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Using Poetry to Supercharge Visualizations!

I happen to be an avid student of life and have always had a voracious appetite for learning new things. Currently I'm in a Literature class and introduced to many new writers from the early Colonial days up until the modern era.

In studying and reading a few hundred poems thus far, I started to expand my practice by incorporating new words, and figurative language from profoundly moving, and descriptive works into my own visualizations! The results have been wonderful in super charging DOSE chemistry.

If you are new to this blog page, DOSE is short for:

D dopamine
O xytocin
S erotonin
E ndorphins

Remember, our goal in visualizations is to get to a level of heightened dose state and rewire new circuitry by using our brains inbuilt pharmacy.

"Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind's eye, and you will be drawn toward it."

~Napoleon Hill

A poet is defined as a person possessing special powers of imagination or expression.

I have always loved poetry, prior to brain rewiring and having neuroplasticity as a powerful healing tool. I never consciously linked it with 'dose' chemistry. Think back to your favorite book or poetry. You might even recall some favorite stories from your childhood.

Who was reading it?

Where were you?

Were you drinking your favorite beverage?

No matter how many years might have passed, our hippocampus remembers and stores memories because of how we FELT. Yep, thats the power of words combining feel good sensory, or imagery vocabulary which creates heightened emotions, thus forming lasting synaptic connections.

I still recall reading Edgar Allen Poes poems in elementary school, and being so intrigued yet creeped out at the same time!

By now you might know the power of visualizations whether you are new to them or a seasoned pro. Here are some ways you can freshen up your practice...

Re-set your intention, clarify your goals and vision, then find a dedicated quiet space.

Take on a new hobby of reading or maybe a creative project by writing your own poems, or get an inspirational start by reading classic, descriptive poetry few days a week and getting lost in the imagery.

Note down your favorite part.

  • Which words spoke to you?

  • Were there any new words you can incorporate daily?

  • How did it make you feel?

  • Can you use some of the imagery or scenery in your visualizations?

Sensory imagery is a literary device used by authors and writers that engages the mind on multiple levels by invoking human senses below and adding descriptions to create pictures and emotion reactions. While many of us aren't professional authors, when it comes to brain rewiring we can use this skill set to super charge our visualizations.

  • Visual imagery (sight)

  • Auditory imagery (hearing)

  • Olfactory imagery (smell)

  • Gustatory imagery (taste)

  • Tactile imagery (touch)

I went apple picking a few weeks ago with my hubby. It was my first time, and really fun.

Here is an example of one of my favorite poems on the subject by a legendary writer:

After you read this classic poem below try to go through the following and see how this poem can provide a deeper visualization.

Close your eyes, place your hand on your heart and think about the following questions?

Who are you with?

What are you wearing?

Can you feel the sun on your face?

The slight breeze blowing?

The laughter of little kids running about.

Can you see it? Can you feel it? Your brain doesn't know if its really happening live or in your imagination. So go, explore and enjoy every minute of it.

After Apple-Picking

My long two-pointed ladder's sticking through a tree Toward heaven still, And there's a barrel that I didn't fill Beside it, and there may be two or three Apples I didn't pick upon some bough. But I am done with apple-picking now. Essence of winter sleep is on the night, The scent of apples: I am drowsing off. I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight I got from looking through a pane of glass I skimmed this morning from the drinking trough And held against the world of hoary grass. It melted, and I let it fall and break. But I was well Upon my way to sleep before it fell, And I could tell What form my dreaming was about to take. Magnified apples appear and disappear, Stem end and blossom end, And every fleck of russet showing clear. My instep arch not only keeps the ache, It keeps the pressure of a ladder-round. I feel the ladder sway as the boughs bend. And I keep hearing from the cellar bin The rumbling sound Of load on load of apples coming in. For I have had too much Of apple-picking: I am overtired Of the great harvest I myself desired. There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch, Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall. For all That struck the earth, No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble, Went surely to the cider-apple heap As of no worth. One can see what will trouble This sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is. Were he not gone, The woodchuck could say whether it's like his Long sleep, as I describe its coming on, Or just some human sleep.


About Sonya:

Sonya is a proud Mom to a Son in College and wife who after more than a decade in the corporate world found herself diagnosed with an autoimmune condition that put her on the path she is on today. Discovering an innate passion for health and wellness, Sonya became certified as integrative health, ancestral healing practitioner, transformational energy coach and spiritual mentor. After a perfect storm in 2020 she started brain training and re-wiring and through this journey she found her true nature- inner peace, and joy. Sonya is also a host of “Speak your Truth” podcast and enjoys helping others heal and step into their role as leaders and way showers. You can reach her via email or visit her website at

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