Visualization – sometimes also referred to as guided or creative visualization – is a powerful technique of positive thinking, and is frequently used in business and in sports to enhance performance. It is a way of using the power of your mind, and of focusing your thoughts, to bring about positive changes in your life.
All people use creative visualization subconsciously, in one way or another, and not always in a positive way. For example, people who think they are unlucky, unworthy, undeserving or unattractive often end up acting in the very way that they believe others see them. So their negative thoughts about themselves actually become a reality, or self-fulfilling prophecy, and further serves to reinforce their negative self-image. So you can see how thought eventually becomes reality. In the same way, if you begin to think positively about yourself, and visualize yourself as someone who has unlimited potential, your positive self-image will manifest itself in your actions and behaviour, and this is then how people will perceive you. Whether you act as the victim or the vanquished, people will treat you accordingly.
By focusing on the positive changes you want to bring about in your life, you create a positive energy, and positive energy is infectious. People with positive energy attract other people with positive energy.
When you visualize an image, idea or thought repeatedly, you are effectively reprogramming your subconscious mind to focus on attaining or achieving a particular outcome. Visualization can be used in any area of your life, to enhance performance at work or in sport, improve relationships, maintain focus, and build confidence.
Research has shown that certain forms of visualization can stimulate immune system functioning and other healing processes.
Gerald Epstein, M.D., a New York City psychiatrist and author of Healing Visualizations, writes that “conquering impotence may be as simple as slaying an ogre“. Here’s how: Imagine yourself descending into a valley. There you’re confronted by a monster or an ogre. Fortunately, you have everything you need to defeat this beast. Fight the monster, and when you are triumphant and the monster is dead, skin it. Carry the skin with you and climb to the top of the valley. There you meet your loved one. Take her hand, walk with her to a tree and lie behind it. Picture the two of you surrounded by a cocoon of blue light and embrace.
Dr. Epstein suggests practicing this technique for five to seven minutes once a week, on the same morning each week, for three weeks. Use this exercise, or any other image or thought, to focus on being strong and healthy, and these changes will occur.