Also known as “Guided imagery”, creative visualization is a mind technique which allows us to evoke the essence of a scene, situation, sound, object, emotion or sensation in order to achieve an objective. This technique consists of guiding our subconscious thoughts. Most people set goals at their conscious level and don’t even know that their subconscious plays a crucial and powerful role in order to reach those goals.

The origins of creative visualization

Dr. Franz Alexander, American physician and psychoanalyst born in Hungary, is recognized as the person having developed the basic concepts of creative visualization. According to him, there was no doubt that the mind controls the body and that all emotions are accompanied by a physiological alteration. For example, anger or fear lead to acceleration of the heart beat by the elevation of blood pressure.

In his time (30’s), Dr. Franz Alexander advanced the theory that certain diseases could be caused by stress and emotional conflict. Nowadays it’s proven that stress, depression, anxiety, or any emotionally altered state of an individual can provoke or even create some diseases.

In the early 70’s, Dr. Carl Simonton, was recognized as the person that designed and popularized creative visualization techniques for therapeutic purposes. He questioned the role of the mind in the healing process and investigated on this subject. His research allowed him to see that some patients who were deeply convinced that they could heal, actually did.

Dr. Simonton developed a “mental training” program for his patients. This program included several exercises of visualization practices and positive thinking. Currently, he is working hard in order to make accept his method as a complement for conventional medical programs.

The principles of creative visualization

The conscious or consciousness is that part of the mind that we use in our daily tasks and manages all what is rational, logical and analytical. It’s also the place for memories, feelings, sensations and knowledge.

The unconscious is that part of the brain that is below the threshold of consciousness and encompasses everything that is non-conscious, spontaneous and non-verbal. It regulates and coordinates the biological functions of the body such as its temperature, blood flow, heart rate, breathing, etc.

When there is a conflict between the conscious and the unconscious, it’s always the unconscious that wins because it’s the center of our mental references. The unconscious is an important ally in the practice of visualization.

Creative visualization is a positive affirmation of desires. For it to produce maximum efficiency, it must come from a strong desire, to realization, almost bordering on obsession. You have to experience emotion and be convinced. Without emotion, nothing happens.

Energy attracts energy

Energy of a certain quality or vibration tends to attract energy of a similar quality of vibration. Thoughts and feelings have their own magnetic energy that attracts energy of a similar nature. This energy has a very high vibratory rate and converts our thoughts and feelings into their physical equivalent. Thoughts are energy and thus are real things. Our brain become like a magnet and attracts to us the forces, people, and circumstances of life which harmonize with the nature of our dominant thoughts. This energy is in constant motion, always trying to adapt to the emotions and thoughts.

Form comes from an idea

When we create something, we always create it first in our minds. A thought or idea always precedes a creation. We first have an image of the form; we can take action and make it eventually manifest on the physical plane. Also sometimes we do not take direct action but by simply having an idea or thought, we tend to attract and create that form on the material plane. Unconscious ideas and feelings function in the same way.

Law of Attraction

As said before, energy attracts energy. The principle of the law of attraction states that everything you send to the universe will be attracted back to you. This means that we always attract whatever we think, believe or imagine strongly.

Unfortunately most people put all their attention on what they don’t want to have in their lives. The law of attraction disregards the nature of your thoughts. So if your thoughts remain stuck, the law of attraction will be consistent and the result will correspond to the lack of vibration and you will not get what you want.

When you want to get something, you have to focus your thoughts and all your attention on it because by thinking intensely (creative visualization) you emit vibrations to attract what you desire into your life.

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