So in my first blog post, I told you a little bit of what led me to alternative therapies, and how using visualisation and the power of my imagination had enabled me to have positive birth experiences. It didn’t fully occur to me in the early days of motherhood what visualisation was all about and I put it on a back burner and switched on to full on mummy mode.
With hindsight I wish I had visualised a baby that slept through the night and a toddler who ate everything presented to him – never mind!
It wasn’t until I read The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne, and other similar books that it was beginning to dawn on me how powerful visualisation could actually be.
After giving birth to my daughter (number two). I started to dream about a different career that would feed my love of alternative therapies, whilst being flexible with my children. I knew that eventually I wanted to be doing something that would fit around school, so I trained to become a Reflexologist.
Whilst I was training, I was also working in the recruitment industry (I had gone back to work part time after having the children). I happened to work very near to Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, where Who Wants To Be A Millionaire was filmed. Having been a bit of a game show fan, and that one in particular, I applied to be a contestant. Back to daydreaming mode, I could quite clearly picture myself sitting in front of Chris Tarrant, and I would often do this as I was driving past Elstree Studios. I could clearly picture the scene in my minds eye, and even feel the tension mount as I was climbing up the money tree. I submitted my online application, a cheeky Cosmic Order and I waited!
Bingo!, it was proof for me that visualisation worked. Top athletes and sports professionals routinely use visualisation as part of sports psychology to “get into the zone”, so this is not a new concept – Visualisation works!
My tips for successful visualisation
- Focus clearly on your desired goal
- Picture the goal clearly in your mind
- Think about how your vision makes your feel (excited, joyful, in anticipation) Feelings supercharge your vision.
- Visualise your goal daily, morning and evening.
- Consider making a Vision Board or attending a Goal Setting Workshop
There are many books that explore the topic of visualisation in further detail, my favourite is Creative Visualisation by Shakti Gawain. Visualisation can be used in all aspects of your life, it should be used in a fun, light hearted manner. Being a complimentary therapist, I often offer guided visualisations focusing on health and wellness. It can be used as part of your daily routine to help your day run smoother (visualising parking spaces, short queue at the supermarket etc) and also for the biggies, the goals, dreams and aspirations. Try it for yourself, what will you be visualising tonight?