Creative Visualization, by Shakti Gawain

Creative Visualization, by Shakti Gawain

Creative Visualization, by Shakti Gawain

“(…) we always attract into our lives whatever we think about the most, believe in most strongly, expect on the deepest level, and/or imagine most vividly.”

Is it possible to choose the life we want? To what extent can we design our own destiny? In Creative Visualization, Shakti Gawain – American writer, and pioneer in the field of personal growth – provides a clear answer: yes it is, to a very large extent.

What Is Creative Visualization?

She defines creative visualization and explains how a thought is the natural starting point of anything we create.

Creative visualization is the technique of using your imagination to create what you want in life.

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…

When we create something, we always create it first in thought form. (…) ‘I think I’ll make dinner’ is the idea that precedes creation of a meal. ‘I want a new dress’ precedes going and buying one; ‘I need a job’ precedes finding one, and so on.

The idea is like a blueprint; it creates an image of the form, which then magnetizes and guides the physical energy of flow into that form, and eventually manifests it on the physical plane.

How Does It Work?

According to the author, the process of effective creative visualization involves four steps.

1. Set Your Goal

Decide on something you would like to have, work toward, realize or create. It can be on any level – a job, a house, a relationship, a change in yourself, increased prosperity, a happier state of mind, improved health, beauty, a better physical condition, solving a problem in your family or community, or whatever.

2. Create a Clear Idea or Picture

Create an idea, a mental picture, or a feeling of the object or situation exactly as you want it. You should think of it in the present tense as already existing the way you want it to be. Imagine yourself in the situation as you desire it, now. Include as many details as you can.

3. Focus on It Often

Bring your idea or mental picture to mind often, both in quiet meditation periods, and also casually throughout the day when you happen to think of it.

4. Give It Positive Energy

As you focus on your goal, think about it in a positive, encouraging way. Make strong positive statements to yourself: that it exists; that is has come or is now coming to you. See yourself receiving or achieving it. These positive statements are called affirmations.

What Does It Take?

Gawain establishes three requisites for creative visualization to work effectively.

1.    Desire. You must have a true desire to have or create that which you have chosen to visualize. (…)

2.    Belief. The more you believe in your chosen goal and the possibility of attaining it, the more certain you will be to do so. (…)

3.    Acceptance. You must be willing to accept and have that which you are seeking. Sometimes we pursue goals without actually wanting to attain them. We are more comfortable with the process of pursuing. (…)

The sum of these three elements is what I call your intention. When you have strong intention to create something – that is, you deeply desire it, you completely believe that you can do it, and you are totally willing to have it – it is very likely to manifest in your life in one way or another.

The clearer and stronger your intention, the more quickly and easily your creative visualization will work.

Laying The Foundation

In the book, Gawain also provides her own perspective on the process of inner growth, which very much resembles that of other contemporary authors like Eckhart Tolle. She explains how our typical situation of stress and anxiety is not the appropriate foundation for creative visualization.

Most people in our culture have become cut off from their awareness of their spiritual essence. (…) we have a sense of helplessness; we feel basically powerless to make real change in our lives or in the world. This inner feeling of powerlessness causes us to overcompensate by striving and struggling very hard to have some degree of power or control in our world.

Most of us, therefore, become very goal-oriented; we become emotionally attached to things and people outside of ourselves which we feel we need in order to be happy. We feel there is something ‘missing’ inside ourselves, and we become tense, anxious, and stressed, continuously trying to fill up the gap, trying or manipulate the outside world in order to get what we want.

This is the state of being from which most of us are setting goals and trying to create what we want in life, and unfortunately from this level of consciousness it doesn’t work at all …

The right basis for creative visualization, according to Gawain, is to be able to “let go”.

When we are coming out of the empty, grasping, manipulative condition, the first and foremost lesson to be learned is just to let go. We must relax, stop struggling, stop trying so hard, stop manipulating things and people to try to get what we want and need, in fact stop doing so much and have an experience of just being for a while.

When we do this, we suddenly discover that we’re really perfectly okay, in fact we feel quite wonderful, just letting ourselves be, and letting the world be, without trying to change things. This is the basic experience of being here now.

(…) You begin to want to focus your energy towards the highest and most fulfilling goals that are real for you at any given moment. You realize that life can be basically good, abundant, and often fun, and that having what you truly want, without struggle or strain, is part of your natural birthright as a function of just being alive. This is the time when creative visualization can become a most important tool.

Creative visualization is an easy read, filled with plenty of practical visualization and meditation exercises – an interesting tool to count on for your journey to inner growth.

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