Visualization - Why It Doesn't Always Work
Visualisation is something that new
age books recommend almost like its something out of
the Bible; how could we not be visualising each time we want
something to happen?
And yet as I've discovered, not only does
it not work very well, but it actually tends to block creations from
Let me explain.
When I was a teenager, I was natural at manifesting creations. Knowing
it was a natural process, I never focussed or obsessed over it. Whether
it was an
after-school job, a boyfriend or even getting into university, all I
to do was think on it positively, let go, and things would happen. I
felt powerful because I could make many interesting things happen. I
got a great job, had a boyfriend, got into
university and really was never worried about the future.
But then a strange
thing happened. I began to discover "New Age" books, and there were
many of them even in the 90's. I thought the books were all fantastic
of them were. Amongst them were books about Manifestation, Abundance
What You Want. Without ever wondering if the books were in fact accurate or true
, I simply
swallowed them, assuming they must be true. My first book on
manifestation is when all my problems with
manifestation started (yes, the irony of it). I lost the ability to
naturally manifest because
I began to believe in wrong facts from the manifestation books. My
manifestations became unnatural as I followed step by step processes
that promised the world.
And I'm not the only one. Did you know that in new age circles we
talk about how we "new-agers" are the worst when it comes to money.
Money seems to run from us. We are dreamers of the biggest kind (and
this is amazing when it comes to picturing the world in peace and
harmony). But have you ever wondered why, on
an individual level, new age people never seem to have our
lot? We are shopping in opp shops and we aren't even hippies
anymore. Remember the hippie stage? "I prefer not having cash" we would
state, and we kind of didn't, at least until we needed to actually pay
I was sold on the 'techniques of visualisation' and I got intense
around it. I believed that I could create anything I wanted, not
knowing that I'd lost the natural way to manifest. I was using all the
'new' ways I was learning - all of which were wrong. You should never
expect to manifest. You should play it like it is a game, and simply
hope with an open heart.
I was told if you wanted a house,
then try to visualise it down to the last detail. If you wanted a
boyfriend, picture him exactly and send it out, then let go.....Picture
your perfect job, picture money coming in, blah blah blah. And now I
will tell you why it doesn't work so well.
Too Much Detail Causes A Closed Mind
When you in fact visualise something very precisely, you are saying to
the universe that this is what I want. This thing exactly
. What if the
universe doesn't have that thing exactly, and what if your guides are
trying to lead you in a different direction? What if you make up your
mind very strongly but you are meant to receive something else? Do you
know what happens when we do this - we completely mess up our own
manifestation process and the universe knows we are stuck and brings us
. Our guides wait for
us to clear out our expectations and become open again.
For many years I've been a visualiser and I cannot
remember one time that my visualisation came true. I was told in books
and by psychics that to find a man, I needed to write down specifically
what I wanted; make a list, write it in a big circle and it will
definitely occur. I did all this but I still kept meeting men who were
not right for me. It made me feel like I had failed.
Rather than relax and become open again, I became ever more clear about
the exact future I wanted. I thought that you order it - because that
is what new age books said. Like in a cafe, you are meant to order your
exactly as you would like it. No wonder these books always sell out.
addictive. We are told that we
create our life through our thought
(this part is true) and we feel empowered, yet we are shown the wrong
way to do it. I thought I was being strong by not giving up, so I never
became OPEN. I never gave up.
Why Visualisation Doesn't Work
Manifestation is not about the mind at all. Forget using your mind,
ordering things from the universe or making demands. Pinning up
pictures of your dream house may never bring it to you if it isn't in
plan. No - manifestation is all about FEELING things and then knowing,
because once we feel it, our heart tells us immediately if it is coming
or not. We have the ability to know
what is right for us. We have the ability to feel when it is coming.
I find it amazing that we are taught a lot of crap because that crap
sells books. We are told we must buy the
books, read them and use our minds to picture stuff, but then we wonder
why doesn't it ever arrive? Somehow we all think we failed or are
really bad at visualisation. In fact, visualisation is kind of the
wrong thing to do. Let me tell you the right way, which coincidentally
is the way I used when I was a teenager and, without trying or
stressing, I got everything I ever asked
Open Expectation & Being Positive
Open Expectation is what
works and it automatically makes you positive. We never need to
visualise anything. I used to think to myself, "This is what I want,
a job" and NEVER add the details of it. I was open to whatever came
along, and things always just happened. My angels would lead me to the
right job. When I wanted a boyfriend, I never pictured
what he looked like, and within weeks I'd met a very nice boy.
The way to manifest quickly is to say to the universe, "I'm
or "Hey, send me something fun" and then play it like its a game. See
what comes along and don't be too serious. Learn to laugh if it isn't
exactly what you wanted and try again.
In his book The Jeshua
, Jesus (or Jeshua as he prefers) says the following:
"Creating from the heart is more
powerful and requires less effort than creating from the ego. You do
not have to bother about the details; you just need to be open to all there is, both inside and
"From this openness, you may now and
then sense a certain pull....this pull is the quiet whisper of your
heart....When you act from intuition you are pulled instead of pushing."
This was amazing to me as he admits that much in new age teaching
is in fact incorrect. We often try to forcefully or egoically attract
the things we want. We are always pushing, using ego, and never feeling pulled
to it through our intuition, or our heart. The difference is incredible.
The last thing I want to say is that thousands of new age authors write
books and there are thousands
of rejects each year. I've been told this by new age publishers, not
because the books are bad but because they only need to publish a few
each year. The
authors who do get the publishing contract and write about 'ordering
up' whatever you
like from the universe believe in their techniques
because they were published
It did work out for them, so they think
they are correct in what they say. They never consider the thousands
who find out how brutal it really is. So I don't blame the authors. I
just think it is a shame that so much 'out there' around manifestation
is pure fantasy and it tends to turn us in the wrong direction.
Visualisation is only good to use on imagining a positive
earth, or sending energy to friends, but not on your own desires. Never
order things, rather play with it with an open heart and open expectation. Let your angels do the
work and bring you unexpected things! It's fun.
I now feel more open to manifesting
whatever the universe thinks is best. I'm getting ready for some
surprises. I feel a bit jealous of the people who never read these
manifestation books with their extreme promises, for they are naturally
manifesting just fine all along.
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