Creative Visualization when done correctly is an immensely powerful way to reprogram your subconscious mind. It is also a skill that improves with practice, just like learning a sport or musical instrument.
Scientific studies have shown that creative visualization actually changes the neural pathways in the brain. This is often known as neuroplasticity. Other studies have shown that creative visualization influences gene response, anti-body count and this has been proved in blood tests. This is great news if you want to use creative visualization to improve your immune system or help with healing.
Here are some of the areas in life where creative visualization could help you.
- Improving a sport or general fitness level. Olympic Athletes have been using creative visualization for many years and see it as an essential part of their training.
- Increasing performance at work or in your business.
- Making more money
- Improving your relationships
- To generate the creative juices to write, paint or compose music.
The list is endless. I reckon creative visualization could help improve almost any area of your life.
To get stunning results with creative visualization, you need to practice it the right way. Keep reading to learn the 10 steps to transform your creative visualization skills.
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1. Be in a relaxed state
The purpose of creative visualization is to reprogram your subconscious mind so that you automatically do things differently in the future. For this to work, you need to reduce the impact of your conscious mind. This is best done by slowing down your brain waves to an Alpha or Theta brain wave state.
We are naturally in Alpha or Theta just before falling asleep and when we wake up, so these are excellent times to practice creative visualization. You can also get into an Alpha or Theta state through meditation or by doing a rapid relaxation exercise.
2. Visualize on a large cinema screen.
Many people simply close their eyes and start to visualize on the back of their eye lids. This creates small images that aren’t compelling to the subconscious mind. So instead, imagine that you are sitting in the best seat of a large cinema. You are the only person in this cinema and the screen is huge! – You will project the images of your future on to this gigantic cinema screen.
3. Acknowledge where you are now
Start by acknowledging, accepting and being grateful for where you are now, what you have now and how far you have already come. You are probably already in a much better position than most people in the world.
This step is crucial. It puts your mind in a state of positive expectancy and increases your vibrational energy (important for manifesting). It also bridges the gap between where you are now and what you want. Sometimes this gap can be huge and unbelievable at first. Acknowledging where you are now will help bridge that gap and reduce the chances of the critical conscious mind getting in the way.
4. Start small and get bigger
After acknowledging where you are now, start visualizing the smaller positive changes and then move to the larger ones. This will help increase your belief and its often easier to make the smaller changes more real when just starting out with creative visualization.
Your visualization can then unfold like a movie plot with all the exciting goals and dreams coming true at the end!
5. Use all your senses
When visualizing, use all 5 senses. Notice the sounds, how you talk to others, how they talk to you and how you now talk to yourself. Feel the sensations as you touch, taste or smell this new thing that you are creating in your life.
Let’s say you are visualizing a new luxury car. You could notice the sound of the engine, your favourite music on the high-end car stereo. Or notice the sensation of turning the steering wheel or the g-force when going around corners. Perhaps you would smell the leather seats or the feeling of air washing over you when you have the top down.
Although we use all 5 senses everyday, most people develop a preference for one of them. It’s usually either Visual (seeing), Auditory (hearing) or Kinesthetic (feeling). When visualizing, notice the sense that works best for you and focus more on that sense. However, don’t ignore the others.
Ideally, you want to make your visualization a 5 sensory experience. By doing this, you activate the same areas of the brain that are used when you are having this experience for real. So your brain thinks you are actually having a real experience! How powerful is that to reprogramming your subconscious mind!
6. Use emotions
Incorporating all 5 senses will help bring emotion to your visualization. However, you can also consciously turn up the emotional level of your visualizations. Really stir-up the emotions and feel the excitement, exuberance, passion, happiness, fulfilment or whatever other emotion it is for you.
Bob Proctor states that Thoughts + Emotions = Attraction. Many people under-estimate the emotional component to manifesting. Ensure that you maximise your emotions when visualizing. This will rapidly speed up your results.
7. Focus on the what – forget the how
When using creative visualization, focus on what you want to achieve or manifest. Don’t get caught up in the how. Once your subconscious mind has a full sensory experience of what you want, it will help you find the how.
8. Let Go
You now want to let go or release the visualization to the universe and let things happen. This is probably the hardest step, but it will come with practice. You want to achieve a state of positive expectancy. It’s a similar feeling to ordering a meal in a restaurant. Once you place the order, you don’t worry about whether it will arrive or not. Instead you have a state of positive expectancy.
Worry, anxiety, frustration and other negative feelings will short-circuit the commands you have just given to the universe (and your subconscious) through your creative visualization.
Having said that, it is okay to repeat the same visualization multiple times. Just make sure that you let go after each visualization and maintain a state of positive expectancy.
9. Finish off with “Let this or something better happen”
Complete your visualization with the affirmation “Let this or something better happen”.
10. Take Action
After you finish your visualization, do something to make it happen. This might be reading to gain some knowledge, looking at the house or car of your dreams. By taking some kind of action, you establish an intention. You are showing the Universe that you are serious. This also helps reduce any fear or worry about achieving something big.
I hope you enjoy putting these steps into action and noticing your Creative Visualization skills flourish as a result.
This article is based on a webinar on Creative Visualization by Vishen Lakhiani and Lisa Nichols. This is part of their FREE Introductory course that you can access here.
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