A year old study has resurfaced on the Net again: http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/visualization-you%E2%80%99re-doing-it-wrong/
There is a link within above link to the actual study.
It argues that instead of visualizing the final outcome, one should visualize the actual process as follows:
1: Write down the goal that you’re aiming for.
2: Look for several small steps which you could take towards that goal
3: Visualize yourself taking those steps.
If you add #4 as actually taking those steps...this could be my momma's philosophy:)
I don't see much value in this personally. And it's no fun:)
What do you think? Do you think Vision boards or other methods we recommend here that focus on the final outcome are better?
There is no wrong way or better way... just what works for you and what doesn't.
Visualization is very powerful for some and at the same time very boring and unproductive for others. All styles are this way, however. Action works beautifully for some and is rotten for others. There is no set and stone method when it comes to creating your life, each of us are too unique.
My advice would be this. If you are stuck, unsure, confused, hurting... let go. Let go of all the control and aim to feel good. Once you have come to a better place of clarity, follow your own guidance on what to do next. You can trust yourself 100%- we are all masters at this with our own way of doing it, even if some of us don't give ourselves enough credit. :)
answered 05 Jul '12, 21:20
No one ever does it wrong! If you're alive and reading this, then you're doing it right because you're creating all of it. Look around you and realize that your current reality IS your current reality because it's what you've imagined (visualized) and now believe to be most true or most likely for you.
Once you've inquired into the true nature of reality, reality creation and how you create your own reality, you'll realize that you can't get it wrong because you are the only one who's creating absolutely all of your personal reality.
The only question is are you creating the reality of your preference or not? If you don't prefer your current reality, redefine, imagine and believe in what you do prefer. And then, through the action of your mind, only pay attention to those things that fit your preference. And show the Universe through your behavior that that is what you prefer because it's who you are.
The reason I prefer to focus on the end result is that the how, when, where, who, what are in the domain of the Universe, so those details will take care of themselves, if you allow them to do so. If you prefer to focus upon each and every detail and see each one manifest before moving on to the next, you're not wrong in your method; but that's not the fastest way to reach your desired end result.
If the Path and the Destination are one, visualizing, getting the feeling should be the same. I think the important thing to remember is the state of mind, or feeling you have about the desire.
And the desire can change.
I have always liked working on cars. I had to work on my first cars because I did not have the money to pay a mechanic. Recently the air-conditioning in one of my cars quit working. I bought the equipment to fix it. I spent four hours trying to get it to work properly. At the end of that time, I was hot and frustrated. I had not fixed the problem.
Anne was planting her garden while I was doing AC work. I asked her if she was having fun? She was. She said she loved gardening and wanted to do it the rest of her life. She asked me if what I was doing was fun? Was it something I wanted to do the rest of my life? I had to rethink. No, I did not have fun. I wanted an air-conditioned car, but I did not enjoy the way I was trying to manifest it.
I stopped the AC work. Had a cool drink and relaxed. That felt good. As I was relaxing a thought came to me, a mobile mechanic had been recommended to me. I made a phone call. Tomorrow he is fixing the air-conditioning.
My point is that I feel we must examine ourselves every so often and ask if we are having fun? Is what we are doing something we want to spend the rest of our life doing? Are we expecting a difficult journey will lead to a joyful accomplishment? It won't. It can't.
The desire for a manifestation completes the manifestation in some Universe. That manifestation can be fun or not. So I think we must examine the Journey while we let the Universe decide how to manifest it.
I will stay with the idea of visualizing the desire, but I will examine the feelings I have, on the Journey, and if these feelings are not giving me joy in the Now, I will change my visualization.
I like driving an air-conditioned car. I like working in the garden with Anne. I have more fun in the garden than working on the car. Someone else likes working on my car. I am letting him have his fun by fixing my AC.
answered 06 Jul '12, 05:30
According to Joseph Murphy and other New Thought Teachers, we are supposed to envision the final outcome with as much feeling as we can muster, while being in a relaxed state to impress your subconscious mind.
I have never been one for vision boards and such, or journaling, it is too much stuff to remember to do and my life is already busier than I like it to be. I don't think we came to this earth to make it more complicated. I like Stingray's explanation of feeling as good or as happy as you possibly can and the rest will take care of itself.
answered 05 Jul '12, 09:26
That feeling, @Xoomaville, when you have visualized something so fully that you're at the point where @CalonLan is at right now, then you find yourself watching it materialize? Oh, what a feeling. Intoxicating.
I always seem to get mildly confused at that precise moment, slightly off balance, as if the world just tilted a bit... a glitch in the matrix. Then when I settle back down and realize what's happening, its so satisfying to see the differences and similarities to your vision. To recognize that you are seeing even more than what you wanted because it's actually more of what you wanted even than you had pictured - you're seeing the true essence of the desire. Ahhhhh. :) love it. I don't think that can feel the same with no vision.
Anyway, I'm not sure I could write and not visualize. Interesting thought. Can you?
answered 05 Jul '12, 23:10
This question is very similar to my question here. http://www.inwardquest.com/questions/45057/we-cant-hack-the-grid-of-reality-with-the-law-of-attraction-can-we
It is about jumping in one big step or taking smaller steps with the Law Of Attraction.
answered 06 Jul '12, 18:49
I think this is perfectly reasonable, if there actually are small steps you can take; and you know what they are. This is seldom the case.
answered 26 Dec '12, 01:05
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