I just reread the book “Creative Visualization” by Shakti Gawain. It is a short book, takes only a few hours to read, but is very informative. Creative Visualization is putting the Law of Attraction to work for you. If you don’t know about the LOA it is the idea that our thoughts are things, like attracts like, you reep what you sow, and your consciousness creates your reality. We use it everyday. Every time we imagine where we are going to go, what we are going to do, or say, or be we are using Creative Visualization.
I used to use it unconsciously. When I was a kid I played softball for two years and took gymnastics for a lot longer than that. In softball, whenever it was my turn to bat, my lack of self-confidence would take over and I’d imagine myself striking out…and guess what? I always struck out. In gymnastics, all I wanted was to be able to do a back handspring but I always saw myself landing on my head. So almost every time I tried I’d land on my head. There was a few times though that I managed to squelch the vision and do a perfect round-off back handspring. I knew even then that physically I was capable, but mentally I was sabotaging myself. The examples could go on and on, but I’ll stop with these two obvious ones.
So once you grasp the concept of Creative Visualization you can use it to build a positive life experience. The key to it, though, is belief. I will admit that I have tried to apply this principle in certain areas of my life and haven’t seen results. Like after writing my first novel, I would imagine the phone call I’d get from an agent saying they were just dying to represent me, I’d visualize myself cashing my first advance check, and sitting at some table in Border’s for my book signing. But the reality was there was too much disbelief between me and this vision. You have to clear yourself of all the blocks. You have to believe it and want it without fear. My vision will not come to fruition as long as I believe that it is “too hard” or hold onto fears of what others might think of me and how the changes of a career like that will affect my life. Gawain suggests that in this situation you continue to hold onto the vision, write it out along with the negative feelings that bubble up. If you face and acknowledge the feelings you have at a deeper level, you can eventually let them go and rest in the positive vision until it becomes reality.
Also, a great thought to add at the end of your Creative Visualization is “This or something better is coming to me now.” Ultimately it is about surrendering…letting go and letting God. This is a most difficult place to reach. In reading books by Joel S. Goldsmith, I am reminded of this key step often and I am also reminded of how hard it is to get out of the human picture. Until you can surrender in the truest sense of the word, it can only help to hold these positive visions! (For more thoughts on surrendering check out this post over at Owning Pink.)