68 Seconds Of Pure Thought: Visualize In 4 Creative Ways

68 seconds of pure thought
Min, my younger daughter, engaged in 68 seconds of pure thought

In a previous post, I’ve explained how it takes just 17 seconds of focused and pure thought to bring about manifestations. I first learned this concept from Jose Silva while studying The Silva Method. Subsequently, I found out how 17 seconds can be expanded to 68 seconds to create a bigger miracle from Esther Hicks while watching the DVD on Introducing Abraham – The Secret Behind “The Secret”.

Well, you are in luck! I just chanced upon the part that explained the concept of creating a miracle in 68 seconds by Esther Hicks in a Youtube video. Here it is…

How Thought Creates A Major Miracle

In a nutshell,

A block of 17 seconds generates an energy expansion equivalent to 2,000 action hours and results in the creation of a mini miracle.

Pure Thought
Energy Expansion (Action Hours)
Mini Miracle
Medium Miracle
Large Miracle
Major Miracle

Remember the key is to have pure thought; that is a thought with absolutely clear intent. It means that you do not have any have any sabotaging or canceling thought that follows the first. If you can have pure thought after pure thought, you increase the number of combustion points. By passing the mark in 68 seconds of pure thought, you would have transmitted a positive energy of intention into the Universe.

4 Ways To Visualize For 68 Seconds Of Pure Thought

As in my previous post, I recognized that it may not be all that easy to have a succession of pure thoughts. Thoughts that go “I want a new car but petrol prices are going to kill me”, “I would like to go on a nice all expenses paid vacation but I am worried that I cannot take that many days off” or “I want a bungalow but I am concerned that my friends will know how rich I am and start to beg for money” are not considered pure. If you can just examine your thoughts closely for a day, you will know that you have many sabotaging ones!!

To have 68 seconds of pure thought will require focused attention. Hence, what will be most helpful are exercises that totally immerse your mind in the visualization process, with no or little opportunity to have a contradictory thought.

Since my last post, I’ve come up with a few more ideas to add to my toolbox for a streaming 68 seconds of pure thought:

1) Create A Script.

I have previously shared the idea about creating a script for visualization and also provided an example of one. I learned it in an Advanced Silva Method workshop that I attended. Recently, while in the gym, I’ve also combined the script idea with tip #2 below.


2) Run A Mental Script While On the Thread Mill.

Here is how I’ve been doing it, while at my gym:

– I set the timer on the thread mill to about 20 to 30 minutes.

– I’ve already got a script ready in my mind. A suitable story will be one which builds up to the achievement of the goal in mind. It’s like putting yourself in a race, where the medal is right at the finishing line. If you’ve been watching the Olympic games, you should have no problems with this visualization.

– I start to walk, then jog and run on the fitness machine. As my feet picks up speed on the thread mill, I play the script in my mind. My story may not last for 20 to 30 minutes but I always end up in a glorious finish mentally, while the momentum below my feet is still going great. It takes a bit of work to time everything together. So if you like this idea, you may want to allocate more time to writing a suitable running script.

I have used all kinds of visualization scripts! You can add drama and details to make your story interesting. Going on the thread mill at the gym is also now more exciting for me!

3) Create A 68-Seconds Mind Movie Clip.

You can also choose to do your own video clip. It’s easy to do one with using photos containing images of what you are hoping to manifest. In creating your movie, start with a storyboard. Do ensure that your clip lasts for 68 seconds or more and that it is entertaining enough for your focussed attention.


4) Indulge In Creative Art.

If you are like me who can get “lost” in an inner world while doing art, then consider using this medium to engage yourself in at least 68 seconds of pure thought. You can cut pictures from magazines to create vision boards or work on an image editing software to create a nice picture. I use art in a variety of ways; one of which is with the use of my Photoshop software.

Your Ideas Please?

Now, what works for me may not work for you. So let’s get your creative juices going. Would you have any ideas to add on to the above examples? What would be a great visualization activity for 68 seconds of pure thought? Or would you have a running script that will be suitable for the thread mill while you exercise?

The thing is to have fun in the visualization process. Remember the tip shared by Esther Hicks in today’s video: Avoid visualizing because you are wanting something out of the process but visualize because it is fun to indulge in your dreams!

