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THE ART AND PRACTICE OF CREATIVE VISUALIZATION
Millions of human beings suffer from the "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune," not knowing that we each possess many powers which, if used properly, could enable us to control our material physical existence to a large extent, and relieve ourselves of a lot of trouble. One of the unknown, unused powers, we possess is the power of creative visualization.
Creative visualization is the name for a magical operation wherein we create in our "mind's eye," or in our imagination, the idea-image of something, or some circumstance, or some circumstances we fancy would be of benefit to our physical life comfort and add to our physical well being. This well being is usually called happiness.
Upon the successful completion-creation of such an image, the mental imagination image will become real and will enter our daily life.
Many books have been published describing this magical process. Creative visualization has been called by various names, but all names mean the same thing. It has been called "contacting God for your daily supply," or "creating opulence through esoteric work," or "consciously creating circumstances," or "Seven Steps," as it is called in one school. This book is another book about a creative visualization system.
However, it is my intention to go much deeper into this subject of creative visualization. I intend to give you all the knowledge and information necessary to enable you to understand, use, and practice successfully the great art of creative visualization.
And I do this with the sincere hope that you will be able to use this great art so well that you will be as happy as it is possible for you to be.
Before we go any further into a study of a system of creative visualization I think we should stop and ask first a big question: Can and does a system of creative visualization really work? And if, for now, we assume that the answer is "Yes," then some other questions are in order. Questions such as: How does it work? Does it work for big things, or does it work for little things only? What is the reasonable truth about it?
We can start our consideration, of the idea, of the existence of such a thing, as a system of creative visualization, by giving some weight to an old proverb: "Where there is smoke, there is fire." On the one hand, in our material life on this earth, we usually find that if an idea exists, even a crude superstitious idea, there is always some kind of a truth behind it. Therefore we might think that if a system of mental creative visualization had absolutely nothing behind it, the idea of such a possibility would not even exist.
Of course, on the other hand, there's other old proverb: "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride." This gives some weight to the contrary idea that visualization systems don't work. If such a simple process—merely visualize what you want and it comes to you—would work easily, then there is a snag! If this idea worked, there would be no poor people in the world at all, nor any unhappiness if happiness depended upon a material supply of PHYSICAL THINGS that we could just visualize and get. Apparently creative visualization systems "work" for some people and do not "work" for others. If a visualization system does work, it will, apparently, work at certain times, and, apparently, not work at other times! Again a visualization system will work for some people instantly, and for other people, it never works at all! It could be truthfully said that systems of creative visualization appear to be a hit or miss proposition that cannot be depended upon for constant results, especially on the physical plane, where results must be expected and must work out properly.
After much study and experience, I believe I am in a position to understand the creative visualization process. The art of creative visualization depends for its successful operation upon correct knowledge, correct understanding, and rigid following of definite rules!
To be a little more specific, the art of creative visualization, and all other esoteric work, involves work done on other kinds of planes—the inner planes—in addition to the work done on this physical plane! And inner plane work requires knowledge and practice based on that knowledge, and more practice, and more practice.
In creative visualization work, we use all the planes involved in our cosmic existence; the etheric, the lower astral, the higher astral, the mental plane, and the causal plane. All these planes have definite rules and laws from which they will not deviate one iota.
The rules of all these planes must be followed closely if you are to expect good, final, physical-plane end results from inner plane operations. Even when these laws are followed closely, intelligently, and correctly, there can be other local and cosmic conditions which can prevent these secret techniques from working temporarily. Some of these will be noted later in this book.
I am going to list a number of inner plane laws. I intend to treat each of these laws in the order of its importance, and as completely as I can. Then I will set up the operational technique for each law as completely as I can. Please pay close attention to each law, technique, and practice as it is introduced here. Make a very strong attempt to understand and master each in turn. Your individual mastery of these laws, and their practices, will constitute your final mastery of the great art of creative visualization and prepare you to master other esoteric laws.
The following laws govern the art of creative visualization. I will devote a section to each of these laws. The object of this study will be to change the law into a personal technique, for your use. Make the best effort you can to master these laws. Never give up. In the event you do not succeed in practicing these techniques as perfectly as a master would practice them, it would mean only that it will take you a little longer to accomplish desired results.
