Your thoughts create your emotions.
In visualization, your thoughts are used to create an image in your minds eye, imagining it unfolding in real time. Depending on the thoughts, an emotional response is created in your body in real time. Your subconscious mind does not know the difference between a real experience or an imagined experience. Your body still responds to the thoughts and images that are being created in your mind.
Try the following visualization excercise so you can see how the power of thought can create your emotional and physical experience – which is your reality.
Imagine holding a yellow lemon. Now imagine yourself taking a bite of the lemon. (you can imagine cutting it or peeling it first if you’d really like). Once you have taken a bite, take your time with the visual. Chew the lemon, savour it, take another bite if you will. Do this slowly in your minds eye and really try to experience this as if you are actually doing it right at this very moment…
Allow yourself to become aware of the feelings and sensations that take place as you are taking bites of this juicy yellow lemon. Feel the texture of the lemon in your mouth. imagine it’s scent of the lemon, and taste it, allowing the sour juices to mingle over your taste buds…
If your mouth watered, even a little, then you can understand the power of thoughts, and how they can create a physical experience. Your body responded to the imagined experience of eating a lemon, even though there was no lemon present. Althought this expiriment would be a little more difficult for you if you have never had the experience of tasting a lemon. But visualizing anything sour will produce the same mouth watering effect. You can try this visual expiriment again, but this time close your eyes so that you can experience it in your minds eye with greater detail.
Your body responds to what the mind sees, whether it is real or imagined. Only your logical conscious mind knows that the lemon was not really there, but the symbolic subconscious mind does not know the difference.
Visualization opens us up to an invisible world that is ours to create at will.
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We can imagine our worst fears taking place, and our heart may start pounding out of anxiety. Or we can imagine instead, the experience of being loved, or in love, and our heart may start pounding out of passion. Which feels better?
This example demonstrates how visualization can have a powerfull effect on the body. Thoughts can be used to visualize an image or situation and physical effects can be felt in real time. Your thoughts create your emotions .
Try another quick experiment to get an idea of how your emotions can effect your body, and how you experience your reality whether it is happening in the present, past or future.
Allow yourself to remember a situation in your life that has caused you pain or sorrow. Hold it in your memory (and in your minds eye) for about 20 or 30 seconds. Really visualize it, bringing yourself back to the situation as if you are experiencing it for the first time at this very moment in real time.
How do you feel? Probably not very good.
Now remember or imagine a very happy memory or a joyful moment or situation in your life, and do the same thing. Think about it for about 20 or 30 seconds, and really visualize the experience as if is taking place in the here and the now. How do you feel now? Probably a lot better than when you thought about the negative memory. If you want, you can try this again with your eyes closed, so that you can really bring the experience into the present moment.
It is not the situation creating the experience, it is your thoughts about the experience that create the emotions you have. Your emotions shape the way you experience the world.
The same effects can be experienced by imagining a situation in the future that you fear, and then comparing your physical response to a situation which you are looking forward to. An situation, whether it is real or imagined can bring about the same emotional responses based upon your thoughts.
The thoughts and visuals created an emotional response within your body, similar to the way the lemon visualization might have made your mouth water. If you can’t quite feel the effects you might not be getting a clear image in your mind or thinking about the image or situation as clearly as you could. In creative visualization your are imagining the situation unfolding in real time as if it is currently happening in the here and the now. The situation or experience you are visualizing can be thought of as a scene from a movie, but instead of visualizing it as if you are an observer watching the scene unfold before you, you put yourself into the situation itself, experiencing it as if you are an actor in the movie.
Creative Visualization is a wonderful tool that you can use anytime to create the experience your desire. We often go through life imagining our worst fears, or dwelling on painful memories of the past. Use Creative Visualization to imagine the experience you want to have. Start by thinking about what you want, not what you don’t want. These thoughts will create the images you will experience when using creative visualization.
Imagine yourself already having the money, relationships, career, etc,. that you desire. Experience what you want as if you already have it so that you will have a positive emotional response. Since we attract the things we think and feel, this will help you to creative positive change within your life.
Practicing Creative visualization can inspire you to begin a journey of positive thinking and reality manifestation, helping you to create a happier healthier YOU, and changing the way you experience the world around you.
Your body is constantly responding to both your conscious and your subconscious thoughts. Your body even responds to the consciousness of other people.
Have you ever walked into a room where two people were arguing and you could almost feel the tension in the room? Many people who visit supposed haunted locations start to feel the physical effects of the fight or flight response; increased adrenaline, a pounding heart or sweaty palms. The same physical anxiety might occur when one is nervous about an upcoming speech they must give, or a job interview they must prepare for, and so on.
But it’s not the situation causing the physical effects or emotional response, it’s the thoughts one is having about the physical experience or situation. Thinking positive thoughts leads to positive emotions which effect the body in a positive way. Thoughts of love produce feelings of love, unless of course you are someone who fears love (perhaps love is associated with a painful experience), then negative thoughts may result in your body reacting in an unpleasant way. Painful memories can bring tears to our eyes, even though the actual physical experience is no longer present or valid. This is a subconscious belief that has been programmed by your previous experiences.
Our mind-body reacts to our past, present, and future no matter if the situation is real, or imagined. We can bring these memories and imagined experiences into our present awareness at any time. We can imagine what our future will be like (or what we want it to be like), and we can visualize ourselves in situations that haven’t occurred yet. We can shape our minds at will or we can let the subconscious fears or negative thinking take over. It’s amazing what you can experience once you “become aware of being aware”.
Some people allow their subconscious fears and worries to take over their thoughts. Negative images and painful memories can paint a dreary picture on the canvas of their minds. Thoughts of any kind create feelings, which your brain interprets, and responds to by sending signals to your body, which react in real time. The fearful thoughts can create a physical reaction such as with the heart pounding, or the sweaty palms we experience when we are nervous or ill at ease. The positive and loving images can also create a physical effect in real time, but of course they feel much better!
When you consciously think about something, notice your emotional response. If it’s not what you want to feel then backtrack and change the original thought. Visualize the situation or experience that you want to feel, imagine the desired feeling, and reprogram your thinking process. This can change your perceptions, your attitudes, and can even effect the way other people respond you.
Creative visualization involves using the thinking-feeling process to imagine a desired situation or goal manifesting in real time. This process can be used to heal your own body by visualizing in detail how you want to feel, and imagining the body responding to your desired thoughts at the same moment. Negative thinking such as constant worry can create stress within the physical body. Positive thinking can relax and heal the body, freeing it from tension and stress.
Remember to pay attention to your thoughts, and becoming aware of the emotional response. Once you get into the habit of doing this you can start to reprogram your old negative thinking, and start creating the reality that you want to experience NOW and not later.
By changing your thinking, your changing the emotional responses of your body.
Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.
Change your mind. Change your life.