Fundamentals of NLP – Chapter 76

Fundamentals of NLP – Chapter 75

Fundamentals of NLP – Chapter 74

Fundamentals of NLP – Chapter 73

Visual Rep System Development

Much like the Auditory Rep System Development pattern, this technique will help you refine the subtleties and perceptions of your visual representational system. It will improve your abilities to distinguish sub-modalities, which is a necessary skill when working with NLP patterns. It will also freshen-up your creativity and problem solving capabilities. 

The visual rep system is memory based. 

Visualization, in essence, is a big word for saying that you remember what a certain item looks like.

Take an onion and put it in front of you.

In many traditional and old-fashioned visualization guides you would find the instruction to imagine an orange or a banana. 

We believe that this is no test to your imagination, and it does not provide any value in imagining something you’ve seen 10 thousands of times in the past. 

Normally, you wouldn’t take an onion and observe it intensely. You would do so with an orange just before you’re about to peel and eat it. 

Concentrate now on the onion and try to grasp the big picture; how it looks, the colors, the shades, and so on.

Close your eyes and imagine exactly the same onion.

Now, with your eyes closed just keep the image you’ve seen with your eyes open in your mind’s eye. 

That’s all. It’s easy, and it takes almost no effort to see something and recalling it the same second you close your eyes. 

Open your eyes and take another good look at the onion.

What you do now is confirming that the image in your head matches, more or less, the image your eyes are getting from the surroundings. 

The reason for this step is that further on in this technique we will manipulate the mental image the same ways you subconsciously manipulate other images that affect your emotions. This will also convince you how powerful and in-control your imagination can be. 

Close your eyes again and multiply the onion’s size. 

Now you’re doing some image manipulation. Your brain is better than any version of Adobe Photoshop and much faster than any quadruple Intel processor on the most elegant Mac computer. 

Close your eyes and imagine the same onion. As you do so, double its size. 

You could simply “bump” the image closer to you; when things are closer, they seem bigger. 

Here’s a more complicated request—double the size again. 

Now the onion would probably be much closer and almost “in your face.” If it isn’t close enough to make your eyes tear, double the size again!

Return to normal size and change colors.

Open your eyes and look at the onion again. 

Close your eyes and imagine the same picture you’ve seen with your eyes open. 

The onion is now back to its normal size. As you look at the mental image, imagine that the onion is changing colors. 

Choose randomly and fast. 

Choose any color you wish and for 30 seconds or so, keep changing the color every second. Go beyond the usual colors like blue, black, yellow, white, green or red. 

Try purple, army green, beige, cinnamon, coral, lavender blue, orange-peel, pink, yellow-green, smooth violet, Tyrian purple, teal, tangerine, spring green, sapphire, salmon, rose, rust, pale blue and so on. 

Return to normal color and change structure. 

Now open your eyes again and take a good look at the onion. 

Close your eyes and imagine this normal looking image. This time you are going to manipulate the onion’s structure or “physics.” 

Imagine the onion becoming elongated, thin and long. 

Now back to normal. 

Imagine it become fat or chubby. Now back to normal.

Imagine it becoming like the digit 8, fat on the edges and very thin in the middle. 

Now back to normal. 

Imagine it with a huge hole in its middle, big enough so you can look through it. 

Now back to normal. 

Imagine the onion having a chunk been taken off it, much like the Apple logo. 

Now back to normal. 

Imagine the onion becoming flat, completely flat. 

Now back to normal. 

You can keep these mental experimentations going as far as your creativity takes you. 


One crucial element to any skill development outcome is repetition. If your visualization skills are not as good as you’d like them to be, repeat this technique every day or every other day.

Fundamentals of NLP – Chapter 72