Since Abraham Hicks first brought this remarkable knowledge to our attention, the law of attraction has been inspiring many to go after their wildest dreams. Although you don’t need to understand exactly why the law of attraction works, you do need to understand how it works, if you are to realise the results you seek. It’s also crucial that you know how to visualize.
The principles are straightforward enough, but not everybody is accustomed to the attitudes and practices required. For instance, your visualization techniques may leave a lot to be desired… and that can be taken literally.
How to visualize basics
There are several things to consider:
- Be aware that knowing how to visualize effectively can take some mental adjustment
- Discipline and consistency must be applied
- Unwavering focus is essential
- Certain practices must be undertaken if you’re to develop the mental clarity you need
You may have been wondering how can you access the missing key to the wonderful life you envisage. If you’re unsure how to visualize effectively, that could be the final hurdle.
This detailed guide will take a look at some common issues with visualizing, some techniques you can use and some practices you can develop to improve your visualization skills. If applied with consistency, the following steps will go a long way toward enhancing your visualization:
1. Understand why you previously failed
Driven, ambitious business owners and entrepreneurs are smart enough to know that one of the fastest routes to success is the law of attraction. When you first read about the law of attraction, it’s pretty exciting. Your imagination fires up and images flash through your mind… naturally, you want a piece of this action.
So you try your mind the law of attraction... and somehow the results you get leave a lot to be desired.
So what’s gone wrong?
Maybe nobody ever taught you how to visualize.
Looking around you, it’s apparent that lots of people are having success with the law of attraction. You have understood the principles and, well, they’re not rocket science… so something must be blocking your progress.
Why didn’t it work for you?
The answer could be related to several things:
- Your mental conditioning or negative past experiences
- The strength of your intention and desire
- A lack of clarity as to what direction you want to go in
- Your inability to accept the inevitability of success
- Poor visualization techniques or ability
These are common issues, but there are more. Only you can know which issues belong to you, but there’s a good chance that success is evading you because you don’t know how to visualize what you want effectively.
Do you struggle to see the details of your past memories clearly in your mind’s eye? Perhaps you can conceptualize huge success, but actively visualizing yourself in that coveted position of power is tough.
When you try to imagine a situation, perhaps your mind just offers up a black screen.
This might be why you’re not managing to create the outcomes you’re craving. It may help to keep in mind that there are some very famous people out there who publicly testify that visualization really works.
The following celebrities know how to visualize effectively; with this knowledge, they have boosted their careers beyond measure:
- Jim Carrey
- Will Smith
- Lindsey Vonn
- Jay Z
- Kanye West
- Oprah Winfrey
These guys are not alone, either. Jim Carrey speaks publicly on the law of attraction, and he’s well worth listening to. He even attributes his unbelievable fee of $10million per movie to this.
2. Understand the different types of visualization
When you get started with the law of attraction, even if you struggle with visions, you can often feel the excitement bubbling… fortunately, that’s a good indicator that a positive result is probably not a million miles away.
Some people have photographic memories; they’re likely to find it easy to visualize. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to visualize clearly... there are lots of visualization exercises that will help you to develop your skills. I’ll get into that in more detail in the next step.
For now, consider these different types of inner vision. You might find that some of them come more easily than others; either way, understanding the way your mind works will give you a head start when it comes to practicing visualizing for manifestation.
Some different types of visualization are:
- Remote viewing
There isn’t a whole lot of difference between these; they’re created using the same mechanism. However, some of them can be effortless and some have to be cultivated consciously. Let’s take a look at them in more detail:
Memories are probably one of the easiest visions you can produce; perhaps because the physical eyes have seen the image and formed a lasting impression. It’s less work for the mind to reproduce that image than to create something new.
Not all memories are equal though, and they can fade with time. Trauma memories are the exception to that rule - the impact of the incident forms such a strong impression in the mind that the images can last a lifetime…
...and the mind retains trauma memories with surprising clarity. For example, this is why Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) victims have nightmarish flashbacks that force them to revisit their traumas.
Basically, the higher the original emotional impact, the more likely your mind is to retain the finer details. The positive side of the coin is that you can use this when trying to visualize for manifestation.
It seems to be the case that dream recall is easier for some people than it is for others. Some may just not retain their dream memories. However much you remember, if you have vivid dreams, then you are visualizing when unconscious.
You may experience crisp, clear imagery in the dreamscape, and these images will be fresh in your mind for a few moments or minutes when you awaken.
Some people experience lucid dreams, which is another experience entirely. The conscious mind awakens within the dream; you gain control of your dreamscape by becoming aware of your state, so you have total control over your visionary experience.
Below I will cover some activities you can do to promote dream recall; this increases your chances of lucid dreaming, but it also makes great practice for manifesting.
