In the Make A Ripple e-book I refer to the creative visualization technique. It´s been around for a long time. It´s all about seeing yourself and involving yourself emotionally in the situation you want to be in. It´s perhaps the most important skill you can learn for setting goals and aligning your subconscious resources to make achieving them almost automatic. It allows you to find the most optimal path to achieving your end goal, by bridging the gap between where you are now, and the moment you experience success.
When you practice creative visualization, you are feeding your brain with the reality you want. You are telling your brain to focus on your goal. You are seeing the goal in your mind and since the mind cannot tell the difference between something you imagine and something real it will be believe that it´s real. Involving yourself emotionally is important because it´s like the glue that make new, neural networks stick in your mind and become permanent.
The more you visualize the more your mind will focus on your goal. You create new, neural networks in your brain and your brain’s reticular activating system (RAS) will start to look for things in the external environment which can align your inner world with the outer world. It will start to work for you 24/7. Also, these new, neural networks will release transmitters which go into the bloodstream – into the body, into the cells and set up a feeling. This feeling is setting up your personal frequency which is how you communicate with the Universe and the Quantum Field. Since you can choose how you want to think you change your vibrational frequency. By using creative visualization you will set up a new communication with the Quantum Field. Numerous studies show when you focus attention on your end goal, you accelerate toward it.
Back in 1960 the plastic surgeon and author Maxwell Maltz was well aware of the power of creative visualization. He wrote the book Psychocybernetics which was published in 1960. The book became an instant bestseller and made Dr. Maltz one of the most in-demand motivational speakers throughout the 1960’s and the early 1970’s. Here is what he said about visualizing images in the mind and how it relates to success.
“The successful person has learned a simple secret. Call up, capture, evoke the feeling of success. When you feel successful and self-confident, you will act successful. Define your goal or end result. Picture it to yourself clearly and vividly. Then simply capture the feeling you would experience if the desirable goal was already an established fact. Then your internal machinery is geared for success: to guide you in making the correct muscular motions and adjustments; to supply you with creative ideas, and to do whatever else is necessary in order to make the goal an accomplished fact.”
We all possess a wonderful gift – the ability to think independently of circumstances. At any time you can make mental images of your dream situation. You can see yourself in your new reality. Let´s say you want to be a successful author. What you have to do is to start seeing yourself as a successful author. See it in your mind. See yourself succeed – feel it with all your heart. When you set yourself a goal ask yourself this question: How will I FEEL when I have reached my goal? You actually have the power to produce that feeling anytime because you have the ability to think regardless of circumstance. If you are poor you can start seeing and feeling yourself as rich and abundant. If you are sick you can start seeing and feeling yourself as healthy and well. On that note I want to share a powerful story with you.
A POWERFUL STORY
I want to share a powerful story with you about a woman I met some years ago. She was in her 60ies. She shared her incredible story with me at an exhibiton where I was holding a seminar. She did something extraordinary. Doctors called it a miracle, but she was just doing what I am teaching in this program. She was seriously ill. She had a disease that puzzled the doctors. They could not figure out what was wrong with her, but she was sick and losing weight. All possible samples were taken, and doctors tried out many different medications, but nothing worked.
For every passing day she became weaker and weaker. She was frustrated and scared. In addition to conventional medicine, she decided to try alternative medicine, but to no avail. No form of treatment helped. The situation was so serious that the doctors and the family began to prepare themselves for her death. They told her she only had weeks to live. She was only a shadow of herself. She was on the brink of dying. She had almost given up, but then she came to a point where she decided to stop looking for help and answers outside herself. The FOCUS was turned inward and she started doing a simple visualisation exercise.
Every morning and evening she for 15.minutes she closed her eyes, calmed the mind and began using her imagination. She saw herself healthy and happy as she ran and jumped on green meadows. She made the image vivid and come alive by using all her senses. She could feel the grass under her feet and sense the sun’s life-giving energy on her face. After six months of this daily exercise she was perfectly healthy. Doctors and family called it a miracle, but the fact was that she changed her mind – she created new neural networks in her brain. She fed her subconscious mind with a new reality using her imagination, and eventually this fantasy-reality became her real reality. This is the power we all possess. It´s the wonderful gift called imagination.
