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How Does Visualization Work?
by Linda Mackenzie C.H.T., Ph.D. (c)

A picture is worth a thousand words. We've all heard that saying before! This has never been truer than in the case of using Visualization. Visualization is an excellent tool to deal with the dis-ease and illness in your life. Visualization, a meditation technique, uses pictures or imagery to balance the brain and boost our body back to total health. The brain is divided into two sides - our left logical side and our right creative side. Most of our life is spent using the left, logical side of the brain. By using visualization we yield to our right creative side and produce a balance of the brain. This balance of the brain aids the natural healing processes of the mind and body.

What is Visualization?
Visualization uses imagery to change your emotions, which changes your feelings, which then turns into physical sensation that can relieve or eliminate symptoms.

What is the mind-body connection and how does it work?
The mental form of the Mind is Emotion and Emotion produces Feeling. The body s physical form is sensation. When we get an Emotion it produces a Feeling that turns into a physical Sensation. (e.g. Watch a scary movie, get frightened, get goose bumps.) Visualization provides positive images for the mind that change your emotions that produce a feeling which turns into a sensation.
That s how you access your mind-body connection.

How Does Visualization Work?
Let s Look at The Brain. Our left part of our brain is our logical side and the right is our creative
side. Most times we are in logical, left brain mode for survival. This causes an imbalance in the brain. By yielding to our right brain we access the mind-body connection which restores balance of the brain and opens us up to change & renewal.


It has been proven that Negative emotions lower our immune system and keeps us bogged down mentally. Having negative emotions delays and stops us from reaching our goals and actually inhibits the brain in accomplishing what we want. Positive emotions actually boosts the immune system and makes the brain work in a balanced mode which is conducive to change.


1. Can't Keep Positive if you try to control situations. This uses the left brain and puts right side out of balance and actually creates a Paradox or Contradiction in the brain. Have you ever wanted something so much that it doesn t happen? Then when you don't want it, it happens? That's because trying to control a situation makes your goals rigid and actually inhibits the mind-body connection in accomplishing what you want.

2. Can't keep positive if you SET expectations, significance, attitudes or feelings on what we want. Like control, these make our goals rigid and actually prevents you from accomplishing what you want.

3. Can't Keep Positive if you worry about what other people think. We have to recognize who we are and accept ourselves. Every one of us is special and has special gifts. It s our choice whether we use them or not.

4. Can't keep positive if you confuse happiness with fulfillment of desires. Wanting is natural in life but the idea that we can t be happy unless we satisfy a a certain desire is not!

5. Can't keep Positive if you insist on being right or what I call "My Way is the Only Right Way". The insistence on always being right shows a small view of the world. It makes you feel safe but stops communication, awareness of new changes and stops the ability of choice and usually relies on anger and blame to create a sense of your own independence, but it all it really does is cut you off from Positive Thought.

6. Can't Keep Positive if you use Rationalization. This is where you assemble an explanation to conform to your perspective - But it has no foundation! You falsely attribute to others your own way of thinking, feeling and acting. No two people are alike, so this strategy fails. When your head and heart can t come together it's called rationalization.

7. Can't Keep Positive if you use I SHOULD. This is usually based on false social beliefs (e.g., wearing a particular brand of clothing) that keep us plunged into negative feelings not positive ones.

8. Can t keep positive if you live in the Past or the Future. This keeps your mind fragmented and stops you from accomplishing what you want. You can't do anything about the past - it s over. You can' t do anything about the future because there are too many variables that could happen. So you have to learn to Focus on the Moment. Concentrating on the moment allows you to accept change easier and enjoy each moment of life. You need to forget the past that is stopping us from what we want to accomplish and learn to deal with NOW in THIS MOMENT. By Living in the moment life flows. You then set up loose goals, put the Intention of what you want to accomplish to workand then let any attachment to the outcome go so it CAN be accomplished. Remember focus on the Intention and not the results.

What is Intention? Let's use the example of eliminating some stress in your life.
1. Intention is NOT trying to control the outcome, like thinking, "I WILL be stress-free!"
2. Intention is NOT negative thinking, like thinking, "I ll never be stress free!"
3. Intention is NOT Disillusionment, like thinking, "There s nothing I can do about this."
4. Intention is NOT the EGO, like thinking, "I can make myself be stress free."
5. Intention is NOT Rationalization or setting up Expectations or Rigid Goals like "If I exercise by next week I ll be stress free."

Is it that simple? Yes, if we get rid of the negative programming in our lives. Remember our body, mind & spirit are working 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year to manifest what we want to make us joyful and happy. That s it s job. Visualization helps put INTENTION to work.

How does Visualization Work?

The procedure to visualization is simple. 1) Find a quiet place. 2) Define your intention. 3) Concentrate on the breath and breathing. 4) Begin your visualization. Visualization usually takes six weeks to work and should be done in the morning and at night before bedtime. However, many people find results after the very first time. To effect a successful outcome, you need to be specific when you define your intention and FEEL, KNOW and TRUST that it is going to work! Visualization does work. Try it and see!


© 2017 Linda A. Mackenzie