I adhere to a stringent visualization regime

If you’ve been visiting here for awhile, you might recall that I once manifested a bear out of thin air.  

I seem to have a knack for this kind of thing. In fact, it’s entirely possible that I’m a witch. Not the leader of the coven or anyone important, but, once I find my coven, I’ll probably be the witch they call upon when they need to get a telepathic message out to the animals of the forest or to the farmer’s wife who lives down the road a piece and brings us eggs when we run out in exchange for love potion or sleep powder, depending on her mood. Or maybe I’ll just manifest us some chickens of our own so that we don’t have to rely on the farmer’s wife. We’ll see.

Anyways. The reason for me bringing up this particular skill is that a long time ago I read an article somewhere about using visualization technique to achieve physical results. I had never heard of such a thing but I knew I was onto something big and successfully used it to achieve a new personal best in the mile.

I’ve recently gone back to using this technique to get back in shape. Now, every morning, I do pull ups before I get out of bed. It doesn’t take long. Just a few minutes a day. Listen, I know what you’re thinking. I can hear you from here. I’m not lazy. There’s just only so much time in the day and although I don’t mind spending some of it walking or jogging, I don’t have enough time to do real pull-ups plus I’m not even strong enough yet to do real pull-ups. I will be in a month, though. Because it’s working. It is. The trick to using this trick is to feel it rather than see it. I’m not just “visualizing” pull-ups as much as I am feeling myself doing the pull-ups, feeling my muscles working, feeling how the chalk I rubbed on my hands strengthens my grip on the bar, feel the relief of letting go of the bar and resting between sets. Yes. I do sets. You can’t pretend to get strong with just one set a day. You have to tax those imaginary muscles, deplete them. You have to get the message through to your real muscles.

You can tell it’s working because just look at the picture I posted. That’s me after just one month of visualization technique. Okay, that’s not me, that’s Arnold Schwarzenegger. Vintage Arnold Schwarzenegger. I wouldn’t want to look like that anyways.

Maybe, in a couple months or so, once I’m buff and have a fake tan, I’ll do real pull-ups and I’ll post the evidence here. That’ll show you naysayers out there. Or maybe you’re not a naysayer. Maybe you’re a…a… YES-sayer. If you are and you want to try this technique, it’s best, in my opinion, to visualize something that you have some muscle memory of. For me, that would be running and strength training but maybe for you it’s swimming or yoga or burpees. I don’t even want to visualize burpees. That’s how much I don’t like them.

If you are a MAYBE-sayer and you need more information, here’s an article I found with additional resources to get you started. I imagine that the dead who strive to become the walking dead may actually use this technique to revive themselves. And on that note, I’m just going to hit publish and go on about my day.

Happy Friday!

Chicken out



  15 comments for “I adhere to a stringent visualization regime

  1. November 17, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Lucid conjuring. I’ll be damned.


  2. Doug in Oakland
    November 17, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    I used to use visualization in motorcycle racing. You were supposed to visualize yourself doing an entire lap around the course until you felt familiar with its features and the order they present themselves in. It did actually help. My racing partner used to say that it’s good to think through most of the things you do anyway, and visualization was just a more detailed form of it.
    I’ve never manifested a bear, but I once woke up with one between our campsite and the boat we got there in.


    • November 18, 2017 at 12:10 am

      Doug-maybe you DID manifest the bear. Maybe bears are particularly susceptible to manifestation.


  3. jenny_o
    November 18, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Hoo boy, I sure hope bears are NOT susceptible to manifestation. Now I’m not going to be able to stop myself thinking about them because I don’t WANT them to appear …

    I do believe in visualization as you describe it. I believe the focused mental rehearsal helps the brain when it comes to physical rehearsal. Everything’s connected.

    By the way, Chicken, I can hardly believe this (I’m still hyperventilating) – the head of the group that’s doing the mermen calendar left a comment on my post. I’m still not sure if I answered it well or not. If you have a chance, would you mind going over and reading it? I’m stressing over it a bit. If for some reason that’s not possible, no worries. I’ll ask another reader.


    • November 18, 2017 at 1:30 am

      Wow, that’s amazing, Jenny-I’d hyperventilate too:-) I think you answered it just right. You couldn’t have said it better. I can’t wait to get that calendar. The only question is who’s going to be lucky enough to get it for Christmas!


      • jenny_o
        November 18, 2017 at 2:59 am

        Thank you for reading it and making me feel better, Chicken 🙂 I appreciate that more than you probably know.

