Creative Visualization and the Benefits of Visualization
Creative Visualization refers to the practice of seeking to manifest your desires by changing your thoughts. It is the technique of using your imagination to visualize specific things you wish to have, do or be, and/or behaviors or events you wish to occur in your life.
Everyone can visualize and in fact you already do. Too often though it is something negative due to fear of failure and because you don't have the conscious awareness of being in control of your thoughts.
Let's change that now! Visualizing is fun and very rewarding.
Today's climate of economic downfall and stress requires an extra boost. Learn to use Creative Visualization and start doing, being and having what you want and deserve.
To get started, create a detailed idea in your mind of what you desire and paint a mental picture using all five senses. Be as detailed as possible; see it, smell it, taste it, touch it, hear it, and lastly throw in a dose of emotion by following the great spiritual leader Neville Goddard's advice, "Assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled."
Think and Grow Rich author Napoleon Hill understood this too by writing, "Your subconscious mind recognizes and acts upon only thoughts which have been well-mixed with emotion or feeling;" and, "You will get no appreciable results until you learn to reach your subconscious mind with thoughts or spoken words which have been well emotionalized with belief."
Napoleon Hill called Creative Visualization "autosuggestion" and devotes a whole chapter in Think and Grow Rich to its importance in achieving success.
"Synthetic experience" is how the famous plastic surgeon Maxwell Maltz describes Creative Visualization in his 1960 bestseller, Psycho-Cybernetics.
Dr. Maltz writes that "Experimental and clinical psychologists have proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the human nervous system cannot tell the difference between an "actual" experience and an experience imagined vividly and in detail."
Other terms used to describe Creative Visualization include: mental imagery, mind sculpture and mind visualization.
Visualization In Sports
Creative Visualization is commonly used today by elite athletes in all sports.
A well-known study on Creative Visualization in sports involved Russian scientists and coaches. Prior to the 1980 Olympics, they compared four groups of Olympic athletes in terms of their training schedules:
- Group 1 - 100% physical training;
- Group 2 - 75% physical training with 25% mental training;
- Group 3 - 50% physical training with 50% mental training;
- Group 4 - 25% physical training with 75% mental training.
Group 4, with 75% of their time devoted to mental training, performed the best. Group performance level fell right in order - as mental training increased, performance increased. The Soviets had discovered that mental images can act as a prelude to muscular impulses.
This idea isn't new though as the great masters of Eastern martial arts have always emphasized the importance and use of Creative Visualization to supplement physical training and as a path to mental and physical well being.
Today, it is rare for any successful athlete, professional or amateur, to not regularly use some form of mental imagery. Why? IT WORKS!
If you follow sports you've likely seen Tiger Woods stand over a putt and visualize the roll and the ball dropping over the edge of the cup before actually striking the ball; or maybe Steve Nash at the free throw line "seeing" the basketball swish through the hoop before his shot. Maybe you watched the summer Olympics and observed the many athletes go through their visualizing techniques prior to an event.
Visualizing isn't just effective in competition it is also widely known to be an effective supplement to training.
One study found that simply visualizing yourself running stimulates the same muscles uses when actually doing so and using Creative Visualization can burn up to 25% of the calories of those you would burn on a real run. This is amazing! Virtual exercise!
"Mental practice" just 60 seconds a day will greatly enhance your performance and almost equal daily physical practice in your sport of choice.
How can we use Creative Visualization for positive life changes?
We already know our thoughts are processed by the mind and determined to be real regardless of the reality or truth of the thought. So why not use this fact to our advantage?
Read, learn, practice and master the techniques and ideas presented here and you will be blown away by the benefits of visualization and the positive change it brings to your life.
Visualization is easy to learn but it takes practice and like any positive change, it must always start with desire. Visualization in its most basic form is simply imagining in your mind what you want to have, do or be. To be most effective though there is more to it.
Read the visualization exercises using mind visualization techniques below. You will learn how to use Creative Visualization and soon start attracting and manifesting everything you desire.
Creative Visualization Tips
1) Find a quiet place. The more you can eliminate noise and other external interruptions to your senses the better.
