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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.
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!
Excerpted from Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain Copyright ©2002 by Shakti Gawain . Excerpted by permission.
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|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|
|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|
|Accepting Your Good||65|
|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|
|Ways to Use Affirmations||110|
|Part 4||Special Techniques||117|
|A Creative Visualization Notebook||119|
|Health and Beauty||152|
|Creative Visualization in Groups||157|
|Creative Visualization in Relationships||159|
|Part 5||Living Creatively||165|
|Discovering Our Higher Purpose||168|
|Your Life Is Your Work of Art||170|
|About the Author||175|
Posted June 29, 2003
It was at least 15 years ago when I read this book. I have always been a creative person as an artist and musician. Today I co-own a successful design firm with clients like Helena Rubinstein and former Beatles. I always use this book when speaking to friends about 'how' I became successful. While I credit myself for working hard at my skills, this book helped me unlock my fears. It built my confidence and helped me understand that nothing stood between me and the art that already existed within me. With time being scarce during the period that I read this book, it was easy to read and absorb. I highly recommend tCreative Visualization to any artist, musician, student or teacher.
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Posted March 19, 2008
I read this book in 1993- or '94, and put its message into immediate use. I found it offered powerful methods to change my life for the better, and today I have my own successful business (which I run from home), and live with my soul mate and our 4 cats. What could be better? Try it!
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