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Re: The Success of Visualization

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  • medit8ionsociety
    ... Dear Papajeff, Ok, you were right about Tampa Bay last year, but that was then and this is now, and other similar cliche s. The Eagles will more than
    Message 1 of 6 , Aug 8, 2003
      "Jeff Belyea" <jeff@s...> wrote:
      > The Success of Visualization
      >
      > While the subjects yoga and
      > meditation have become more
      > comfortably acceptable topics
      > of conversation, and stress
      > management and instinctive
      > "gut level" decision-making
      > training programs are firmly
      > in place in military and law
      > enforcement, even corporate
      > settings. there is an allied
      > field that is still held
      > at bay and looked upon with,
      > if not suspicion, at least
      > maybe skepticism.
      >
      > Hypnosis been diminished
      > or rather never really
      > gained acceptance as a
      > serious and efficacious
      > therapy, except as a
      > sort of last resort for
      > hopeless cases of tobacco
      > habit and weight control,
      > due in great part to the
      > Hollywood version of
      > mind control and the
      > embarrassing public antics
      > stage hypnotists have put
      > their "subjects" through.
      >
      > Yet hypnosis, as least
      > in a therapeutic settings,
      > including stress management
      > and even goal achievement,
      > sounds in practice very
      > much like the consciousness
      > and awareness focusing of
      > yoga and meditation.
      >
      > Virtually all "induction"
      > scripts for hypnosis read
      > like an orientation in
      > yoga and meditation. The
      > emphasis is on body awareness
      > and relaxation, quieting
      > the mind and turning the
      > focus inward.
      >
      > Recently, at as seminar
      > it occurred to me to substitute
      > the word 'visualization' for
      > the usual words I had previously
      > used, "hypnosis and hypnotherapy"
      >
      > I'm a Certified Hypnotherapist
      > and also a long-term meditator
      > and practitioner of Raja Yoga,
      > and am comfortable with the
      > interchangeable words. But that's
      > due to a long familiarity with
      > these fields of inquiry.
      >
      > What I noticed, as soon as
      > I used the word, "visualization",
      > was that the seminar participants
      > were immediately enthusiastic
      > about visualization and the
      > discussion became very lively
      > as people talked about how
      > many athletes use visualization,
      > and that it was an accepted
      > practice for sports team to
      > be taught visualization, and
      > how it improved their success.
      >
      > So I've shifted a portion of
      > my vocabulary, dropped the
      > references to hypnosis and
      > self-hypnosis and now speak
      > of visualization.
      >
      > Now if I could just talk to
      > the Philadelphia Eagles maybe
      > they'd have a chance, or at
      > least they could visualize
      > themselves, at the Superbowl.
      >
      > On a more serious (and believable)
      > note, the use of the word
      > visualization may help bring
      > meditation into those areas,
      > specifically schools, where
      > there is still some resistance.
      >
      >
      > Jeff

      Dear Papajeff,
      Ok, you were right about Tampa Bay last year,
      but that was then and this is now, and other
      similar cliche's. The Eagles will more than
      visualize winning the Superbowl, and will be
      starting their season with a Monday night
      win over the Bucs Sept. 8 :-) Ok now for the
      'serious'. No doubt that the term "visualization"
      is far removed from the show-biz flavor attached
      to "hypnosis", and thus far more easily accepted
      by the so-called public, but with Business Week
      and Time both featuring Meditation as their cover
      stories in the past 2 weeks, I think it's the right
      time for meditation to come out of the closet and
      use its own name. It's day, or rather dark night,
      of being thought of as a frivolous new age play
      thing is over and its benefits no longer are being
      ignored. And what I think will really "make it
      happen" is its cost effectiveness. There is no
      better dollar for dollar deal in health care than
      meditation. And as the economy goes down, and the
      stress goes up, the practical thing to do is to
      encourage meditating. It will surely be far more
      likely that people will be able to visualize
      themselves being content, healthy and happy than to
      think that tax rebates to the rich will do the job:-)
      Thanks for sharing (in spite of the jab at the birds).
      Peace and blessings,
      Bob
    • Jeff Belyea
      ... Hi Bob - Hey, maybe you could try the dreaming meditation that was posted and help The Eagles. Yes, I think the word meditation is already in the comfort
      Message 2 of 6 , Aug 8, 2003
        > Thanks for sharing (in spite of the jab at the birds).
        > Peace and blessings,
        > Bob

        Hi Bob -

        Hey, maybe you could try
        the dreaming meditation
        that was posted and help
        The Eagles.

        Yes, I think the word
        meditation is already
        in the comfort zone of
        much conversation, and
        certainly the Time
        mag article will give
        it a boost as the thing
        to do. I was thinking
        more of using the buzz
        word visualization as part
        of the vocabulary when
        speaking of meditation.

        My wife, Susan, was happy
        to hear of Yogananda's
        mention in the article.

        Keep visualizing,
        keep meditating,
        ...and keep dreaming
        about the birds. 'Cause
        it's T for two at this
        year's Superbowl. Bet
        you a Buc.

        Love, Jeff
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