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Gemma - August 28, 2008

I am always looking for creative ways to visualise as I have a butterfly mind (and an 8yr old daughter!) so I tend to get interupted … hmn … maybe I should make one to help me have time to concentrate and focus!!
Thanks Evelyn, I always love your posts, wishing you all the wonders of the universe

Lance - August 28, 2008

I’m having a hard time getting my arms wrapped around this concept. In the sense, of what it means to me. Not, in that I don’t agree with it – I do. It’s how do I determine what “pure thought” is to me. This is hard to grasp. That said, Evelyn, I’m going to give it a try. In fact, I have recently been outside running more, and I have found this to be a deeply reflective time for me – maybe I’m already heading down this road of pure thought and don’t even know it. I’ll explore this more the next time I’m out there running. I find this to be a very peaceful time for me, and that really helps my thinking process.

Irene | Light Beckons - August 28, 2008

Hi Evelyn,

I absolutely love the idea of running a mental script while on the thread mill … it’s a great way to break the monotony and you get to exercise your brain too. ๐Ÿ™‚

My brain is not really functioning well this week, but I think I’ll try to get some ideas from my daughters on the 68-seconds exercise. Kids are wonderfully good with extended period of pure thoughts!

Harmony - August 28, 2008

Thanks Evelyn.
You do a great job of connecting your readers to resources. I am learning from you. Also on visualization. Well, I am fully in accordance with the concept. I don’t necessarily think a certain amount of seconds produces variable size miracles, but in the end, who gives a rip what I think about that…the key is what I am thinking period, right?
I am going to check out your movie maker, but I collect photos off the net and ones friends or I take, and put them into power point presentations….
Then I sit back, let it play as a slide show, and watch and feel the impact of each photo as it appears.

Evelyn - August 28, 2008

@Gemma, it’s a good idea to set aside time for visualization or meditation. I always make it a point to, every night. Of course, sometimes, I’m just so tired that I fall off to sleep immediately. Still, these quiet times are becoming more of a regularity compared to before. It’s also during these times that I get my waves of inspiration!

@Lance, I’m glad to find out that you are willing to be open to the idea of pure thought. I can’t say that I’ve proven it 100% but one thing is for sure – I’m always game to try something new and creative!! What’s there to lose anyway?

@Irene, is it possible to share the ideas that you’ve gotten from your kids? Mine are still too young to provide me with any.

Oh yes…I now enjoy thread mill time. I don’t use to take to it because I find it boring and would rather do a sport. Since I need to train up for a possible ski trip, I’ve decided to motivate myself by making gym workouts more appealing to me. Do consider trying the running script idea while on the thead mill – it’s really a lot of fun!

Evelyn - August 28, 2008

Harmony, thanks for appreciating what I do ๐Ÿ™‚

You’ve said it right. I doubt we can really prove if 17 seconds produce a minor miracle and if 68 seconds a major one. What’s more important is how to get to the stage of having just clear and no sabotaging thoughts.

It all boils down to practice, practice, practice. Allocate time to getting rid of worry, fear and doubt and then do our best in having clear and positive intent.

The only difference between a slide show and a self created movie is that you can add a background music to the video. An appropriate song can help you to better connect with your feelings. Invoking positive emotions is very important for manifestations to work. Still, if your slide show is giving you good results, you can choose to stick to it!

All the best,

Flora Morris Brown, Ph.D. - August 28, 2008

I’ve been working at running a gratitude list in my mind while I’m out for my morning walk. I don’t want to take for granted the beautiful neighborhood, home, setting and lifestyle I manifested.

Flora Morris Brown, Ph.D. - August 28, 2008

Hi Evelyn,

I want to add to my comment above that I tried listening to music, audiotapes, etc. while walking, but they didn’t allow me to hear the sounds of nature. I can run my gratitude script in my head and hear the sounds of nature at the same time.

Shilpan | successsoul.com - August 28, 2008

Evelyn –

I write down things I should be humbled about for the day including small things and next morning after meditation, I try to visualize those events to fill my mind with gratitude and spirit.

Brennan Kingsland - August 28, 2008

What a wonderful concept! “Visualize for the pleasure of visualizing.”

Certainly seems we would take more time to do it if we learned just to enjoy the process, instead of just anticipating the results.

Thank you for a beautiful video!

