The Five Benefits of Visualization
When a new technological device is introduced, we often don’t understand its importance, and we aren’t quite sure how to use it. It sounds like it would be a good thing if we could just figure it out and make it work the way the advertising said it would. This same thing can happen in the area of self-help—the tools are available. We just need to learn how to use them. In this article, we are going to look at the benefits of visualization, an excellent tool for personal development.
Benefits of new technology
The benefits that come with all this new technology in our lives are pretty obvious. These new tools: the smart phones, software, sensors; they help us finish our work faster and more efficiently. Though these things are now commonplace, there was a period of adjustment before the public adopted this technology as a whole.
Do you remember the first time you used a calculator? At first, it may have seemed it was just a device. But when you started to understand its potential, it quickly became something you relied upon to solve problems. Though I may not use a calculator every day, I know exactly where to find one on my phone and my laptop. Very handy.
Now, imagine there’s a tool that can help you in a more personal way. It’s a tool so universal and applicable that anyone can use it and derive benefit.
If you were to compare a calculator with a guided visualization session, you might feel the two are not relatable. A calculator is something tangible, something you can grip, while a meditation session is an activity: a process. But they are both practical tools.
A Visualization Session
If you are not familiar with how to run a visualization session, here I will guide you through the basics:
-The session usually involves an audio track.
-The length can vary between 10 – 30 minutes.
-You close your eyes, breathe deep, and listen to the audio.
-Good sessions also include an instructor that guides you through the experience
-You should be in an isolated environment while you meditate so that you can focus without distractions
Five benefits of visualization
Here are the five benefits of visualization exercises I’ve come to discover from my own experience:
1. They Help Your Goals Take Shape.
Many of us have a weak vision of what we want. Be it because of distractions or a lack of motivation, some of us are bothered by a vague sense of uncertainty.
To correct this uncertainty, it is important to shut down once a week and be alone with your thoughts. Turn off the television, your computer, your phone, and listen to your senses. I do it often. In those moments, I ask myself if I am satisfied or if I want to change something in my life. Then I use visualization and meditation to build up a force of attraction.
This kind of session can clarify your inner vision, and if you follow through with this activity intently, you can achieve tremendous results.
2. You can “fake it” until you “make it.”
You’ve probably heard the expression, “Be careful what you wish for.” We should consider this when it comes to the way that we shape our perceptions of reality. When we engage in visualization exercises, we are creating a line of communication with the universe through which we can communicate our goals.
There’s a huge difference between wishing for something and working towards it. It is naive to simply sit on the couch and believe that things will fall into your lap. First, you need to take action. The action could be a tiny step, but that might be what it takes to get your momentum going.
My current life in Thailand is the result of a meeting with my former student, Niklas. I’d tutored him for three years before, and he asked me to start a life abroad. During my time as his mentor, I often told him that I envy his life in Asia.
One day I visualized myself living here: how I would wake up and see palm trees, how my experience there would connect all my senses, the sounds, smells, and temperature. All of these things accumulated into an amazing feeling of gratefulness to be a part of the world.
3. Boosts your Self-Awareness.
People often mistake self-confidence with self-awareness, and that can obstruct for personal development.
Self-confidence is a belief in your ability to perform, while self-awareness is a skill; it’s capacity to know who you are. A person with self-awareness is much more grounded and has more mental strength. Pair this with a great mindset, and you can move mountains.
4. You Gain a Deeper Understanding of Yourself.
Even if most visualizations sessions are linear experiences going from one step to the next, there is a possibility when exploring your thoughts you will get deeper insights into the way your mind works. You may become privy to unconscious signals that comprise your sense of self.
The Law of Attraction builds upon this awareness. You must relearn that you have all the ingredients for success. Everything is already inside you, and only you can unlock your potential.
When I was young, I had a dream to become an electrician, but I doubted myself. I told myself, “It will never happen, you suck at mathematics. I had become an obstacle to pursuing my dreams.
By doing guided visualization sessions, it seemed to internalize my locus of control. I began to realize my potential.
5. Reprograms your Emotions.
If you are familiar with the “Law of Attraction” then you may know how visualization can trigger manifestation. What you may not understand is that the relationship between attraction and the emotions you experience. A good visualization session provides you with the tools to connect your aspirations with your feelings. Let’s try it here and now.
After you read this article, try visualizing your desires for a few minutes. Focus on the ideas you read here and reflect on the feelings you have. Close your eyes and imagine yourself on a beach. Hear the waves coming in, smell the suntan lotion on your skin. Hear the birds, put your feet on the warm sand, and feel the heat.
Where will you go from here?
About the Author
Thomas from “The Meditation Experts.com” is a middle aged man living in Phuket, Thailand. After participating in a destructive lifestyle, he started a twelve-step program. He took a decade and a half to really understand his own spirituality before now, passing on the things he has learned.