There is nothing new or strange about creative visualisation. Creative visualisation exercises can help you lead a more fulfilled and happier life.
Mental imagery exercises have been successfully used in the fields of health, education, business, sports and the arts for many years. You can be assisted by a trained practitioner or teacher through the process of creative visualisation or do it yourself.
Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, uses visualisation.
He visualises every possible scenario to mentally prepare himself for the perfect race. He will go through scenarios when things go well and don’t go so well. He even visualises his goggles breaking and is therefore totally prepared should this happen. He has a plan that he has imagined to the smallest detail.
There is no limit to what you can do with creative visualisation practice. There is no need to believe in any metaphysical or spiritual ideas. Just believe in yourself. You are where you are today because of your thoughts.You have choice. If you want to achieve something you are the one who creates and tells your own story.
However, be mindful of your thoughts and language as your word is your wand.
I’d like to share an experience with you. Quite some time ago I wasn’t feeling well and visited a naturopath who diagnosed stressed kidneys. When relating the story to a friend she laughed and wasn’t surprised! I was until she pointed out that I’d been saying for several months that, “I’m peed off”. I created my scene! By constantly repeating that I was peed off, it manifested physically in my body!
I then changed my thought pattern as I realised I was living in a reactionary way, reacting to my circumstances. I’ve since concentrated on assessing a situation and my internal (and external) dialogue is now very different. I no longer berate myself and create a mental plan and follow through with it.
We need to change the way we think if we’re not getting the results we want.
If you’re frustrated with a situation what small thing can you do to bring about change? Take five minutes to visualise the change you wish to occur. Is it a project you’re working on at home or at work? Maybe you would like to improve your relationship with your partner, a family member or a friend.
Visualisation can take place with eyes open or eyes closed. You may prefer to create a mantra and say it while meditating. A mantra is when you select a word, sound or phrase and repeat it, either mentally or out aloud while meditating .We are affirming the mantra to ourselves and allowing the meaning to penetrate into our subconscious, helping to create our vision.
It’s important to practise, practise, practise and refine your mental picture to coincide with your intended goal. Use visualisation on a daily basis.
By pursuing your goal with single-minded purpose you will attain focus and be able to overcome any difficulties with greater ease that may crop up.
You may have that little negative voice saying, “You can’t get that” or maybe “Who do you think you are?”. But with time that little negative voice will cease because you know you can have whatever it is your heart desires.
Each time that internal negative dialogue starts make a choice to focus on the positive. Changing the dialogue through imagery allows us to create new experiences. Much of this internal dialogue is based on past experiences but it is possible to train our imagination to change the thoughts.
Letting go of already created patterns is part of the process called creation. If we’re not getting the results we want, we have to change the way we are viewing our circumstances.
Focus on your goal and continue to imagine it as already present and you are moving towards making a reality.
Act as if you cannot fail and then you will totally commit to every action to attain your goal.
Creative visualisation can help you gain clarity, improve your health, alter your financial or job situation, or improve your self image and improve decision making.
Steps to Visualisation
There are five basic steps to visualising your circumstances and consciously choosing the life you create:
1 Relax – empty your mind, focus on your breath.
2 Imagine – visualise your intention, what you really, really want to achieve.
3 Feel – imagination is your thought, feeling is your fuel. Really allow yourself to feel how it would feel to achieve what you’re imagining.
4 Believe – that you shall receive.
5 Detach – from the outcome, something better may be coming you way.
Shakti Gawain explains how to use mental imagery and affirmations to bring the change you want to your life. She says, “The only thing necessary is that you have the desire to enrich your knowledge and experience, and an open enough mind to try something new in a positive spirit.”