A brief description of each of these laws and an outline of some details of its method of study are shown in Table 1 on page 6.
Law Number 1—The Law of Physical Visualization. For creative visualization to be successful the operator must mentally create a visible mental PICTURE of the thing, or the circumstance, wanted. This kind of Mental Visual Creation is not easily done by the average person. Unless this mental creation is done, creative visualization work cannot proceed to a successful conclusion.
Law Number 2—The Technique of Physical Visualization. The technique-law is described and directions are given for carrying it out. Most of the laws are described in this first section. The practices are described in the latter part of the book, but in this case the practices are given immediately after the description of the technique. I do this so that you will have some work to do while you are studying the rest of the laws. That is, I give one kind of practice and the rest of the practices pertaining to other symbols are given in the latter part of the book.
Law Number 3— Continuation of the first two laws with more detailed directions for making symbols for visualization practice and some additional instructions.
Law Number 4—The Law of the Sphere of Availability. This law is one of the most important factors in the magical operation of creative visualization. To my knowledge this law has never been taught before. The lack of knowledge of this law is the cause of all the failures attached to trying to use the art of creative visualization. The practices of this law will be found in the latter part of this book in connection with the case histories.
Law Number 5—The Law of Limitation. This is another important law. If you don't know about this law, it prevents the working of creative visualization art but somewhat less than some of the other laws. I do not mean to imply that I discovered these laws or that they have never been published before. These laws existed, but their direct connection to magical occult work had never been established as clearly as they are now. Also, the practice of the Law of Limitation will be explained in the latter part of this book in connection with case histories, as will all the rest of these practices.
Law Number 6—The Law of Binding. This is another unknown law that greatly affects creative visualization. Understanding this law, and working with it, can greatly assist you.
Law Number 7—The Law of the Barrier. This law governs the art of changing words into emotions and emotions into words. Attempting to work creative visualization with words alone, or emotions alone, is a difficult process. Understanding this law can make your work more effective.
Law Number 8—The Law of the Treasure Chart. A treasure chart or map, as it is also called, is a visual aid to creative visualization work. A correctly made treasure chart is of tremendous value in creative visualization work. Full directions follow for making this magical tool.
Law Number 9—The Law of E-Motions. The part that emotions play in creative visualization work is usually referred to very seldom. A full explanation follows so you will understand the part emotions play in life and you can take full advantage of them.
Law Number 10—The Law of the Reversal of Planes. Ordinary words are not very good when it comes to explaining the finite metaphysical operations of inner being "things." Thus the fact that all planes are reversed to each other is almost unknown to many occultists. And this reversal also becomes reversed at times! The lack of knowledge of planes reversal is another reason why ordinary creative visualization work fails.
Summaries are mostly given through case histories.
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At the beginning of this book I said, "endless books have been written describing a secret process called creative visualization," and then I said, "This book is another one of those books about creative visualization systems." Now imagine that you are asking natural questions and I am giving the answers.
The first natural question you would ask is: "If there are so many other books on this subject already written, why then another book?" And the correct answer to that question is, "Yes, there are lots of books already written on this subject, but the instructions contained in those books do not always work so well or, let us say, do not work so well as to preclude the introduction of another book on this subject."
And your next natural question would be, "If the instructions given in those other books did not work so well then how did the authors get away with writing books that contained instructions that did not work?" And the correct answer is: "Those instructions, as given in those books, did work!! But only for the authors of those books!
What these questions and answers add up to is this: due to a peculiar personality quirk, which these authors alone automatically, naturally, possessed, these authors unconsciously did all the techniques of the creative visualization work properly and thus the process works for them successfully!
Once these authors get a creative system working for themselves they hasten to write a book about it. Then esoteric students hasten to buy the book to get the magic system to work for them. And the magic system works sometimes, and sometimes it doesn't, depending on how closely the student is like the author.
