Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life

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Creative Visualization has been successfully used in the fields of health, education, business, sports, and the arts for many years. Gawain explains how to use mental imagery and affirmations to produce positive changes in one’s life. The book contains meditations and exercises that are aimed at helping the practitioner channel energies in positive directions, strengthen self-esteem, improve overall health, and experience deep relaxation. This is the book that launched a ...

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Overview

Creative Visualization has been successfully used in the fields of health, education, business, sports, and the arts for many years. Gawain explains how to use mental imagery and affirmations to produce positive changes in one’s life. The book contains meditations and exercises that are aimed at helping the practitioner channel energies in positive directions, strengthen self-esteem, improve overall health, and experience deep relaxation. This is the book that launched a movement. “Creative visualization works.” — Oprah Winfrey

This classic guide teaches methods that are practical and easy to incorporate into daily life. These straightforward techniques help readers use the power of their imaginations to create what they want in their lives, whether its to change negative habits, improve self-esteem, reach career goals or experience deep relaxation.

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Library Journal
Gawain's self-help title has sold more than three million copies in English and another three million in the more than 30 languages into which it has been translated. According to the publisher, this revised anniversary edition contains additional "meditations, exercises, and techniques that can become part of your everyday routine." The author asserts that people can achieve an ideal existence simply through mental visualization. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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“I do believe, and I have seen in my own life, that creative visualization works.”
Oprah Winfrey
Library Journal
Gawain's book, originally published in 1978, generated an entire technique still used for therapeutic, creative, and developmental purposes, and she has gone on to write other popular titles, including last year's Living in the Light and this year's Developing Intuition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577312291
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Gawain, Shakti Series
  • Edition description: 25th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 25
  • Pages: 175
  • Sales rank: 71,654
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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Creative Visualization


By Shakti Gawain

New World Library

Copyright © 2002 Shakti Gawain
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1-57731-229-5


Chapter One

What Is Creative Visualization?

Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart truly desires must come to you.

Creative visualization is the technique of using your imagination to create what you want in your life. There is nothing at all new, strange, or unusual about creative visualization. You are already using it every day, every minute in fact. It is your natural power of imagination, the basic creative energy of the universe, which you use constantly, whether or not you are aware of it.

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. To one degree or another that is what we have created for ourselves.

This book is about learning to use your natural creative imagination in a more and more conscious way, as a technique to create what you truly want - love, fulfillment, enjoyment, satisfying relationships, rewarding work, self-expression, health, beauty, prosperity, inner peace, and harmony ... whatever your heartdesires. The use of creative visualization gives us a key to tap into the natural goodness and bounty of life.

Imagination is the ability to create an idea, a mental picture, or a feeling sense of something. In creative visualization you use your imagination to create a clear image, idea, or feeling of something you wish to manifest. Then you continue to focus on the idea, feeling, or picture regularly, giving it positive energy until it becomes objective reality ... in other words, until you actually achieve what you have been imagining.

Your goal may be on any level - physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual. You might imagine yourself with a new home, or with a new job, or having a satisfying relationship, or feeling calm and serene, or perhaps with an improved memory and learning ability. Or you might picture yourself handling a difficult situation effortlessly, or simply see yourself as a radiant being, filled with life energy. You can work on any level, and all will have results ... through experience you will find the particular images and techniques that work best for you.

Let us say, for example, that you are feeling unsatisfied in your current job situation. If you feel that the job is basically right for you but there are factors that need improvement, you could begin by imagining the improvements that you desire. If that doesn't work, or if you feel that you would prefer a new job, then focus on imagining yourself in the employment situation that you desire.

Either way, the technique is basically the same. After relaxing into a deep, quiet, meditative state of mind, imagine that you are working in your ideal job situation. Imagine yourself in the physical setting or environment that you would like, doing work that you enjoy and find satisfying, interacting with people in a harmonious way, receiving appreciation and appropriate financial compensation. Add any other details that are important for you, such as the hours you work, the amount of autonomy and/or responsibility you have, and so on. Try to get a feeling in yourself that this is possible; experience it as if it were already happening. In short, imagine it exactly the way you'd like it to be, as if it were already so!

