In the manifestation world, visualisation simply means daydreaming - and when you’re really focused it’s about creating a detailed mental picture, and imagining everything you’ve ever wanted. But visualisation isn’t only about the image, it’s about the emotions and the senses. Specifically it works best by creating a stimulating experience, so using your senses to feel, taste, smell, see and hear exactly what you want. And with underlying emotions and gratitude, it makes it even more powerful.
Visualising your dreams and goals is an important component of manifestation because:
It builds your motivation to take necessary action each day.
It activates your subconscious mind to help you believe you’re enough, and deserve what you want.
It programs your brain to find the resources, tools, and skills needed to manifest your dreams and goals.
It’s a form of meditation that decreases stress by activating your relaxation response.
It raises your vibrations and energy to attract the people, opportunities, and circumstances you desire.
Now that we know why it’s so powerful, let’s look at some popular techniques to help you get started.
1. Mind Maps & Scripting
If you’re struggling to visualise you’re not alone, but before you get too overwhelmed follow these steps:
Sit down and create a mind map. For example focus on the five core areas of your dream life (career, love, health, relationships, and experiences), and write them down on paper.
Be as detailed as possible as you connect each area to the main things that you want.
Then journal your dream life as if it already happened, and visualise how you want it to manifest.
2. Search For Inspiration
When many of us try to visualise we can feel blocked, especially if we have limiting beliefs. Often we think we don’t deserve what we want or that we’re not good enough, so it becomes more challenging to picture ourselves accomplishing our desires. One of the best ways to get around this is to visualise someone else you admire.
For example if you want to become an internationally proclaimed coach like Tony Robbins, watch his videos for inspiration. Listen to his speeches, and leverage the power of seeing someone else living the life you want. Then close your eyes and allow yourself to access this same energy. See yourself on stage giving a speech to thousands, and believing it can be yours.
3. Take Pictures
Manifestation is about opening your mind to new possibilities, and this means becoming creative to activate your mental imagery and vibration. One of the best ways to do this is to take photos of yourself with your dream. For example if you want a new car, drive to the dealership and take a picture of yourself in the car. Or if you want to travel to the Maldives, photoshop a picture of yourself at your dream overwater bungalow. Then hang your photos in a visible place in your home, or on your vision board, and believe you’ve already accomplished your goals.
4. Play Out Your Visualisation
Think about what you want - be as clear and detailed as possible - then incorporate your dream into your everyday life. For example if you want a new home, walk around your current place as if it’s your dream home and connect to your senses - go to your kitchen and envision running your fingertips across your marble island. Notice the cold and smooth surface.Next go to your living room and envision laying down on your new sofa, snuggling your loved ones, and watching a movie in the exact living room you want. Imagine each detail of your dream home and envision you’re living, breathing, and experiencing it in your current home.
While you’re playing out your dream in your real life, take a moment to feel excited and grateful. Believe it’s actually happening in the here and now.
If none of the above tips work for you then that’s okay. Get creative! You can do this through painting, drawing, sculpting, or even creating graphics. And when you’re connecting to your artistic side, visualise every detail and allow your chosen medium to create what you see in your mind. One of my favourite ways to manifest my dream home is playing The Sims!
Manifestation is an incredible tool, and when combined with visualisation you can learn to create anything tangible into your existence. But remember the most important takeaway is to enjoy the present moment. When you focus on loving the life you already have, visualisation techniques for manifestation become easier and more enjoyable.