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.
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.
Sites That Link to this Post
- Seeing with an Eye of Faith: Become a Visualizer of Your Desired Future : Planting Mind Seeds | August 5, 2013
- The Laws of Spirituality | Dane Mutters | August 6, 2013
- Creative Visualization: Desiring, Believing and Expecting (OR Getting Things Done, God’s Way) : Planting Mind Seeds | August 22, 2013
- Seeing with an Eye of Faith: Visualize Your Desired Future | The Millennial Star | September 4, 2013