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December 19 2012

Unwanted Negative Visualization

Category:  Ask Deepak


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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  • Thank you, Deepak. It is helpful. By the way, someone calls himself John `Genryu` commented something not nice about Deepak. I guess you need to take a look : Go to the topic posted by Leo Kurniawan "As said by Deepak, consciousness.."

    Calfin // 2012-12-19 22:17:17 // //
  • Most problems can be solved when you stop listening to Deepak Chopra.

    Mike Sloan // 2012-12-20 13:08:29 // //



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  • 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 // 2014-03-26 21:05:45 // //
  • can mantra meditation be done while walking, doing mechanical work or while driving etc

    Raghav // 2013-05-30 09:12:31 // //
  • "by the way, someone calls himself John `Genryu` commented something not nice about Deepak" Too 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 // 2013-05-07 19:31:27 // //
  • 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 // 2013-01-10 23:49:04 // //
  • 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 // 2013-01-05 22:03:29 // //
  • The response given by Deepak is the right way to resolve your problem ,by the way I invite you to refer to the Sedona method .

    Sami // 2012-12-26 08:15:31 // //
  • I find that focusing on a point outside of yourself a ball of white light while your eyes are closed can help ground and find stillness.

    barefootwellness // 2012-12-21 21:15:57 // //
  • Thank you so much for sharing your eloquent yet simple Truth. I have use healing visualization work for years. Fear is it --- and directing one`s mind to exactly the location of the pain, type of pain -- and meditative breathing will bring a physical healing that is amazingly powerful. thank you again great teacher. P.S. And to Mike Sloan "Most problems can be solved when you stop listening to Deepak Chopra" -- try it some time. negativity only breeds negativity, fear, and more pain.

    truthwarrior2012 // 2012-12-21 16:29:29 // //
  • come on ! I and we love this :-D

    Christian Christopher Juul Nyholm // 2012-12-20 17:04:32 // //
  • Great advice!

    Peace-Making & Relationship Transformation // 2012-12-20 16:47:18 // //
  • Most problems can be solved when you stop listening to Deepak Chopra.

    Mike Sloan // 2012-12-20 13:08:29 // //
  • oh god doc...that sounds bad...try hard you can do christmas to my favorite doc...

    Aida E Yago // 2012-12-20 11:38:30 // //
  • Excercise first to raise your energy then meditate.

    Shidon Alford // 2012-12-20 10:35:32 // //
  • Perhaps a dream-like analysis of the actual visualizations. Or, maybe not sweating it. Indulge it or counterbalance it by some joyous deed or doing. Or anything your wisdom suggests. I am sure it will be fine!

    Paul Roe // 2012-12-20 09:24:58 // //
  • I think that when the ego arise with any negative emotion or attitude is because it shows us what part of us it is not good and it is based in fear. The fact that ego act is a signal to beging work from our consciousness. I practiced the excersise that Deepak mentioned and it is amazing, when I realize where is the origin of my bad sensation, it´s just to do a click and everything change. Thanks Deepak for all your love!!! I love you!!!

    Odalis Villarreal // 2012-12-20 08:31:43 // //
  • Work through them and let them pass. Negative visualizations say I am here deal with me or I will return.

    Rita J. Scott // 2012-12-20 08:15:52 // //
  • Omg so Caristmatic ,! Ooo that face...Lindo Lindo bello I like u so much.!

    Fabiola Cárdenas // 2012-12-20 08:14:38 // //
  • nothing, go and make something nice for you.

    Florina Vartan // 2012-12-20 08:01:16 // //
  • linda foto.

    Carla Delai // 2012-12-20 07:19:10 // //
  • *are there

    Reeya Chunn // 2012-12-20 07:03:48 // //
  • Don't fend them off! Recognize that they ate there spend a little time on them if you must and then release. It's the only way I get rid of mine.

    Reeya Chunn // 2012-12-20 07:03:29 // //
  • Hello ?

    Jose G. Gonzalez // 2012-12-20 06:10:22 // //
  • think only of the beautiful things in the world play beautiful music

    Michelle Sheets Sheffield // 2012-12-20 05:39:16 // //
  • you are so hadsome!!!!!! Many hugs master

    Eleni Solange // 2012-12-20 04:28:31 // //
  • Time .

    Maria Es // 2012-12-20 04:12:58 // //
  • Sing Hare Krishna...;-)

    Nagy Menator // 2012-12-20 03:42:02 // //
  • Me too :(

    Michelle Olsowsky // 2012-12-20 03:18:38 // //

    Lanski Momo Ali // 2012-12-20 03:14:42 // //
  • Try doing the G breath u can find it on u tube

    Lanski Momo Ali // 2012-12-20 03:14:28 // //
  • poor one,,if you do not know, unless we......

