Getting good at this visualization technique means you are building a powerful foundation for mastering the process.
In the Circle Exercise, one of the basic visualization techniques taught in the Zurich Method, students are asked to “take a mental picture” of a drawing of a colored circle.
But exactly how do you take this mental picture? The key is concentration. Being able to totally involve yourself in seeing the image. Pushing away every thought that does not involve this circle. Being able to send those intruding thoughts away just like a tennis player sends the ball coming in back over the net.
Concentration is the skill that lets us see so clearly that our mind actually can take a mental picture.
And concentration during a visualization exercise isn’t much different than concentration during the writing of a novel.
Here’s what novelist Virginia Woolf says about concentration.
I want the concentration and the romance, and the worlds all glued together, fused, glowing: have no time to waste any more on prose.
Here’s a perspective on concentration from the actor James Dean.
Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that's all you have.
And the value of concentration? Here’s what the great basketball player Bill Russell thinks.
Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.
Every time we do a visualization exercise we need to win the battle against distracting thoughts. This “margin of victory” Bill Russell talks about refers to our ability to focus on the image at hand, and to stay 100% committed to our visualization exercise.
Repetition, commitment and practice will start to pay off. You soon have no trouble taking mental pictures. You will soon master this fundamental skill of any visualization technique.
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