Visualization and Success


Visualization ~ the act of directed imagination

Visualization is a favorite tool of the megastar basketball player Michael Jordan. It is used by countless successful people in the world. It is used by most people unconsciously and thus creates randomly instead of intelligently. Once we begin consciously directing and using this tool it becomes a powerful tool to enable us to achieve better results and create better lives.

“Imagination gives you the picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own” — Robert Collier

Visualization is the act of directed imagination. Seeing the results of your actions prior to taking action. In the case of Michael Jordan, he would visualize the basketball going through the hoop and thus his mind and body were united in the goal and the results can be seen for themselves.

The best thing to focus on is yourself. Write down what you want to change about yourself. Deeper Wisdom, deeper compassion, the ability to make important decisions easily. These type of things will result in changes in yourself which will lead to major changes in your life. Do you want better health? Visualize yourself having better health and doing the things that bring about better health. Remember the tool of Goal Setting / Planning. You will be writing down what you want in your life and then developing a vision of having that life. Start with “easier” goals, then you can work up to “harder” ones.

“Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding.
Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade.
Your mind will seek to develop the picture…Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Quantum Physics teaches us that there are amazing and wonderful natural forces at work in the Universe which enable causation to bring about changes that appear to be far from the original cause. This is sometimes referred to as the Butterfly Effect which is described as a butterfly flaps its wings in the Amazon which results in a rain in China.

Visualization is a powerful tool

Visualization is a powerful tool which enables us to transform ourselves and the lives we are leading. It assists us in bringing about quantum leaps in consciousness and when applied with compassion for ourselves and joyful acceptance of transformation our lives and the lives we interact with become better.

Man can only receive what he sees himself receiving.
Florence Scovel Shinn

With a little practice, you can cause wonderful events to manifest in your life. Visualization is a way of using your mind to manifest things. Everyone is already using Visualization in their lives but the majority of people are not using it consciously with purpose.

“We lift ourselves by our thought. We climb upon our vision of ourselves. If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and of yourself. Hold the ideal of yourself as you long to be, always everywhere.” — Orison Swett Marden

People who tell themselves that they are unlucky, unloved, unattractive, or unable to do things create that reality and begin to live it. This can happen unconsciously and usually does. In contrast to this, people who think they are fortunate, loved, beautiful/handsome begin to create this reality for themselves.

We are reflections of the Divine
The entire universe is included in each moment; and each moment permeates the entire universe. Each moment is a particle of dust that possesses the elements of all lands in the universe, or a drop of water whose essence differs in no way from the vast ocean itself. ~ Nichikan Shonin

There are some important principles to remember when practicing this tool. First of all, you should not direct the tool at other people, particularly in a negative way.

If you begin attempting to manipulate others using this tool, it will often bounce back on you and result in problems in your life. This is because you are interacting with energies outside of yourself that are in the compass of other people’s control.

Thus you cannot predict the outcome. It is wise to simply focus on your own life and not attempt to apply this tool to anyone else’s reality.

“See things as you would have them be instead of as they are.” — Robert Collier