This woman used Creative Visualization to change her life. It is one of the most powerful techniques you can use to turn your life around. But it must be performed while in lower brainwave states or else it will have little impact on the subconscious mind. Also, it must be performed with feelings and emotions like this woman did. This is key.
What you focus on, you attract. It´s the Law of Vibration, Law of Cause & Effect and The Law of Attraction all working together.
We live in a quantum sea of vibrating energy and when you practice creative visualisation you start to change the way you communicate with the universe and the quantum field. It will respond by sending you opportunities, people, events and circumstances related to your goal.
The Universe is responding to the vibration you are sending out. For instance, it makes no distinction between your actually having a million dollars and you imagining having a million dollars. Your point of attraction is about your thoughts an feelings. When you think you cause certain feelings and this will set up your personal frequency. Through the Law of Vibration, Attraction and Cause & Effect you will get back what you send out.
By deliberately activating a scene in your own mind you can create a personal vibration which matches the scene you have activated. In other words, you use your imagination and the technique of creative visualization to create your dream-life. Since the mind cannot tell the difference between something you imagine and something you actually have or experience the same neural networks will fire setting up your vibrations and the Universe responds accordingly. It´s a beautiful set-up once you understand the mechanisms of it all.
Most people don´t have a match between what they want and what they are vibrating out. Their conscious desires and their subconscious beliefs are not in harmony causing their vibrational frequency to be out of synch with what they consciously want. They don´t practice creative visualization. Instead they are sending out a vibrational frequency in response to things, people, and conditions that they are observing. In other words, they are letting the external environment dictate their frequency and vibration.
As a result the lives of most people continue to unfold very much as they have been, with no significant improvement from day to day. They are getting bavk the same results because their frequency stay more or less the same. There is not much thought being offered that is much different from what has already been experienced. Reserch shows that we think 60 – 70,000 thought every day and that 90% of these thoughts are the same as the day before. In other words, most people go on autopilot thinking the same thoughts, having the same frequency and getting the same results. Creative Visualization is a great technique to break free from this autopilot thinking because an application of this process, on any subject of your choice, will cause your vibration to move far beyond where you are currently standing. Since the Universe responds to your vibration amazing things can begin to come into your experience even though they have never done so before.
You have the power to change your reality. Many successful people have done this. They use Create Visualisation to reach their goals. Below you will see Jim Carrey, Oprah Winfrey and Arnold Schwarzenegger talk about how they used creative visualisation to gain incredible results. You will also see how author and speaker Dr. Joe Dispenza and motivational speaker Lisa Nichols talk about how they create what they want in life by using Creative Visualization.
Jim Carrey is known for his highly energetic slapstick performances and he has been described as one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood. Even though we associate him with all kinds of crazy comedy characters he also has a serious side. Did you know that Jim Carrey is a huge visualizer and manifester? As a young boy he started visualising and manifesting what he wanted in life and he has been doing it ever since. In the videoclip on the right he is a guest on The Graham Norten Show and he talks about how he used Creative Visualiztion to manifest getting $10 million dollars for a movie. He is doing exactly what I teach in this program – seeing in his mind what he wants to be his reality. The inner world creates the outer world. The more you can see yourself living your dream-life the sooner it will manifest.
This is a perfect example of how anyone can use Creative Visualization to attract what they want into their lives.
In this video Oprah is being interviewed by Larry King and she talks about how she used the Law of Attraction to get her part in the movie Colour Purple by Steven Spielberg. She also got an Oscar for her part (Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture).
She used Creative Visualization to set the Law of Attraction in motion. As she says she was thinking about getting the part all the time. She was breathing, feeling and sensing her part in this movie and it was all set in motion by her mind. Her inner world was imagining playing the part in the Colour Purple and the Universe responded. You get back what you send out. You reap what you sow. The inner world creates the outer world. The more you can see yourself living your dream-life the sooner it will manifest as it did for Oprah.
In Arnold Schwarzenegger’s body-building days, he would visualize that his muscles and body were in ideal shape while exercising and he went on to win Mr. Olympia for seven consecutive years. He then went on to become a successful real estate tycoon, a movie star, and the governor of California. He just said it could achieve all these goals and he did. “It’s all in the mind,” he says.
“The mind is really so incredible. Before I won my first Mr. Universe title, I walked around the tournament like I owned it. I had won it so many times in my mind, the title was already mine. Then when I moved on to the movies I used the same technique. I visualized daily being a successful actor and earning big money.”