Repeat this short, simple exercise often, perhaps twice a day, or whenever you think about it. If your desire and intention to make a change are clear, chances are good that you may find some type of shift taking place in your work, fairly soon.

It should be noted here that this technique cannot be used to "control" the behavior of others or cause them to do something against their will. Its effect is to dissolve our internal barriers to natural harmony and self-realization, allowing everyone to manifest in his or her most positive aspect.

To use creative visualization it is not necessary to believe in any metaphysical or spiritual ideas, though you must be willing to entertain certain concepts as being possible. It is not necessary to "have faith" in any power outside yourself.

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.

Study the principles, try the techniques with an open mind and heart, and then judge for yourself whether they are useful to you.

If so, continue using and developing them, and soon the changes in yourself and your life will probably exceed anything you could have originally dreamed of....

Creative visualization is magic in the truest and highest meaning of the word. It involves 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.

If you had never seen a gorgeous flower or a spectacular sunset before, and someone described one to you, you might consider it to be a miraculous thing (which it truly is!). Once you saw a few yourself, and began to learn something about the natural laws involved, you would begin to understand how they are formed and it would seem natural to you and not particularly mysterious.

The same is true of the process of creative visualization. What at first might seem amazing or impossible to the very limited type of education our rational minds have received, becomes perfectly understandable once we learn and practice with the underlying concepts involved.

Once you do so, it may seem that you are working miracles in your life ... and you truly will be!

(Continues...)


Excerpted from Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain Copyright ©2002 by Shakti Gawain . Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Publisher's Preface ix
Introduction to the Revised Edition xii
A Letter to My Readers xv
Part 1 Basics of Creative Visualization 1
What Is Creative Visualization? 3
How Creative Visualization Works 8
A Simple Exercise in Creative Visualization 13
It's Important to Relax 16
How to Visualize 18
Four Basic Steps for Effective Creative Visualization 22
Creative Visualization Works Only for Good 25
Affirmations 27
A Spiritual "Paradox" 35
Part 2 Using Creative Visualization 41
Making Creative Visualization Part of Your Life 43
Being, Doing, and Having 47
Three Necessary Elements 49
Contacting Your Higher Self 51
Going with the Flow 55
Prosperity 59
Accepting Your Good 65
Outflowing 71
Healing 76
Part 3 Meditations and Affirmations 85
Grounding Yourself and Running Energy 87
Opening the Energy Centers 89
Creating Your Sanctuary 92
Meeting Your Guide 94
Pink Bubble Technique 98
Healing Meditations 100
Invocations 107
Ways to Use Affirmations 110
Part 4 Special Techniques 117
A Creative Visualization Notebook 119
Clearing 123
Writing Affirmations 133
Setting Goals 136
Ideal Scene 145
Treasure Maps 147
Health and Beauty 152
Creative Visualization in Groups 157
Creative Visualization in Relationships 159
Part 5 Living Creatively 165
Creative Consciousness 167
Discovering Our Higher Purpose 168
Your Life Is Your Work of Art 170
Acknowledgments 171
Recommended Resources 172
About the Author 175
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2006

    Sorry it's been plagiarized...

    So I read all her books...and can't pick her best book. They're all great! I felt sorry when I heard that Gawain's books have been plagiarized by Dutch author Annemarie Postma. I hope Gawain will remain receiving the credits she deserves. I have all her books... She's a great treasure for America. May God bless Shakti Gawain!

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  • Posted May 18, 2009

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    Incredibly Effective

    The author, Shakti Gaiwan, writes in a straight-forward, easily understood fashion for even the most elementary student wishing to implement profound change in his/her life. While the book offers a quick read, I personally went through it once, performing some of the exercises. I am now re-reading it for a more in-depth integration of the incredibly effective exercises into my life to experience a deep transformation.

    It is important to keep in mind that using your imagination is NOT an exact science. The processes in this vital book will challenge you to develop trust in your intuition and other areas that society does not seem to readily acknowledge value in. However, just because the mainstream population doesn't believe, does not mean that you cannot benefit a great deal. Allow yourself to read through and give every exercise a shot - you'll be very pleased with the results.

