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Creative Visualization

What ever the mind can conceive, and believe, the mind can achieve.
Napoleon Hill


The idea of creative visualization has been around for a long time, it is the idea behind think and grow rich. There have been many good books and articles written about positive thinking and yet there are many people who do not understand or believe in it. It does not work for them, it does not work for a lot of people who think they believe in it.

I must admit that I did not believe in creative visualization or positive thinking.  I knew that a positive attitude was necessary to succeed, you need that to get past the rough spots. But the idea that having some pretty pictures in your head would make you rich? I know lots of people with ideas of riches running through mind and they sure are not rich. In fact the more time they spent dreaming the worse off they were.


Prove It!

When an idea has that much support there must be some truth behind it, I decided to look further. There has been some research done on the power of positive thinking, one of the most notable was the Russian research with athletes. Russian scientists compared four groups of Olympic athletes in terms of their training schedules:

* Group 1 = 100% physical training;
* Group 2 - 75% physical training with 25% mental training;
* Group 3 - 50% physical training with 50% mental training;
* Group 4 - 25% physical training with 75% mental training.

Group 4, with 75% of their time devoted to mental training, performed the best. The Soviets had discovered that mental images can act as a prelude to muscular impulses. (Taken from wikipedia article on creative visualization).

Why does this seem to work for some people and not for others? At first I did not like the answer that I came up with. Creative visualization works, there are some things that you need to know about it. It can  work in strange ways.

A Painful Lesson

I was using a hot glue gun on a craft project and the thought crossed my mind that my mother would tell me to be careful or I would get burnt. I did not think much about it but when the project was finished I picked up the glue gun and 'accidentally' squeezed the trigger, getting hot glue on my hand. After letting a few choice words loose and watching my hand start to blister, I realized that I had set myself up for it. My mind had expected me to get burnt so put that into action. We get what we expect.

Since that time I have looked at different things that occur in my life to see if I can spot where the originating thought was. I am successful at finding it most of the time. Try this for yourself, at first it is not too easy, it will come with practice. Usually you will find it was some silly little thought. The creative thought process works both ways, good and bad.

One Way Road Block

One mistake that people make is to put preconceived methods on their creative visualization. For example they will correctly visualize themselves being rich, they see it, feel it and experience it as right now. That is great, but then the little mental chatter comes in and says the only way that it will happen is if I win the lottery, or something similar. They have blocked off the other avenues to realizing their creation.

Here is a story a minister told me. A couple were living near a river and there had been heavy rains, the flooding had started. A ranger came by in a jeep to evacuate them but they refused saying that they put their trust in the Lord to save them.

The water rose higher, forcing them to the second floor, then a boat came to pick them up. Again they refused, the Lord would save them. After they were forced onto the roof a helicopter came to get them, and once more they just said the Lord would save them.

Eventually they were washed away and drowned. When they arrived in Heaven, because they had been good people, they asked the Lord about it. "We put our trust in you to save us, why didn't you?" The answer "I sent a jeep, boat and helicopter, what more do you want?" Don't let your fixed ideas on how things should happen blind you to what else would work.

No Daydreaming!

When you have created your mental pictures let it happen, see the opportunities and work them. Notice that I said work them. You still have to do something, your mind or spirit will guide you, follow its directions. It would be silly if I pictured having a website and never typed on the keyboard or posted this on the internet.

I have had some 'practical' people tell me that this was airy fairy type of stuff and would not work in the real world. They have underestimated the power of the mind, it can set you up to do incredible things. Learn how Mind power can kill or cure.

There is not enough room here to cover all that is needed to cover creative visualization, I would highly recommend that you find some good books on this powerful tool. A website that is devoted to the Law of Attraction:

Law of Attraction Resource Guide: Law of Attraction resources to guide you in the conscious creation process of living a life of freedom and joy. Information, tools, tips and techniques to help align you with the most powerful law in the universe!

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