Part of the beauty of visualizations is that a picture really tells much more than a 1000 words. When you give yourself permission tap into your soul, and the wonderful inner knowledge it contains, you can learn some very profound things about yourself your thoughts and your beliefs, very quickly.
Even better, you can also use visualizations to fast and effectively ‘change the script’ on the inside, that would take months if not years of therapy to achieve any other way.
I hope to write some more general stuff about visualizations soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to share what I call the ‘Deeper Needs Visualization’.
It’s deceptively simple (like all the best things in life…) but it can give you an accurate, up-to-date picture of where you’re really holding with each Deeper Need, and show you which area(s) need some work.
Ready? Here’s how to do it (you may want to read these instructions into your MP3, and play them back to yourself):
Instructions for how to do the Deeper Needs Visualization for Emuna / Belief
1) Close your eyes, and take three deep breaths.
In your mind’s eye, visualize a scale, marked from zero up to 100.
2) Think of the particular deeper need you want to measure, and give the scale the associated color.
[Each deeper need is associated with a particular color. Today, we’ll do the visualization for ‘emuna / belief’, which is Energy Centre 1, associated with the colour red.]
3) Picture the red scale filling up with emuna / belief.
What number does is get to?
[You can stop here, or choose to continue on with the additional exercise below):
4) Try out some different thoughts or beliefs. What thoughts, beliefs or behaviors give your emuna-ometer a boost?
[Some to try: God’s doing everything; Everything’s for the good. God’s in charge of the world, not me, God loves me.]
5) What thoughts, beliefs or behaviors deplete your emuna-ometer?
You can now open your eyes.
Write down any insights or ideas that came to you, and then talk to God about them in your next personal prayer session.
When I tried this visualization recently, I got to a not-very-good 42% score on my emuna-ometer, which was pretty shocking and really surprised me. But after I thought about it, I realized it was actually spot-on: I have a lot of work do still, to boost Deeper Need 1, emuna / belief.
You can try this visualization for each Deeper Need in turn, but I’ll remind you how to do it at the end of each section, so don’t worry too much about keeping it to hand.
Next up: An introduction to our second Deeper Need: Gratitude.