Visualization is an integral part of the manifesting process, the one that we use to focus the creative power within us to attract the things we desire. We have talked about how visualization works: a successful visualization is able to make our brain believe that what we’re imaging is actually happening – it stimulates the same physiological processes as the real action. When you apply that knowledge to the Law of attraction, the phrasing:
whatever the mind can conceive, the mind can achieve
is perfectly logical: the more your mind believes that what you’re imaging is true, the better the chances to manifest it, and to make it a part of your reality.
The Power of Successful Visualization in Manifesting
First of all, let’s clear one thing up: visualization is not how we create and attract the desired object, action or circumstances. According to different authors who deal with the subject of the Law of attraction, the creative force are our thoughts when they are focused, and when they are backed by a strong emotion and deep belief. Visualization is a tool that focuses that power, that keeps us motivated and action oriented.
When we visualize, we do it always in the present tense, pretending that something has already happened or is happening now. We use all of our senses to enhance the feeling that what we’re imagining is real, so our mind believes that it is real.
And then a beautiful thing happens: our thoughts become our reality in our mind, and we feel actual happiness because we have that new job, that perfect boyfriend, that dream house. We are able to feel gratitude for having it – because, as far as our mind is concerned, we do have it; all of our emotions related to our visualization become positive and strong – and that’s when manifestation and attraction happen. We have aligned our thoughts and our emotions, our conscious and our subconscious, we have directed them to the universe with an immense and positive power, putting the Law of attraction in motion.
So, even though visualization by itself doesn’t attract things or circumstances in our life, it’s a powerful tool that makes manifesting possible – and that’s why you should take time to master this skill. For practical advice and examples of different visualizations, check out our articles Money manifestation visualization or Meeting your perfect partner visualization.
Different Techniques Used for Reality Manifesting
Now, if you thought that there’s only one way to visualize, you were wrong 🙂 There are actually hundreds of different techniques that you can use – we’re all different, and the way I visualize might not be right for you. The technique that you’ll choose also depends on what you’re visualizing – how complex or abstract it is. We have described the main visualization technique in our article How to visualize, and now here are a few more powerful techniques, so you can take your pick:
- Act As If: Imagine that you’re having what you desire – not that you will have it, but that you have it now. A perfect partner, for example. Ask yourself: what would you be doing differently, how would you feel, how would you behave in public. Then start doing it: start sleeping on one side of the bed, leaving the room for him/her on the other; start checking the travel deals for two, instead of for one; buy a second toothbrush. This will make you think of that perfect partner during the day, not only while you’re visualizing, and will add more detail and more life to your visualization.
- Create a vision board: a vision board is any kind of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life. It can be physical (made by clipping and pasting newspaper photos of our dream house, for example, to some big wooden or paper board, or to a notebook or diary), or you can make it on your computer and set as desktop background, if you like playing with this sort of thing. A vision board, for one, helps you clarify your vision: wanting a good life is a nice goal, but do you have a clear idea on what exactly “a good life” means to you? And two, it keeps you focused on your goal – when you have your vision board in front of your eyes for the bigger part of your day, or several times daily, then no matter how many distractions you have during the day, you’ll keep remembering your vision.
- Perspective shift: sometimes we get stuck in visualizing the same scenario that doesn’t have the same power as it once had, and is unable to produce the same emotion. This usually happens when we’re trying to manifest something that would impact our life in a more significant way, like changing a job, or moving to a tropical island – we feel miserable where we are now, and it can be difficult not to feel miserable. Then a simple perspective shift can do a lot: instead of visualizing the new job, visualize that you’re already free to quit the old one; instead of imagining life on a tropical island, imagine that you’re ready to move there, that all that’s been stopping you is gone. Make your mind believe that, and feel the freedom and excitement of being free, without any negative emotion, like fear or doubt. Techniques like this one put you in the positive mood and add freshness to the emotion related to what you want to manifest, attracting more of the same – which, in this case, is the actual freedom to do what you want.
- Set and forget: this technique is somewhat unusual as it needs no repetition of the visualization, and it takes a tremendous amount of focus – but only once. However, it requires a carefree level of consciousness that not many of us have, so don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t work. Here’s an example: have you seen the story about the woman who painted herself with her future husband, and married that guy a few years later? With much love, an artist did the painting, and forgot about it. The guy she married is the exact guy she had painted. While she was painting, she was very focused on details, painting the reality that she preferred. And then she let go. She really, completely forgot about the painting (she said that later, when she was already with him and she remembered the painting, she had to hide it, fearing that he’d think she was a stalker). The “let go” part is what makes this technique powerful: we only think about the things that aren’t complete; by forgetting about the painting and by focusing on other things, she made this visualization complete. You don’t have to paint of course – you can write down what you want, or visualize it in one very focused go, but pour in as many details as you can, and let yourself feel a strong, positive emotion. And don’t get attached to it afterwards – just try to put it out of your mind.
Visualization Is Important, But It’s Not Enough
Have you heard the joke about a guy who wanted to win the lottery, kept praying for it, and when nothing happened, asked God why he didn’t win the lottery. God said: “Meet me half way, at least buy the lottery ticket.”
If you visualize consistently, you will become more motivated to do the things that will get you at least closer to what you’re dreaming about, you’ll be getting inspired as to what to do – you will be getting hunches to act upon. It all starts with the idea and the crystal clear image – but it’s your actions that will make your visualization happen. If you don’t act, you will get more hunches, but eventually they will start to slow down; the universe will give up on you, or at least on that particular dream of yours.
Also, don’t make the mistake of giving up too soon. Many people, after watching some motivational program, reading some self help book or watching movies like “The Secret“, jump straight into becoming millionaires, or into having a perfect family life. These are complex visualizations that require constant work and 100% belief, which, if you’re only just starting out with the Law of Attraction, you probably can’t maintain for a long time. After a few days, reality will kick in, you’ll become bombarded with negative thoughts and eventually give up.
You have to reinforce your belief in manifestation, as well as your visualizations, over and over – rarely anyone’s belief system has fully accepted the idea of Law of attraction after just one movie or book, and then never had any doubt. That’s why you should practice achieving small things, like waking up early or eating a cupcake – this way the belief strengthens, and, as you read more and achieve more, you can move onto bigger things.