Updated: Sep 14, 2020
by Bianca Aponte, June 10th, 2020
The process of visualization is so important to master if you want to be, do, have, or create anything in your life and business.
Most people do this by default, not strategically or intentionally, so getting what they want can be hit-or-miss. This is one of the reasons why results can be so erratic. If you want your life and business to be soul-aligned, then a key to getting there is getting a handle on your visualization work.
The importance of visualization really hit home for me not too long ago, even though I had been using these techniques since I was a young gymnast. About 5 years ago I was working as a part-time instructor at a local dance studio teaching competitive dancers gymnastics and acrobatic skills. These classes where quite large and unruly. To be honest, I was having a hard time controlling them as I was much more accustomed to running smaller classes or private one-on-one training sessions.
I decided to put my visualization skills to work in order to gain control of these large classes. I visualized my students listening intently, taking their time, learning new skills all while having a good time doing it. I carried the feeling of that visualization into the classroom, and lo and behold, it worked! It was the best class ever. By doing the visualization work and holding the frequency of the visualization while working with my students, they felt it and they responded.
I'll never forget that day. It was the day I realized the true power of my imagination and my visualization training.
What does “Holding the Vision” Mean?
What exactly is “holding the vision?" What does that even mean? Well, it’s a term to explain the process of visualization for an intention or for manifestation. I also like to call it intentional imagination.
Let’s break it down a bit further.
The “vision” part is pretty clear. That’s the actual image of your intention or the visual representation of the energy that you are calling in. Creating a vision board is an example of the vision part of holding the vision. Vision boards can be effective if utilized as a part of the process, not as THE thing that brings about your intentions. Pinning all of your hopes on clipping images and posting them to a board, and then putting it away in your closet, or even hanging it on your wall is not the most effective way to bring about your intentions, to reach your goals, or to manifest your desires. It’s possible that it could happen that way, but it’s highly unlikely.
The power is in the holding.
The “holding” is the description of the process itself and is threefold. It’s comprised of consistent repeated action, embodiment and containment of energy, and grounding and anchoring of energy. I will explain each of these in more detail in a bit.
So going back to the vision board; if you look at the vision board as part of your holding process, then it’s useful. If you create it and never use it again, or even worse, it reminds you of the lack of not having what is on the vision board; then the vision board is actually more harmful than beneficial.
What Visualization Is and What It Isn’t
Let’s start with what it isn’t. Visualization is not meditation. You can use guided visualization as a technique to get to a meditative state, but it is not meditation itself. The differences all boil down to the goals of each.
The goals of meditation are to get to a restful, silent, peaceful state so that the central nervous system can rest and you can de-stress, so that you can get to a state of neutrality, to realize that you are not your thoughts, to make it easier to connect to your higher self, your divinity and to receive divine guidance.
The goals of visualization are to call in and raise energy, reprogram your central nervous system by being more alert, and in your body to feel sensations that are beneficial to reaching your goals. Visualization assists in manifesting the guidance that you receive in meditation in the physical world through embodiment techniques.
In short, I see meditation as a way to disconnect from the physical body and mental body to connect deeper with your spiritual body and divinity, while visualization is a way to connect more with the physical body and mental body so that you can create in the physical world. Both are necessary and beneficial in training all aspects of you to be a channel for your soul.
A Deeper Explanation of “Holding”
I previously mentioned that holding is comprised of 3 elements; consistent repeated action, embodiment/containment of energy, and grounding/anchoring of energy. Let’s get into the details of each.
Consistent Repeated Action:
If you imagine something once and let it go, it is not holding. You released it. Holding is the opposite of releasing. Holding, by definition, is not letting something go, right? So, in order to not release, we must repeat consistently. This can look like 5-minute visualizations in the morning or evening daily. The goal is to hold the vibration of the vision in your body consistently. Then you will be “holding the vision." This is the “how” of the process.
Embodiment and Containment of Energy:
This is the practice of keeping the energy of the vision contained in your body. You will be feeling this energy somatically through sensations in the body. These physical feelings are what are creating the changes sought. This is the “what” of the process.
Grounding and Anchoring of Energy:
This is the practice of running the energy down and anchoring it in the lower energy centers of the body so that it is stable. This is the end goal of the process. This is the desired result. You are practicing all 3 elements at the same time when you are holding, but the qualities of the results are iterative. At first, it will be easier to repeat the visualizations regularly, but not as easy to hold the vibration in your body and/or ground and anchor it in. As time goes on, you will be able to hold the vision in your body and anchor it for longer time frames.
The Technique of Visualization
Sensations and Emotions:
When you are imagining a scenario during your visualization time, it is extremely important to bring as many physical senses to the experience as you can. Visual imagery is not enough. Where are you? What does the space look like? What do you smell? What is the temperature? What do you hear? How do your clothes feel on your body?
Then, how does what you are sensing make you feel emotionally? Do you feel joyful, happy, expansive, giddy, in love, excited, passionate, or playful? Spend time with the emotional feeling and anchor that into your body. Feel the emotions run through your body as physical sensations.
Internal and External Visualization:
You will first do the sensations and emotions practice as if you are in your body, so the view of your imagined scenario is as if you are looking through your eyes.
You will then imagine yourself in the scenario you have imagined as a spectator from outside your body. So you will view yourself as if your body is an actor in a play, and you are seeing yourself as is you are a spectator in the audience. Then return to your body during your visualization. This external step is important to solidify the experience as real. As humans, we tend to not believe something unless we see evidence of it externally. So, doing this step makes the experience more believable to you, so don’t skip it!
Lightworkers – Now is the Time
Part of the work we as lightworkers came here to do is raise the vibration and frequency of the planet. We do this by holding a higher frequency in our being, and our imagination and doing visualization work is the key. We cannot afford any distraction from our missions. The time is now. It’s time to stay focused, to focus our frequency, and to hold it to be it.
I truly hope that this article has sparked a desire within you to incorporate visualization work into your practice. It will make such a difference in what manifests for you, as well as how easily it manifests.
If you would like to dig deeper into your visualization practice and learn how to hold the vision to get the results you desire, then check out my podcast episode below.
About The Author
Bianca Aponte, a certified holistic energy healer, and coach, provides guidance and inspiration to spiritual entrepreneurs through her online brand Fuel Your Magic™ and her podcast Launching Light. As a former gymnast and longtime gymnastics coach (where she acquired the moniker Coach Bianca), she now leverages that high-performance coaching experience along with her energy work training to support lightworkers who are here to spread their light through business.