If it was possible to do less, attract success and feel amazing while you do it, would you be interested or would you scoff at the idea as woo-woo propaganda?
This was the crisis I faced recently, upon stumbling upon a meditative technique called Creative Visualisation, which is the art of using mental imagery and affirmation to produce positive changes in your life.
The name itself was what intrigued me and as I dived deeper into my research, I discovered that this kind of meditation came highly recommended, having been successfully used in the fields of health, business, sports, the creative arts and said to have a positive impact in just about every area of life.
Why was this meditative process so highly recommended and how was it any different from normal visualization?
This was the question I hoped to answer and after much research, I realized that the process for Creative Visualization is in fact a simple form of meditation that encourages good feelings.
And as all the experts will tell you, when you feel great inside our bodies and mind, we become a magnet for what we want, because our energy attracts its likeness.
As thought will always precede creation, everything first starts in our mind and is balanced between our subconscious and our conscious minds.
To understand the context under which the upcoming techniques will help you, let’s briefly explore the subconscious mind first.
Your subconscious can be seen as a programmable ‘hard drive’ much like your Fire Stick, mobile or phone, with the downloaded apps being stimulus-response behaviours. The subconscious remembers everything, is very literal and incapable of differentiating between what is real and imagined.
“The subconscious […] processes only in the present tense. It will look for and guide you to whatever you tell it. So you must be absolutely clear and specific in directing your subconscious to help you accomplish your goals. The subconscious mind uses imagination and feeling to communicate; you can practice in your mind without ever doing the actions,” explains Abigail Brenner M.D.
On the other hand, our conscious mind, the one we are aware of daily is a logical thinking entity that uses words to communicate.
It processes in all three states of time, past, present and future and directly perceives the outside world, taking in what it ‘sees’ and reacting to is as such.
“The beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that are programmed may override what our conscious mind desires. So to attain our conscious goals the idea is to access the subconscious in order to go beyond our limitations,” explains Brenner.
Creative visualization is one of the tools in which we can learn to access our subconscious mind, control our thoughts and manifest them into our conscious reality.
Changing what you believe, creates a change in your response to life and to what you believe you can achieve.
Let’s look at the steps towards using Creative visualization and becoming a happy magnet for your success!
The first step is to relax your body and empty your mind.
Tania Kotsos, contributor for Mind Your Reality, recommends finding a comfortable seat, sitting upright and breathing deeply and steadily.
As you slowly count from 25 to 1, all the while relaxing your muscle groups from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet and allow your mind to also relax.
“Empty your mind by focusing on your breathing. Do not become frustrated if thoughts race through your head. Relaxation techniques are a skill that you can learn. All you need do is practice what you have learnt here about how to relax”, Kostos instructs.
The second step through this meditation is to accept and believe in your creative power to change the world around you.
As noted by Gabrielle Bernstein is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of 7 self-help books, “Accept that you have the power to create the world you want to see. You may not yet fully believe this. That’s OK. I just ask that you become willing to believe it”.
Kostos, adds, “Although believing you already have something when it is not present in your physical reality may appear difficult at first, it will help to remember that everything you are already experiencing in the physical realm has its origin in your thoughts and beliefs. What you believe you receive”.
The third step is reframing your beliefs into a positive affirmation.
This step is very important as you will be coming back to your positive affirmations time and again to help with all the other steps to follow.
Much like with the last step, what you are trying to manifest may seem out of reach to you presently and it is easy to doubt that you can have it.
Through thoughtful positive affirmations, you can redirect that energy from a negative place to something that makes you feel powerful and joyous.
Berstein gives us an example, “If you want to be more abundant but you’re currently in debt, don’t choose the affirmation, “I’ll make a million dollars this year.” It won’t feel good and will just reinforce negative feelings. Try something that feels more attainable and good, such as: “I’m open to creative ways to earn more money.”
The fourth step in the process is imagining the intended outcome, through visualization.
Finally we are at the part where your imagination is allowed to come into play and you train your mind to visually create the outcome you want to manifest.
“In your relaxed state of mind and body, imagine your intended outcome in the present moment. See yourself experiencing that which you choose. Bring your images to life by imagining them as a movie rather than static pictures. Let go and have fun with the process!” says Kotsos.
“Whatever you want to create, picture it in great detail. While you visualize, picture everything going beautifully. It’s safe to unleash your imagination in this way and feel really good about what you’re visualizing. And if a negative thought pops up, just return to your affirmation,” encourages Berstein.
The fifth step is allowing your visualization to become a feeling.
We remember things more, when feelings and emotions are attributed to them and creative visualization is all about imagery, words and great feelings.
Berstein instructs that that letting your visualization take you over emotionally, will allow you to feel a genuine connection to what you are seeing in your mind.
“For example, if you want to be more abundant, then truly allow yourself to feel that financial freedom and the relief of security,” she suggests.
Kostos, clarifies, “In other words, to feel how it would feel to experience your intended outcome in the present moment – now – not sometime in the future. Of all the feelings you can experience, unconditional love, gratitude and peace are the three that will turbo charge the manifestation of your intentions.”
The final and very important step to this meditative process is possibly one of the hardest to achieve, because it is very hard to detach yourself and not obsess over the outcome you want to see so badly.
Yet, that is exactly what you have to do.
Kostos, explains why this last step is so needed, “Attachment in any sense is disempowering and holds you prisoner to circumstances and misconceived external forces,
“ Detachment itself becomes easy when your creative visualization sessions are based in the kind of faith that is the “evidence of things not seen”, allowing you to say with calmness and peace of mind, “this or something better”.
Do this meditative process for 5 to 20 minutes a day and afterwards, allow yourself to return to a normal waking state and opening your eyes slowly.
Things to remember: This technique is to get you to focus your visualization on the outcome, rather than the process, in other words, leave the ‘how’ of it all, to the Universe and allow that to work it out in a way that truly best serves you in its time.
However, that does not mean that you will not be called upon to take inspired action, afterall physical action is required to successfully brig your mental intentions to manifestation.
The key here is to remain calm and be deliberate in the action you take.
As noted by Kostos, when it comes to taking inspired action, “ This is not to sit and wait for the proverbial penny to drop and nor is it to run around in a frenzied state doing everything you can possibly think of doing in the hope that something works. It is about being calm and deliberate in the action you take, knowing that it is taking you toward your intended outcome. It is about listening to your intuition and following your natural instinct”.
You made it to the end! Wooot!