Day 11: Visualization (2013-revisited)

BrainSo for the last several years I have been fascinated with the power of the brain and the ever-changing knowledge associated with the brain. We found out that we can change the pathways of our brain by using specific exercises, this was learned through disabled patients in essence re-wiring their brains to allow additional functionality. We also use to believe that once brain cells died they were gone, but now we know that they do grow back just at a much slower rate. You always hear about the power of positive thinking and self talk and my original post discusses Visualization. Something I sometimes forget to do. We know that your brain will work very hard to not make a liar out of you. Meaning that if you say you can’t, your brain will make that happen. The opposite is also true so join me in visualizing your success. Whatever success that may be.

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(Original Post – Posted on October 14, 2011)

So on Day 11, October 11, I wasn’t feeling that great. I literally did not feel like doing anything, but I realized that I was still on the 30 day journey so I was wondering what I could possibly do to move me forward in continuing to live a life outside the “Comfort Zone”. I also realized that this journey needs to continue even when I am not feeling well. So what I ended up doing was “Visualization”

VisualizationWikipedia states that Creative Visualization is the technique of using one’s imagination to visualize specific behaviors or events occurring in one’s life. Advocates suggest creating a detailed schema of what one desires and then visualizing it over and over again with all of the senses (i.e., what do you see? what do you feel? what do you hear? what does it smell like?). For example, in sports a golfer may visualize the ‘perfect’ stroke over and over again to mentally train muscle memory.

There is now scientific proof that brain wave training is a valid tool for mental and physical re-programming. Dr. Jill Ammon-Wexler was a pioneer brain/mind researcher who was among the first to prove this under hard science.

…we actually create our reality with our thoughts — and not the other way around. Researchers around the world agree that our thoughts have a very real physical reality — and actually causes things to happen in the physical world. We now know from quantum physics, for example, that subatomic particles will physically manifest IF there is someone there to observe them.

Remember being taught as a child that ‘seeing is believing?’ In other words — that you need to physically see something with your own eyes in order to believe it is real?

Well that old belief is today being replaced with a new, science-based belief that: ‘Before you can see it, you have to believe it.’ This viewpoint sees the act of achieving success as the result of FIRST creating a vivid, clear future vision of your desired reality. The belief is now: ‘what you see, is what you’ll be.’   – Dr. Jill Ammon-Wexler

So all this scientific information is saying is that “if you can see it then you can be it” (Yes I know that is a song). The problem is most of us don’t do this on a regular basis.

Thoughts if powerful enough, are accepted by our subconscious mind, which then changes our mindset accordingly, as well as our habits and actions, and this brings us into contact with new people, situations and circumstances. –Remez Sasson

Concise Guidelines for Creative Visualization:

  1. Define your goal.
  2. Think, meditate and listen to your intuition to ascertain that you really desire to attain this goal.
  3. Ascertain that only good will result from your visualization, for you and for others.
  4. Sit alone in a quiet place, where you will not be disturbed.
  5. Relax your body.
  6. Breathe rhythmically and deeply several times.
  7. Visualize a clear and detailed image of what you desire to accomplish.
  8. Use in your imagination all the five senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste.
  9. Add desire and feelings into your mental image.
  10. Visualize at least twice a day, about 10 minutes each time.
  11. Persevere with your visualization, day after day, with, patience, hope and faith.
  12. Stay positive, thinking positive thoughts, feeling positive feelings and using positive words.
  13. During the day, when negative thoughts and doubts arise, replace them with positive thoughts. As each negative thought enters your mind, immediately substitute it with a positive thought.
  14. Keep an open mind, so that you recognize opportunities and take advantage of them.

– Remez Sasson

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