For instance, if you are going to post a letter, you will probably picture the postbox you are going to use if you know where it is in advance. You may even plan your route mentally, and inwardly see the place where you hope to park if you are to travel to the postbox by car.
Additionally, people envision experiences from their past, often inaccurately. The mental pictures in their head reflect a mix of what occurred and their personal experience of what happened. Since no two people have exactly the same experience, even when the same thing happens to them, what you picture and what someone else pictures could vary. What you see is tempered by your perspective and emotions as well as by facts.
Envisioning purposefully, rather than automatically and without direction, can be beneficial. You can picture future events going without a hitch in order to gain confidence. You can also picture past events and add useful information.
Envisioning for success
Whether you are to attend a job interview, make a speech in public, or carry out a difficult conversation with someone, envisioning can help you achieve success. If you believe in the law of attraction, seeing yourself acting in ways that result in the accomplishment of your goals is certainly beneficial, since this would attract success. However, even if you do not believe in attraction, you can still make envisioning work for you.
Practicing an event that is going to happen in your life via envisioning can help you spot potential pitfalls and work out how to overcome them before they have a chance to occur. Additionally, you are more likely to feel confident if you run through what you want to take place in your mind.
Envisioning the past
Countless people inadvertently use envisioning in a negative way by going over their painful pasts repeatedly. Each time, memories become more negative and are charged with the emotion of sadness or anger. The result can be that their self-esteem and immune systems are knocked, since what they focus upon influences their self-image and ability to fight diseases.
You cannot alter the past literally by envisioning it as being different from what it was. Indeed, you may not want to, as you could have learned valuable lessons that you did not want to miss from past mistakes. Nonetheless, if your mind keeps replaying a negative memory, you can use envisioning to alter your unhappy thoughts.
To begin to change your mindset regarding repetitious unhappy memories, do not fight them. Let them flow, but once they arise start to play with them. If they are large and fill your whole inner view, make them smaller. If they are full of color, which makes them intense, make them black and white. If they are accompanied by the experience of you reliving the events in question mentally, imagine yourself floating backwards away from them. Alternatively, shrink your inner viewing screen and send it into the distance.
There again, if you cannot help but go through the motions of a memory in your mind, bring in someone helpful. Add a loving friend, relative or guide, and picture that person supporting you. Hear him or her talking to you, saying helpful things in a soothing voice. Change the memory so that you are not alone.
Continue to work on minimizing the screen size of your memory when it arises if you do not manage to do so the first time. Eventually, your memory will naturally arise less often and be less difficult, and it might even disappear altogether.
Envisioning is a powerful tool that you already use all the time. Decide to make use of mental pictures in positive ways and you can improve your reality now, and possibly your future.