I was having a conversation with a friend of mine who I truly consider a spiritual guru. He was having a good old laugh at some of our human foibles. One of things we discussed was the topic of visualization. Joss remarked that he felt it easy to show newcomers how to visualize small things. Objects like unexpected gifts, mail arriving early, free coffees etc were apparently easily taught to his students.
His students would come to his sessions with no real preconceived ideas about how to visualize. So they were given small tasks which they hadn’t thought about before and they were excited. The students would then come back 2 weeks later and report on their results. Every time without fail, Joss explained, the students would have some kind of success.
But when it comes to larger things, like cars, or holidays or career promotions, Joss reckons it gets harder. The funny thing according to him is that universe doesn’t discern the difference at all. It’s only in our heads that we become so attached to these supposedly “larger” desires that we start blocking our ability to receive what we ask for. Joss explained that when the tasks moved onto visualizing objects that the students really desired, they usually faced roadblocks. This is because the students have all kinds of preconceived beliefs about these desires.
Joss says that there are usually negative emotions when it comes to strong desires. For example we might feel jealous that others have what we don’t, or angry that we have to go without for so long, or just frustrated at how hard we have tried. That’s the real key: to let go and let the universe. Everytime we feel one of these negative emotions, we are blocking the object from reaching us.
There are 2 basic spiritual keys when it comes to visualizing:
1) Think about what you want in detail. There is heaps of information about this out there now. It’s usually covered very well, you know: use all your senses etc.
2) Let go. This is where people come unstuck. They stop visualizing before they get to this step, or they sabotage by starting to doubt. Heads up everyone – according to Joss:
“As soon as you are doubting, or questioning, you are getting attached to the outcome. This is the opposite of letting go.”
So there you have it. If your visualization methods aren’t producing the results you need, it could be because you haven’t really let go of the outcome.
Another important point about visualization is to remember to be careful what you are asking for. Time and again I speak to people who forgot to be very specific about what they were visualizing. Tiny little details can mean you get big unexpected surprises. But the most common surprise is people who realize they don’t really want what they were visualizing after all! We are easily led these days to think that we all should want the same things in life. But we are unique individuals. Don’t assume that abundance is a universal value.