Remote viewing is a very interesting thing. It’s far less common, but it is possible to train the mind to such an extent that you can view items in a remote location – in detail. Take Joseph McMoneagle of the Monroe Institute, for example.
McMoneagle is considered a master remote viewer and even worked with the CIA as a spy, which you can read about in his book, ‘Mind Trek: Exploring Consciousness, Time, and Space Through Remote Viewing’. It also serves as a remote viewing training tool.
This might be considered a psychic skill, but it’s quite possible that your own mind can be trained to remote view.
Like a muscle, if you never use it, you have no way of knowing what it might be capable of achieving.
Again, it’s a case of practice, discipline and technique.
Imagination is the one you’ll be working with the most when you are learning how to visualize. As you haven’t yet created the phenomenal success you’re looking for, you need to create an original picture of what this might look like.
You’re actually using your imagination every time you think. If you organise a business meeting or choose a gift for a friend, you’re using your imagination – more or less every thought you have is imaginative.
Take daydreaming, for example. It has negative connotations, as conditioning tells us that it a waste of time. Yet daydreaming is simply imagining, and that’s the most powerful creative force at your disposal.
When you start to picture a possible outcome in your mind, your creative powers are flowing.
If you then add a strong emotion into that mix, the force is amplified to such an extent that you are starting the manifestation process, consciously or otherwise.
3. Develop a consistent visualization practice
If you are serious about learning how to visualize, you must be committed to working with the different aspects of your inner vision. In this way, you can train the mind so that manifestation becomes second nature.
You may have failed at utilizing the law of attraction in the past, which may have created some doubts. Aim to start out with a fresh, open mind; there are simply some creases to be ironed out, and discipline will help to form more effective mental habits.
It’s not a case of simply understanding the concepts. A regular practice is necessary to understand how to visualize. Make it your plan to hone the following skills:
- Memory recall
You may not need to do all of these, but the more you do, the more mental clarity and focus you’ll cultivate, which can only be a good thing. Aim to set aside some time every day. Consistency is crucial when learning how to visualize and manifest.
There are various techniques you can use, including:
- Dream diaries
- Memory training
- Mental image training
- Visualization boards
Let’s take a look at each technique in more detail:
Dream diaries are not only an excellent tool for lucid dreaming; they also help to promote clarity of thought, clear imagination and better memory.
The more you recapitulate your dreams, the more you can visualize outside of the dream state. It works best when you note down as many details as you can, including any feelings, symbology and realisations. Doing so can tell you a lot about yourself too - it’s a great tool for personal growth.
By combing through your memories and bringing back as many details as possible, you are using your inner vision. Try to picture what your colleague was wearing last time you saw them. That might not be easy if you hadn’t intended it in the first place, but you can set yourself similar tests to see if you’re able to improve.
If you have a photo album, you can try to recall the details from the photos before you look at them, to see how much information you naturally retain.
Mental image training
Mental image training is another useful tool when learning how to visualize. Think of an object and try to hold the image in your mind for as long as possible. It’s just a form of meditation, but instead of emptying your mind, you’re cultivating strong focus.
Simple images like triangles and circles are sufficient.
A more advanced form of this is the sigil, which is essentially a symbol that invokes the law of attraction. The infamous Aleister Crowley was a huge fan of sigils. They are symbols that you create out of a sentence stating your intention.
Next, you’ll hold the symbol in your mind before releasing it - while in an emotional state. Sigils are considered to be a form of magic by many, but they also help you learn how to visualize pictures.
Law of attraction visualization boards
Creating a visualisation board is as powerful as it is fun. It’s one of the more potent methods you can use to manifest your goals, and it’s incredible inspiring.
By collecting images that represent your aspirations and pinning them to a physical or virtual board, you’ll create a full picture of the life you’re trying to create.
You can look at this vision board often and visualize yourself in the scenarios.
The more you imagine them, the more you’ll feel the emotions that come with them.
There is no goal too small for your board, so let your imagination run wild and see what arises. As goals are realised, mark them off so you can keep track of what has worked.
You’re ready to go…
Now that you have a set of tools for your law of attraction practice, learning how to visualize is something that you’ll undoubtedly achieve if you practice regularly.
Mental focus, clarity of intentions, better memory and dream recall will be byproducts… but your inner visions will be a force to be reckoned with and the law of attraction should no longer feel so evasive.
Lastly, don’t forget to forget!
If you ordered a package online, you wouldn’t be constantly checking that the order went through. Doing so equates to a lack of trust, which is a killer for manifestation… once you’ve created your visualizations and truly felt the emotions that correspond, your order is placed.
Now that you know how to visualize, you can sit back, close your eyes, relax and wait for the magic to happen.