Prayer: How to Use Visualization as Prayer (Part 2)
I think when most people think of visualization they think of seeing yourself in a desired setting or doing a desired thing. Hasbrouck introduces an alternative way to think about visualization.
I said last week the visualization precedes manifestation.
Visualization is already happening in your mind whether you consciously acknowledge it or not. Just consider your normal work day. Before you get dressed each morning, you image the clothes in your closet, rejecting and selecting the outfit that will make you feel your best. Before you eat breakfast (or skip eating breakfast), you image the food items in your pantry and refrigerator, rejecting and selecting what will fill you up.
As you make your way out of your home, you image your route to work. Whether you are taking the bus, subway or driving your own car, you image the route and the stops you’ll need to make along the way.
Visualization is already happening. The question is: Is it happening consciously or unconsciously?
I recommend conscious visualization, which allows you to create the life you want to live.
Visualization with Color and Light
“You need not always focus on scenes or actions to make effective use of visualization in prayer” (Hasbrouck). This concept caught my attention because it was so different from anything I’d learned previously about visualization.
Hasbrouck explains: “Color symbolism must be as ancient as the use of color itself…Color had symbolic meaning for the ancient Jews.” Using color and light to visualize taps into something that is pre-verbal. She assembles a list of common meanings for colors.
I have reprinted the list here for convenience:
- Red: Life, vitality, force, body, underworld. Christian church: suffering and death of Jesus Christ and the saints, divine love, blood.
- Dark Red: Christian church: warfare and human suffering.
- Muddy Red: Rage.
- Orange: Enthusiasm, intuition, energy.
- Yellow: Good judgment or wisdom, intelligence, mind, Earth.
- Gold: Understanding. Christian church: glory, fruitfulness, divine wisdom.
- Green: Order, health, healing. Christian church: fertility (hence, prosperity).
- Spring Green: Strength. Christian Church: youthfulness.
- Blue: Faith, spirit of man. Christian church: heaven, godliness (hence, divine love in man).
- Light Blue: Imagination.
- Violet: Christian church: humility, deep affection, sorrow, spiritual gifts.
- Purple: Power (This color was reserved for rules in ancient times because the dye was expensive and so the color became associated with power.)
- Pink: Love, human affection.
- Russet: Purification (presumably from the color of leaves in the fall).
- Gray: Will.
- White: Pure spirit. Christian church: purity, innocence, light, joy, the Christ, God.
- Black: Christian church: death, destruction, ungodliness.
Consider Color in Your Own Experience
Don’t take Hasbrouck’s word for it. You can look see the intentional use of color anywhere you look.
In college, I took several design classes as part of completing my degrees in theater, film and television. I learned the color communicates without words. The best movies, televisions program and theatrical productions make strategic use of color, causing the audience to feel a certain way.
You can use color to heal yourself, elevate your mood, and positively impact your experience. You do not need to doubt the veracity of this technique because the world around you is already using color to influence you. Think about a few of the major brands in the US and their use of color:
- McDonald’s — red and gold
- Ikea — blue and yellow
- Macy’s — red and white
- Target — red and white
- Marshall’s — blue and white
- Neiman Marcus — gold
Or think about how the colors in the retail stores change as the seasons change. As we move deeper into the holiday season, we’re seeing lots of oranges, russets, and reds. But as soon as February gets here, the same stores will turn pink.
How You Can Use Light and Visualization
Hasbrouck offers a light drill for establishing or maintaining physical health. “It begins with visualizing white light because (as sunlight passed through a prism reveals) white light contains all colors.”
- Sit with your spine straight or lie flat on the floor or a bed and, if necessary, do a relaxation exercise.
- Affirm: I thank You, God, for Your healing power which flows through me now as light, renewing and restoring every part of my body.
- Inhale deeply, imagining white light entering through the top of your head and filling your head.
- Hold your breath, imagining white light traveling throughout your body and all the way to your fingers and toes.
- Exhale, imagining the light radiating from every pore or changing to bluish-gray, which according to persons who can see the energy field emitted by and surround human bodies, is the normal color of the health aura.
- Repeat steps 3, 4, and 5, using each color of the spectrum in the following order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple (or indigo), violet. Be sure you visualize clear, definite hues.
- Repeat steps 3, 4, and 5, using white light again.
- Affirm: Thank You God, for renewing and restoring every part of my body. Sit or lie quietly for a minute or two.
Visualization and Forgiveness
Holding on to unforgiving thoughts can literally kill you. Often the thing we need to forgive lies deep within our subconscious mind. It may be difficult to connect the physical effects of some ailment to the thought that created it.
Using visualization to practice forgiveness can help you unearth some of the suppressed things we need to bring to the surface and forgive. Hasbrouck offers a positive prayer technique that combines visualization of light in an affected area of the body and releasing unforgiving thoughts and feelings.
Hasbrouck offers a technique that she calls “The Fifteen-Minute Treatment.” I reprint it here for convenience:
- Assume a comfortable, relaxed position, either sitting or lying down.
- Affirm three times, aloud or silently, resting quietly a few moments between declarations: God is the life within me.
- Affirm three times, aloud or silently, resting quietly a few moments between declarations: I now release every recognized or unrecognized feeling of fear, resentment, condemnation, envy, distrust, hate, or any other negative feeling or thought about myself or others or anything I or they may have said, thought, or done. I forgive myself and others for everything, and I love and bless myself and everyone else.
- Affirm three times, aloud or silently, resting quietly a few moments between declarations: Divine love now dissolves and dissipates every wrong condition in my mind, body, and relationships.
- Now visualize in detail and in color the most beautiful, peaceful scene you can. Bring all your senses to play and let the feeling of complete oneness with God and the universe fill your being. Feel yourself melting into the scene.
- Gradually let the feeling become the light that is going through your circulatory and nervous systems. See the light flowing into every dark corner. Use white light or a specific color, or simply allow the light to be the color determined by your subconscious mind.
- If you know the specific body area that needs healing, gradually concentrate the light there and let it remain as long as required.
- Gradually withdraw attention from the light as you affirm three times, aloud or silently, resting quietly for a few moments between declarations: God is life. I am one with God. I am one with life. Thank You, God, for perfect life. In the name and through the power of Jesus Christ, the Great Physician. After the last declaration, say Amen.
- Rest quietly and without conscious thought for at least a minute.
Balancing Your Masculine and Feminine Energies
“Everyone has both natures, but in our culture, boys are usually encouraged to develop their masculine side more than the feminine side, and girls are encouraged to develop their feminine side more than the masculine side” (Hasbrouck).
“The prayer technique to balance the two natures requires that you pray “The Lord’s Prayer” six or nine times a day for at least three weeks, a practice that is beneficial to spiritual well-being” (Hasbrouck).
- Assume a comfortable, relaxed position, sitting or lying down.
- In whatever way you wish, order your subconscious servant to have each side of your nature pray “The Lord’s Prayer” by itself and then to have them pray the prayer together. Declare that you wish to have an image or symbol representing the highest development of each nature at the present moment when each prays alone and when the two pray together.
- Let the first nature pray silently and observe the image or impression you receive.
- Let the second nature pray silently and observe the image or impression you receive.
- Let the two natures pray together silently and observe the image or impressions you receive.
- Declare that God now reveals the meaning of what you have observed and rest quietly a few moments.
My Call to Action
Which of these three techniques resonated most with you? Leave me a comment below and let me know which one you believe you can put into practice. Or perhaps you’re skeptical about them working. I want to hear that too. You never know who else feels the way you do.