The Power of Visualization

September 24, 2010

Back in March, I wrote about how I had just seen the movie The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne, and how it changed my outlook on life. Well a big piece of the movie is about visualization. Dr. Denis Waitley, PhD, has trained both NASA astronauts and Olympic athletes, using visualization. The program was called Visual Motor Rehearsal. He would hook the athletes up to biofeedback equipment, and have them run their event only in their mind. He found that the same muscles fired in the same sequence, when they were running the event in their mind, as when they were running it on track. He determined that the mind can’t distinguish whether you’re really doing something, or if it’s just a practice. He believes if you go there in the mind, you will go there in the body. 

Mike Dooley discusses visualization in the movie as well. He talks about what an effective tool it is in the practice of attraction. He says if there is something you want to manifest into your life, then you need to do whatever it takes to get into the mindset of feeling like you already have it – whether that means house hunting in a neighborhood you love, or test driving the car of your dreams.

John Assaraf also talks about how he has used visualization to attract things into his life, through the creation of vision boards. A vision board is a poster board, cork board, wall space – whatever – where you put up pictures of things you’d like to attract into your life, whether they be material items, like that watch you’ve had your eye on, or spiritual things, like a loving relationship. But you need to do more than just create the board. It is important to spend at least 10 minutes in front of the board each day, focusing on each of the items, and really getting into the space of feeling like you already have them. This helps with the attraction process. It is the feeling of having something, that brings it into your life – not just the picture and the thought. And shoot, at this point, I am open to trying new things, especially if they will get me closer to the vision that I have for my life.

So today I created four vision boards – and they cover different areas of my life, material items I’d like to acquire, places I’d like to travel to, career accomplishments I’d like to achieve, and experiences I’d like to have. But as with my meditation space, just creating them isn’t enough. Now it’s up to me to focus on and send energy to attracting those things into my life. I need to visualize the life I’d like to have. After all, “when you visualize, you materialize.” -Dr. Denis Waitley


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