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The Comfort of Visualization

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When things aren’t the way we want them to be, the result is often stress and lots of it. Wouldn’t it be comforting if we could just close our eyes and wave a magic wand to make things right?

I’m here to tell you that you can do exactly that!

Well, not EXACTLY that but ALMOST exactly that… through a technique called “visualization.”

Simply put, visualization is when you create a detailed vision or picture in your mind and then concentrate on it. Naturally, you want this vision to reflect the way you WANT things to be. When you do this, several things happen.

First, you can manipulate your own feelings. You can actually generate a lot of enthusiasm merely by thinking about something that gives you energy. For example, sometimes I just don’t feel like working (imagine that!!). I close my eyes and visualize something that excites me and fills me with wonder: a total eclipse of the sun. After a few minutes of seeing this grand spectacle in my mind I can break through that barrier and get back to work. If I’m sad or melancholy, I can visualize winning the lottery and what I would do with all that money. That certainly isn’t going to happen (I don’t play the lottery) but the thought of it brightens my mood.

Second, the law of attraction comes in to play and you can actually attract into your life what you visualize. The universe has a funny way of bringing us what we focus on, and visualization certainly qualifies as “focusing!” I believe that you can actually influence your body to heal itself by concentrating on what you want your body to do for you. For example, when my wife, Chris, was first diagnosed with cancer I found the original Pac-Man game on the Internet. In case you don’t remember, Pac-Man was a little guy that moved around the board eating little dots and everything else in its way with a delightful sound WUK-a-WUK-a-WUT-a-WUK-a. I played the game and recorded it for about 15 minutes, then edited out all of the times that I got eaten by the ghosts. I then spliced the resulting WUK-a-WUK-a-WUK-a sounds together to make a 30-minute tape. Nothing but WUK-a-WUK-a-WUK-a for 30 minutes!

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