Is visualization a key component in the manifesting process? Most of the material I have read to date on the law of attraction and the manifesting process include visualisation as one of the key components in the whole process. I admit to having quite a hard time creating a mental picture when I'm endeavouring to focus on something and was just wondering if anyone has had any luck with manifesting while omitting the visualization? Any tips on helping with visualisation would be appreciated too. Thanks.

asked 30 Oct '09, 18:28

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edited 30 Oct '09, 18:35

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Firstly, I will say that I am probably one of the world's worst visualizers in the traditional sense - rarely do I get a clear picture of anything...and I have tried for years to improve my visualization ability but it just doesn't seem to come naturally to me.

But I have found over the years that it doesn't make any difference at all with my skill with manifesting what I want.

I am quite good at getting into the feeling of what I want and I have found that this is as effective, if not more effective.

Here is the part that I believe visualization plays in manifestation, but I need to give you a bit of background first...

  1. We are born observers of our lives, we cannot turn off that observation system. We are always observing something.

  2. And what we observe is obviously what we give our attention to.

  3. And what we give our attention to consistently, eventually becomes our dominant focus on a subject

  4. And that dominant focus creates a dominant feeling within us which represents the way we are flowing energy towards that subject - both in purity and strength of energy flow, represented by good-feelingness of the feeling and the strength of the feeling, respectively.

  5. And that feeling is what the universe is responding to when we get our manifestations.

The next sentence is a really key point that I did not understand for years, and I think many people misunderstand the point...

That dominant feeling within us is what our manifestations match when they come, not the original visualized picture.

This explains why, for example, you can feel consistently frustrated by, say, your boss at work but it manifests as you always getting stuck in supermarket checkout queues (it matches frustration). Or your television suddenly stops working (it matches frustration). Or your car doesn't always start properly (it matches frustration), and so on.

When you get something you don't want manifesting in your life, just reverse the process and look at what else in your life gives you the same feeling about the unwanted thing. It will soon become clear to you that even so-called random events have obvious causes from a manifestation-thru-feeling point of view.

Once you understand this, you can probably see that all that visualization does is to give our observation system (mentioned in Step 1) something to focus on to generate that feeling within us which then manifests in what we want.

Visualization provides something to focus on internally within ourselves instead of externally in the physical world. This is why looking at photographs of what you want (like on a vision board) actually creates the same effect as visualizing...because it's not about the pictures, it's about the feeling you get from looking at them.

It's just more convenient to carry your pictures around in your head than in your handbag, don't you think? That's probably why visualization has become such a popular process to the point that many people think it is a vital part of the manifestation process.

But I personally don't find that it is essential to manifesting at all. If visualization doesn't come naturally to you, just use something else that feels more comfortable.

All I do is use a computer spreadsheet to write out lists of good-feeling thoughts about various things I want in my life and it works just as well as any visualized picture.

You can quite happily cut out the visualization bit completely and still be a masterful long as you can get into the feeling of what you want using whatever other methods you prefer to guide your focus.

Hope that makes things clearer for you.


answered 31 Oct '09, 06:45

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edited 31 Oct '09, 08:31

I thought these were some very good points, Stingray and offer encouragement to those who have trouble visualizing.

(31 Oct '09, 19:18) LeeAnn 1

Great answer Stingray. So the feeling is really more important than the visual image. Definitely clarifies this a bit more for me. Thank you

(31 Oct '09, 20:54) Michaela

Visualization is one of the powerful ways to put an intention into the world. However what's really important is not the clarity of the image you get in your mind's eye. If that were true, then simply staring at a photograph of whatever we want (assuming that it is material) would make it appear in the world but it doesn't seem to work that way. The image helps you declare exactly what you want but it does not draw it into your experience.

What attracts the desire into your life is the energy you pour into that image. You know you're giving it energy by the way you feel. I try to feel as though what I want is already real - that naturally produces good feelings and a silly grin on my face. :) That's how I know I am on the right track.


answered 02 Nov '09, 15:47

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Thanks, once again confirming that the feeling is more omportant than the visual.

