How long should you spend visualizing?

asked 21 Jun '10, 14:27

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edited 21 Jun '10, 17:08

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There are three applications of visualization that I know of. The first involves receiving information. The second involves programming your subconscious, and the third involves mental practice.

In all cases, you visualize long enough to have a sense that you have achieved the result you are after, a feeling that your mind has accepted the visualization. I would imagine that a few minutes at a time should suffice. It doesn't necessarily have to be daily, unless you are attempting to be disciplined with it.

I learned how to type largely through mental practice. Until I began visualizing my typing, I was a terrible typist. So I began mentally drawing lines between the keys making up each word, and imagining the correct fingers touching each key as I did so. Within a few weeks my typing began to improve dramatically. I had no set schedule for the visualizing; I just did it for a few moments, whenever I felt like it.


answered 21 Jun '10, 15:07

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edited 21 Jun '10, 20:39

Does it bring the same results as Affirmations then? Wouldn't you had become a fast typist through Affirmations as well? Or are they in some way two different things, depending on the goal you're aming at? I can post this as a separate question if you want. I am only asking because I manifested getting rid of some chronic pain through Affirmations only. I always thought visualizing were used with a different purpose, the ultimate goal being manifesting something nonetheless. BJ09

(21 Jun '10, 19:29) BridgetJones09

@Bridget: The visualization I used to learn how to type is the "mental practice" type. Athletes use this all the time; scientists have done studies on it, and have found that mental practice is almost as effective as physical practice, and you can do it anywhere and at any time, so you can productively use idle moments throughout the day that would otherwise be wasted time. For me, the mental practice was a breakthrough, as it made automatic the mental process of finding the keys, making the physical practice easier.

(21 Jun '10, 20:18) Vesuvius

@Bridget: Affirmations are more of a "programming your subconscious" type of thing. I use affirmations as an attitude, motivation and belief enhancer, and to improve my "self-talk."

(21 Jun '10, 20:22) Vesuvius

@Vesuvius: Thanks for clarifying! I got all confused! I am having trouble with learning German. I have made Affirmations as 'I have an excelent memory', and 'I can learn things fast'. Should I do visualyzing instead? If so, visualizing myself doing...what? Being in Germany speaking fluent German or something of the sort? Maybe applying to my studies? Sorry to be a bother :P

(21 Jun '10, 20:27) BridgetJones09

@Bridget: To mentally practice your German, you would do the same things you do when you practice it physically, but "in your head instead." This causes your brain to internalize the process of speaking German, and you can do it faster and more often because you are not constrained by having to say the words out loud. The trick is to gradually ramp up the speed of your mental practice, and to vividly hear yourself speaking the words inside your mind. This activates all the neurons involved in speech and hearing.

(21 Jun '10, 20:34) Vesuvius

@Bridget: During the practice, make a mental effort to connect the words with their meaning. You can occasionally create pictures in your mind for each German word. Make the practice as vivid as possible. Relax into it, and make it playful; this is not a "try harder" kind of thing. Do this for about six weeks, and let me know how it worked for you!

(21 Jun '10, 20:40) Vesuvius

@Vesuvius: Thank you very much! It's really important to me to get fluent in German to be able to move on and learn another language. (I love languages). I will put your advice into practice as soon as I can and I'll let you know. I can feel that I'll make it this time!!! :D

(21 Jun '10, 21:30) BridgetJones09
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I agree with Vesuvius, just until you feel you are comfortable with the result you wanted. I would like to add that you will become more efficient at this with practice. The visualizing is harder for some at first, and they get better at it in time. Don't worry about distracting thoughts, just keep going and bringing yourself back to the topic. After awhile, visualizing anything won't take you much time!


answered 21 Jun '10, 15:47

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