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The Power of Visualisation

"Whatever you VISUALISE will MATERIALISE"

by Valerie Lowe©

Visualisation is a technique that is widely used by sportsmen and women to improve their performance.

The mind is a powerful part of our anatomy, and as shown with affirmations, which involve planting positive information into the brain, until the helpful thought becomes a core belief, Visualisation involves creating "pictures" or "video snaps" in our minds. These positive images can enhance our lives, or performance, as in the sports example, where athletes are encouraged to visualise themselves performing well, scoring goals, gaining points, winning races etc.

Brightening the Image

Once the image is created, turn up the colour - make the picture bright, with bold cheerful colours.

Using all the senses

Bring in sights, sounds, scents, tastes and sensations that might be experienced. For example, the smell of freshly cut grass on the cricket field or tennis court, the crack of the ball hitting the bat or racquet, the pat on the back when a goal is scored, the roar of the crowd; the excitement and emotion, and rewards of success.

Seve Ballesteros

Seve was a master at visualisation: he imagined the palm of his right hand was the clubface, and he used that visualisation to help him conjure every shot imaginable around the green. (from golftoday.co.uk)

Albert Einstein

Einstein knew the power of visualising: "Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions."

Stress and Anxiety

Another example would be with someone suffering from stress or anxiety: Not only would it be suggested that they, perhaps imagine a beautiful, peaceful spot they had visited in the past, or perhaps, choose drifting off to a dream place of their own creation, or maybe just visualise a picture they have seen. Into the image in their mind's eye, they could bring other senses: maybe, imagining the breeze blowing through their hair, the scent of flowers, the sound of birds, waves breaking on the beach, whatever positive scents, sights, sounds, tastes, or sensations they can imagine. Playing the visualisation, over and over again will bring results. Take time each day to stop and relax in a quiet place where you can close your eyes and run through the image in your mind, trying to 'be' in this imaginary or real place and absorb the atmosphere.

Other suggestions

Maybe, using actual pictures to pin up at home to stimulate positive thoughts and feelings. Maybe, it's a picture of a car that you are determined to own when you can afford it, or maybe, a house you hope to buy in the future, or a dream holiday. By putting these pictures into your mind over and over again, and visualising yourself enjoying the experience, it is likely that you will achieve your goal.

Those with money worries may find that imagining pound notes showering over them, seems to draw wealth towards them. Feeling guilty about things like money, will of course, counteract the positive results that are being built up in the mind! 'The Secret' tells us there is an abundance of all things in the universe!

"Imagination is greater than knowledge." according to a quote from Albert Einstein

Research Study on the effects of Visualisation on Basket Ball Players

A study conducted by Dr. Blaslotto at the University of Chicago was done, where he split people into three groups, and tested each group on how many free throws of the ball they could make.

After this, he had:

  • The first group practice free throws every day for an hour.

  • The second group just visualised themselves making free throws.

  • The third group did nothing.

After 30 days, he tested them again.

  • The first group improved by 24%.

  • ·The second group improved by 23% without touching a basketball!!!!

  • ·The third group did not improve, which was as expected.

Research Results Found on this link: breakthroughbasketball

Another Study on the effect of visualisations on muscle power, from Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, also had interesting results:

Thirty Healthy young adults were split into three groups for 15 minutes, five days a week over a twelve-week period.

  • Group 1 Visualised flexing their little finger muscle (8)

  • Group 2 Visualised flexing their elbow muscle (8)

  • Group 3 Acted as the control group and did no visualisation exercise (8)

  • Group 4 Did physical training - not participating in visualisations (6)

The results showed:

  • Group 1 Visualisation alone had increased their finger abduction strength by 35%

  • Group 2 Visualisation alone had augmented their elbow flexion strength by 13.5%

  • Group 3 Control Group, no visualisation, had no improvement

  • Group 4 iPhysical training had mproved their little finger abduction strength by 53%

The improvement in muscle strength for trained groups was accompanied by significant increases in electroencephalogram-derived cortical potential, a measure, previously shown to be directly related to control of voluntary muscle contractions.

They concluded that the mental training employed by this study enhances the cortical output signal, which drives the muscles to a higher activation level and increases strength.

This Research article found on this link: http://sportsmedicine.


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