    Maria Gabriela Cagnina // 2012-12-20 03:13:19 // //
  • I sometimes do a little energy work before I meditate - perhaps brushing away negative thoughts, a bit of EFT, having a little dance to raise energy, BREATHING - so important - hold, release. I think that the OP must be in good health to fear bad health? REJOICE!! I wonder whether some kind of death and regeneration would work? Phoenix rising from the ashes, GOLDEN LIGHT BOUNCING Sun Ray-like EVERYWHERE - EMANATE LIGHT x Anyways. just an idea xxx♥

    Jolly Roger // 2012-12-20 02:15:02 // //
  • breathe... concentrate on your breath while you meditate...peacejc

    John Cates // 2012-12-20 01:56:21 // //
  • Check your heart

    FlowerFor WorldPeace // 2012-12-20 01:35:57 // //
  • Get deeper...

    Rolf Strand // 2012-12-20 01:20:30 // //
  • Use Neurofeedback

    Esther Olds // 2012-12-20 00:12:14 // //
  • Turn off TV!...Dr Oz show today had silent killers=who needs that!!!!

    Ralph Castro Marjorie Silva // 2012-12-19 23:59:40 // //
  • Let it come don't react .

    Piyush Sonone // 2012-12-19 23:46:35 // //
  • Don't watch the NEWS, don't read the NEWS, and go somewhere, where knowbody talks about the NEWS!!!!

    Maria A Reagan // 2012-12-19 23:37:41 // //
  • and i cannot sleep... but on FB now, have some gurus (?)...

    Margot Wolf Gonçalves // 2012-12-19 23:23:47 // //
  • Just keep swimming...

    Liz Bates-Realtor // 2012-12-19 23:15:09 // //
  • Before enlightenment chop wood anf carry water. After enlightenment chop wood and carry water. Zen proverb

    Jason P. Taylor // 2012-12-19 23:14:36 // //
  • Flowers are good, I visualize a version of that. Also, I see negativity floating away in a basket under a balloon high in the sky.

    Cyndi Lewis Rodriguez // 2012-12-19 23:10:48 // //
  • keep doing meditation

    Jairan Madden // 2012-12-19 23:08:54 // //
  • meditate more/take long walks in nature.

    Eye Pillows // 2012-12-19 23:03:34 // //
  • think of flowers blooming that works for me

    Randall Beale // 2012-12-19 23:03:30 // //
  • You can ask yourself why you are having them. Maybe they are trying to tell you something that you already know. They should not just be written off as "negative" and replaced with positive thoughts until you seek their meaning either to satisfaction or acceptance that you don't know what they are telling you.

    LA LifeCoach // 2012-12-19 23:02:33 // //
  • Go in a Driver Seat !

    Mahesh Viswanadha // 2012-12-19 23:01:19 // //
  • It could be because you are a very sensitive person and very connected with the universe. With all that is happening around the world and especially now closer to home, it could be affecting your visualiizations....try to bring to terms the negativity that you are feeling, express them to someone and maybe that will help you to alleviate some of the negativity that is happenng and make your meditations more productive... good luck and happy healing! :)

    Barbara Timms // 2012-12-19 22:55:49 // //
  • It's a River, let it Flow. :) Breathe it in and Breathe it out. You are Light and Love! Remember We are with You! Just Smile and Listen to Your Heart.

    Artur Pius Atanazy // 2012-12-19 22:53:18 // //
  • <3

    Mick Serridge // 2012-12-19 22:46:23 // //
  • Just them be and they will pass!

    Dana Camp-Farber // 2012-12-19 22:44:37 // //
  • You need to focus on why your having negative visualizations. If something has bothered you that's popping back up during your time of meditation, you need to remedy this by finding the root cause on why this is manifesting to you and use that knowledge to find inner peace and tranquillity.

    John Se // 2012-12-19 22:38:23 // //
  • It is part of the changes we have to go thru ,getting rid of all the negative vibrations is important in order to open the energy channels in our lifes,the universe is working with us to bring that change and become beings of light united in love. From 12/12/12 on we have to work on it and chant,do our mantras etc,etc,.Namaste.

    Magaly Perez // 2012-12-19 22:37:07 // //
  • Sincrodestino...un libro que más bien es un manual... Saludos Deepak

    César Adrián Lara // 2012-12-19 22:33:48 // //
  • When I remember that I am only a child - no matter my age - it always simplifies and purifies. I try to stay in the center of that. The adults have the negative, the grown ups - the adult me. p.s. How awesome is it that you would even ask this? A child would ask this. Thank you Deepak.

