Visualisation: Do what our athletes do – for yourself! This is what the practitioners and writers Syer & Connolly say in their book about using the mind in sport:
“Visualisation is a skill. It is the process of watching yourself on a screen in your mind’s eye, consciously evoking and guiding daydreams in which you appear, usually towards a specific end. The academic term for this technique is mental imaging. We keep the common usage ‘visualisation’, but it is important to remember that visualisation includes an auditory and kinaesthetic (feeling) component. In other words, if you visualise yourself moving, you may see, hear and feel yourself moving. In most visualisation the kinaesthetic sense is particularly important.”
Although these words were written a while ago, and with sports performance in mind, they remain essentially true and relevant to other aspects of life as well. Visualisation is essentially a right brain, or creative exercise, and as such, may prove a bit of a challenge to the many of us who function predominantly using our left-brain. It is a challenge and not an impossibility, and in fact quite easy via states of altered awareness, which will be discussed at great length later. The ‘challenge’ part lies in being able to remain ‘open’ to ideas which may be totally foreign to us, and which we may consider a waste of time.
There is a great deal ‘out there’ about and surrounding what is commonly called visualisation techniques, and much of it is associated with rather ‘spaced out’ and alternative philosophies. To ignore the proven value of such techniques on the basis of possible questionable associations is of the order of tossing out the baby with the bath water. The sensible course is to keep an open mind, but not quite so open that our brains fall out!
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