The Power of Creative Visualization
Bringing Things About
In the Bible, Jesus Christ says, “Ask and ye shall receive. Knock and the door shall be open unto you.” The average person of a traditional religious background believes prayer and following specific doctrines will bring you the rewards you seek. In some religions such as Wicca or Vodun or even Native American traditions, rituals or spells are done to speak to the entities that will provide results. People who study metaphysics as a science though will tell you that creative visualization is the most effective method for bringing things about.
You have to consider that the things you want have to be within the realm of possibility. Imagining yourself finding a suitcase with a million dollars isn’t going to happen just because you visualize it. You also have to do the groundwork. A position as the CEO of a Fortune 500 company isn’t just going to land in your lap. You have to put yourself out there. You have to interview. You have to start at the bottom and work your way up but your chances of giving an excellent interview or being able to do the kind of work that brings success can be greatly improved if you do the type of creative visualization that will give you the best chance of having the confidence and self assuredness that you need to succeed.
Anxiety and Expectations
One of the biggest obstacles to success with creative visualization is anxiety. When you are using creative visualization to bring about the results you want, your expectations will get in the way. Creative visualization uses the laws of metaphysics to create a vacuum to bring things in your direction. You cannot attract things to yourself when you are projecting your desires. As the saying goes, “Scared money never wins.”
The Law of Attraction
Consider a situation where a person is trying to attract a member of the opposite sex. If someone is projecting neediness, insecurity or projecting too many expectations, they will drive people away from them. They will attract no one. A person who is confident, a person who doesn’t necessarily need anyone, is always more attractive. They are creating an energy that draws people in like a magnet as opposed to someone who is seeking validation, which creates an energy that is more like a repellant. When you are outcome oriented, you lose. Visualization works best when the person doing the visualizing has no expectations, no need for validation, and no desire for a specific outcome. They are just using their imagination to visualize something they want but at the same time, they are satisfied with where they are at the current moment. As Carlos Castaneda’s mentor Don Juan Matus used to say, “Reduce your wants to nothing and you will always have more than you need.”
The imagination is the screening room of the third eye. This is where you can visualize memories, fantasies and possibilities. It is a powerful tool that when used right, can produce amazing results. The thing to remember is that your visualizations have to be vivid. You have to hear, taste, feel and see everything as if it is really happening or even better as if it has already happened. Visualizing it as a memory of something that has already happened also adjusts the perception. You trick your mind into thinking that the thing you want has already occurred. It’s no longer something you desire because it’s something you already have. Another trick is to just look around you and realize that you already have everything you need. Anything additional would just be a bonus. You’ve already got it made. You’ve already got it going on.
Another great tool for opening up the creative passageways is meditation. Meditation can have a profound effect on the brain and your neurotransmitters. Meditation is just the process of breathing deeply and focusing on your breath, thereby stopping the internal dialogue of your mind. When you meditate, you see a change in brain waves. The level of your brain’s neurotransmitters, endorphins and GABA will be raised. Your Theta and Alpha brain waves will be slowed down. You will be in a very relaxed state that will put you in a very deep place where you can expand your consciousness. This is a very powerful device that can have a profound effect on your creative visualization and your life.
These are some examples of things I’ve already experienced myself.
You are about to leave your job for lunch. You have brought a sack lunch, some sandwiches from home but what you really want is some Thai Food. You visualize the food; you can smell it and taste it. You’re savoring it in your mind’s eye. Problem is, you don’t have the extra cash to pay for this luxury. So instead of just sitting there longing for what you can’t have, you tell yourself that you’re going to really enjoy that bologna sandwich you brought with you from home, and those potato chips too. That’s going to be just fine. Next thing you know, the phone will ring and a friend will invite you to lunch at a Thai Restaurant, their treat.
You’re in a job interview or are auditioning for a part in a movie. You don’t go in there thinking anything negative. You do not tell yourself that you’re probably not going to get this one because of this reason or that one. You don’t think to yourself that you just have to have this job, just have to have this part in this movie or you won’t be satisfied because then you will be projecting your own insecurities into the equation and upsetting the balance of energy you will need to make it happen. Instead, you go in there with the knowledge that you are awesome and you don’t need anyone’s validation, you are just in there for the experience. You are just in there to challenge yourself and find new ways to define yourself. “This is just an experience and I’m going to savor it.” You will go in there with confidence, your creative energy will be flowing and regardless of whether or not you get the job, you will feel good about the experience. You will feel good about giving your creative juices a chance to flow. You can leave that scene knowing that you gave your best and chances are, you will probably get the job after all because you have shown a uniqueness that sets you apart.
Be Careful What You Ask For
Just because we want something, doesn’t necessarily mean that it is good for us. Some things just aren’t meant to be and sometimes the Universe is aware of this. Some things are better left alone. Sometimes we get what we want and find out that it’s not what we really need. How often have you wished to get involved with someone only to find out later on that you are having a tough time breaking up with someone who you thought was right for you but turned to be quite the opposite. Sometimes we go for one thing but find something else that is even better. The main thing is to focus on a goal and realize that sometimes the Universe has other plans and sometimes you end up in a better place than you had originally imagined. How often in the World has someone gone after a particular job that they didn’t get but instead they got into a career that was far more rewarding but if they hadn’t pursued the original goal, they might not have had the happy accident that brought them something even better? Sometimes we want something so badly but if we were to get everything we wanted, we might miss out on some important lesson in life that would have never happened had we gone on a different path. Some things are meant to be and the ultimate goal should always be self-awareness and spiritual evolution. That’s what we’re here for, for our souls to evolve through the experiences that our present incarnation had to offer. That is the ultimate reward.
Is it Real?
Does it really work?
- Creative visualization is a powerful tool. It is a tool that may take you by surprise as you see changes in your life that will lead you to more possibilities. You will experience life through a new perspective, a new paradigm.
- Creating a “vacuum” that draws things your way causes attraction. This is accomplished by eliminating expectations, by not being outcome based.
- Imagination is a powerful tool. Learn how to tap into its potential. Meditation is a good way to open the creative passageways and fire up those neurotransmitters.
- Your goals have to be realistic and you have to do the work. Nothing ever falls in someone’s lap. Work and innovation bring results.
- Sometimes we don’t get what we originally wanted. Sometimes something even better is in store for us.
The Ultimate Reward is sometimes not what we expected. Spiritual Evolution should be the ultimate goal.
In the final analysis, you don’t want to live a life of fear and regret; you want to live a life full of possibilities. You want to grow and evolve. You want to be able to see the beauty of the world around you. You want to feel your energy grow. It’s all a process.