Vered - August 28, 2008

This will be very challenging for me. But interesting! I am totally going to give it a try.

“If you can just examine your thoughts closely for a day, you will know that you have many sabotaging ones!!” – Very true.

OK. My challenge for tonight, right after putting the kids to bed (that’s when I usually get my quiet time) is to concentrate on ONE thought, in an area that’s important to me (I won’t share the details because they are private),and make it a pure thought.

Wish me luck. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cath Lawson - August 28, 2008

Hi Evelyn – What a wonderful post. I can’t wait to watch these videos and give your ideas a try.

My husband isn’t used to visualising, so we did an exercise where he describes a perfect day in the future. I asked him questions and he added more details, such as what he was doing, what his surroundings were like etc. That was a lot of fun.

Evelyn - August 28, 2008

@Flora, it’s a lovely idea to connect to nature. It keeps us grounded and also more aware of our more subtle feelings. When I walk to pick my daughter up from school, I do that as well – noticing the flowers, leaves, feeling the breeze and practicing awareness in every step I take. I express my gratitude mentally during this time. My afternoon walks have now become much of a pleasure to me!

@Shilpan, great idea with the daily writing down of things to be grateful for. I’ll try it during my quiet times.

@Brennan, it’s easy to cross over to “wanting” when we indulge in our dreams or visualizing. As soon as this happens, joy disappears. Craving seldom brings about happiness. Enjoying the process for the process itself keeps us in the happy creative mode.

@Vered, all the best! My quiet times are also when my kids go to bed. I really enjoy spending them on visualizing and meditating, rather than on watching TV.

@Cath, what a wonderful idea!! My husband also have some difficulty with visualizing. I may just ask him to try out what you said and see if it helps!

Stacey / CreateaBalance - August 28, 2008

I learn so much from your posts. Last week I attended an art workshop and before we started with the art process, the facilitator had us do an amazing visualization…which I think counts as a pure thought. She asked us to visualize being in our favorite place in nature and then we spent time visualizing the sounds, touch, smell, and weather patterns of our favorite natural spot. I loved the exercise and now realize all the benefits I can gain if I can incorporate this visualization into my daily life.

Kelly@SHE-POWER - August 29, 2008

Evelyn, you really do provide so much value to your readers. This is an awesome post – so full of practical tools to aid in creative visualisation.

Personally I like to keep my techniques pretty simple and I do my visualisations before I go to sleep at night. I like to send my mind into its unconscious state with positivity, love and gratitude and a vision for my future.

I haven’t tried visualising while running. I do it on the road though, not a treadmill, so maybe that’s not very safe.

Thanks for the Abraham clip, I haven’t seen it before.


Barbara Swafford - August 29, 2008

Hi Evelyn,

I just watched the videos. This is a very interesting concept. To think in 17 seconds we can produce a mini miracle is amazing. I’ll give it a try.

Thanks for such value based posts. You’ve become my “go to girl” for information on the law of attraction.


Al at 7P - August 29, 2008

Hi Evelyn,

This is pretty powerful stuff, I think I’ll try it as well! I think time after meditation would be best for me. This wouldn’t be part of my meditation, but i think for me the pure though visualization will segue from meditation nicely.

Chris - August 29, 2008

The Mind Movie and 6 free Mind Movie link did not work. Wanted to see more and perhaps learn more about creating my own. Did I do something wrong?

Lorraine Cohen - August 29, 2008

Great suggestions Evelyn

You’re so right that holding a vision or intention without interruption can be challenging. I often walk myself through the idea by talking to myself inside which is like your idea of writing a script. I encourage people to add “this or something better” so that you turn it over to the Universe without being attached to your vision. What we can imagine pales in comparison to what God/the Universe/our soul wants for us and what we desire might not be in full alignment with what is in Divine order. Opening up to a greater possibility is what I do when asking for miracles. Why set a limit?



Evelyn - August 29, 2008

@Stacey, your art class sounded fun!! What a wonderful thing to do just prior to doing an art piece – visualization. Did the visualization exercise helped you produce a more beautiful piece of artwork?

My heart skipped a beat when you mentioned about art workshops. I was reminded of the times when I took art classes. Hmmm…maybe it is a sign that I should pick up art again!

