Preparing for Visualization

Visualization is one of the greatest ways to achieve your desired outcome. You can either concentrate on visualizing your desired outcome or visualizing the process. The outcome could, for example, be connected to your goal – such as desired body weight, professional status, family. Process visualization is more suitable for mentioned earlier mental rehearsal – such as visualizing how you perform a sports sequence (for athletes), give an outstanding presentation, play an instrument, etc.  

You can do visualization during meditation, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra, or whenever you achieve lower brain waves activity. Meditations in this course give you the possibility to create your own visualization during the practice, which you should think through before. There are a few considerations for the visualization to be successful.

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Always use the same image until you achieve your goal. Gradually enhance it with more details each next time you visualize, but always imagine the same.

For example, when you visualize a particular stage performance, always repeat the sequence in the same order, keeping all the details previously imagined and adding new, without affecting the image created so far.  

Overall tips for better visualization:

  • Build your images from an actor perspective rather than an observer. You should see everything around as you do in real life, rather than observing yourself from the side.
  • Start from an easy picture and as you repeat the exercise day by day, add more details. Enhance the image gradually. For better learning experience use the same situation, each time slightly enhanced rather than creating a new visualization each time.
  • Slowly engage all the senses in your visualization. Start with colorful images, then gradually introduce sounds around you in the situation, smells that accompany it and feel of your body.
  • Pay attention to the details, create as precise a picture as possible.
  • Engage positive feelings as much as you can. You can also do a “reverse” visualization by connecting negative emotions to bad habits and making your image feel, look, and smell negative.

The images you create should be as vivid as possible. When you have little prior experience with visualization, don’t get disheartened by having difficulties at first. Visualization, like any new skill, needs time to master. Be consistent, and you will be surprised how fast you improve and what massive benefits you get out of this process.

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