Above you will see a short documentary on the early life and success philosophy of Arnold Schwarzenegger! You hear him talking about being focused and visualising on the goal. He says this app. 4:58 into the documentary.
It all comes down to belief and by practicing visualisation you can create that belief. Your brain will create new, neural networks and start to believe that your imagined inner world is the real world. When that happens your subconscious mind will do all it can to match your inner world with your outer world. It will start looking for events, people and circumstances that match your desire and dream world.
Your RAS (the reticular activating system in your brain) will be highly engaged sending information to your conscious mind about things it picks up from the external environment related to your goal. It is a beautiful mechanism. People who practice creative visualisation on a regular basis reach their goals. So go ahead and start visualising your goal every day.
“I Create My Day”
On the right you can see a video with Dr. Joe Dispenza explaining how he intentionally creates his day.
Dr. Joe Dispenza is a NY Times Bestselling author who first caught the public’s eye as one of the scientists featured in the award-winning film What the BLEEP Do We Know!?
Since that movie’s release in 2004, his work has expanded, deepened, and spiraled in several key directions—all of which reflect his passion for exploring how people can use the latest findings from the fields of neuroscience and quantum physics to not only heal illness but also to enjoy a more fulfilled and happy life. Dr. Joe is driven by the conviction that each one of us has the potential for greatness and unlimited abilities.
In the video he explains how he uses INTENTION to create his day. He pictures how he wants his day to play out in his mind (creative visualization) and The Quantum Field responds.
In this video Lisa talks about dreaming big. Start seeing yourself living your dream life. Lisa went from struggling like crazy to become extremely successful and she says anyone can do it. Dare to dream big.
Lisa Nichols turned her life around using Creative Visualization. She was a single mother from South Central L.A. who had only $20 to her name and struggled to get by and raise her son.
She went on to become extremely successful. She was the second African American woman to take a business public. She starred in the book and movie sensation The Secret, and she is the author of several bestselling books. She´s been on Oprah and Larry King, travelled the world and told people her story. What she is saying is that we are capable of so much more than we think. Her message is supplementing what this program is showing you: You have incredible powers with in. You have magical powers which can transform your life like it did for Lisa Nichols. She is not more special, unique or talented than you are. She just turned her focus inward and started dreaming big using the powerful technique creative visualization. You can do the same.
Albert Einstein once said: Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand. Napoleon Hill also praised imagination as one of the best gifts we all possess. He said: All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination. Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.
Creative VIsualization is a process where you get to choose you dream life. It´s like being a movie director. What would a movie director consider before shooting a scene in his movie? He would think about the location – where it should take place? Should it be indoors or outdoors? What time of day is it? Is it raining or is it bright sunshine?
When you are creating a movie of your dream life in your mind choose a location or place that feels really good to you. Also, bring in details. Are you standing up or sitting down? Are you talking or listening? Are you laughing or just in a silent, but content and happy state?
The purpose of Creative Visualization is to cause you to activate vibrations within you that match your conscious desires. You want to feel good about what you want. Don´t use this process to try to improve a specific existing situation, because in your attempt to fix something, you will bring the existing vibration into your imagined reality. And since this vibration is not a match with what you want you will just get more of same thing you want to fix. Choose something new and fresh. See yourself living your dream life.
The more you use your imagination to see your dream life the more you feed your subconscious mind with that reality. As a result you are activating your brain’s reticular activating system and it will start looking for things in the external environment to match your inner world with your outer world. Also, your personal frequency will change which will change your communication with The Quantum Field.
Below you will find a 5 step plan you can follow for your Creative Visualization process.
The 5 Step Plan For Creative Visualization
1. RELAXED STATE
It´s important to reach your subconscious mind when you want to program a new reality. You should tune your mind to the alpha level, and reach the state of mental relaxation. This is important for creative visualization to work effectively. You should slow down your brainwave activity. You need to be in a relaxed state of mind. This is why creative visualization is best to perform in the morning or when going to bed at night. The brain is already in lower brainwave states when you go to bed at night and when you wake up in the morning. Close your eyes, take some deep breaths and relax your mind and body. This will lower your brainwaves and you move into the alpha brainwave level.
2. ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
When visualizing you are actually planting a new seed in your mind. In order to make this new seed really start growing and taking shape you need to be in an a positive emotional state. To do this think of a time in your past where you felt great. It could be a time where you laughed so hard it was difficult to stop. Or it could a time when you felt really proud of yourself for something you achieved. Or it could a positive experience you shared with a loved one. It could be anything that made you feel sensational.. Do your best to think of this positive time. This will get you into a positive emotional state.
In step 2 you want to continue this positive, emotional state so keep an attitude of gratitude. Gratitude is like rich soil you plant your future in. By being grateful for what your already have you will attract more things into your life to be thankful for. Just give some positive thoughts to all you have to be grateful for in your life before you start visualising your new dram life. This will shift your energy and it works like glue to make the visualization stick in your subconscious mind.
Be thankful for having a warm bed to sleep in. Be thankful for being able to take a refreshing shower each morning and for having access to clean drinking water. Be thankful for hearing birds singing or listening to trickle of rain. Be thankful for seeing the colours of life. Be thankful for the sense of smell. There are people in this world who are homeless and sleep on the street. There are people who cannot take a warm refreshing shower each morning or who don´t have access to clean drinking water. There are people who cannot enjoy the smell of freshly-brewed coffee or fresh bread. There are people who are deaf and blind and cannot enjoy the sounds of this world and all the beauty and colours of life.
3. VISUALIZE YOURSELF ON A MOVIE SCREEN
A good way to visualize is to see your dream life on a screen. Imagine you are alone in a cinema with a huge screen. Project your visualisation onto the screen. See your dream life on the silver-screen. It´s like watching a movie of your dream life and you love watching it – you enjoy it. Remember – you are the movie director and you can choose how the movie should be.
4. USE ALL YOUR SENSES
The term visualization is actually somewhat misleading since it includes more than just vision. When doing creative visualization, it´s about using all your senses to make the mental picture as vivid as possible – see it, hear it, smell it, taste it and feel it. Bring in colours, sounds, taste, smells and feeling of touch. We all have different dominant senses – sight or sound or touch. Some people are visual, some are auditory and some are kinesthetic. A kinesthetic person is an emotional person who has to feel things and for such a person it would be important to bring in the sense of touch when doing the creative visualization exercise. Creative visualization is about brining in all the sense – see it, feel it, smell it, hear it, taste it. If you want a new car don´t just see yourself driving it. Hear the songs playing in the great speakers of the car or listen to the roaring engine. Smell and touch the brand new leather seats. Or if the car is a convertible, feel the wind in your hair.
5. LET GO
This last step is an important one. Let go and trust that everything will work out fine. Have a feeling of expectancy. It´s like ordering something on the internet – you expect what you order to arrive in your mail box. No doubt. You just know it will arrive because you ordered it. It´s exactly the same thing with The Quantum Field. The more you visualize what you want the sooner The Quantum Field will deliver it to you. Creative visualization makes a greater impact on the subconscious mind when involved yourself emotionally. How will you feel when you have achieved your dream situation – when you have reached your goal – when you live your dream life? Saturate every cell in your body with this feeling. Let it penetrate every DNA string of your whole being. Remember that you have the power to produce that feeling. Produce it as often as you can. Use your imagination and pretend you already have reached your goal. See yourself happy, grateful and confident because you have reached your goal. Be thankful you have achieved it, even though it´s only in your imagination.
LET THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND WORK FOR YOU.
This Creative Visualization technique will empower you to attract what you want into your life because your subconscious mind will start changing according to what you feed it. All of a sudden you will have this vast and incredible resource working for you instead of against you. It will set up a new feeling which will change your vibrational frequency and then you are feeding The Quantum Field with what you truly want. It´s anchored within your subconscious mind.
“You will attract into your live what you think about most, believe most strongly, expect on the deepest level, and imagine most vividly.” – Shakti Gawain
The power of our subconscious mind is incredible and it doesn´t care what you feed it – positive and uplifting thoughts or negative, destructive thoughts. Remember; if you constantly worry about something you are actually feeding your subconscious mind with negative thoughts and this will set up your feelings and your vibrational frequency. As a result more life experiences giving you more to worry about will be drawn into your life. The Quantum Field will respond in accordance with what you feed it and supply you with more to worry about. To avoid negative events coming into your live make sure to that your focus is on the positive you want in life. We must constantly feed our subconscious mind with positive thoughts. But creative visualization is much more than just positive thinking. It’s about being relaxed in mind and body and feeding your subconscious with a colorful experience of the life you want. The more relaxed you are, the more you open your door to your subconscious mind. The bridge between the conscious and subconscious mind starts in the lower alpha brain wave level.
