Creative Visualization and the Importance of Letting Go
By Remez Sasson
Almost every writer about creative visualization advises visualizing for only a few minutes, preferably, several times a day, and then, to let go and forget your mental image until the next time. These writers say that if you don't do so, your desire will not materialize.
What is the rationale behind this idea? Why not visualize for half an hour, or whenever you have the time? Isn't it more reasonable to believe that more time devoted to visualization will bring faster results?
If you are able to focus your mind, and disregard unwanted thoughts, then it is okay to visualize for longer periods of time. However, most people don't have control over their minds. They cannot hold their minds on one single thought for more than a few moments, before other thoughts emerge.
In most cases, when trying to focus on a particular goal, soon, contradictory thoughts pop up, and negative thoughts start storming the mind, neutralizing any previous positive thoughts.
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Why You Need to Let Go of Your Thoughts and Mental Images
Most people have doubts and little faith, when visualizing their goals. Their minds are inclined toward negative thinking and worries. After a little time of positive visualization, doubts and lack of belief rise and sabotage their efforts. Impatience also rises, because they find it difficult and boring to focus their minds on one thought.
All this means that if you visualize a certain goal for too long, twenty minutes for example, at a certain point, you will become impatient and restless, and negative thoughts and doubts would begin to fill your mind.
These negative thoughts and doubts weaken and neutralize the positive mental energy you have been pouring into your mental visualization, and repel and delay the accomplishment of what you have been visualizing.
For this reason you need to visualize and let go, meaning, visualize for a few minutes, and then do something else. Just let go of the mental images you have been visualizing about your goal and think about other matters.
You just let your thoughts about your goal float away, without holding them back. This helps your subconscious mind find work unhindered to materialize them.
I will repeat, to make it clear. You might be able to think positively for a few minutes, but then, your negative thoughts might gain the upper hand. This is why it is advisable to start with short periods of visualizing your goals, until you gradually are able to maintain a positive attitude for a longer time.
You also need a certain degree of patience and mental focus, in order to be able to visualize effectively for longer than a few minutes.
There is another reason why it is advisable not to think constantly about your goal. By freeing your conscious mind from excessive thinking, you make it easier for information, intuition, ideas, inspiration and motivation to pass from your subconscious mind to your conscious mind. This also enables your conscious mind to be more aware of any opportunity that pops up.
It is important to add that if your desire for achieving a certain goal is really strong, you will carry it in the back of your head, even when you don't consciously think about it.