We think, or ‘daydream’, about 50% of the day. We may as well use this time for creating what we DO want, rather than letting our mind run away with old thoughts and worries. Visualisation is a way of tapping into the power of the subconscious mind to create more of what you want in your life.
The conscious mind is the one we use for reasoning and decision-making, usually in the present moment. The subconscious mind is like a tape recorder playing back on a continuous loop. Most of the programming is from childhood, usually before the age of seven.
The subconscious mind does not know the difference between fantasy and reality.
It takes things we say literally, which is why you need to be careful about your self-talk! For example, if you make a mistake or break something and say “I’m so stupid” – that’s the message the subconscious gets “I am stupid”.
We utilize the power of the subconscious mind through creative visualisation.
To access the subconscious mind for Visualisation you need to be in a calm, relaxed state. We usually start the process by calming down the body and mind with a few breaths to become present and settled.
It is important to speak in the ‘positive’ and say what you do want rather than what you don’t want.
For example, if you want to lose weight, you don’t say, “I want to lose 5 kg” because that is focused on something in the future and the subconscious mind takes that as “I’m overweight now”. You need to state it as if it is real now, e.g. “I am my perfect weight. I exercise and make healthy choices every day”.
Get very clear on what you DO want and then train your brain by practicing.
You can really make this feel more real NOW by vividly imagining the picture with colours, sounds, smells, taste and a feeling of energy in your body.
You can visualize in short bursts of as little as 90 seconds or for longer periods as part of a more structured meditation. The more you can visualize throughout the day, the more you are anchoring and reinforcing your intention. The last 30 minutes before you go to a sleep is a particularly fertile time for the subconscious mind. You can make a habit of visualizing just before you go to sleep and first thing when you wake up in the morning.