Many people use this technique when they go to bed at night because it will help them move into the lower alpha level and theta level much easier. The more senses you involve with your creative visualization, the stronger the impression on the subconscious mind.
Your Mental Picture
Create a concrete and Crystal Clear picture of what you want to achieve. Remember you are “talking” to The Quantum Field through your personal frequency which is dictated by your thoughts and feelings. Add emotions to your mental image. Emotions are like the wind creating forward movement of the sailboat. It´s the fuel responsible for progress. Let’s say you want a new job where you can be more creative and use your creative skills. However, a new job is a very vague concept. If you send something vague into The Quantum Field what you want will not show up. Just wanting “a new job” doesn´t give rise to a clear and concrete picture of what you want. The image must be Crystal Clear.
- What kind of job do you really want?
- In what kind of industry?
- In which sector – private or public?
- Is the job in a large, medium-sized or small company?
- Or maybe it’s a job where you are working for yourself?
- Does it include job-management responsibilities or not?
- What does the job-place look like?
- What colors do you see in your office or your workplace?
Specify and make the image come alive. Make it as vivid as possible. See yourself working in the new job with a big smile on your face – happy and grateful. Notice how you feel when you are imagining working in this dream-place. It´s important to remember that the subconscious mind cannot notice the difference between a creation you make in your mind (the inner world) and one that is created in the outer world. In other words, it cannot distinguish between what is true/real and what is thought/fantasy. It just accepts whatever is given to it. You just need to make sure you are able to reach your subconscious mind. As such, it´s all about reaching your subconscious mind – to feed it with new positive thoughts and anchor them with positive, heart-based emotions. This will change your personal frequency. The brain creates neural networks and they release neurotransmitters affecting our emotions, actions and results regardless of whether they were formed from an experience in the outer world, or caused by images in your imagination.
The same neural networks are being fired and activated.
The neurotransmitters emitted in the body set up a feeling which serves as the foundation for our decisions and actions. And it will dictate your personal frequency – what you emit into the ether – into the Quantum Field. The actions we take and the frequency we emit will lead to the results we get. If you visualize an event in detail and involve yourself emotionally by connecting to your heart, your subconscious mind believes it really happened. The more you practice creative visualization the more real it will seem to your subconscious mind. After a while the new neural networks will become permanent and anchored. It becomes automatic to think in a new way. As a result your subconscious mind will do whatever it takes to alert you and make you aware of ideas and opportunities that could transform your external world so it matches your inner world – your dream – your goal. The Quantum Field will feed you with that new reality which you have created in your mind. So it´s true as they say – the inner world creates the outer world, something Jack Canfield discovered.
Jack Canfield is a successful speaker, coach and bestselling author. He co-wrote the bestseller book The Chicken Soup for The Soul which has sold several hundred million copies. However, before he got his book published he and co-author Mark-Victor Hansen received 144 rejections from agents and publishers. But they never gave up. They kept going and fed their subconscious mind with the book being a bestseller. In many interviews Jack Canfield has explained how he took a clipping from the New York Times Bestseller list and glued the title of their book in the number one spot. He then looked at that clipping for more than a year imagining the book becoming a bestseller. He saw himself and his partner Mark-Victor Hansen as bestselling authors and it came true.
When asked about his success, he answers: I built my company twice. First, in my mind, then in the outer world. Canfield also used a Vision Board to support his visualization. When you create a vision board and place it in a space where you see it often it will help you reach your goal. Please note – as with any other mind changing tool – this one too is best to apply when you are in lower brainwave states – like when you are going to bed at night. You could have your vision board on your night table and look at it every night. Or if you have a notebook by your bed you could past your vision board (or images from it) on the inside of the back cover. Your vision board should focus on how you want to feel, not just on things that you want. It´s a powerful tool because it serves as your image of the future- a tangible representation of where you want to be and how you want to feel. You can check out how to do a powerful Vision Board here: http://jackcanfield.com/how-to-create-an-empowering-vision-book/