    Clare Cleveland // 2012-12-19 22:29:53 // //
  • .Just look at it as a native nothingness which it is each time it is presented to you. then go back to focusing on thinking and feeling on the perfect and good within your own mentality.

    Vanessa Curtis // 2012-12-19 22:28:08 // //
  • You should consult with Deepak, he's an expert.

    Lilia Gricel // 2012-12-19 22:27:56 // //
  • allow the negative visualizations to stay, don't fight them off, smile gently...they will get tired and leave you with empty thoughts~~ a few slow deep breaths would relax your heart...

    Maria Psanis // 2012-12-19 22:27:56 // //
  • Boa noite, obrigada por se lembrar de nós....

    Maria Lopes // 2012-12-19 22:18:59 // //
  • Cannabis ;)

    Charley Slaughter // 2012-12-19 22:17:47 // //
  • Thank you, Deepak. It is helpful. By the way, someone calls himself John `Genryu` commented something not nice about Deepak. I guess you need to take a look : Go to the topic posted by Leo Kurniawan "As said by Deepak, consciousness.."

    Calfin // 2012-12-19 22:17:17 // //
  • this happens to me all the time and I wonder if it's my mind playing tricks on me or actually something bad..hard to tell

    Angie Burgaj // 2012-12-19 22:17:06 // //
  • Take your positive and accentuate the positive.

    Toni Elliott Estabrooks // 2012-12-19 22:16:49 // //
  • Merry Christmas to you & yours!! thank you for all your words of wisdom.

    Sandi Thill Skender // 2012-12-19 22:16:43 // //
  • I never think negative ever ... I was starring at the CNN screen when you made your last post ... OMG this is amazing I am looking at these cute therapy dogs for CT on CNN and Deepak here is on my phone he will be on CNN with Piers Morgan and the wisconsin temple ... I remember when this happened ... In fact 3 days ago I was reading on this again and I have no idea why it just appeared ... Piers Morgan here posted on my screen with you Deepak ... The negative that came into my life was in 2009 from a Jewish Chiropractor ... I ignore such behaviors quite negative this man Deepak ... what he said about me and he loves to type negative about others ..I go to his page here and he is typing DANG Miss USA is miss Universe .. she definitely is not from the NY/NJ area lmao ... I think that is rude Deepak why is he posting this because I was watching this ? who knows and who cares ... Congratulations Miss USA ... queen of the Universe ...

    Marlene Wood // 2012-12-19 22:14:07 // //
  • Send them back where they came from. In a good way.

    Lora Nelson // 2012-12-19 22:13:06 // //
  • What does chop wood carry water mean?

    Mitzi Burroughs Boone // 2012-12-19 22:12:25 // //
  • visualize God

    Jonathan Cruz // 2012-12-19 22:11:32 // //
  • Just accept it, acceptance combats rejection... Smile at it and focus back on the breathe. Just breathe ... Giving oneself the space to come back without tarring about it. It's perfectly fine, once we know this the mind calms n in its taming all resolves. Don't cling to this, find perfection in it all. True.. Chop Woods and Carry Water :-)

    Sonia Kohli // 2012-12-19 22:11:01 // //
  • Im still trying to get there Dee!!!!

    Vincent Davis // 2012-12-19 22:09:56 // //
  • images-how to feel pity on.This special Positive Energy, Thank you.Mr Deepak Chopra

    Mariann Boda Toth // 2012-12-19 22:08:42 // //
  • enjoyed this advice, and I will be using it. :) thanks

    Natalie Lahnan // 2012-12-19 22:08:41 // //
  • Excellent book, BTW...

    Jae Duran // 2012-12-19 22:08:13 // //
  • chop wood and carry water

    Philip Loveless // 2012-12-19 22:07:35 // //
  • I know this is cliché, however, look at a photo of something that is pleasing to you before closing your eyes...usually an internet photo...and then fix that image in your mind and focus on the works for me to clear negative visualizations...

    Jae Duran // 2012-12-19 22:06:46 // //
  • Pay attention to that because there is a reason for it.. When you learn the reason, and gain insight, then you just realease them,..

    Craig Grandville // 2012-12-19 22:06:44 // //
  • Have someone walk you thru your visualizations that you feel very safe with....Always allow yourself some time to feel exactly what you feel though...THere's no right or wrong with feelings but there are with actions...

    Kent Hurley // 2012-12-19 22:05:50 // //
  • During meditation or during visualization I am always positive and clear about what I want. It is the rest of the day that I have trouble with...

    Salvador Largo // 2012-12-19 22:04:53 // //