Although important, the difference between meditation and visualization is rarely talked about.
Most of us are aware at this time that cultivating a spiritual life includes some sort of meditation practice. Meditation is a wonderful way to relax, release, and reconnect to our spirit and the guidance of the Universe.
What we are less aware of is why a visualization practice is equally important, and how to cultivate one.
Visualization is much more than creating a vision board (which I do, and mine is hanging behind my desk!). Visualization, essentially, is tuning into your ability to be the director of your life. It's you creating energetically what it is you want, so that it can then manifest physically. Nothing shows up in your life without you first creating it on an energetic level. How do you energetically create something? You see it in your mind, you tune into the feeling of that vision, and then you vibrate in harmony with the frequency of your vision.
This probably sounds like a lot. It might even sound hard. But let me show you how easy it is. Here we go. Picture a banana. Now imagine peeling the banana, what the banana skin feels like in your hand. Imagine biting into it and tasting the sweet fruit. Imagine it on your tongue and how your brain responds to the sensations of that fruit. See yourself holding the banana as you chew the bite. What facial expressions are you making? What are you thinking as you eat this tender bite of food? What do you enjoy about it? How does that satisfaction and joy feel?
And that's it. That's how easy it is easy to tap into the power of visualization.
You have now energetically created a banana. Does this mean a banana will literally show up in your life? Maybe. What it means for sure is, something that matches the vibration of what you just experienced energetically will 100% physically manifest in your reality. It might be a banana. Or it might be something that surprises you, such as an unexpected desert gifted to you, a delicious latte someone shows up with, and so on. A banana might sound good, but what sounds AMAZING? That's what you want to stay open to. That's the real magic of visualization - allowing your inner creation to be upgraded and expanded upon by the Universe.
Side note: After I wrote this, I went to the gym and then spontaneously decided to get frozen yogurt after. I got white chocolate with raspberry with a delicious coffee dirt topping. I was so surprised by my sudden impulse for yogurt. It was absolutely delicious, and I savored every bite of it. It wasn't until I came back to finish this post that I realized what had happened!
And if you're thinking, that's just a coincidence, you would've gotten the yogurt anyways, then what you must understand is that everything first begins energetically. This doesn't just mean what shows up in your life - it also means what choices you make. If you feel like you can't break out of a repetitive habit, it's because you haven't first created an alternative version energetically first. If, for example, you want to stop drinking soda but you just can't resist reaching for a can every afternoon, try visualizing what you want to happen instead. Spend at least three days seeing yourself going for a glass of water or tea whatever you like when the temptation for soda arises. What you do physically allows follows an energetic creation - always.
You are free to go about seeing surprising, unexpected, and spontaneous moments as coincidence, however, the more you open up to a divine guidance system, the more that divine guidance system will work for you. Also, that yogurt was delicious and I was so happy last night, and that is the whole point of visualization - to create things that make you happy, which makes you feel empowered, which makes you feel more happy!
The Universe can see ALL possibilities, and it lines up what is in your highest and best good and sends it off like a package in the mail.
Letting yourself be surprised by the manifestation is a key part of the process (hello delicious fro-yo). You do the creating, and the Universe does the delivering . It will deliver your manifestation to you in the exact perfect way for you. Your manifestation will be custom tailored to where you're at, what you need, and what's ready and available now. Although we often want to control the outcome, because our fear of the unknown can be overwhelming, when we let go of control, we allow in what's even better than what we imagined.
As you can see, visualization is an active process. It's not passive, like meditation. It's you taking the wheel and steering yourself in the direction you want to go.
If you don't like where you're at right now in your life, get in the driver's seat and start visualizing. Start seeing your life the way you want it to be and know, if you can see it in your mind, the Universe can deliver it into your physical reality.
Visualization is meant to be a fun and exciting part of your life. It's often so pleasurable we do it without even realizing it. Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming about what a luxurious vacation would feel like? Or perhaps to be with your ideal partner? Or maybe just about how good a nap would feel? When you're relaxed and conjuring up images of something you like, you're playing with your natural ability to create and direct your life. It really is that easy!
Although easy (and it should honestly feel easy and effortless), it's importance in your life cannot be understated. Whatever it is you want to see happen in your life, it will ONLY happen when you plant the energetic seeds of it. The Universe is a mirror, and it can only mirror back to you what is already inside of you. If you want abundance but you're not creating it internally, the Universe has no choice but to mirror back what it's in your inner world - which is feelings of lack and maybe even desperation.
This is true for everything - romantic love, a new car, a new house. You have the power within you to create anything that you desire. And it begins with a little image in your mind that gets your energy flowing in a beautiful new direction. Remember, where attention goes energy flows, and your energy IS the Universe. Where you flow your energy is where you direct the Universe to channel all of its unlimited power and resources.
So let's try playing with this and having some fun with it. To begin, try the five minute visualization below. If you enjoy it and you feel like it's starting your energetic engines, then you can take it to the next level with my Empowering Visualizations package. It includes 12 visualizations that will supercharge your life with abundance, confidence, love and more. Click the button below to learn more and get started!
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