It never seems to occur to those authors that their processes might not work for others as it did for them. They publish their personal, empirical system of creative visualization and not a word is said about the principles upon which their system is based. In fact, their working of creative visualization might be so natural to them that they don't even know about any basic principles. It is strange, but there are people like that in the world. These people do things right the first time they try, without any previous training at all.
However I was never one of those kinds of people. I had to learn how to do things by learning the basic principles, and then work them through. I cannot learn any other way. (If you are one of the natural workers, then you are lucky!)
So now I will repeat myself again and say that the laws governing the art of creative visualization are listed in this book; and each of them will be explained in detail, and the basic principles of these laws will be laid out for you to understand. Then, through understanding, you will be able to adapt these laws to your personal uses and needs. Use them. The existence of principles, techniques, and rules which can be learned shows that this work of creative visualization is an art. Many of us can become masters of this art.
Mastery of the art of creative visualization is a big step toward the mastery of the art of life. As a matter of fact, you are using creative visualization every second of your life! none of us are very successful in living and having the kind of life we would like to have. Yet everything we do have, that we do not want, and which makes us very unhappy, we created ourselves, for ourselves, and by ourselves, by our own mental powers!
Naturally we did this creating ignorantly, but we did it nevertheless. As I said before, the time can come (and I hope this book will hasten it for you) that you can take, and will take, your own personal Divine Powers into your own hands and direct the right use of this power. Then you will begin to use your divine powers as they should be used, and as you should use them—in the right way and for your own benefit!
What does using your powers for your own benefit mean?
Basically it means that we all use our basic creative powers every second of our lives. But we use these creative powers wrongly. What does "using our creative Powers wrongly" mean?
The most outstanding thing it means is using our creative powers ignorantly. Our present use of our creative powers is like giving a baby a gallon of nitroglycerine to play with!
Another misuse of our creative powers is the spasmodical use of these powers. We don't have a definite idea of what we want to do, or to be, or to have. There are other endless misuses of our powers but these two are enough to throw a monkey wrench into the best life in the world.
How to handle your powers properly is the subject of this book, and will be explained as we go on. For now, all I want you to know is that there are two things necessary for the successful use of this creative art, and they are: 1) the knowledge that you have great creative powers; and 2) the knowledge that you have heretofore used these powers ignorantly, and hence wrongly, all your life but now you are to learn to use these powers correctly. So now, knowing that the successful use of the process of creative visualization is possible to all of us, in some degree, through the right uses of basic principles, we can go on from there.CHAPTER 2
LAWS GOVERNING CREATIVE VISUALIZATION
The first reason why the creative visualization process does not work perfectly (as it should work) for the average student is implied in the title of this book: Creative Visualization. Half of the creative visualization process consists of a procedure called visualization. Now exactly what is visualization?
A glance into the dictionary gives the following definition: to make or to become visible, especially to see or to form a mental image of; the natural ability to be able to form a clear mental image of something in your mind-memory. This is an ability that not every person possesses. Certainly this is an ability that varies with different people and varies widely even with those who possess the ability naturally.
Here then is one of the main reasons why this mental creative visualization process does not, and cannot work, for all people, as it should. An ability to create clear, mental, picture images in the mind, is required; and not all people possess this image creation facility naturally. I did not have this facility myself, and I had to work hard to get it in enough degree to get positive results from my creative visualization work. I have no doubt that those authors who have written books about creative visualization possessed those creative visualization mental image-making abilities naturally, and it probably never occurred to them that others did not have that ability in the same degree that they had it. If they did not think that everyone possessed the same ability as they did, then I am at a complete loss to account for the fact that these people did not work with exercises to develop this ability in their students. One thing I can say for certain is that in the books I read on this subject not one of them provided any of the exercises that I am going to give to you. This work will enable you to develop your visualization ability as much as is needed for your creative work.
In the beginning of my esoteric studies I was not able to proceed in this art until I developed the following exercises. Practice with these exercises enabled me to learn to create clear mental images of the physical things I needed or desired, and I can tell you that when my mental creations were clean cut and clear, then my creative visualization succeeded.
Excerpted from The Art & Practice of Creative Visualization by Ophiel. Copyright © 1997 The Estate of Edward C. Peach. Excerpted by permission of Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC.
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