(02 Nov '09, 19:34) Michaela

Don't worry that you're having a hard time constructing mental pictures. You will get better at this as time goes on and you become more excited about your goals and more practiced in your visualizations. I promise! Keep at it!


answered 30 Oct '09, 19:03

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LeeAnn 1

Thanks for your words of encouragement. I will keep practicing.

(30 Oct '09, 21:34) Michaela

If you have ever created anything (written an article, wrote a song) or learned anything (how to read, how to drive), then you have employed some form of mental imagery to achieve it.

Before we can accomplish anything, we must first construct a mental picture of what it is that we want to do. It is as natural as breathing.

Visualization and relaxation go hand-in-hand. If you are having trouble visualizing, it means that you are not relaxed. To improve your visualization skills, spend quiet moments learning to calm your mind, and allow images to take shape.

Not all imagery is visual. All of the senses can take part, and some visualization is not sensory at all, but more conceptual.


answered 30 Oct '09, 18:47

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Sorry not disagreeing with you at all but how can visualization be conceptual? I thought to visualize was to make a mental image or picture.

(30 Oct '09, 21:32) Michaela

Any time you are figuring out how to do something, you are visualizing. Some things cannot be "pictured." I am a computer programmer, and I think in "code," or more specifically, what the code will do. That is also a mental image, even though you really can't "see" it.

(31 Oct '09, 00:57) Vesuvius

It's not a key point. it's just one way to do it. it's mentioned in almost all sources for many different reasons. for example : it's fun - it's easy for most people - it doesn't require rituals or tools other than your imagination .. etc. but if you have a simple idea in your mind about what you want, that would be enough. to imagine what you want simply means ( to know ) what you want. you can have this knowledge by using a mental image, words, ideas, thoughts .. etc. the most important thing is to use what is easy for you to do and to use what works for you. it could be as simple as an idea or even one word. don't limit yourself to anything or any tool or method. if you limit yourself by any tool, you find that you became focused on the tool, and lost the goal. it's like dancing .. don't focus on the moves, focus on the music, and nature will take care of the rest. good luck


answered 31 Oct '09, 05:50

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thanks, that makes sense

(31 Oct '09, 20:47) Michaela

Michaela, visualization is the process of imagination, with particular focus on the ideal you want to manifest. It does not have to be a picture. It can be word pictures. It can be feeling pictures. It is a way to engage your whole being in imagining what this ideal you want to manifest would be like to touch, taste, smell, hear, see and how it would make you feel emotionally. Stingray's answer was very helpful in that respect. When I say word pictures, I suggest you close your eyes and begin describing in your mind what you want to manifest, just as if you were describing it to another person.

Bearing that in mind (that it doesn't have to be a picture per se, but an exercise of the imagination using any or all of the faculties mentioned), review what Charles F. Haanel says about visualization in the following parts of his "The Master Key System."

Part 7

Part 9

Part 16

I particularly want to call your attention to the following paragraph from part 16, which fits very nicely with the idea that feelings are key:

.37. For your exercise this week, try to bring yourself to a realization of the important fact that harmony and happiness are states of consciousness and do not depend upon the possession of things. That things are effects and come as a consequence of correct mental states. So that if we desire material possession of any kind our chief concern should be to acquire the mental attitude which will bring about the result desired. This mental attitude is brought about by a realization of our spiritual nature and our unity with the Universal Mind which is the substance of all things. This realization will bring about everything which is necessary for our complete enjoyment. This is scientific or correct thinking. When we succeed in bringing about this mental attitude it is comparatively easy to realize our desire as an already accomplished fact; when we can do this we shall have found the "Truth" which makes us "free" from every lack or limitation of any kind.

Don't get discouraged. Just keep working on using all your faculties in the process and I know you'll succeed.


answered 01 Nov '09, 06:48

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edited 02 Nov '09, 05:56

Thank you so much John. Every answer seems to clarify this some more for me.

(01 Nov '09, 13:53) Michaela
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