What is visualization?
Visualization is essentially a process of forming images in your mind. Guided visualizations are when you listen to someone’s voice guiding you through this process.
I use visualizations in many of my meditations. In fact, I often use the two terms–meditation and visualization–interchangeably just for simplicity sake. Meditation does not require visualization however.
Meditation is about allowing yourself to be present and quieting the mind.
Visualization, on the other hand, is often used to work on a specific problem.
For example, you might visualize yourself becoming more confident, or successfully practicing a skill, or even healing an ailment.
Because visualization and meditation work so well together, I like to combine them to get the benefits of both.
Using visualization to access your intuition
I love to use guided visualization to access my intuition. There are many ways to do this. You can listen to a recorded guided visualization (I’ve provided an exercise for you below) or you can just use your imagination.
The idea with visualization is to get to a relaxed place where you can access your inner wisdom using your imagination.
You can visualize yourself in the future or imagine yourself making a certain decision, then tune in to how you feel about the picture you’ve painted in your mind.
If you’re new to meditation and visualization, it might take some time to get used to it, but it’s a really fantastic way to connect with your internal feelings and desires.
A simple visualization exercise:
- To begin, find a quiet spot where you can sit or lay down. Take a few deep breaths and allow yourself to relax. Imagine your entire body, every muscle and every cell is completely relaxed.
- Set your intention to connect with your inner wisdom.
- You can now listen to a guided meditation, or begin to imagine the situation that you would like guidance on. Imagine yourself taking the action you desire and notice how you feel. Ask your wise self for any messages. You can continue this exercise for as long as you like.
- When you feel that you have received the message you were seeking, begin to come back to the present time. Slowly move your body and open your eyes. Make sure you are fully present by noticing objects around the room or taking a sip of water.
You might want to journal on the messages you’ve received and how they reflect and impact your situation. A nice way to finish your visualization is to express gratitude for any wisdom that you have gained.