We grow up being told by our elders that we need great will power to break the chains of harmful habits. But will power has an enemy that defeats it in every battle fought- visualisation. You might repeatedly tell yourself not one drop of wine will touch my lips tonight. Then you wake up the following morning with a hangover. You had it under control, didn’t you? Regardless of how earnestly you try to tame sensory cravings, say, alcohol, inner images of indulging in the habit will crush willpower to dust. Well-meaning affirmations: ‘I will not drink tonight’ are forceful, but they evaporate in the presence of mind pictures. Learning to visualise consciously will help you to conquer most of life’s challenges. Conscious visualisation is not all about sitting quietly with closed eyes whilst conjuring up images of strolling beside the sea on a tropical island or in a similar romantic setting. We unconsciously use imagery with every passing second of the day, even during sleepful hours. If we didn’t imagine /think/ see ourselves getting out of bed in the morning, the bed would become our coffin. We are unaccustomed to consciously visualising, but it could benefit us tremendously if we could cultivate this facility.
WE CAN USE VISUALISATION AS A PRACTICAL TOOL.
Cultivating the art of consciously visualising will improve the quality of your life in myriad ways. I had a tooth extraction that left a hole in my gum that bled profusely for hours. When it came to having another tooth extracted, before my dental appointment, I spent a couple of sessions sat quietly with closed eyes inwardly viewing myself sitting in the dentist’s chair. I envisaged the future, feeling relaxed and fearless whilst undergoing a painless extraction with no bleeding. On my physical dentist visit, I told him I profusely bled for hours following my last extraction. After he had pulled the tooth, I asked the dentist if I bled terribly, he answered, there is no bleeding whatsoever. He was correct, the hole in my gum shed not one drop of blood. My mind and body had futuristically seen the bloodless affair, and on extraction day, reacted accordingly.
My GP informed me I had a glandular papilloma on my head’s crown, and he referred me to the Westminster Hospital in London to have it surgically removed. I decided to deploy a visualisation technique. For three days, morning and night, I touched the offending area with my forefinger and visualised blue acid pouring from my finger onto the wart-like growth. After using this dramatic imagery, the problem healed itself.
I have a snake phobia. In guided imagery, when all the animals come to greet me in the forest, I imagined a snake as a cartoon character – like the one in Walt Disney’s Jungle Book. I felt comfortable with the cartoon snake licking my hand, and I stroked him. Now, in my guided imagery sessions, I welcome the snake. We can apply visualisation for pain-relief, self-healing, insomnia, migraine, anxiety, stress, fear, and so on. We can use visualisation to help us achieve our goals, such as a bright future with all our wishes coming true.
Sit quietly with closed eyes. Choose a stumbling block that causes you misery. One I eradicated my fear of opening letters containing final bill demands. I inwardly saw myself happily opening statements and dealing with them. If you would like to perform self-healing, visualise blue energy and send the healing power to the offending site. If you faithfully believe in your goals, then you can achieve them.
‘You must exercise your divine gift of creativity in some way. It is never too late. Do you know what old age is? It is when your mind becomes “hard-boiled” – accepting in the limitations imposed by body-consciousness and closing its doors to creative thinking.’
THE DIVINE ROMANCE – Paramahansa Yogananda