When I presented this as the experiment for last week, I was worried that if I didn’t produce any tangible results from the experiment then I might not have anything very convincing to say to you all in this follow-up. Just when I thought I wouldn’t be able to show you that this worked, something quite amazing and unexpected happened last night and it wasn’t until I was lying in bed did I realise how great it really was. But more on that in a moment.
Overall I found this experiment to be thoroughly enjoyable, and almost like an excuse to daydream and to make-believe. I ended up focussing on creatively visualising two things that I wanted to happen and believed could easily happen. Both of them have shown definite results. I’ll describe a little about what I visualised and how I did it and then share the results with you.
The first visualisation involved imagining my face as being glowing, full of sparkle and completely smooth without any blemishes. I’ve found my skin to be in quite a state of disrepair these past few months and I haven’t been able to pinpoint what’s causing it. So each morning when I washed my face I closed my eyes and saw my face in my mind’s eye. As I washed it I described (silently) to myself how wonderful it was to have such gorgeous skin, so air-brushed in appearance. I also told myself how what a gorgeous colour it was, how it was glowing and reminded me of a new peach. As I said these things I felt a sense of warmth spread from my lower torso through my chest and so I was really feeling how lovely it felt to have gorgeous skin. I was also careful to use the present tense, feeling that this was true in the here and now.
Just before going to sleep I did this visualisation again, I spent a bit more time on it then, and did it without actually touching my face. This visualisation was usually the last one I did and it sent me straight off to sleep, probably with a smile on my face. If nothing else, visualising something pleasurable is a great way to fall asleep.
And the results? My eyes are noticeably more sparkly, and seem larger to me. My skin has significant rosiness in my cheeks, so much so that I didn’t feel the need to wear any blush to a work meeting today. Almost all blemishes seem to have healed, and those that appeared during the week have disappeared a lot more quickly than usual. I didn’t take any before and after photos, and perhaps the changes are only visible to me. My perception of my face has changed in a short time and I see a more energised and refreshed reflection when I look in the mirror. I certainly intend to continue with this visualisation to see if I can see even more marked results and improvements in a month from now.
The second visualisation involved imagining that I had 25 email subscribers to this blog by the end of the week. Obviously I couldn’t share this with you last week because I didn’t want people to subscribe just to make my visualisations come true. From the outset there was a nagging thought that this was a bit unachievable. I found this much more difficult to visualise and also more difficult to really feel. I tried seeing myself logon to my feedburner account, see the number 28 in front of my eyes, and then click on further to see that 25 of these 28 were email subscriptions. I didn’t spend long on this visualisation and usually after trying to feel the physical sensation of excitement for a few moments, ended the visualisation.
The reason this visualisation was more difficult for me was because I felt it easier for my mind’s vibrations to interact with my physical body and my physical cells, than for the vibrations of my mind to alter something external. I think for a beginner I was being a little too ambitious trying to work with two visualisations. At the same time though I’m really glad I did because I can see how it easier for a beginner to work on themselves first before working on manifestations outside of themselves.
The other part I found difficult was the ending the visulisation with the phrase:“This, or something better, now manifests for me in totally satisfying and harmonious ways for the highest good of all concerned.”
The reason I found this difficult was because I thought, well I don’t want something better, I want this! I’m visualising this, that’s what I want. After a few days I changed it to “This, or something even better, now manifests in a way that is for the highest good of all concerned.” Only a slight adjustment, but by saying “even better” to myself I was able to summon up a sense of real excitement about what might be in store for me. To me, it was like thinking that I had told Santa what I wanted, but that he might just bring me something even better that I hadn’t even known I wanted or that it existed.
As you may have guessed I didn’t receive 25 email subscriptions. I know I need more time working on manifesting things that are outside myself. But something else did happen, and I can’t help thinking that it was the unexpected “even better” surprise that I had been excited about. Last night, reading one of my feeds before going to bed, I saw that Nate had given me a huge and complimentary mention on his most recent blog post. You can read it for yourself by following this link. He mentioned that I was doing something different and worthwhile here on my blog and recommended his readers check it out. I was so blown away by this. Everything I read about starting up a blog says that once other people start linking to you on their blog, then you are well on your way. Now 25 email subscriptions would have been nice, but subscriptions don’t guarantee people will read your work and they aren’t a way to guarantee that you will build a following. Being exposed to the readership of someone else’s blog however, does improve your chances of expanding your own readership and drawing some loyal followers. This to me seems like the perfect example of that thing that is even better than what I had imagined but couldn’t have thought up for myself.
So all in all a very worthwhile experiment and one that I will continue with and intend to integrate into my everyday life. I seem to be having all sorts of great luck with my experiments so far, and all of them are teaching me more than I at first expected.
This won’t be the last you hear from me on creative visualisation. It is all a part of my experiment with subjective reality and discovering how this universe works. Stay tuned.