What is visualization and why is it important to your life?
Visualization is the practice in which a person intentionally focuses mental energy on a specific idea, image, or desired outcome for a prescribed amount of time. This is done for the purpose of sending the focused energy out into the quantum field where it can then synchronistically manifest into the life of the visualizer.
How does this work?
First let’s start with the physics perspective of a thought. A thought is a frequency, a vibration. It is ultimately a form with structure. The only reason that the average person cannot ‘see’ a thought wave is because it is too fine of a frequency and our range of vision, the perceptual capability of our eyes cannot pick up on it. This does not mean it is not real. A thought is a thing. Pull up the image in your mind’s eye of a plastic sandwich bag. It is translucent, right? When it’s only one bag, you can easily see through it. Ok now in your mind stack a few more plastic bags on top of that one. Still see through? Yes, but getting a little more opaque. Ok now put 5 more,…10 more…100 bags. Is this stack of bags translucent anymore? No. Why? This is because although it is thin and translucent, it does have structure and eventually, when bound together, the density accumulates and forms something more massive. This is a simple way of explaining how thoughts work in our dimensional reality. So, if you are visualizing, and you spend, say, 15minutes really honing in on one thought or idea and you add emotions to it, pictures, sounds, stories, you are literally building density and next thing you know you have created a real thought structure- a blueprint construction in the template reality. Now this part of your visualization practice is complete and you let it go, you send it out in the universe and allow the quantum field to do its work through synchronicity, allowing it to manifest unto you.
Are there problems with this design?
Well, no not technically. But practically, there are some issues for many of us. For me personally, to sit down every day and spend 15 minutes focusing my mind on just one thing can be extremely challenging. As many of us, I can at times really struggle with the monkey mind. The programmed incessant thought patterns, the distractions of the physical body, and so on. So the issue I am seeing is that we understand the value and importance of visualization, we desire to consciously steer our lives in the direction of our highest preference and joy, and we understand the mechanics of visualization, but in the reality of everyday life we may find it difficult to slow down, sit down, and tune in on one thing specifically for any amount of time.
I have been beating myself up about this for too long and I have realized that meditation practices are just like education. We are beginning to really understand that the major flaw of the public education system lies in its inability or refusal to cater to the individual needs and abilities of the students. Likewise, if each of us has a unique and different personality, life purpose, energy flow, etc., why would we all force ourselves to prescribe to the same type of meditation? When you think of meditation classically, you traditionally think of sitting in lotus silently and completely still with a blank mind. Yet this is only one type of meditation, it can take a very long time to master, and it may not work for everyone.
With these points in mind I have really been downloading some encouraging and empowering information about meditation and visualization practices that I think can really upgrade and revolutionize your spiritual practice in a way that feels lighter, more natural, more fun, more spontaneous, and more powerful.
It is of the UTMOST importance that when you are intentionally sending a message or request into the universe, that you FEEL good. Your state of being is the NUMBER ONE ingredient. So if your current style of visualization feels forced, frustrating, or boring, then THAT feeling is the energy you are sending out the universe! Below are some creative suggestions that have appeared to me as options and tools to put in your toolkit. This is not to say that traditional meditation isn’t powerful or that there are not many more possible ways. I hope that these empower you, inspire you, and help you get in the right state of being to vibrate yourself into the most joyful reality.
1. Visualize spontaneously
Sometimes if I sit down with the structured idea of ‘now I must visualize’ it flops and I am so focused on doing it right that I get very little done. Sound familiar? If so, try another approach. If you are around the house or out and about and your energy is flowing joyfully and naturally and something you see or a person you are interacting with really inspires you or puts you in a state of great joy, utilize THAT energy while it is naturally present. Once you are aware of that non-resistant state, milk it. Feel that energy fill you up, let it expand as big as it can and then let your thoughts create structures within that natural energy you are holding. That is the perfect time to start going through the story in your mind of how your life could creatively and beautifully unfold. Go big! Be totally imaginative. Remember that the universe speaks in frequency and vibration so if the image and the story you are using creates a wonderful feeling of fireworks within you, the universe if listening to that, and will magnify more of that frequency in your life.
2. Tell a story
As aforementioned, the physical mind has the tendency to wander off track, making focused visualization difficult to maintain. Hack the tendency of the physical mind by using language and telling a story. Writing or typing this story is even better. Ask yourself a question like “What does being rich feel like to me?” or “What would I do all day today if I could do ANYTHING I desire?” or “What does the highest expression of me look like, feel like, and act like?” Go journal about it, tell the story out loud to someone else, record yourself speaking it, or make it your status update, inspiring others to do the same. By sharing your vision with many people in your life or replicating it in any way, you are multiplying its broadcasting power. But don’t be connected to the specific story you are telling. As the days go by, the story may morph and grow and evolve. Remember again, it’s the feeling that matters rather than the specifics.
3. Flow with reality
What I mean is- do not FIGHT what is. If you really want to live in the tropics and you are stuck in Ohio, don’t use your current situation as the springboard for your visualization. You will transform nothing by resisting it. I use to try this, it fails utterly. There is no use in beating yourself up when you look around and feel that your current situation is not your desired situation. Acknowledge this, but understand that this may not be optimum moment to visualize your desires. In a moment like this, you may find yourself thinking, ‘I don’t want THIS! I want THAT!’ or ‘I would much rather have x manifestation rather than y’. But this is not coherent language to the universal intelligence. The quantum field does not differentiate the idea of wanting or not wanting, it just reads the feeling of WHATEVER you are talking about. In a moment like this, be gentle on yourself and move onto the next thing
you feel good about. Choose your next opportunity to visualize when you have a moment in which it naturally flows.
4. Life as visualization:
Every wise spiritual teacher from Abraham-Hicks to Bashar has repeatedly recommended one all-important practice of manifesting a joyous accelerated reality; Follow your excitement. This is visualization at its very best, in its most actualized form. When you ACT on the excitement you feel, you are threading those joyful visions of what you desire directly into your experiential reality. This is the completion of the circuit of the creative engine. You think of what you want, you feel it, then an opportunity is there for you to do something that makes you feel good, that feels natural, that feels exciting, and you do it. And it feels great. You are literally choosing, with your thoughts, actions, and emotions to embody the self you have been calling forth. In the rhythm of this creative circuit, it only expands more and more into the infinite joyful experience of you.
So there are four simple ideas that I am sharing with the intention that you will give yourself permission to joyfully focus yourself into your preferred state of being, and that you will thus see your vision and love reflected all around you. These are just a few ideas, so be creative. Notice that the emphasis is on your feelings and frequency. Whatever it is that gets you there, harness those moments of non-resistance to focus your intentions and plant the seeds of your joy.
About the author:
Hi everyone, my name is Laura Weber. While I find it limiting to put a label on any one person because we are all so dynamic and complex, I would be happy to identify myself as a vibrational alchemist. My background includes Massage Therapy, Reiki, writing, and visual art, and last year I published my first book, “2013”, a book of poetry. I believe that each person is an expression of the one creative source, and thus we are all powerful creators. My ritual of daily life includes water and crystal alchemy, writing, birthing various pieces of art, and being the shamama of my magical 3 month old daughter, Anaiya. I am currently channeling my creative energy into my recently launched brand: Earth&Ether Designs where I create energetically activated jewelry and soul adornments. If you resonated with my writing you can follow my creative ventures and cosmic explorations via my Facebook Page or to check out my artwork and jewelry designs check out Earth & Ether Designs on Facebook or my Etsy Shop. Thank you for your light.