What is Creative Visualization?
Creative Visualization is a process or exercise for
possessing or internalizing ideas, values, attitudes or pictures of
oneself. They are used to create change, practice new behaviors and
discover new aspects of yourself.
Why use it?
It's a formal method of what we already do naturally. As
humans, we need to have a goal. Visualization is a tool fro focusing
and clarifying life's basic plan.
When do we use it?
Use visualization when you want to accomplish a
particular goal or objective, facilitate change, to achieve a better
understanding of yourself, or when you wish to reverse your old negative
beliefs or messages into positive affirmations.
How do I use it?
Remember, we achieve what we believe, so learn to trust
yourself. We can cause overload when our spirit is high but our ego is
constantly running behind us trying to catch up. Be patient and learn to
To visualize effectively you must see, feel and
experience what you want and then let go. So, learn and believe to trust
your inner self. Believe your desires will transpire when you're ready, at
a rate you can handle.
When you block our feelings, it causes physical pain.
When fears block you, identify them, write them down, and reverse them
into a positive affirmation. Take a deep breath and release the fear.
Relax and imagine yourself in a situation with an excellent outcome.
A self, prerecorded cassette is one of the most powerful
tools for successful creative visualizations. I would encourage all of you
to record your mind a message, or two.
Keep in mind:
The script doesn't have to make sense to anyone else
Don't struggle with the process, trust your inner
Learn to shed your old beliefs, one at a time.
Pay attention to your dreams, always and all ways!!!
Write a script. Since you want to take yourself to a
safe and serine place before visualizing your goal, identify that place.
It could be a warm sandy beach, it could be a warm bubble bath, etc. Once
you've totally described your safe and serine place, describe your goals,
how they look, how they smell, how they feel, how you react when you see
them for the first time, etc. (see sample script below)
Take the house to yourself one night. Send the spouse,
kids, dog or any other possible interruptions outside! Turn off the ringer
on your phone and turn down the volume on your answering machine.
Read/record your script and actually do as much as
possible as you record the message (run the bath, hold your hand under the
water, etc.. This is a dynamic way to force your mind to visualize.
The next two-three nights listen to your tape as you
perform each activity.
Repeat step two and test your visualization skills.
Wearing loose clothing, allow yourself time to relax. Then sit or lie in a
comfortable position take three deep cleansing breaths and begin listening
to your tape.
"This is your time for you...take a deep cleansing
breath, relax your mind, body and spirit. Allow nothing to interrupt this
time of peace and serenity. Take another deep cleansing breath and imagine
yourself lighting a candle, smell the orange fragrance of the candle as
you gaze into the light of the fire, now imagine yourself drawing a warm
bath, feel your hand under the warm steady stream of water, see yourself
pouring scented bubble bath in your hand, again placing your hand under
the warm water, feel the bubbles expand in your hand, smell the fragrance
fill the room. Slip out of your soft cotton robe and step into the tub,
take another deep breath and feel the warmth of the water surrounding your
entire body, imagine yourself looking into the light of the candle, focus
on the light and let your mind, body and spirit be swept away into the
safe, warm content surroundings.
Close your eyes and remember, you have many hopes and
dreams, like a small butterfly garden and pond. Take another deep
cleansing breath and imagine yourself sketching out your garden, imagine
selecting the perfect plants for the garden different vibrant colors,
different fragrances, different shapes, smell and feel the lavender, take
another breath and imagine yourself clearing a spot for your garden,
imagine watching as others dig the pond, imagine placing the rocks for a
perfect waterfall, imagine placing each plant in it's location, again, see
the vivid color of each plant, smell each vibrant fragrance, imagine
misting the garden, imagine the garden in full bloom filled with
butterflies, imagine listening to the sound of the waterfall within the
Now with that image in your mind, body and spirit
slowing begin to feel the warmth of the bath water, hear your voice on the
tape, then slowly open your eyes, gaze for a moment into the light of the
candle and again imagine your garden with eyes wide open, slip on your
soft cotton robe and get sketching."
OR - if you haven't identified your wants and desires
this is a way to identify it. After the first paragraph ask yourself what
is it that I want the most? Let your deepest self respond to you.
Remember, whatever you ask for you're going to receive.
When you come back, come back slowly and stay connected
to the special place deep within you.
Recommended Reading: Creative Visualization
by Shakti Gawain...available through
www.newworldlibrary.com ... use their search engine to find Shakti's
books and tapes