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Creative Visualization: A Starting Point

August 1, 2013 9 Comments

In my first post, I mentioned that when I was younger, my dad used to teach me about using positive thinking and creative visualization to achieve goals and even for healing.

I told about how when I was an athlete in high school and I attributed many of my victories, to a great extent, to my habit of visualizing myself winning before the

races. Also, on one occasion, I seriously injured my foot towards the end of the Track season, but was able, following my dad’s instructions, to use creative visualization to heal it and finish off the season successfully.

I have since occasionally employed creative visualization to achieve success in school and work, overcome bad habits, and reach financial and other goals.  I am certainly no master of this concept, but the little I was taught when I was young has really helped me achieve things that I might otherwise have not.  If you are interested in strengthening the power of your mind and what you can accomplish with it, researching creative visualization is a great place to start.

What is Creative Visualization?

In the most basic sense, creative visualization is a process of using your imagination to picture a desired outcome — to see in your mind something that you want to have happen to you in the near or distant future.

Shakti Gawain, in his book Creative Visualization, which I came across as a teenager, explains creative visualization in these words:

Creative visualization is the technique of using your imagination to create what you want in your life. There is nothing at all new, strange, or unusual about creative visualization. You are already using it every day, every minute in fact.  It is your natural power of imagination, the basic creative energy of the universe which you use constantly, whether or not you are aware of it (Creative Visualization, p. 2).

If we are all using it daily without knowing it, then what is so special about it? Why am I wasting time writing this blog post about it? It is because we almost universally do not use this power to its full potential. In fact, we often use this power that our mind has to our own detriment.  As Shakti Gawain notes:

In the past, many of us have used our power of creative visualization in a relatively unconscious way. Because of our own deep-seated negative concepts about life, we have automatically and unconsciously expected and imagine lack, limitation, difficulties, and problems to be our lot in life. To one degree or another that is what we have created for ourselves.

Using Creative Visualization for a Better Lifecreative_visualization-simple

Instead of creating negative conditions for ourselves, we can apply our imagination to create positive situations and outcomes.  Gawain explains how this works:

Imagination is the ability to create an idea or mental picture in your mind. In creative visualization you use your imagination to create a clear image of something you wish to manifest. Then you continue to focus on the idea or picture regularly, giving it positive energy until it becomes objective reality . . . in other words, until you actually achieve what you have been visualizing (Creative Visualization, pp. 2-3).

She gives a few steps for how to do this:

  • Have a goal — something you want to accomplish — physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual (I want a new job that pays twice as much)
  • Enter a meditative state of mind — if you are not familiar with meditation, go to a quiet place where you can relax and think deeply
  • Imagine in your mind what your life will be like when you achieve your desired goal — really use your imagination
  • Try to get the feeling that your goal is possible
  • Experience, in your mind, your goal as if it is already happening — make it as real as you possibly can
  • Repeat this simple exercise often, even multiple times daily

This is a very basic explanation of how creative visualization is done. In future posts I will go into further details from Gawain’s book and insights from other sources that I have picked up on this topic.  I will also go into greater detail on how I was able to use this technique to heal my foot and go on to win two Track championships in the following weeks.

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  1. Robert Norman says:

    Great quote from President Howard W. Hunter:

    President Howard W. Hunter

    Beings of Power
    As a being of power, intelligence, and the master of his own thoughts, a man holds the key to every situation, to make his life what he chooses it to be. When he discovers the divine power within his soul, he can lead his life to a God-like nature. If one dreams lofty dreams, so shall he become. There is magic in the way one thinks. If we expect the worst, we will get the worst. If we expect the best, we will receive the best. If we train our minds to have faith in God and ourselves, we are using one of the great laws of life. If we think and live righteously, happiness will find its place in our lives. It is amazing when we expect the best how forces are set in motion which cause the best to materialize. (83-02)

    Our thoughts more than circumstances determine the course of our lives. Outward circumstances do not determine the course of our lives as much as the thoughts that habitually occupy our minds. These thoughts carve their impression on our faces, in our hearts, and on the tablet of our eternal souls.

    (Howard W. Hunter, The Teachings of Howard W. Hunter, edited by Clyde J. Williams [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1997], 74.)

    • David J. Larsen says:

      Awesome quote, Robert. Thank you for sharing! It’s good to hear from you again. I’m glad you found this blog. Anytime you have similar quotes to share, please feel free!

  2. Perfectly done!!!! Love it all, and love the quote by Pres. Hunter too!!!! We definitely need to continue sharing with everyone!!!! Looks like some Great Tools for Awakening the power from within, our Divine, true self!!!!

    • David J. Larsen says:

      Thanks, Kristi! I’m glad you found the blog! We look forward to learning a lot from the wealth of knowledge you have on the subject!

  3. Charis Derbyshire says:

    I am looking to see if there is someone here in the Salt Lake area who does any Creative Visualization for teenagers? I have two family friends here whose teenagers might benefit from such a mind strenthening technique. I used Shakti Gawain’s book/workbook for my own two kids and it has helped them immensely!

    Thank you,

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