- Shakti Gawain, Creative Visualization
brought to you by the Children of Ra Temple
Whatever you ardently desire,
Sincerely believe in,
Vividly imagine, and
Enthusiastically act upon,
Must inevitably come to pass.
- Sybil Leek, Diary of a Witch
What is Creative Visualization?
Creative visualization is the technique of using your imagination to create what you
want in your life. In the past many of us have used our power of creative visualization in
a relatively unconscious way. Because of our own deep-seated negative concepts about life,
we have automatically and unconsciously expected and imagined lack, limitation,
difficulties, and problems to be our lot in life.
It should be noted that this technique cannot be used to "control" the
behavior of others or cause them to do something against their will. Whatever you try to
create for another will always boomerang back to you. That includes both loving, helpful,
or healing actions and negative, destructive ones.
To use creative visualization it is not necessary to believe in any metaphysical or
spiritual ideas. It is not necessary to "have faith" in any power but yourself.
Creative visualization is magic in the truest and highest meaning of the word.
Magic: Understanding and aligning yourself with the natural principles that
govern the workings of our universe, and learning to use these principles in the most
conscious and creative way.
How Creative Visualization Works
In order to understand how Creative Visualization works, it's useful to look at several
- The physical universe is energy
- Energy is magnetic (like attracts like)
- Form (physical energy) follows idea (mental energy)
- Whatever you put out to the universe will be reflected back to you
Four Basic Steps for Effective Creative Visualization
- Set your goal
- Create a clear idea or picture
- Focus on it often
- Give it positive energy
Continue to work with this process until you achieve your goal, or no longer have the
desire to do so. Remember that goals often change before they are realized. If you lose
interest it may mean that it's time for a new look at what you want.
Affirmations are one of the most important elements of creative visualization. An
affirmation is a strong, positive statement that something is already so. It is a way of
"making firm" that which you are imaging.
The practice of doing affirmations allows us to begin replacing some of our stale, worn
out, or negative mind chatter with more positive ideas and concepts. It is a powerful
technique, one that can in a short time completely transform our attitudes and
expectations about life, and thereby totally change what we create for ourselves.
An affirmation can be any positive statement:
Everything I need is already within me.
The universe is unfolding perfectly.
All things are now working together for good in my life.
I love and appreciate myself.
Here are some important things to remember:
- Always phrase affirmations in the present tense.
- Always phrase affirmations in the most positive way you can.
- In general, the shorter and simpler the better.
- Always use affirmations that feel totally right for you.
- Always remember that you are creating something new, not trying to redo or change what
already exists, which would create conflict.
- Affirmations are not meant to contradict or try to change your feelings or emotions,
even the so-called "negative" ones.
- Temporarily suspend your doubts and hesitations, and put your full mental and emotional
energy into your affirmations.
When you are coming out of the empty, grasping, manipulative condition, the first and
foremost lesson to be learned is to just let go. You must relax, stop struggling,
stop trying so hard, stop manipulating things and people to try to get what you want and
need. In fact, just stop doing so much and have an experience of just being
When you do this, you suddenly discover that you're really perfectly okay, just letting
yourself be, and letting the world be. You begin to want to focus your energy toward the
highest and most fulfilling goals that are real for you at any given moment.
Being, Doing, and Having
Often people try to live their lives backwards: They try to have more things in
order to do more of what they want, so that they will be happier.
The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are,
then do what you need to do in order to have what you want.
Three Necessary Elements
- Desire - a clear, strong sense of purpose
- Belief - that it can exist, and that it can exist for you
- Acceptance - are you willing to have it completely (pro and con)?
Going With the Flow
The only effective way to use creative visualization is "going with the
flow." That means that you don't have to "effort" to get where you want to
go; you simply put it out clearly to the universe where you would like to go, and then
patiently and harmoniously follow the flow of the river of life until it takes you there.
Going with the flow means holding onto your goals lightly (even though they may seem
very important) and being willing to change them if something better comes along. Going
with the flow is the balance between keeping your destination clearly in mind, and yet
also enjoying all the beautiful scenes along the way, and even being willing to change
your destination if life starts carrying you in a better direction. The only successful
manifestation is one which brings about a change or growth in consciousness; that is, it
has manifested God/dess, or revealed it more fully, as well as having manifested a form...
Accepting Your Good
In order to use creative visualization to create what you want in life, you must be
willing and able to accept the best that life has to offer you - your "good."
