Advanced Visualisation Exercises

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If you have already practiced some basic visualisation exercises, and seen some good results, it is time to take your creative visualisation to the next level. With a little practice of these ideas, your results will snowball.

These advanced visualisation exercises will help you to make your visualisations more vivid. They will show you how to generate stronger feelings and emotions when you visualise – making your visualisations more effective.

Finally, these ideas will show you how to dramatically improve the results you see with a simple yet powerful change of perspective. If you really desire a certain outcome – the achievement of a certain goal - but are having difficulties and frustration bringing it to fruition, you should definitely read on. A simple shift in the way you approach your visualisation will significantly fast-track your results.

These advanced visualisation techniques are not particularly complex – but it's important to have a good understanding of some basic visualisation exercises first. If you haven’t, take a look at this article on the benefits of creative visualisation, and then go and try out some basic visualisation exercises.

If you’re ready to move on, we’ll start with a simple visualisation exercise – and all you need is your voice.

Advanced Visualisation Exercise 1:
Say it out loud

"Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud"

Hermann Hesse

Talking yourself through your visualisation is a fantastic way to make it more vivid.

Sometimes your mind will wander when you visualise, and meander off to all kinds of irrelevant content. It can be quite frustrating when this happens – and can dilute the results you get.

Some people also have difficulty cultivating really clear, crisp images when they visualise. This advanced visualisation exercise will help you to get these with less effort.

For this visualisation exercise, all you have to do is gently say aloud what is going on in your mind – or what you want to go on in your mind. Simple!

Whilst I’m looking around in my imagination, I simply mutter to myself what’s going on – and how I must feel to be in this desired situation. Remember that generating the appropriate feelings is one of the keys to your visualisation success – so talk yourself through your emotions too.

It really is as simple as saying gently, for example – “I’m running my own business. I see my employees who are working hard and are happy to be here. There are all my happy customers too – who value me and the service I provide. I’m earning great money for doing something that I love. I feel amazing – powerful, confident and an overall success. Life is good!

Just saying this out loud will positively affect the clarity of your visualisation and increase the intensity of the emotions you generate.

Simply say aloud everything you see and feel – and watch the results.

You will see the images in your imagination become more vivid, brighter and focussed. You will feel more emotions, and they will be stronger. Overall, you will find it easier to stay on track.

Sounds great? OK, now onto the only possible drawback with this – you are worried that somebody will overhear your mutterings and musings and incorrectly label you a lunatic – or worse!

Well, there are two approaches here. One – ignore them! Be able to laugh at yourself, and know that any gentle mocking you may receive from your friends or family will be well worth it in the long run - when the goals you imagine in your visualisation exercises begin to manifest.

The second approach – either whisper or just do your visualisation exercises when you have the house to yourself.

I’d recommend the first option – but it’s up to you. Even if you just mutter under your breath, it will have the same impact on your visualisation – it will be clearer, brighter and you will feel more emotions – all essential for getting good results.

Either way, try saying your visualisations out loud and notice the impact. This is a really simple visualisation exercise that will get you results quicker – try it!

Advanced Visualisation Exercise 2:
No ego allowed

Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there


The next – and more challenging - visualisation exercise requires a significant shift in your thinking.

To succeed with creative visualisation, you must approach it with no strong expectation of the rightness or wrongness of the outcome.

What does this mean? It means you must not have an attachment to the actual achievement of your goals. You must not wager your happiness or wellbeing on the results of your visualisation coming to fruition.

In short, you must see the achievement of your goals without any hidden motive. You should see your desired outcome in your mind – and feel what it would feel like to get it – without needing it to happen, or even wanting it to happen.

Just watch and feel what it would be like to achieve your goals.

Don’t require results to make you happy. That’s it – that’s the key. No ego allowed!

Do not have an attachment to the outcome. It sounds almost contradictory, doesn’t it? You spend all this time working out what you want in life, setting goals, and then imagining in exact detail what you want... but when you do finally get around to imagining your dreams, you’re not allowed to want them to come true?!

Crazy, I know, but I’m now certain that this is the way creative visualisation works. When I’m desperate for something to happen to make me happy or “make me whole” – it eludes me. The more I try, the further away from me my goal slips.

When I simply imagine the achievement of my goals in my visualisation exercises, with no attachment to the outcome, I succeed quickly and easily.

I realise now that I’m happy already – I don’t need to reach these goals to make me complete.

If you can replicate this attitude, you will see dramatic results and feel happier in yourself. Give it a go and see. Visualise without ego – it’s the only way to win.

Advanced Visualisation Exercise 3:
Remember to say thanks

"We can only be said to be alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures

Thornton Wilder

Put frankly, I used to be a really miserable sod. I just couldn’t see any good in my life.

I was always focussed on what I didn’t have – and what I wanted – rather than what I already had. Life, for the most part, was a monumental effort. Everything was just so tough!