    In my opinion this book is assisting in my meditation, positive-thinking, using the power of my mind to fulfill my desires, relaxation, releasing fear and other negative thought patterns, and so much more...WELL worth the price of a paperback. Note: I also purchased the workbook to aid in my self-studies....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2003

    This Book Changed My Life!

    'Creative Visualization' found me in 1990 and changed my life. As a result, I am helping others change their lives on a global scale. Because of Creative Visualization, I am the published author of 'How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me: One Person's Guide to Suicide Prevention' (William Morrow & Co., August 2002; Quill paperback July 2003). In my book I write, ''Creative Visualization' is the reason this book is in your hands and not still in my head.' Creative Visualization is the reason I was on 'Good Morning America.' It's the reason people in CHINA and Hungary can now read a new book on suicide prevention. It's the reason I get emails and letters from people saying 'for the first time in my life I know I'm not alone.' Creative Visualization is one of the reasons I am alive to write this review. I am a person who overdosed three times, was locked in a psych ward three times, and did my best to destroy my life. Because of Creative Visualization (and thirteen years of therapy!) My current affirmation is 'I have no idea what the Universe has in store for me, but it's far greater than anything I could ever imagine.' Shakti Gawain remains one of the most important teachers in my life. She taught me to believe in possibility. With the help of her book, I learned how to create a life I could enjoy and relish, rather than survive a life full of painful obstacles. Because of Creative Visualization you will someday see (or in keeping with Ms. Gawain's philosophy) -- you are now seeing -- a film about my life story, which includes the writing of my book, writing this review, writing the screenplay to the film, etc. I am visualizing Holly Hunter for the lead. Thank you, Shakti Gawain

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2001

    'Change your internal vision, change your life'

    Learning to be still and seeing in your mind's eye what you want in your life is basically what Shakti teaches. The self talk/affirmations is very, very good. I keep copies of the affirmations on my night stand and use them regularly when I think of any situation I am facing. For example, going on a job interview is a good time to use her affirmations, saying what you want in a job creates that and more, or, if I may say 'creates miracles.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2001

    Its an outstanding book...

    I am sure the author is as beautifull as the words in the book. It has surely re-established the confidance in myself after the wtc events, and i am infinitely grateful to this author. This book is a must read, I rarely read books, but this one i especially recommend to one and all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2001

    A classic book on creating your life as you desire it to be

    Shakti Gawain's classic work, CREATIVE VISUALIZATION, truly stands the test of time. Although I read it for the first time in April 2001 (the original 1978 first edition version), I was thoroughly impressed with the way Gawain can write such a practical guide to the process of how we create our lives from our thoughts and feelings. Gawain includes many exercises which help readers learn how to relax, how to visualize, contact their higher selves, program prosperity, heal themselves and others, meditate, and state meaningful affirmations. I especially enjoyed her 'pink bubble' manifestation meditation for bringing what you most desire to you. I feel very at home with the exercises and techniques outlined in CREATIVE VISUALIZATION, and highly recommend it to anyone interested in transforming their life for the better.

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

    This is a great book!

    I enjoyed reading this book. It was a quick read. Creative Visualization is one that I recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2002

    Very useful and practical also

    A lot many many books on consciousness describe only theory. Although the theory is good to know for obivious reasons, unless one does not know the practical aspect of application of theory, all the theory is theory only. It is here that Shakti Gawain's book on Creative Visualisation scores a point. The book is full of practical tips and exercises devoid of voluminous theories. All these exercises, if done with devotion they deserve, will surely prove to be of great help to the readers. I suggest every one read this book.

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  • Posted July 19, 2014

    Self-Awareness By reading Creative Visualization, I learned vari

    Self-Awareness
    By reading Creative Visualization, I learned various exercises that would help me with my self awareness, and to think positive thoughts. My favorite part of the book is when the author talks about Outflowing. It's about giving to oneself and others.   

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Life changing

    A completely unique technique that gives a deep understanding

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