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Unwanted Negative Visualization

Hi, I've been going through some health issues lately and have found meditation & visualization to be very helpful. However, I'm having an extremely hard time fending off negative visualizations that interfere with my healing process. For instance, often as I'm seeing myself in perfect health, a stronger image of me in seriously declining health will crash in and take the place of the good image and become the dominant image in my mind. I'm pretty sure this is because of my fear of becoming sick and dying, but I'm having trouble keeping these negative images away. I try to replace the bad imagery with positive imagery, but it's difficult and I can definitely feel how these negative images have affected me. Simply replacing the negative images with positive ones is a full-time battle, and I feel there must be a more rooted way of dealing with them. I enjoy your teachings and hoped you might have some advice on how to go deep enough to prevent these images from overtaking my state of mind. Thank you.


You are right that the negative visualizations come from the part of you that is fearful and resists getting better. You can’t just try to replace these negative images with positive ones, because the fear will throw up and endless stream of images and the positive images are not coming from a deeper level than the fear. You need to address the underlying fear as the issue you deal with now. Put aside the visualization program for now and now use the negative images that come up as indicators of what you need to heal. For example when a worst case scenario comes to mind, instead of getting wrapped up in the emotion and storyline, shift attention to your body and ask yourself where in you physical body this fear is localized. Dispassionately notice where the fear is centered. Then pay attention to what that physical sensation is like. Is it heavy, contracting, or light and shifting? Does it throb or ache? As you reflect on what the bodily sensation feels like, don’t get sucked into the emotion or fear, just keep your attention on the body without judgment. Now as you are breathing, start to see your breath going to the place where the sensation is active. This process helps to bring more of your healing consciousness to the source of the fear. As the underlying issue begins to resolve, the sensation will diminish and fade away. Eventually normal random thoughts will start to pop into your mind and then you know you have released whatever is able to be healed at that time.

You can then return to your previous healing visualization work. If the negative ideations return, then don’t feel bad, just realize that you are ready to work on some deeper fear issues now and repeat the above process.


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Good idea. This is working in me now.
vikram - May 20, 2015
anant krishnarao deshpande - December 12, 2014
Thank you so much for this. \nIt was very much needed, and helped after an entire day of worrying about negative visualizations and fear and not being mindful. \nThank you.
shawkins - December 10, 2014
Damn right I did and I`m more than happy to produce some of the people who actually do write Deepak`s nonsense for him. What are you going to do now Calfin, go crying to someone else that someone said something you didn`t like but that happened to be true? Grow up. Oh and by the way, if you think that Deepak wrote in reply to you, just how dumb are you?
John Genryu - March 26, 2014
can mantra meditation be done while walking, doing mechanical work or while driving etc
Raghav - May 30, 2013
\"by the way, someone calls himself John `Genryu` commented something not nice about Deepak\"\n\nToo right I did. Care to dispute it Deepak? I`d love to trot out some of those who`ve written your stuff over the years :)
Genryu - May 7, 2013
To the subject of negative visualizations during meditation. I have clients who can`t visualize at all. For both I`ve written a book \"Meditation by Nature\" It combines meditation on specific topics accompanied by beautiful, original nature photography to help with visualization. We also make the point that meditation is in fact a natural human activity. Thus the title`s double meaning. It`s available on amazon. Just search under Howell Meditation by Nature. Hope it helps
Bonnie Howell - January 10, 2013
just let the visualization be there without judging it as bad. if you say it is bad, you will emotionally react to it. then it will reappear because you reacted to it and gave it moree attention.
jessi kyann - January 5, 2013