What is Visualization?
Visualization, also known as imagery, involves using the power of the mind through various therapies and has been used for centuries. The mind is a powerful healing tool, and by creating images in your mind, you can potentially reduce pain and improve your overall health and wellbeing.
You’re supposed to imagine images, sounds, smells, and tastes involving all five of your senses during visualization, the more specific the visualization, the better. This allows your ideas to feel as realistic as possible and makes you feel as though you have control over your present circumstances. During imagery, it’s crucial that you are clear about your specific aims and goals so you have something to work towards. Mental practice can get you closer to where you want to be in life and can prepare you for success!
How Can Visualization Improve Your Health?
While visualizing may sound a little woo-woo or too good to be true, increasing evidence shows that visualization really works. Our minds aren’t able to tell the difference between vivid mental experiences and real-life experiences because they are intimately connected and involved in the motor cortex.
Brain studies have shown that thoughts are able to produce the same mental signals as actions do. Mental imagery affects many cognitive processes in the brain, including motor control, attention, perception, planning, and memory, says Psychology Today.
Essentially, you are training your brain for actual performance during visualization. Researchers have found that mental practices can increase motivation, confidence, and self-efficacy, as well as improve motor performance, prime your brain for success, and increase states of flow. All of these things are essential in achieving your goals, whatever they may be, and ultimately improving your life!
“Visualization activates the same neural networks that actual task performance does, which can strengthen the connection between brain and body,” explains neuroscientist Stephen Kosslyn, Ph.D., author of Top Brain, Bottom Brain. Additionally, an MRI study in The Journal of Neuroscience found that whether people performed physical finger exercises or just imagined doing them, activity shot up in the part of their brain where nerve pulses initiate muscle movement. There’s no doubt that this mental processing results in real-life improvement.
Healing Illness with the Subconscious Mind
Source: TEDx Talks/Youtube
Danna Pycher is a certified Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist specializing in chronic illness and trauma. She is also a motivational speaker and coach. Pycher shares her story about trauma and the transformative insight she gained that allowed her to harness the healing power of the subconscious mind.
Guided Visualization To Completely Heal Your Body and Mind
Source: Mindvalley Talks
Marisa Peer teaches us how to heal our body and mind through her powerful healing hypnosis. She explains how the mind’s job is to do what you tell it, and you have the power to create a better reality for yourself and your health.
Tom Sanderson said, “This is insanely powerful. It’s the second time I’ve done it. Each time I have had shakes throughout my body, physical feelings of cleansing around my knees shins, and ankles (which I have had pain for 30 years) & feels like a physiological cleanse & a physiological cleanse of my mind, stomach & lower legs.”
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