Book 2 of my 52 Books in 52 Weeks of 2020 is Creative Visualization. I consider this one a classic in my own book collection and I re-read it often. It was top of my list to share with my Facebook group this year for this challenge because it’s a short, simple read with a lot to offer.
The book Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life, is a bestseller with over six million copies sold. It was originally published in 1978 where it helped to launch a new movement in personal growth and development. The author, Shakti Gawain, is well-known across the globe as the “teacher of consciousness” and called a pioneer in her field of expertise.
This self-improvement book is not very long but it’s packed with useful information, tips and good advice that will help you achieve the goals you set in life. The term “creative visualization” means using affirmation and mental images to change your life for the better. It’s a great tool that can help lead anyone to success and this book explains how you can take advantage of it.
The author uses the information she has obtained through her personal studies in the book. It’s filled with practical ideas and techniques you can really use. Whether you’re a beginner or been studying creative visualization for years, this book has something to offer.
Creative Visualization Highlights
Creative Visualization is concise and to the point. You don’t have to sift through all kinds of boring text to get to the main points and find useful information in this book. What you will find is a variety of techniques, methods, and ideas on how to heal your body, mind, and spirit using creative visualization.
The book is organized and divided into five categories. They are as follows:
- Chapter one covers the basics of creative visualization. It explains what it is and how it works.
- Chapter two goes into detail about how to use this method to improve your life.
- Chapter three deals with meditations and affirmations. It discusses the importance of being grounded, creating a sanctuary and even provides a little information on healing meditations.
- Chapter four focuses on using specific techniques to make your visualizations more effective. For example, the author suggests writing down your goals and ideas for the future in a visualization notebook or create a treasure map to help you reach your goals.
- Chapter five discusses and teaches you how to live creatively. You’ll learn how to let go and experience life to its fullest.
The information provided is practical, simple to understand and easy to incorporate into your life. More importantly, the techniques and methods outlined in the book really work and you can use them with any meditation system you have in place.
You’ll learn about vision boards and creating treasure maps as well as how and why affirmations are a big part of creative visualization. As I’m sure you know, affirmations are positive phrases or statements you use to help create the vision you want to manifest. They plant seeds that help change negative thoughts into positive ones that help you grow as a person.
Creative Visualization covers everything from mindfulness and positive psychology to the laws of attraction. It can teach you how to live in the present so you can shape your future and how to use your imagination to visualize what you want. It can also help you understand yourself a little better so you can set intentions and realistic goals that will allow you to take control of your life.
Overall View of the Book
The book Creative Visualization is straightforward, easy to read and inspiring. You don’t have to be spiritual to benefit from the techniques the author offers but you do need to try them with an open mind. Gawain explains that being in “receptive mode” is when you just sit back and wait for things to come your way. However, if you’re in “active mode”, which is where you should be, then you can intentionally work to make the things you imagine happen in real life.
You’ll learn ways to develop your skills so you can maintain balance and increase awareness. You’ll learn how to live more in the moment and understand why it’s important. When you learn to develop your own personal skills and natural abilities, it’s easier to find meaning and purpose in life. I believe this book has helped me develop and grow in all areas of my life including mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
It’s very detailed and the writing is excellent. It clearly shows how combining relaxation methods with visualization techniques is the pathway to success. The techniques and exercises provided will help you learn to use the power of imagination to change your negative thoughts and habits into positive ones. If you take the book seriously, it can help you take the necessary steps to have the future you envision.
You will have to work for it of course and it’s not going to happen overnight but over time you can visualize how you want your life to be and take steps to get there. In the book, the author explains the importance of setting good, realistic goals and goes over personal growth, relationships, lifestyle, careers, and a few other categories thoroughly.
If you’re looking for a realistic way to shape your future and reach your goals using meditation, then I highly recommend this book. Creative Visualization was a joy to read and I believe it will make as much of an impact on your life as it has mine.