What exactly is visualization for programming our reticular activating system or RAS?
Visualization for programming our RAS is best done in the first person and the present tense – as if the visualized scene is unfolding all around you.
It is not to be confused with daydreaming which is done in the third person and the future tense – the “you” in the daydream is outside your body which the real “you” is watching from afar.
There are 3 levels of visualization. The higher the level of visualisation the deeper is its impression on our reticular activating system and thus the more effective.
Level 1 - the most basic level is dissociated visualization.
Level 2 is associated visualization.
Level 3 is intensified associated visualization.
When we conduct visualisation we progress gradually, step by step from level 1 through level 2 to level 3.
Level 1 – Dissociated Visualization
Level 1 Visualization means you experience the experience from a neutral third party point of view. What it means is that you will be looking at yourself performing the actions you want. It is as if you are watching another person doing it.
It could be an aerial view. The aerial view is how you would be looking at yourself as if you are a fly on the wall.
It could be a cinema view. The view is as how you would be looking at the screen as if you are sitting down in a movie theatre.
Level 1 is the first step in using visualisation for RAS programming.
Level 2 is Associated Visualization
Level 2 Visualization means you experience the experience from the first person (as yourself) and in the present tense – as if the visualized scene were unfolding all around you. Whatever is being experienced, whatever the colours in the scene, the sound, the vibrations, and smells - it will be as what you are experiencing.
Level 3 is Intensified Associated Visualization
Level 3 is the same as Level 2 except for the use of sub-modalities.
In Level 3, take what you are experiencing in Level 2 and intensify it by intensifying the sub-modalities. This level is the most effective in programming our RAS.
Good use of sub-modalities would make visualization seem so real that you wouldn’t even doubt that it was all imagination.
Sub-modalities are like the special effects that a movie director uses to enhance effects on our senses. For example, in a movie, the director would often make us view the movie from a first person perspective. On the screen, we would not see the person, but we would see whatever the person is seeing. A good director would enlarge the view, brighten the colours, play the right background music, and she will turn up the volume to the maximum at the right moment!