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Creative Visualization – Have It Your Way!

By Sherry Kulakowski

Imagine (image-in) if we could create perfect life simply by thinking it into being. Imagine for a moment what that would feel like – how it would be to think about the perfect life and have it happen. Is it possible?

Yes indeed, it sure is possible. In fact we’re creating our lives all the time without realizing it – so we might as well make it work for us. The trick is to find out what we want and consciously work at creating that!

Two recurring themes in the Edgar Cayce readings are “mind is the builder” and “thoughts are things.” Science and spirituality are now coming into agreement and seeing that the “matter” in our physical world is not really “matter” at all but a force or essence that we call energy. Things appear solid and separate from one another on the level that our physical senses perceive them but at atomic and subatomic levels, seemingly solid matter is seen to be smaller particles within particles, within particles that eventually turn out to be just pure energy.

Physically, we are energy and everything within and around us is made of energy. We are all part of one great energy field. One very important quality of energy is that it’s magnetic, and you’ve all heard clichés that refer to this phenomenon, such as like attracts like and birds of a feather flock together.

Thoughts and feelings are quick, light, mobile forms of magnetic energy and they manifest instantaneously unlike denser forms of energy such a matter. When we create something, we always create it first in thought form. A thought or idea ( also known as visualization) always precedes manifestation. “I think I’ll make dinner” is the idea that precedes making a meal. A builder designs then builds a house. An idea is like a blueprint–it creates an image of the form, which then magnetizes and guides the physical energy to flow into that form and eventually manifests it on the physical plane. The funny thing about this is the goal must exist to summon the energy, but the goal can’t matter that much–or it stops the energy–it seems that if you have a lot of heavy emotion riding on whether you attain your goal this will work against you. You may be energizing the fear of not getting what you want more than the goal itself.

Simply having an idea or thought, holding it in your mind, is an energy that will attract and create that form on the material plane. If you constantly think of illness, you eventually become ill, if you believe yourself beautiful, then you become so.

Four Basic Steps for Creative Visualization are:

Setting your goal–at first choose goals that you feel are possible to achieve, that way you won’t have to deal with too much resistance in yourself.

Create a Clear Picture–create a clear mental picture of your goal in the present tense as already existing the way you want it to be.

Focus on it often–focus on your goal often throughout the day–focus clearly, yet in a light, gentle way.

Give it positive energy-always think about your goal in a positive way.

Possibly the trickiest part of this process is figuring out what it is you really want but it’s the most important. The clearer and stronger your intention is, the faster you manifest what you want. Remember that setting goals does not mean that you are stuck with these goals, you can change them as often as you feel it’s necessary. The purpose of putting goals in place is to help you and support you in your true purpose. You may run into some emotional resistance to setting goals and you may experience this in various ways such as feeling depressed, hopeless or overwhelmed. Or you may wish to distract yourself by eating, sleeping, or other escapes. These emotional reactions are clues to the ways in which you avoid getting what you want in life. If this happens you need to go through the feelings that the idea of success brings up in you and then proceed with the process.

We create every moment of our lives. Every day we choose and we create. We can do things the way we’ve always done them or we can look at alternatives and perhaps choose to move toward something new and different. Every moment of our lives presents us a new choice of creating our lives and if we do what we’ve always done, we’ll get what we always got!

The ultimate point of creative visualization is to make every moment of our lives the best, the most beautiful, the most fulfilling we can imagine. Just a last note, we can use these tools also to create more abstract situations in our lives as well, it doesn’t always have to be about jobs, houses or cars. We can create peace in the world, peace in our lives, more creativity, and love. We can create whatever we want more of in our lives.

Let’s get busy and create our best possible life!

For more information on Creative Visualization contact, the A.R.E., 215 67th St., Virginia Beach, VA, 757-428-3588. For books go to the A.R.E. website, follow to the A.R.E. Bookstore site or visit our bookstore in person to browse.

Sherry Kulakowski has been part of the A.R.E. work for over 20 years. She has a degree in Business Management from Newbury College in Boston Massachusetts and graduated Valedictorian from the New England Academy of Therapeutic Sciences in Nashua, N.H. She moved to Virginia Beach in 1998 to be on staff at A.R.E. After obtaining her Spiritual mentoring Certificate with Atlantic University taught Body, Mind, Spirit and Dreams and Meditation courses for the Cayce Reilly School of Massotherapy and also created two on-line courses, Body, Mind, Spirit and Ethics, to enable distance-learning courses for the school. She has also given talks and workshops on metaphysical subjects for various audiences including many A.R.E. functions and retreats, government groups and college groups.

For the past three years Sherry has written a monthly column called Connections for Tidewater Women, a monthly magazine for the Tidewater area. She has been published in Massage magazine, Venture Inward and other magazines and periodicals.

This article was originally published in Tidewater Women Magazine, June 2005