ever the mind can conceive, and believe, the
mind can achieve.
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.
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
* 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
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
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.
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
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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