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22 wholelifetimes.com Co-founder of New World Library publishing house and author of Creative Visualization, Living in the Light, and many more international bestselling books, Shakti Gawain was a true pioneer in the field of personal growth and consciousness. Her work has facilitated countless individuals in developing greater awareness in their lives. The beloved trailblazer passed away on November 11, 2018. Please enjoy this adaptation from the 40th-anniversary edition of her international bestseller Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life. We share this in her loving memory. Creative Visualization is the technique of using your imagination to create what you want in your life. There is nothing new, strange, or unusual about creative visualization. You are already using it every day. It is your natural power of imagination, the basic creative energy of the universe, which you use constantly, whether or not you are aware of it. To use creative visualization, it is not necessary to believe in any metaphysical or spiritual ideas, though you must be willing to entertain certain concepts as being possible. It is not necessary to "have faith" in any power outside yourself. The only necessity is that you have the desire to enrich your knowledge and experience, and an open mind to try something new in a positive way. FOUR BASIC STEPS FOR EFFECTIVE CREATIVE VISUALIZATION 1. SET YOUR GOAL Decide on something you would like to have, realize, or create. It can be on any level — a job, a house, a relationship, increased prosperity, a happier state of mind, improved health, solving a problem in your family or community, or whatever. At first, choose goals that are fairly easy for you to believe in, that you feel are possible to realize in the near future. That way you won't have to deal with too much negative resistance in yourself, and you can maximize your feelings of success as you are learning. Later, you can take on more challenging issues. 2. CREATE A CLEAR IDEA OR PICTURE Create an idea, a mental picture, or a feeling of the object or situation exactly as you want it. Think of it in the present tense as already existing the way you want it to be. Imagine yourself in the situation as you desire it, now. Include as many details as possible. Perhaps make an actual physical picture of it too. This is optional, but often helpful (and fun!). 3. FOCUS ON IT OFTEN Bring your idea or mental picture to mind often, both in quiet meditation periods, and also casually throughout the day, when you happen to think of it. This way it becomes an integrated part of your life. Focus on it clearly, yet in a light, relaxed way. It's important not to feel like you are striving too hard or putting excessive energy into it. 4. GIVE IT POSITIVE ENERGY As you focus on your goal, think about it in a positive, encouraging way. Make strong positive statements to yourself: that it exists; that it has come or is now coming to you. See yourself receiving or achieving it. While you use these positive affirmations, try to temporarily suspend any doubts or disbelief you may have. Practice feeling that what you desire is very real and very possible. Continue to work with this process until you achieve your goal, or no longer have the desire to do so. Remember that goals often change before they are realized, which is a perfectly natural part of the human process of change and growth. If you lose interest, it may mean that it's time for a new look at what you want. When you achieve a goal, be sure to acknowledge to yourself that it has been completed. Often we achieve things that we have been desiring and visualizing and forget to even notice our success! Give yourself appreciation and a pat on the back. And be sure to thank the universe for fulfilling your requests! Adapted from Creative Visualization © 2002 by Shakti Gawain. Printed with permission of New World Library— www.newworldlibrary.com. For more information about her life and work visit www.shaktigawain.com. CREATIVE VISUALIZATION By Shakti Gawain (1948 – 2018) creativity Four Basic Steps

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