Creative Visualization Done Right

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Creative Visualization Done Right

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Creative people visualize before they create.  It is the thing to do at the start of every project large or small. In this case, you want to chill and discover your passion through visualization. Sadly, visualization has got a lot of bad press because of its association with the New Age movement and other hocus-pocus ideas. Nevertheless, there is a lot of good science behind the process of visualization.

Creative Visualization Done Right

Why should you adopt visualization? Simply because it’s already a part of your life. Dreams, daydreams, memories and our inner dialogue (self-talk) are all forms of the kind of visualization I’m talking about.

As before, you focus your mind by finding a quiet place and relaxing your body.

  • Consciously release the tension.
  • Start by taking those three deep breaths and exhaling them slowly to the count of ten as I mentioned previously.
  • Once your body and brain are prepared in this way, you engage your active imagination.

Once in this stress-free state, pretend that you are watching scenes of your life on a giant screen TV.  You see yourself on the screen and the various ideas you are considering. You can see various scenarios and possible outcomes.

Instead of allowing your brain neurons to organize themselves automatically as above, you are more directive using this visualization technique. You want to interrogate yourself in a friendly and non-judgmental way and simply ask yourself what your inner person believes your real passion might be.

  • For example, you might ask yourself, “What are my top three passions?” You will visualize them. They will pop into your mind as if they were on a large-screen television. Bring up each visual image individually in your mind for closer scrutiny.
  • You’ll also see other people on that giant screen you have imagined. Significant others may criticize your passions, and you’ll have the ability to question them in this interactive experience you have created for yourself.
  • Ask your visualization of passion #1 why it’s important to you. Ask it if that passion will stay with you when times get tough. Ask the visualization if it will produce profit for you. Let the visualization speak. You’ll learn what you need to know from the scene you see and hear.

I totally understand if you think it’s a little whack that you’re talking to the visualizations that you create in your mind. That you speak to them interactively as if they were a person and that you expect answers back from them. But it’s not as crazy as it seems. It’s just a technique to organize natural brain functions. There is little magic in this — it’s all about brain chemistry. Give it a try.

 

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