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Creative Visualization For Dummies (UK Edition)

Creative visualization is the basic technique underlying positive thinking. The tool is used to bring changes you desire into your life, such as achieving goals you set, modifying unwanted behaviours and enhancing positive feelings and emotions. Creative visualization is also a good tool for improving physical performance (as used by many top athletes), and enhancing your physique.

Discovering What Creative Visualization Can Do For You

Creative visualization provides you with a powerful range of techniques for dealing with real-life problems, and making the changes you want in your life. By harnessing the power of your unconscious mind and visualizing the type of person you want to be and the things you want to achieve, you’ll find yourself able to break through barriers that had previously been holding you back. You’ll become better at doing the things you enjoy.

Here are some key areas in your life where creative visualization can help:

  • Removing anxiety: By visualizing yourself as calm, using creative visualization techniques to relax, you can remove nagging anxiety, lower your blood pressure and overcome fears and phobias.

  • Diminishing pain: Using creative visualization you can focus on positive things and learn to ignore aches and pains. Creative visualization can also improve your muscle tone, overall health and self healing ability.

  • Enhancing creativity: The whole point of visualization is that it’s creative and therefore, by practicing the techniques it provides, you’ll become more creative in everything to which you apply yourself.

  • Strengthening belief: If you’re lacking in self belief and, for example, feel incapable of passing exams or overcoming obstacles in your life, you can call on creative visualization to strengthen your self image and your belief in yourself. As you grow, you’ll naturally achieve the things you previously thought were impossible.

  • Building confidence: Along with self-belief we all need enough confidence so that we can present ourselves well to other people and be effective communicators. With the creative visualization techniques, you can learn how to assume a realistic, positive and confident approach to life.

  • Setting goals: Setting goals and sticking to a commitment such as quitting smoking, or saving an amount of money is never easy. But by visualizing your goals and the results they will bring you, it’s possible to strengthen your willpower and determination to help you succeed.

  • Providing focus: Sometimes we find it hard to see clearly amid all the fuss and hubbub of modern life. By practicing creative visualization techniques you can help narrow in on the things that matter the most to you. When you use this new focus, obtaining your goals will become a clearer and easier process.

  • Improving body language: With creative visualization you can imagine yourself and how you come across to other people, and can actively evaluate and change your body language in order to convey exactly the impressions you want to about yourself.

  • Increasing energy: When you’re lacking in energy, drive or motivation it can sometimes be hard to get on with (or even get started on) a project. With creative cisualization you can bring the energy and motivation you need from deep within you to the surface, from where they can be harnessed and used to help you achieve your goals.

  • Providing fulfillment: Creative visualization can bring you a sense of joy and happiness – a contented feeling of fulfillment in your life, leading to a peaceful sense of oneness with the world, and the knowledge of the importance of your place within it.

Visualizing to Promote Your Well-Being

Did you know that creative visualization can work as an excellent emotional pick-me-up? Whenever you find yourself in a time of stress or facing a difficult task or situation, spend a few seconds recalling one of these visualizations in order to encourage feelings of motivation, inspiration and encouragement to help you cope.

  • Smiling and laughing: Imagine that you’re smiling a big wide grin which is beaming across your face. At the same time imagine that something really funny has tickled your fancy causing you to burst out laughing. Notice how you feel as you do this. How your body becomes lighter and any aches and pains are forgotten. Your outlook brightens and your attitude to your current situation and other people is positive and happy.

  • Dismissing negative thoughts: Choose to take a time out from your stressful thoughts and decide you’ll deal with them at a later time, since there’s no point letting them bog you down and getting depressed. Whenever a negative thought arises in your mind blow it out of your mouth into an invisible balloon, and follow it with a puff of air to send it on its way.

  • Encouraging positive thoughts: Imagine hugging all of your positive thoughts close to you because they are good to you (and others). To encourage these thoughts to grow and to have more of them you can nurture them by imagining putting your positive thoughts in to plant pots, watering them and positioning them somewhere where the sun will gently warm and grow them.

  • Being thankful: Whenever something good happens you be sure to express gratitude for it. You’ll be surprised how good it feels to simply say “Thank you”. By doing this you express your gratefulness for being alive and your most important emotions such as love, happiness, compassion and generosity will also grow as a result.

  • Remembering why you’re here: When in times of difficulty or doubt, remind yourself that your life has a purpose using this visualization. Consider that in this galaxy there are over a hundred billion stars, and that there are more than a hundred billion galaxies. Allow your mind to boggle over the fact that among all this incredible amount of matter, you’re present and have been given the chance to be part of it all.

  • Feeling valued: Think about all the ways you’ve changed the world; your relationships with others, things you’ve made, people you’ve helped, children you’ve raised and ideas you’ve shared. Understand that you’re an equally important person to everyone else and you’re absolutely needed, even if at times you don’t fee needed.

  • Always improving yourself: In life you'll achieve the most if you continuously strive to improve yourself. Consider how, although you’ve already achieved many things, there is still so much more you could do, and that you can always be a better person. Know in your heart of hearts that you will always improve, and that day by day you will be a better person and achieve more things than the day before.

  • Saying “Yes I can!”: Above all when visualizing you need to be positive. Remove the word “no” from your vocabulary and get used (even if only in your mind) to saying “yes” to everything. Think of yourself as a can-do person and you will become a did-do person.

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