The magic power of mental imagery


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José Ortegay Gasset was so impressed by the power of metaphors that he compared them to a tool for creation which God forgot inside of us when he created man.

When I asked myself where metaphors get this tremendous power from, I realized that mankind has an even much more powerful tool at its disposition: Mental Imagery.

Mental Imagery is the key to achieving our goals and the internal screen on which we project our dreams. It allows us to simulate procedures; familiarize with environments and situations before we get to know them in "real life"; It helps us to relax, but just as well will arouse us or prepare us for future actions. With the help of Mental Imagery, we can build confidence and readiness, stimulate healing and recovery, change our behaviour or literally borrow the mind of a genius.

How to learn and implement this power and benefit from its many advantages, is what this book is all about.

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The magic power of mental imagery

  2. 2. What Is Mental Imagery And HowDoes It Work?Mental imagery, also called visualization or mental rehearsal, is anexperience that resembles a perceptual experience, but which occursin the absence of the appropriate stimuli for the relevant perception.Mental images have the power to change your life. The mental imagesthat you often visualize affect your life, whether you are aware of thisor not.If you visualize negative situations, difficulties and problem, andcontinue doing so, your moods will gradually become negative, youwill alienate people, you will close your eyes to opportunities, andyour self-esteem will go down. How can you achieve success if youare so negative?On the other hand, successful people attract success, because theyconstantly imagine and expect success
  3. 3. What Can Mental Imagery Do ToEnhance Your Life?Mental images are like a movie or still pictures that yousee in your mind. If you watch them again and againyour subconscious mind will ultimately accept them asyou reality.Through Mental Imagery you can affect your thinking,behaviour and world. If you visualize what you really andtruly desire and how you will achieve these goals; if youreplace self limiting thoughts by inspiring and motivatingthoughts; negative habits by positive habits; prepareyourself mentally for challenging and difficult situationsand picture yourself as the happy, healthy andsuccessful person you want to be, you will improve yourskills and become more happy and successful in yourlife!
  4. 4. How To Use Mental ImageryPractice Daily.Use short visualizations during your dailyactivities and longer visualizations whilerelaxing and prior to meeting specificchallenges.Use visualization boards as a computerwallpaper, sleeping room decoration or atplaces where they will regularly remindyou of what is important to you.
  5. 5. Use Different Techniques of MentalImagery for Different PurposesMental Imagery is an excellent way to• Manifest your Dreams and Desires• Reduce Stress• Create a Mental Safe Place• Define Priorities and Strategies• Get Rid of Stumble Blocks• Eliminate Negative Behaviour• Perfectionalize your Skills• Improve Problem Solving and Decision Making• Clear your Mind from Emotional Clutter• Find Balance• Let Go and Break Free• …
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  7. 7. Some Of The Things You Can DoWith Mental Imagery
  8. 8. 1. Manifest your Dreams and Desires• Dreams do come true, but first you have todream them, Right?• If you aim at nothing youll hit it every time.• Goals are dreams with deadlines: If youdon’t set priorities, if your short term goalsdon’t serve a long term vision, if you don’tselect strategies, and don’t take action:how will you reach your goals?
  9. 9. Prepare Success!• Achieving your goals, being successful andbeing who you want to be and living the life youwant, is best visualized by mentally rehearsingthe positive outcomes of future actions andevents and by picturing the destined futurestage.• Envision yourself achieving your goals vividly toremind yourself of your objective and what youneed to do to reach it. Many athletes, actors,and singers "see" and "feel" themselvesperforming a routine, program, or play perfectlybefore they actually do it.
  10. 10. 2. Reduce StressReduce stress by visualizing yourself inpeaceful natural scenes, by descendingan imaginary staircase towards yoursacred safe place, by becoming a leaf thattravels the waters of a lovely creek, bypulling the plug and draining all yourstress away or by imagining how you letloose on an imaginary punching bag…
  11. 11. 3. Get Rid Of Stumble Blocks• Confront and eliminate irrational believes,fears and internal conflicts and turn yourstumble blocks into stepping stones• Take responsibility for your own emotionsand actions:– Recognize that neither another person, noran adverse circumstance, can ever disturbyou. Only you can.– Replace “must” by “strongly prefer”
  12. 12. 4. Eliminate Negative BehaviourUse Covert Sensitization:Imagine engaging in some behaviour you wishto change, say, an addiction. Have this quicklyfollowed by imagining a highly unpleasant event.Thus, the addictive behaviour becomes pairedwith a highly aversive event and therefore is lesslikely to occur in the future.Next: imagine how your life will be without thenegative behaviour.
