Does visualization work? Can it help sickness and disease? Is it okay for Christian to visualize?
Without getting into a long theological dissertation about imagery and visualization, the answer is yes, and it's alright for Christians to visualize. The key fact that we must understand though, is that visualization must be practiced according to God's word.
In other words, visualizing possessions is not biblical. Neither is increased health, or financial gain. None of that is biblical. What is biblical is visualizing ourselves being one with Jesus (John 15:5), or visualizing the written word in our mind (John 14:23). From just these two precepts one can reap eternal rewards both here and in heaven.
Can Visualization Change Us
Yes! God created the mind to have power. How we use that power is up to us, but we must never deviate from His word. Our mind is so powerful that if we concentrate with belief we can affect our health and body.
Here's a direct quote from Dr. Herbert Benson of the Harvard Medical School, "We know that belief can lead to healing or at least improvement in 50 percent to 90 percent of diseases, including asthma, angina pectoris, and skin rashes, many forms of pain, rheumatoid arthritis, congestive heart failure. They're all influenced by belief. We in medicine have made fun of belief by calling it the "placebo effect," or insisting that "It's all in your head." Yet, belief is one of the most powerful healing tools we have in our therapeutic arsenal."
Dr. Benson based his thesis based on genetic analysis of subjects trained in the simple art of relaxation, faith, and visualization.
For a Christian however, the power of the mind should be focused on God, nothing else. Yes, we need to care of our daily tasks and goals, but during our time of meditation, concentration, and visualization, only God should occupy our effort. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Luke 10:27
And we must do it through Jesus because no one can reach God except through Jesus. John 14:6
Guided Christian Meditation Visualization and Imagery - Technique and Script
Prep Work: Before you begin read the Bible and identify key scriptures that inspire you. Generally you want to focus on Jesus.
1. Sit in a comfortable seated position and close your eyes.
2. Take a deep breath in, hold for a couple seconds, and release. Do this 3 to 4 times. Start relaxing.
3. Let your breathing go to a natural pattern. Mentally watch your breath as it flow in and out of your chest.
4. If your mind starts to wander, it's perfectly normal. Simply let it be and go back to observing your breath.
5. As your mind begins to quiet down start focusing on the scriptural concept from your study. Whatever verse or principle you chose make the only thought of your mind.
6. Next, start loving Jesus with all your heart, soul, and mind. Visualize Jesus in you and you in Him. You are one. (John 17:21) Now allow yourself to be completely let go in Jesus.
At this time observe any thoughts, feelings, or visions you might have.
7. Stay in this state for about 2 - 3 minutes and soak up God's presence.
8. Take a deep breath. Begin moving your hands and feet. Gently start moving your head. Then very slowly start to open your eyes.
9. Repeat every morning for 10 - 15 minutes.
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