2) Get a quiet mind. Put a stop to all the mental chatter. Learn and use meditation. There are many types of meditation* (search Google) and the topic is too broad to be discussed here other than to tell you that meditation is a great stress reliever in addition to a great method of ridding yourself of what Buddhists call "monkey mind."
Clearing random thoughts prepares your mind to laser focus on your desire that you wish to visualize.
*A great website for learning about meditation is http://www.project-meditation.org.
3) Prepare a written statement of your desire including as much detail as you can muster. Be specific about what you want to have, do or be.
Read your written statement daily before bedtime, when you wake and anytime before a focused visualization session. Put a copy on your bathroom mirror. Make a small laminated copy for your car, wallet or purse.
4) Do not wish for your stated desire! The key while visualizing is to see yourself already in possession of what you want. Remember to use all your senses and conjure up a strong emotion of gratitude and happiness as though what you want has already been delivered to you.
5) DO NOT CONCERN YOURSELF WITH A PLAN OF HOW YOUR DESIRE WILL COME TO YOU! This is very important and where most people fail because they get overwhelmed with thinking they have to work out how they will get what they want.
This is the beauty of visualization, strong belief and the law of attraction. You just have to implant the thought and prepare yourself to receive by being hyper-aware of new impulsive ideas, opportunities and events and recognize that it is by your effort of thought that brought these impulses to you.
6) Act on the thoughts and ideas that come to you through visualization without fear and your wishes will be yours; not by spontaneous materialization as skeptics like to admonish but rather through your efforts you will place yourself in the right place, with the right people or whatever the case may be, to allow the Universe to deliver the means to acquire your burning desire.
You will improve with time recognizing and understanding thoughts, ideas and events that suddenly appear as not random meaningless things, but rather the pieces of the plan being delivered to you as a reward for your effort. These unexpected ideas, thoughts or events are sometimes referred to as "synchronicities."
Spiritual teacher and creator of the Miracle Mind Manifesting Program Aine Belton says synchronicities can be "little things like the song that comes on the radio that reflects exactly how you’re feeling, the conversation you over hear that serves to help you with a problem, the book that falls off the shelf that is exactly what you need or the person who calls you just as you think about them...They are gifts and opportunities that present themselves in a magical and often unexpected way, opening doors to happiness and success."
7) BE PERSISTENT! Visualize your dreams or goals daily. Bedtime and when you wake are ideal times. Even small moments are beneficial, like when sitting at a stoplight, while exercising, or using the restroom.
Planting your vision in your mind before bedtime allows your subconscious to work on your plan all night. Be ready to wake up with new ideas and thoughts that may require action on your part. This is the power of the "universal mind" working on your behalf.
Keep a notebook and pencil by your bed and start a habit of writing down your thoughts and dreams even if they make no sense now.
Re-reading your written statement of desire in the morning will keep it fresh in your mind all day.
8) Create a Vision Board. In the movie The Secret, John Assaraf described constructing a vision board filled with cut outs of the things he wanted in life, specifically his dream home. Daily he would look at his vision board, close his eyes and visualize he already had what he wanted. Years later while showing the vision board to his son, Mr. Assaraf realized he now lived in a house identical to the one on his vision board!
Making a vision board is simple. It's a mosaic of cut out images and words that match your dreams and desires glued or taped to a piece of poster board. Cut out an image of the boat or car you’ve always wanted, the dream home or vacation home, or whatever it is you want to do, have or be. Go wild and have fun with it!
Once you are done, hang your vision board someplace where you will see it everyday. Look at it often and visualize yourself already in possession of what you want and don't forget to add in strong emotions of gratitude and happiness.
9) Repetitive thoughts will always serve to attract their equivalent from the Universe. Even when you are not actively visualizing, practice monitoring your thoughts and immediately dismiss all that are negative.
Remember, start with a burning desire and open your mind to fully believe that these techniques work.
Click here for a refresher on "Belief."
Good luck on your new journey. Don't ever give up! Creative Visualization always works with persistence and strong desire.
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