@Kelly, I’m happy to know that you’ve found my post helpful. I love to share my ideas. Putting them down in writing helps me to crystallize my thoughts much better. It’ll be nice if my readers can put them into practice and then later, let me know if the ideas have worked just as well for them! Hint…hint ๐Ÿ™‚

Evelyn - August 29, 2008

@Barbara, thanks for the compliments! I’m still very much a student like all of us here! What I can say is that I’m committed to the process of learning and want to unravel all the secrets to making visualizing work well for us.

@Al, do whatever works best for you. I experiment in all sorts of ways. No two sittings have been quite the same for me. What’s most important for me is to do what I’m so inclined to do just before a sitting.

@Chris, thanks for letting me know about the links. I have corrected them already. They should be working now! Sorry for the inconvenience caused.

@Lorraine, I like your suggestion about not setting limits to visualization. I also make it a point to add the lines, when I’m requesting or making an intention, that “they are to be aligned to my Higher Purpose”.

Wendi Kelly- Life's Little Inspiration - August 29, 2008


I found you from Lance’s site.
I was very excited to read this post because my mother was a Silva Method graduate the entire time I was growing up. The skills she taught us were very much a part of our upbringing. I believe that training profoundly affected the choices she made as a single mother and the amazing things she taught us. She taught us to visualize and how to meditate and use the ability to focus to achieve the results and goals we want in life. I have always been very grateful for those skills in my life.

Evelyn - August 29, 2008

Hello Wendi, thanks for your testimonial about The Silva Method. You are my first reader who has come up to share about the benefits of having been brought up in a family environment where Silva has been taught.

I’m so excited to learn that it has profound effects on you. I’ve recently begun starting my kids on meditation and visualization. My kids, especially my younger girl, seem to enjoy some of the things that I’m teaching them to do.


Marelisa - August 29, 2008

Something that I’ve read about but haven’t tried is to create a song for yourself about what you want to create in your life. Whenever you’re doing anything that doesn’t require your complete attention, like doing the dishes, sing the song to yourself. I’m going to look at the Abraham-Hicks video now, thank you for putting it here.

Vered - August 29, 2008

Well… I’m making progress, but this is hard! So far, haven’t been able to achieve a truly pure thought. There’s always the nagging “buts” and “ifs”.

I’ll keep trying. ๐Ÿ™‚

Friend - August 30, 2008


This information is superb. In fact it actually tied together a little secret technique referred to as the “10 Second Miracle” by Neo-Tech publications that explained how to manifest your hearts desires in 10 seconds. Unfortunately the author never laid out the secret in plain English like you have just done.

Thank you Evelyn for shedding some light on the subject.


Tom Volkar / Delightful Work - August 30, 2008

Evelyn I enjoyed this post and the Hicks video. I’m a big fan of Abraham beause they speak it so clearly and offer many different angles at the same idea. I often use the process of finding just a little bit higher thought and then visualize from there. Stumbled!

Davina - August 30, 2008

Hi Evelyn. I have 2 ideas.

1. Revisit a favourite childhood memory. Mine is when I was about 8 years old. I was swinging on a swing in the apple orchard on our farm. It was early morning, the sun was rising and summer holidays had just begun. My sisters were still sleeping ๐Ÿ™‚ I was singing a song I had just made up. Singing and swinging ๐Ÿ™‚
2. Do a word chain. Pick words that fill you up, light you up and make you dance.

Wendi Kelly - August 30, 2008

I am actually excited to hear that the silva Method is still out there! I don’t know why but I hadn’t even thought to go check it out as an adult. I will have to go look into it to see what it is like now after all these years. I can’t even imagine that Jose Silva, who taught my mother could still be running it, he must be very elderly by now.

Chris - August 30, 2008

This is just another affirmation of what a believe in, now I just have to be better at honoring my inner spirit.
This is my first time here and I’m glad that I came. Your post reminded me the things that I needed to do to get back on track…

Evelyn - September 1, 2008

@Marelisa, I included this tip in my post on 7 ways to make affirmations more jazzy. You can read more about it here

@Friend, I’ve never heard about neo tech publications. I’m sure what is laid out here is nothing new. It must be an ancient secret from all those who practice energy healing. I wrote this post because I could not find comprehensive literature or an all-in-one article on this topic elsewhere and decided to share it myself here. Thanks for your feedback!

