Spencer Taylor - May 25th 2020
Visualize or Meditate? Which is better?
Visualization is known as mental imagery & rehearsal. Meditation, which has been used for thousands of years, refers to the practice of finding peace of mind through mindfulness techniques. Meditation dates far back into the beginning of advancements in human consciousness. The Egyptians, Vedas, Mayans, and Atlantians all have imagery & symbolism of meditation through their texts, stories and artwork. Visualization & Meditation are slightly different but have profound implications on our lives and human civilization.
Visualization is a relatively new concept in terms of mass adoption. In the 1970's, Soviet athletes began using visualization to compete in the olympics. Now almost every successful athlete swears by the power of visualization. Tom Brady, one of the greatest football players of all time said that "If you want to perform at the highest level, you have to prepare at the highest level mentally." Brady has won 6 super bowls and is still playing football in his 40's. Sustaining peak performance for a lifetime is his new mantra. Serena Williams said, "You need to see things happening and envision yourself in a fantasy world — and really believe in that fantasy world — until it comes true." According to Serena's coach, she would jot down affirmations before matches and look at them in between sets! She became the best female tennis player by seeing it in her mind first.
Neuroscientists have often said that the brain is a GPS, and if programmed correctly it will take you anywhere you desire.
Visualization is not something that only works for athletes. Visualization works with anything. Cooking, crushing a job interview, being confident in public speaking, creating art, making videos, performing a surgery, etc., the list goes on and on. If there is anything in your life that you wish to improve, which hopefully there is, then visualization can work for you.
Brain studies now confirm that thoughts produce the same mental instructions as actions.
Guang Yue, an exercise psychologist of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio compared results of those who did physical exercises vs those who did virtual workouts in their head. In the physical exercise group, the observed muscles increased in strength by 53%. The virtual workout visualization group saw an increase in that same muscle group by 40%. This goes to show the tremendous power that we have within our minds. Humans are only accessing a glimpse of our infinite potential and we are now learning that much of that potential rests in the dormant power of our minds. Accessing that power is the key to unlocking new realities.
3 steps for a strong visualization practice
Draw/Sketch. The clearer the image in your mind, the sooner you will manifest it. Drawing your vision brings it to life. Maybe you want a home, a car, a new office building, a new career, relationship, or you have a new piece of art you want to create. To your best ability, draw what this looks like a few times. The drawing process is a visualization in itself.
Vision Boarding. Find images online or in magazines that match your vision. Print these images and paste them on a cork board or poster board and place this in your room or office where you can see it everyday. The more you see your goals, the sooner they will manifest.
Visualization Meditation. We have a few incredible meditations that you can go through that will help you build the exact image of what you dream of creating. If you are like me, that isn't as easy as it sounds. When I first started visualizing, I really didn't know specifically what I wanted. My visualizations were sporadic. Now, I've discovered certain guided meditations that help me get clear on what my dream life looks like. We will share these very soon through vybesource.com!
Should I meditate or visualize?
Meditation experts or guru's tell us that the goal of mediation is to not think. Unfortunately so many people get this confused with the idea that any thinking throughout the day is inherently against our meditative goals. Meditation is a phenomenal tool to help calm an overactive mind. This does not mean that all thinking is bad. In fact, quite the opposite is true.
The hermetic principals clearly point out that the universe is mental. The law of mentalism is actually the first universal law from The Kybalion, an ancient text based on Hermes Trismegistus of Egypt. This law means everything in the universe is mental. We must learn how to use our thoughts & our mind, or else they will get used by the will of others. We are all interconnected, therefor every thought that is transmitted from one human creates a ripple effect amongst the entire cosmos.
There has been a debate ever since the advent of social media platforms that social media is bad. In fact, any new technology that emerges, large groups of people will condemn it because the new technology goes against their reality or ideas of how the world should be. People don't like change; very few at least. Change is uncomfortable. Familiarity and comforts are the predominant paradigm that a human being must overcome to access their full potential. In regards to social media, we are realizing that social media is a phenomenal tool when used correctly. The new technology isn't bad at all. Just because certain people use it incorrectly does not make the tool itself bad, it just means there needs to be more education around the usage of that tool.
Let me give you a perfect example to bring clarity to the debate of visualization vs. meditation. The Egyptians were a highly advanced civilization. Cognitively, they were able to build structures in perfect astronomical alignment that modern day scholars and architects are still left confused while trying to decipher their construction. Now in modern times, Elon Musk is revolutionizing space travel for humanity to become a multi-planetary species. His technology is extremely advanced compared to ancient Egypt. Ancient Egypt would have marveled at the rocket ships we have now. Both technologies advanced human civilization. Neither is better than the other, the key difference is that they serve different purposes.
Meditation & Visualization are equally incredible tools and they deserve equal attention. One without the other creates an imbalance. The trick is to separate these practices. Spend time in your meditative practice, and spend time building the mental image of what it is you want to attract.
Visualize Yourself Better Everyday. At Vybe, we believe in the process of getting better each day. Eventually you will get to where you want to be as long as you are getting a little better every single day. We have new apparel collections coming every month. Rep the Vybe brand as a reminder to consistently progress on your soul's divine path.