someone tries to remember an old friend or a favorite tree in the yard of their
childhood home, their “mind’s eye” sees an image. We may think back in time and
recall an image that has elements from the past, but is blended with other
facts, leading to two people having different memories of the same event. Our
tendency to think of past events and places through a nostalgic eye often
obscures our memory of the way things really were.
can also use our mind’s eye to see into the future. By projecting our mind
forward, we can rearrange the furniture in a room, imagine ourselves debt-free,
see future goals accomplished, visualize brilliant colors and textures, and
even find solutions to problems. We may leave the pressure and stress of daily life
behind by escaping into imaginary daydreams, fantasies, and mindless activities.
Dreams are another type of imagery that can seem very real. In our dreams, the
critical part of the brain is not analyzing, and what our mind sees appears to
be really happening.
When we visualize or imagine something new, like a new habit, skill or
behavior, activity in the prefrontal area of the brain increases. This is the
part of the brain that is responsible for formulating a plan which will lead to
the realization of the desired idea. Studies have been conducted which indicate
that when a person imagines running, small but measurable amounts of
contractions actually take place in the muscles associated with running. The
same neurological pathways excited by the actual “act” of running are also excited
by the “imagined” or “visualized” act of running.
Our brain is the cognitive center of our bodies, where ideas are formed,
emotions felt, and memories are stored. As the brain is the control center of
the body, it logically follows that the nurturing of positive thoughts and
visualizations leads to a positive outlook, feeling of well-being and physical
and mental health.
hypnotherapists, utilizing specific visualization techniques, will assist you
in retraining your subconscious mind to identify with, and imagine an image of
yourself free of negative habits and behaviors.
The “affect” of who we
are is the result of the “cause” of what we think, visualize, and imagine in
our hearts and minds.