If I told you visualization helps to improve physical performance and memory, you’d probably say “I agree it helps”.
But after you read this miraculous story, you’ll be looking for ways to use more visualization to improve your life.
Visualization is a powerful force that most underestimate.
Visualization is also one of the most important aspects of self hypnosis.
The editors of the book Imagery In Sports And Physical Performance, 1994, share this story:
In 1958 a nineteen-year-old Chinese pianist named Liu Shih-kum placed second in the International Tchaikovsky Competition, losing first place to Van Cliburn.
After the Tchaikovsky Competition he then returned home to China and by the mid 1960s, he was an established pianist.
Then, Mao Tse-Tung and the cultural revolution came along.
Everything Western influenced fell into disfavor and Western music was one of its victims. Pianist Liu was deemed an enemy of the people and thrown into jail for refusing to renounce the music he loved.
He was locked away where no one could see him and was beaten repeatedly.
From the beating he fractured a bone in his right forearm. For six years he languished in a tiny prison cell and was given no books to read, no paper to write on, and worst of all, no piano.
In prison he was denied a piano and even denied paper which might have permitted him to recapture the music he lost.
Yet, Liu had something invaluable in the prison cell, something that produced notes of music and a piano keyboard.
For more than six years he practiced his music in his vivid disciplined imagination, on a piano no one could see.
Then, one day he was released from jail and requested to perform in Beijing with the Philadelphia orchestra. That request came from Mao, the very man responsible for his fractured arm and jail sentence.
He played with the Philadelphia orchestra and he played brilliantly – even though he had not touched a piano for six years.
The fact that he survived is, in itself, remarkable; that his hands survived, as though they never stopped playing, was called astonishing.
This is one of a number of astounding and miraculous stories that illustrate the miracles and power of visualization.
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