Imagery techniques and visualisation has long been used by most if not all cultures of the world, ancient and modern, and by most therapeutic approaches. Imagery is considered to be more effective when we are feeling relaxed.
Imagery is used as a means to relax, meditate, improve future personal performance and development, bring about future success, gain confidence, improve mood states, reduce distress associated with traumatic memories, gain understanding, insight, inner wisdom, help overcome physical illnesses, improve sports performance.
Start each visualisation with relaxation by getting comfortable in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed, and take a couple of minutes to focus on your breathing, close your eyes, become aware of any tension in your body, and let that tension go with each out-breath.
All visualisations can be strengthened by ensuring you engage all your senses in building the picture in your mind’s eye – it’s more than just “seeing”! If you notice any negative links or images entering your positive imagery (or positives entering negative imagery), then abort that image and think of something else.
Finish each visualisation by taking a few moments to bring yourself back into the room where you are, opening your eyes and looking around, sitting up, and bringing yourself back to alertness in the ‘here and now’.