When You’re Having Trouble Visualizing…

Sometimes, when learning to visualize, you may experience difficulties.  There are many reasons for this, none of which (I guarantee you) are that you just can’t visualize well.  Visualization is a skill that all humans possess and have perfected before even learning to talk.  Here are some helpful hints to think about.

First of all, most of us visualize externally.  We visualize with our eyes open all the time.  Think about the last time someone asked you a question.  You had to access the answer in your mind.  Depending upon the question, you most likely shifted your eyes up and to the left, or just up, or possibly even to the right.  Are you aware that you’re doing that?  Are you aware that everyone in the world is?

We humans visualize almost everything we think about.  A person with a photographic memory is merely someone who is able to visualize a clearer picture.  There are some tricks you can learn to help you to sharpen your picture and make visualizing a snap.

First off, because most visualization occurs externally, you must become consciously aware that the limits of the room are not the limits of your mind.  If you are making a large mental picture and you are in a small room, you may simply feel you can not visualize.  In fact, you only need to become aware of the fact that you are boxing your visualization into spacial reality, when this is not necessary for mental pictures.  You can visualize right through the wall, but so many of us don’t.

Secondly, you can zoom your mental pictures in and out.  If they are too close, zoom out.  If too far, zoom in.  You can pull them closer to you and push them away.  You can make them larger or make them smaller.  You can turn up the brightness or make the picture darker.  You have control over all of these things, and you didn’t even know it!  Why didn’t they teach you this in school?

As you play with learning to get your mental pictures and mental movies set up the way you like, you will find even more cool things.  Mental pictures of something you belief or know firmly may appear on one side, and pictures of things you are unsure about may appear on another.  What happens if you take something you are unsure about and move that picture to the “sure” area?  What happens if you take a limiting belief and move it to the “unsure” area?  These are powerful maneuvers that drastically affect consciousness and thought patterns.  You can literally repattern your thoughts overnight with these techniques.

Try playing around with these.  If you have trouble visualizing in a small room and can’t seem to break the spacial bounds, move to a larger room.  If you can’t see the mental picture well, make it bigger and brighter.  In NLP these are called submodalities, and they are incredibly useful in conjunction with the Law of Attraction.  You should now have all the tools you need to have success with visualization.  Happy daydreaming!

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