By guest blogger Nicky Jameson
“Imagination is everything. It’s the
preview of life’s coming attractions.”
Winner, Nobel Prize for Physics
What is Creative Visualization?
It’s perhaps the most underused success tool you have. Creative Visualization is the act of creating vivid and compelling pictures in your mind.
- Activates the creative powers of your subconscious mind
- Focuses your brain to notice resources you hadn’t previously and
- Attracts to you the people, opportunities and resources you need to achieve your goals
It’s simple to do, and you don’t need to buy anything to use it. All you need to do is dedicate about 15 minutes, morning and evening to visualizing your goals. Visualization actually accelerates achievement and success – and all successful people use it.
How your subconscious mind works
Basically your brain sees no difference between you visualizing something and actually having it or doing it. Your subconscious mind accepts everything you give it as true. It is completely impersonal.
This is why it’s important you control the thoughts you allow into your mind – they are powerful, so only allow in those thoughts that are positive. Give your brain specific, positive and compelling pictures to manifest and it will work night and day looking for a way to bring those pictures into reality. Give your brain negative pictures and it will also look for a way to manifest those pictures too. It doesn’t care.
I knew this for a while before I actually began practicing it a few years ago. One of the tools I used was Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain. It’s still one of my treasured books, although I have read many more resources since.
I have used creative visualization to manifest a job I wanted, a promotion, a successful blog, new relationships, my ideal home, new business leads to name just a few. And that’s just the start. Ask most Olympic and professional athletes and you will find most of them use visualization as part of their training.
How Do You Use Creative Visualization?
It’s simple. Close your eyes and see your goals as already complete.
For example, if one of your goals is to own a beautiful house on the beach, close your eyes and see yourself walking through each room of the house. What does the house look like inside? What does it look like outside? How many rooms does it have? What is the main room like? What colour are the bedroom walls? What type of floors does each room have? Describe the family room the, reading room, the kitchen… all the rooms you want. Describe the garden… what kind of flowers grow there? What colour are they? Picture and describe the location… can you hear the sound of the surf from your bedroom? How does it make you feel? Or do you walk a short path to the beach? Is it sunny? Describe everything in vivid detail. Use your imagination.
Go from room to room make those pictures vivid, clear and compelling with the feelings you’d have as if you already owned that house.
As far as your brain is concerned this is a blue-print and it will look for ways to manifest your goal… usually it will manifest something even better.
You use the same process whatever your life goals – finances, recreation, job, career, relationships, spiritual. Be clear… if you want money, say how much. Write yourself a cheque with the exact amount (remember Jim Carrey?) to make it real.
- Write down your goals and objectives
- Review them
- Affirm them – every day
- Visualize them every day as complete and fulfilled.
Don’t forget to add sounds, feelings, pictures and emotions to your images.
Remember the brain takes the pictures you give it as if they are already true. So the associated feelings you would have are very important.
When I was visualizing a job I wanted a few years ago (and I was between jobs at the time) I pictured the kind of projects I was working on, the kind of colleagues I worked with, the distance from my home, the opportunities I would have etc. Along with that I could actually feel as if I had it already. When the job appeared some months later I got that and more. I also took action, like networking and applying at that time, but the point is, visualization works. Now my dreams are bigger.
If you’re artistic, you can add drawings to your goals. Or, construct a Vision Board. I have an electronic vision board; however you can very easily create your own vision board. When you do, put it everywhere you will see it.
Christine Kane did an excellent blog post called:
How to make a vision board It is one of the most well written posts and I recommend checking it out. You will find the comments very informative and inspiring. You may also wish to read another post by Christine Kane called Vision Boards, a quick story .
Christine also references John Assaraf, Author of The Answer and his personal example of how powerful vision boards can be in accelerating your success through creative visualization.
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