensory goodies.  My friend turned me on to using frankencence essential oil on the soles of my feet as well as the third eye point between your eyebrows, a new go-to habit of mine when my mind feels blank and scattered and I am having touble seeing things.  Some people put an energetic quartz crystal on that third eye point while they visualize, siting it as a way to focus and open up the inner vision we have.  Music (or even a guided meditation tape) help some people to tune in.

3. Practice.  Apparently the brain needs practive as much as the rest of the body does… so don’t neglect the practice.  You may not see things perfectly every day or feel amazing each time you try to visualize, but with more calm, more patience and some practice you can use these short visualization sessions as a way to get out of your own way and live more freely without limits that serve no purpose.

Of course, your home is a massive vision board of your life as well, so be sure to get your space in great shape to support all the greatness you see in your mind’s eye and bring it into your every day!

And.. one last tip: remember your mind is a great tool, but you create life from a place far more magical.  You can name what it is- but it is not something that can be programmed and quantified, but it is the life force that we should all celebrate! xoxo Dana

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Valerie Nilson March 16, 2014 at 7:29 pm

This is a great article, thank you!
I find that I am much more capable of any kind of visualization/meditation after I’ve done a physical practice (walking, yoga, etc.)… When I access my body, my mind quiets and allows itself to listen.
I also find that it’s easier for me to write than to visualize, especially when I’m dealing with a lot of things at once, or if I’m worried. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a visual learner, but writing can be much more cathartic than visualization. It could also be the connection between my thoughts and my hand, moving the energy from my brain into my body.
I’ll have to try your tip on frankencense – that sounds divine!

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