        And maybe with the calendar you could do like I do when I buy something clearly *I* would be most appreciative of . . . keep it. I have learned that I do this almost every Christmas. Never anything expensive, just something that I love. It was prompted by a lady I know who has been on her own for many years. She always buys herself a birthday gift and a Christmas gift. I thought that was a reasonable thing for her to do. There are always so many things I’d like to buy at Christmas, allowing myself one thing seems reasonable too (especially since I do all the shopping except my own :)) I’m so tickled that you ordered one of those calendars. I hope the merman guy read that part 🙂


      • November 18, 2017 at 12:20 pm

        You’re welcome;-) I did think of keeping it but then I thought of all the people in my life who would instantly get it and love it. There’s my sister, who just went through a divorce. I’d present it as date options for her; men with a sense of humor. Or there’s my little brother, who it he had lived in that area would have jumped at the opportunity to be a Merman. I can just see him now. Or there’s my best bud, GG, who has traveled to New Foundland a couple of times and loves it there and who, like me, would just be charmed as heck by the whole idea. I think, for me, even though I love it, the pleasure will come from sharing it. For myself I buy jewelry and shoes:-)


  4. November 18, 2017 at 12:56 am

    I’ve never been able to do a pullup so I wouldn’t even know which muscles are supposed to engage. Oddly enough, though, I dream, on occasion, of being able to do pullups, and they’re quite easy in my dreams. I’m always pleasantly surprised and quite proud of the fact that I had it in me all along, apparently. Then I wake up. Maybe I should try to do a pullup after that kind of dream? I don’t know what’s tall enough in the house to pull up on. Maybe the exposed trusses in the basement? Then again, splinters. Meh, upper body strength is overrated.

    Come to that, the dreaming stuff, I manifest bears in my dreams on a regular basis as well. In real life, not so much. However, a couple weeks ago, I was driving Dad somewhere when I asked if he’d seen any turkeys lately around his place. He said, “No,” and a split second later, 10 of ’em flew across the road in front of my car. That was pretty freaky.


    • November 18, 2017 at 1:33 am

      You do pull-ups in your dreams? Wow. That’s so cool. You should go to the playground and try one if there’s one near you with that kind of equipment. I used to be able to do them but only after months of strength training. They are hard! Maybe bears are your spirit animal. Or turkeys.


      • November 18, 2017 at 3:42 am

        I think my pull-up dreams are on par with most people’s dreams of flying. Bears, wolves, lions and other big cats frequent my dreams in recent years. Often wonder what these animals mean. Maybe they represent fears and I should face them rather than trying to escape. If so, I guess I should consider it progress that in some dreams, there is a wary coexistence.


      • November 18, 2017 at 12:34 pm

        I used to dream of flying a lot. I don’t anymore and I miss it. If I could have a super power, I’ve always said flying would be it. Now. The cat and wolf dreams? I do believe those have meaning. I went through a couple of years of those kinds of dreams not long ago. I was meditating a lot then. I have a friend who is an energy healer, which embraces a lot of Native American ideology. She used to say that when you are seeing an animal a lot it is a sign you are being observed in some way. Not sure what that means come to think of it. I hope that doesn’t creep you out. I took it as a sign that I was becoming more one with nature. Or some such shit. Anyways. The Medicine Cards book I have says that Wolf is the teacher, the pathfinder, the forerunner of new ideas who teaches the rest of the clan. He is loyal to his pack but also has a strong individualistic urge. Bear’s strength is introspection. To accomplish our goals and dreams we need to practice the art of introspection; quiet the mind and enter the silence. The Mountain Lion represents leadership. Do you often take the leadership role in your family? It can be difficult to be the leader because the burden of the problems of others can be passed on to you, and you may also be blamed for always taking over when others cannot-you become the target for the insecurity of others. You must be able to lead without insisting that others follow. That’s probably a longer response than you were looking for but you get me started on dreams and oooh, I just gotta weigh in.


  5. Anand Bose
    November 18, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    I can barely do six pull-ups. It’s a strenuous exercise. Anand Bose from Kerala


  6. November 21, 2017 at 7:08 am

    In 2006, I’d been doing laborer-gardener work for 30 years and had the physique of a discobolus, then had to have a tumor removed from inside my heart. After the procedure, I wondered what had happened to my chest muscles, which seemed to be gone. A knowledgeable and no-nonsense nurse told me, “Muscles have their own memory on a cellular level.” She assured me my pectoral contours would return after the sternum knitted where it had been sawn through. She was right. It took about 3 months, but she was right. So, I think, are you.


    • November 21, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      I had to look up discobolus. I thought it might be a disco ball, but that didn’t seem like the right shape for a laborer-gardener. You must have been very discobolus-y, be cause 3 months does not seem like a very long time to recover from heart surgery.


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