The brain cannot tell what has actually happened, and what has yet to happen. There are so many theories from quantum mechanics, string theory, and other which try to answer this. We know that the brain stores memories, real or imagined, and anchors them to emotions. This is how the NLP Trauma process works so well for PTSD, phobias and major catalyst events.
So why visualise?
- To motivate yourself – see and feel yourself taking action, doing the tasks, strategies and tactics you have designed to get what you want
- To rehearse – that presentation, job interview, getting a sale or a smile from someone special
- To become confident in a setting – this is important when delivering in an arena, from stage or being interviewed. It useful for removing performance jitters and familiarising your mind and emotions with high pressure situations
- Daydream – creativity and problem solving often come from visualisation – see the problem solved, and the solutions often appear.
- Emotional - imagine putting your feelings and thoughts into a bubble, and blowing it away. Or on clouds and watch them float away. This works by dissociating the thought or emotion and “letting it go”
- Constructed – intentional scenarios where all of the representational systems (hear, see, feel, smell, taste) are imagined to engage the reticular activating system to change the filters in the mind to achieve goals and outcomes with less physical effort.
- Guided – there are many you tube videos that can take you on a guided “journey” through your imagination, much like the imagery your mind constructs when reading a book. These are “visual” metaphors in which your mind will construct what is being told.