  13. 13. 5. Perfectionalize your SkillsSystematically visualize the desired correctcoping behaviour and its benefits for you.This technique has seen much use in sports.Seeing yourself perform skills at a high level, theway you want to: confident, accurate, focused,… is a good way to build confidence and afeeling of readiness prior to a challenging task(public presentation, important meeting, …) orcompetition.
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  15. 15. 6. Improve Problem Solving andDecision MakingChoose an image to focus on to help you through a troublesome period.Visualize yourself as a superwoman who can easily scale the highestskyscrapers or a marathon runner who outruns all of his competitors.Put your problems inside a carton and imagine it getting smaller and smalleruntil it can easily fit into your pocket. Youll discover that your problem iseasier to carry inside your pocket than the heavy weight of it sitting on yourshoulders.Or, you can visualize your problems magically disappearing before your eyes.There are no limitations in your visualizing. It can be magical.When you are struggling with making a decision between two different options,try visualizing yourself involved in the two scenarios and imagine the resultsof your decision. This visualization exercise should help you in making theright decision.
  16. 16. 7. Clear your Mind fromEmotional Clutter• Too many thoughts and mental pictures canconvolute the mind• Choose images that erase, filter, or organizeyour thoughts. Much like de-cluttering a closet,you can use visualization to reduce mentalclutter.• There are three causes of mental clutter:Avoidance, Indecision, and Procrastination.Don’t avoid them. Confront them Now!
  17. 17. 8. Find BalanceUse visualizations to help you ground and findbalance. Because our energies are always influx it is important to "check in" with our bodiesroutinely to adjust and centre ourselves.If you find yourself stubbing your toes orbumping into things, you are not in balance.If you are experiencing mental confusion or areall over the place emotionally, a centringvisualization can help return you to calm andbetter focus.
  18. 18. 9. Let Go and Break FreeAre you having difficulty walking away from atoxic relationship? Or do you tend to dwell on thepast instead of moving forward in your life?Choose images in your visualization sessionswhich will allow you to break free fromproblematic people and move past personalregrets.We cannot change the past, but we can createour futures. Begin a new way of living byvisualizing it first!
  19. 19. 10. FamiliarizeMental imagery can be used effectively tofamiliarize yourself with the surroundingsbefore an event, such as an interview, animportant meeting, a sales conversation ornegotiation, a public presentation, acompetition site, a racetrack, a stage or adifficult play or routine prior to acompetition ...
  20. 20. 11. Do a Run-ThroughMental Imagery can be used as a cognitivetechnique to plan strategies, rehearse proceduresor game plans, affirm what you want to occur, or asa coping skill strategy to stay calm and composedunder pressure.Athletes and performers often do a completemental run through of the key elements of theirroutines. This helps them focus, eliminate somepre-performance jitters and be more comfortable. Italso serves as a warm-up or mini rehearsal.
  21. 21. 12. Build Confidence andReadinessSeeing yourself perform skills at a highlevel, the way you want to: confident,accurate, focused, … is a good way tobuild confidence and a feeling ofreadiness prior to a challenging task(public presentation, important meeting,…) or competition.
  22. 22. 13. Stimulate Healing andRecoveryRepetitive use of positive visualization allowsaccess to the mind-body connection. This letsthe mind and body work together to foster thehealing process of the body on a physical level.Visualization puts your intention of what youwant to work. The more specific the intention,the more specific the results. Rememberwhatever you believe is what your body will do
  23. 23. 14. Help You To Emulate YourRole Models• An important key foundation in Neuro-linguisticProgramming is modelling. To model, you emulate thosewho have already achieved success. You observe,analyze and then replicate the factors that contributed tothe outstanding performance.• While there is no 100% guarantee that you can reap thesame results, modelling helps you shorten your learningcurve. You learn to avoid common mistakes and applythe essential steps and strategies that have helped yourrole model succeed. The idea is that it is much easier tofollow a previously proven path to success.
  24. 24. 15. Give You Access To YourTotem Power• Animal totems contain a natural power that can allow you to see andlove and know more of the earth, life and especially yourself.• Animal spirit guide totems hold power and knowledge that we canuse to be one with nature - all that is and will be and use the powerof nature to achieve our goals. Many cultures of the past understoodand used the power of animal totems.• Totems can be particularly useful in todays society where it is easyto forget the essence and true spirit of life and love in the midst ofhigh technology.• Use your personal animal totem to awaken the natural balance withnature that you already possess. You can be healthier and happierphysically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in understandingand honouring your animal totems.
  25. 25. 16. Borrow The Mind Of A GeniusOr The Powers Of Your HeroThe truth is that you can be anything thatyou want to be—but you do have to workat it.
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