4 Steps for Effective Creative Visualization

One of my favorite reference books in my library is “Creative Visualization” by Shakti Gawain. Looking at the dog-eared pages, the highlighted text and the handwritten notes in the margins reminds me just how personally valuable I have found this book over many years.

One of the chapters, titled “Four Basic Steps for Effective Creative Visualization” is calling to me this week as I prepare for a course I’m developing.  I thought I’d share her concepts with you in hopes that it inspires your creativity as well.

1.  Set Your Goal – Decide on something you would like to have, work toward, realize or create. Start with ones that are easy for you to believe in to minimize negative resistance and maximize feelings of success.

2.  Create a Clear Idea or Picture – Create an idea or mental picture of the object or situation exactly as you want it. You may wish to make an actual physical picture of it, ie: a treasure map or vision board.

3.  Focus on it Often – Bring it to mind often, integrating it into your life.   Focus on it clearly, but in a gentle easy way.  You may wish to put it in places it’s easy for you to see, like your computer or moble phone wallpaper.

4.  Give it Positive Energy – Think about it in a positive, encouraging way. Make strong positive statements to yourself that it exists, that it has come or is now coming to you.  [Affirmations…yes again.  I say it again, because it works!]

One often overlooked step is to acknowlege completion of your goal once it’s accomplished.  Consciously note that what you’ve been visualizing has come true.  Celebrate your success!



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