Here is an excerpt from my book, SEVEN STEPS TO INNER POWER, where I discuss visualization:
A Powerful Tool for Turning Ideas into Form
As I sat in the fields and watched the moon flowers gently open at night, I was also amazed that, even in the moonlight, their color was beautiful. I remember having the thought that surely our ideas of color come from nature. I thought about how often people look at flowers or a beautiful sunset and want to imitate those colors somehow – in art, in clothing, in many ways. Isn’t it interesting that the purity of nature, its original natural beauty, inspires us to capture it or duplicate it? Certainly, that is one form of visualization – reproducing in representative ways what we see in the world around us.
Although ideas seem quite invisible compare to moon flowers or sunsets, they are as real and inspiring. Aren’t you just as excited by a wonderful new idea as you are to experience something rare and beautiful in nature? In the same way that the world of nature inspires us to imitate its beauty, so we are naturally impelled to capture the beauty of true ideas in material form.
Remember that the true ideas that come to you are coming from your Silent Master: “Your Silent Master is your real self, your original self. It expresses itself through your thinking, through true ideas and thoughts in your mind.” Those ideas are the primal, original source of everything that manifests in visible form. In fact, the word idea is derived from the Greek root word that means “to see.” So an idea automatically carries with it the concept of visibility. Haven’t you noticed that when you understand an idea, you usually say, “I see.” In our universe, we turn ideas into material form. Visualization is a powerful tool for doing so.
Visualization is the process of forming a mental image. The process of forming images in our mind is also called imagining, something most of us do with relative ease. The word image comes from the same Latin root as the word imitate. This means that when we form an image, we are imitating, or creating a likeness of, something else. That something else is an idea. All images, whether those you see outside yourself or those you see in your mind’s eye, are visible duplications of some idea.