@Tom, I also like the idea of “finding just a little bit higher thought and then visualize from there.” It is a great way of moving to a higher energy vibrational state! Thanks for stumbling ๐Ÿ™‚

Evelyn - September 1, 2008

@Davina, I love your suggestions. I’ve not heard of the word chain idea and will give it a try!! I may use my girls to test and see if the idea works on them!

@Chris, thanks for coming by! Hope you’d find my post useful enough for you to consider subscribing to my feeds ๐Ÿ™‚

@Wendi, Jose Silva has passed away but his daughter is running The Silva program now. As a result of practicing the Silva since she was a kid, I believe that Laura, the eldest daughter, developed ESP.

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Raymond Chua - September 2, 2008

Nice tips, Evelyn.

Especially the 4 steps to visualization. Love it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Evelyn - September 2, 2008

Thank you, Raymond, for your nice feedback! I’m glad to know that you’ve found them useful!

melissa - September 8, 2008

I discovered when I first began meditating that I had a huge amount of negative background thoughts playing in my mind that I was not consciously aware of. I began to eavesdrop on my mind throughout the day and realized that it was going on all the time. I employed months of monitoring and correcting myself and I have eradicated quite a bit of that smack self-talking!!!

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spiderette - September 30, 2008

Thanks so so much for your post and video. It’s clarified a lot for me. I wonder if anyone has an idea for me… I have a real problem with visualizing getting a contract for a freelance job and actually getting paid for it! I don’t even need to visualise my work because I do it anyway because I love it so much and because I get by with some other work which I can live off but I have a problem with visualizing getting paid for what I love doing! What do I visualize? Wads of cash don’t excite me, but if someone is giving me stacks of money, it’s like a recognition of me as a top level professional which does excite me. Does anyone have an idea of pictures or symbols I could use? I am a very visual person believe it or not but in this instance, my mind has just gone BLANK. I know it’s resistance but any ideas out there?

Eddie Towslee - December 15, 2008

Wonderful. I just got finished studying Esther Hicks book on attraction. Feeling this connection with Abraham and all these thoughts of the posibility of my true happiness through letting go and visualizing has a grasp on my spirit that Im sure will never leave. Im so excited to open up and be free with my desires and just allowing the universe to share in my visions. This whole truth of becoming aware of my spirit and a Universal Law of Attraction has rekindled hope in what was once a very dark place inside. Thank you to everyone who now vibrates with joy inside as I do! Thank you and I hope everyone knows how incredibly beautiful and blessed we all are to have the minds to use this wonderful gift.

matho - May 10, 2009

Does it work?

Catherine - May 27, 2009

Since I “discovered” this 17 seconds principle last week I’ve been practising by observing my thoughts and actions and I’ve decided to do it for 30 days. What’s shocking is how fast the “return” vibration responds particularly with people. An example: Yesterday, I saw an eastern european gypsy try to jump ahead of the line in the supermarket and I remember thinking “can’t he see we’re all waiting, he’s not going to get away with that”. These are not people you generally want to associate with. The guy looked up immediately, met my eyes, zeroed in on me and came begging for a handout. I told him exactly where to go but he shadowed me in the line and that bugged me. So I was wide open and his energy was hot and jarring which pissed me off and it only ended when he left the store. That was so impressive and it all started with that one thought and picked up speed from there. Fascinating! Excellent post.

matho - June 1, 2009

Heheh, I am from eastern Europe, from Slovakia. And yes, we are a lot of gypsys here. Unfortunatelly, we canร‚ยดt do nothing, only observing, how population of gypsys raising:).
However, I wanna know, if it really works(this stuff) And, do you heard something, about Vadim Zeland and his theory Transurfing?

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Emma - November 28, 2009

Dear Evelyn:
I love this post and of course the mind movie. The daughter is cute and pretty, and you know I taught my kids and have encouraged them especially the youngest who is 9 yr-old to visualize.
I learned many things from your post, thanks a lot.

Melis Malkovitch - May 9, 2010

I found that if I had a song playing in the back ground, I could focus on my thought more. I asked my mind to tune the song out and then come back when it was over. I was able to keep my thought without any contradicting thoughts and I’m already feeling the effects of my thought as I write this and I just did it a moment ago.

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