Never mind the fact that I was bright and healthy, with great friends, a loving family, quality food on the table every night and a great, warm place to live... I wanted more. Cycles of misery and depression manifested repeatedly.

Does this sound like you? Do you always want and need more than what you already have? If so, try this simple visualisation exercise.

First, write a list of everything you are grateful for. Friends, family, health, clothes, your ability to eat good meals... anything at all that you appreciate! Put pen to paper and the list will write itself.

I don’t know you personally, of course, but I’m sure you’ll be able to accumulate quite an inventory. Note down anything at all – all that matters is that it’s important to you and you appreciate it.

Still struggling? Well, have you got a pair of socks you’re particularly fond of?! A favourite cd or tv show?! Jot it down. I kid you not - it all counts. As long as you appreciate it, make a note.

Next, add 10-15 of the things you are most grateful for to the written visualisation outline you made when you learnt how to visualise. Put them under the heading “thanks”.

The next time you visualise, when you are finished imagining your ideal life and the achievement of your goals, take a few minutes to run through this list.

Say thank you – and really feel your thanks deeply – for the things you wrote down and truly appreciate in life. Deeply realise that you already have so much good in your life already. We all do.

Make an effort to focus on all that is great in your life. Feel the positive emotions engulf you when you consider quite how much you love and appreciate your friends and family – and how they feel the same about you.

Know deeply that it is an absolute blessing that you can run to the fridge at any time and feed yourself easily. Say thank you for your health – and realise that accumulating material items and successes will never be as meaningful or rewarding as the things that you already have.

When you think about - and are thankful for - what you have, you get more of it. So this is an absolute win/win!

This is an entirely enjoyable visualisation exercise to practice. Remember to say thanks – and feel your thanks – and you will start to see changes in many areas of your life. This is also wonderful for the soul!

Advanced Visualisation Exercise 4:
Use binaural beats

People use binaural beats to help reduce stress and anxiety, and increase focus and confidence. Sounds like a miracle cure – too good to be true - but they genuinely work wonders.

Since I started using binaural beat technology 8 months ago, I sleep better, am more relaxed and am certainly more confident. My visualisations are crisp, clear – and I’m getting amazing results in many areas of my life.

They are truly an amazing tool - see my more detailed article here to learn how binaural beats work.

If at all possible, you should use binaural beats when practicing visualisation exercises. In fact, I rarely visualise without the aid of binaural beat technology. Fear not – they are inexpensive and will pay for themselves many times over with the results you see.

The first benefit is that you will enter into a deeply relaxed state much quicker than by using other relaxation techniques. Within two to three minutes (depending on which program you use – most binaural beats packages come with a number of different options) you will feel deeply relaxed - and at peace. Your muscles and body will relax and you will drift off a little. It’s kind of like napping – and everyone loves a nap!

It is essential to be relaxed when visualising, and binaural beats do the job quicker than anything else I have come across. Saving a few minutes every time you visualise allows you to visualise more often – and of course the most effective way to get results is to simply visualise more!

Brain activity will also slow down, as you move into alpha, theta and finally delta levels of brainwave activity – i.e. the same brainwaves of dreams, meditation and then deep dreamless sleep - allowing you to focus better on your visualisation.

Your mind will be blissfully quiet and still and you will be able to generate really clear, strong and vivid images in your mind. You can communicate directly to your sub-conscious, without your conscious mind getting in the way.

When you are this relaxed, it is much easier to visualise. In fact, your visualisation exercises will improve dramatically when you use binaural beats – it is impossible to be in an agitated state when you use them. Your brain frequency just doesn’t allow for stress of any kind.

You will be in a near-meditative state in just a few minutes. In fact, binaural beats are often sold as “meditation machines” – see my article on How to Turn a Visualisation into a Meditation.

That’s it – I won’t go into any more detail here – but rest assured, if you invest in binaural beat technology, you will dramatically affect the success of your visualisations. There are a number of other benefits too – check out my binaural beats pages.

For now, know that you will relax quicker and more deeply, have a quieter mind, be able to conjure up vibrant and detailed images, and be in a state conducive to visualising. Binaural beats make you sleep like a baby too – they are the best value personal development tool I have ever purchased.

Advanced Visualisation Exercise 5:

Practice is the best of all instructors

Publilius Syrus

That’s it for my advanced visualisation exercises.

To recap: If you say your visualisations aloud; visualise without ego; say thanks for what you have and use the magic of binaural beats to get there quicker – you’re really onto a winner.

I can’t say definitively how these techniques work – but they do, they really do. So many of my friends have dramatically turned round their fortunes by using these same techniques – and more and more of them are starting to visualise all the time. I really hope that you decide to do the same.

Good luck to you – and remember, practice is key. As with all skills, the more you visualise, the better you’ll get at it. Have fun with it – imagining yourself successful should bring you as much enjoyment as you’d imagine.

Remember that the world’s top performers in all arenas use these very same techniques. If they work for them, they will work for you... Enjoy!

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