Many of us have difficulty accepting the possibility of having what we want in life. This
usually stems from some basic feelings of unworthiness which we took on at a very early
age. Affirmations and creative visualization are a wonderful way of creating a more
positive and loving self-image. First, it lets you accept and love yourself as you are.
Second, it lets you start creating yourself as you want to be.
A very important part of the whole creative visualization process is prosperity
programming. This means having the understanding, or consciously taking the point of view,
that the universe is totally abundant...it is a cornucopia of everything that your heart
could ever desire, both on the material plane and on emotional, mental, and spiritual
planes as well. One of the most common causes of failing to get what you want is
"scarcity programming." The truth about this earth is that it is an infinitely
good, beautiful, nourishing place to be. The only "evil" comes from lack of
understanding of this truth. Evil (ignorance) is like a shadow - it has no real substance
of its own, it is simple a lack of light. You cannot cause a shadow to disappear by trying
to fight it - you must shine a light on it. Unless you can create a context that the world
is a good place to be that can potentially work for everyone, you will experience
difficulty in creating what you want in your personal life.
Another key principle is that of giving, or "outflowing." Once we begin to
accept the goodness of the universe, we naturally want to share it as well, realizing that
as we give out of our energy, we make space for more to flow into us. When through
insecurity we try to hold onto what we have, we begin to cut off this wonderful flow of
Energy takes many forms, such as love, affection, appreciation and recognition,
material possessions, money, friendship, etc., and the principles apply equally to all
A Simple Exercise in Creative Visualization
First, think of something you would like. It might be an object you would like to have,
an event you would like to happen, a situation in which you'd like to find yourself, or
some circumstance in your life you'd like to improve.
Get in a comfortable position, either sitting or lying down, in a quiet place where you
won't be disturbed. Relax your body completely. Breathe slowly and deeply. Count down
slowly from 10 to 1, feeling yourself getting more deeply relaxed with each count.
When you feel deeply relaxed, start to imagine the thing you want exactly as you would
like it. You may imagine what people are saying, or any details that make it more real to
you. You may take a relatively short time or quite a few minutes to imagine this -
whatever feels best for you. It should be a thoroughly enjoyable experience, like a child
Now keeping the idea or image still in your mid, mentally make some very positive,
affirmative statement about it. Always end your visualization with a firm statement to
This, or something better, now manifests for me in totally satisfying and harmonious
ways, for the highest good of all concerned.
This leaves room for something different and even better than you originally envisioned
to happen, and serves as a reminder to you that this process only functions for the mutual
benefit of all.
If doubts or contradictory thoughts arise, don't resist them or try to prevent them.
This will tend to give them a power they don't otherwise have. Just let them flow through
your consciousness and return to your positive statements and images.
It's Important to Relax
It's important to relax deeply when you are first learning to use creative
visualization. When your body and mind are deeply relaxed, your brain wave pattern
actually changes. This deeper, slower level is commonly called alpha level, which has been
found to be a very healthful state of consciousness. It has also been found to be far more
effective than the more active beta level in creating real changes in the so-called
objective world, through the use of visualization.
It is especially good to do creative visualization at night just before sleeping, or in
the morning just after awakening, because at those times the mind and body are often
already deeply relaxed and receptive. In addition, a short period of relaxation and
creative visualization done at mid-day will relax and renew you, and cause your day to
flow more smoothly.
Discovering Our Higher Purpose
A basic need of all human beings is to make a positive contribution to the world and to
our fellow beings, as well as to improve and enjoy our personal lives. We all have a great
deal to offer the world and to each other, each in our own special and unique way. To a
great degree, our own personal sense of well being is a function of how much we are
We each have a significant contribution to make in this lifetime. I call this
contribution our higher purpose. It always involves being yourself totally, completely,
and naturally, and doing something or many things that you genuinely love to do, and that
come easily to you. We all know in our hearts what our higher purpose is, but we often do
not consciously acknowledge it, even to ourselves. In fact, most people seem to go to
great lengths to hide it from themselves and from the world. They fear and seek to avoid
the power, responsibility, and light that comes with acknowledging and expressing their
true purpose in life.
You will find in using creative visualization that your ability to manifest will work
to the degree that you are in alignment with your higher purpose. If you try to manifest
something and it doesn't seem to work, it may not be appropriate to the underlying pattern
and meaning of your life. Be patient and keep tuning into your inner guidance. In
retrospect you will see that everything is unfolding perfectly.
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