Imagination Examined, Videos, Visualization Techniques

How to Visualize 101 – Step 3 – [Visualize Video]

A crucial step of visualization is the control of imagination. What’s the difference? You’ve got to know the difference between imagining and visualizing to master either. Learn how here.

The Visualize 101 Series: This is a comprehensive series that teaches you everything you need to know to get started and to work deeply with visualization. Visualizing is used by many for several purposes: peak sports performance; stress relief; better academic performance thru better focus; police, fire, and military for better performance and focus; people who want to dump bad habits and learn new good habits; for mentally practicing anything; for wellness; for intensely sharp concentration, and memory enhancement.

Go to the blog to see more videos, news articles, blog posts, resources, how to get training: www.armchairdreamer.com

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In the News, Visualization Techniques

Fed Up Of All The Negativity Around You? Train Your Brain To Escape All The Chaos Peacefully – [News: Visualize]

A study reveals that self-guided positive emotional imagery training has great potential to improve the everyday emotional well-being overcoming negative emotions. “The close relationship between the human imagery system and our emotions can cause deep emotional perturbations”, said Dr. Svetla Velikova of Smartbrain in Norway.

Read the full story here:

http://www.indiatimes.com/health/buzz/fedup-of-all-the-negativity-around-you-you-can-actually-train-your-brain-to-escape-from-all-the-chaos-275392.html

In the News, Visualization Techniques

Ancient technique can dramatically improve memory, research suggests | Science | The Guardian – [Post: Visualize]

The memory palace of Robert Fludd

Cultivating a ‘memory palace’ can make long-lasting improvements to recall, say scientists, suggesting many of us have untapped memory reserves A Sherlock-like ability to put a name to a face and other prodigious feats of memory are likely to be mostly down to hours of training and using the right mnemonic techniques.

Read More – Here — Source: Ancient technique can dramatically improve memory, research suggests | Science | The Guardian

Visualization Techniques

Master Visualization With Sense Memory – [Post: Visualize]

You’ve been there countless times:

-enjoyed pizza
-felt a cooling breeze
-heard the sounds of a cafe
-saw your favorite vacation spot
-smelled a warm drink

We don’t need to know anymore. We don’t need to go anywhere or ask for help. We’ve got it in us. Evoking sensory memory, one-by-one is much easier and more pleasurable than you first think. It also can be done in found moments. We don’t need long imagination sessions because these experiences are not buried deep.

Reminder: This is a visualization exercise but you are not limited to the visual.  This will become very apparent, and you will know it after you have worked with non-visual sense memories for awhile. Smells, tastes, sounds, and touch memories will really pop and be as powerful as visual memories.

The Steps

  1. Decide on what sensory experience you want to call up.  It doesn’t have to anything special, just something you like, are curious about or need to know better.
  2. Pick a sense you want to explore in memory. You will probably find you have a favored sense; I like sound memories first, followed by taste memories.
  3. Switch gears mentally and go into your memory. You know how to do this.
  4. Pull up a memory where the target sense is very active or can be very active. We may have a general memory where we know we had a sense at work so we may need to zoom in on that sense in that scene to get the vividness want.

General goal

Find a sensory experience and make it as vivid in your mind/heart/body as possible. Get it real.

To get good and to get it feeling like real, you will need to practice this a few times a day for a few weeks. Just a couple minutes per practice session. Enjoy.

 

Imagery Techniques, Visualization Techniques

This Will Require Patience, You Know – [Post: Visualize] [Post: Imagine]

I often get emails of the type of phone calls I made when I first started with imagery work. They all boil down to: “This imagery stuff is not working.”

Imagery does not work the first time we try it. Or the second time, etc. But I assure you that it does work. Maybe not to the exact results that you want, but the core of imagery works because it is running all the time whether we are aware of it or not. I will save my proof of that until a later time, right now I want to put the light on patience.


Patience defined (Oxford Dictionaries): the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset “you can find bargains if you have the patience to sift through the dross” synonyms: forbearance, tolerance, restraint. 

The reason that imagery can be tough to get started is because other things have to be in place before it starts to show itself. We have to get good at those things and that takes time.

Relaxation – We can’t approach imagery with the same goal-oriented stance we might be using all day long. We need to switch to something that feels like we have plenty of time, that we aren’t in a rush to get something done or all figured out. Any number of methods can get us there but we need to use those that our favorites so the experience feels open, flexible, and inviting.

Getting Dreamy – Imagery is like dreaming with our eyes open. Dreamy is good. It blends a little bit of poetry with our thinking and our experience because soft with memories and symbols.

Letting Go and Following – Once we get even a bit dreamy we should follow its lead. That means letting go and relaxing even more. If a detail comes up, we follow it. It pulls us deeper and shows us even more dreamy content.