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The inner world of our psyche is ever seeking homeostasis just as is the outer physical world.  By placing ourselves in the past in a visualization, we are able to give power to ourselves where none existed.  However, if we were to envision ourselves with greater power in the present, we risk upsetting the balance of energy within the world of our psyche.  By doing so, we would create a need for the expenditure of that energy.  In other words, we would eventually act on our visualization unless the energy were rebalanced in some other way.

If the nature of our visualization is positive – enhancing, creative, productive – we recognize our ability to act as “courage”.  When the nature of our visualization is negative – limiting, destructive, violent – we label the internal catalyst “loss of inhibition” or “impulsiveness”.  Hence we may embrace visualization as a highly beneficial tool, but need also to acknowledge it as potential energy and handle carefully how we use it.  In a very real way, our thoughts indeed have the power to create reality. In this way, visualization – using our imagination – can help us heal from past trauma if it is properly applied. Misapplied, though, visualization can lead to act with vengeance, further harming our psyche. Persons in recovery will benefit from seeking out psychotherapists who understand this delicate balance.