Yesterday was pretty explosive.
Firstly a very kind friend thoughtfully sent me 2 packets of space dust. Now, when you can’t taste anything, having popping sensations exploding on your tongue is quite a treat, as crazy as it may sound.
Secondly, I received some pretty mind blowing explosive results. My space guide rang with the very welcome news that my para proteins had gone down from 53 to ……… 11. That was much more than even I had dared to hope for so it looks like I am on the right trajectory for returning to planet earth.
This brings me to the very serious matter of visualisation and the power that I truly believe it brings.
Visualization has helped millions of people achieve goals. It can be the most powerful tool for achievement you have ever used, giving you the power to identify and obliterate roadblocks to progress. It has the ability to make your path to success so real that you can almost feel it, hear it, smell it, as well as see it in the mind’s eye.
I have personally used the power of visualisation to create and realise my dream job, perfect country home and other lifetime desires. Now I am putting it to the test in reducing my numbers and fighting off my myeloma invaders.
It is a well-known fact that we stimulate the same brain regions when we visualise something and when we actually do it.
Basically, your sub-conscious mind does not know the difference between something that is real and something that is not, so, when your mind’s eye percieves a very vivid mental picture, your mind accepts it as reality.
Your body responds to the way you think, feel and act. This is often called the mind/body connection. Just for a moment think of a juicy orange. Already you may notice saliva producing in your mouth., an immediate physiological response to a thought. How powerful is that!
Using visualisation with many clients over the years I have been able to witness for myself some amazing results. I just love Henry Fords quote “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right. Honestly it’s true you just need to believe in it, yourself and the power of the universe. But please don’t think it’s all hokey pokey, it is a little bit more scientific than that.
A very simple example might be that if the doctors and researchers didn’t think it would be possible to find a cure for cancer would they be focusing their attention on it? Probably not, but they do believe it, they visualise a world without cancer and together their brains will bring forth solutions and answers. I just have to visualise them coming up with the answers pretty quickly.
When you believe something, even marginally, you begin to do a thousand little things differently. You talk to people you’d normally avoid, you ask questions you’d have been too shy to ask, you dress a little better, you interact with more confidence. You invest time, and energy in yourself and others without really noticing how differently you are presenting yourself to the world. To those who come in contact with you, you are different and because of this the external world around you responds and changes.
None of this is new. Writing over 2,000 years ago, Aristotle described the process as “First, have a definite, clear, practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends: wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.”
Before we can believe in a goal, we first must have an idea of what it looks like. To paraphrase the old adage: we must see it before we can believe it.
This is where visualization comes in, it is simply a technique for creating a mental image of a future event. When we visualize our desired outcome, we begin to “see” the possibility of achieving it.
Visualization should not be confused with the “think it and you will be it” advice peddled by some popular self-help gurus. It is not a gimmick, nor does it involve simply dreaming or hoping for a better future. Rather, visualization is a well-developed method of performance improvement supported by substantial scientific evidence and used by successful people across a range of disciplines.
Take athletes, for example. Studies show that visualization increases athletic performance by improving motivation, coordination and concentration. It also aids in relaxation and helps reduce fear and anxiety.
According to research, using brain imagery, visualization works because neurons in our brains, those electrically excitable cells that transmit information, interpret imagery as equivalent to a real-life action. When we visualize an act, the brain generates an impulse that tells our neurons to “perform” the movement. This creates a new neural pathway — clusters of cells in our brain that work together to create memories or learned behaviors — that primes our body to act in a way consistent to what we imagined. All of this occurs without actually performing the physical activity, yet it achieves a similar result.
So visualisation is pretty powerful stuff.
The next blog could provide me with the opportunity to share some tips and ideas of how to make it work for you if I have any takers out there what do you think?
Fancy giving it a go?