In this post, we cover everything you need to know about affirmations and Creative Visualization.
Together, these two techniques can help you create your own luck by hitting any goal you set yourself.
It all starts with your imagination.
Imagination is the ability to create an idea, a vision or an image of something new.
In creative visualization, we use the power of imagination to create a mental image of what we want to accomplish or obtain.
Your goal could be on any level physical, emotional, mental or spiritual…
You might imagine yourself driving that BMW you always wanted, owning a home in the country, married to your ideal mate, succeeding at your job or having $100,000.00 in your bank account.
No matter what your goal, the technique is basically the same. You imagine the desired outcome in your mind. At the same time, you repeat a positive affirmation about the goal. The affirmation is in the present tense.Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire,you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. ~ George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950)
The Scientific Evidence
There is strong scientific evidence that visualization can be used to dramatically improve your results in sports, public speaking, performing arts and anything else which involves practice.
In one study, Australian psychologist Allen Richardson conducted an experiment with basketball players making hoop shots. He divided the players in three groups.
Group A – was asked to practice their shots on a basketball court for 20 minutes a day.
Group B – was asked not to practice at all.
Group C – was asked to mentally rehearse shooting a basketball through a hoop for 20 minutes each day.
At the end of the study Group A improved their hoop shot ability by 25%. Group B, as expected, showed no improvement at all.
What was truly surprising, was that Group C improved by 24%, almost as much as Group A, even though they had not physically set foot in a basketball court.
There is also overwhelming scientific evidence that visualization can be used to heal the body. Doctors such as O. Carl Simonton have been helping patients recover from serious illnesses such as cancer by combining visualization with modern medicine. The patients often made dramatic improvements simply by visualizing their bodies behaving in ideal, healthy ways.
Your mind’s influence is not just limited to improving your emotions, skills and physical body. Your mind can influence the world outside your apparent physical control.
In other words, your mind can spawn amazing coincidences to move you towards your goals. The coincidences could be things that were seemingly unconnected to you and beyond your control.
The techniques we will teach you do not just make you more focused on your goals. They directly influence your reality.
Laboratory evidence pouring out of universities such as Princeton and Stanford has shown that volunteers are able to influence matter by their thoughts. So far the evidence has been limited to effects on random number generators, dice and electronic equipment.
What is still lacking is scientific evidence that visualization can create “coincidences” in the physical world, outside your immediate control. This of course, is hard to test in a lab.I believe that the mind has the power to affect groups of atoms and even tamper with the odds of atomic behavior, and that even the course of the world is not predetermined by physical law, but may be altered by the uncaused volition of human beings.~ Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, English mathematician and AstroPhysicist
But thousands of scientists and millions of other people in the world do believe in this because they have experienced it in their own lives.
In short, just because an effect cannot be tested in a lab, does not mean it does not exist.
Some of the greatest thinkers in the world—Einstein, Edison, Jung, Carnegie and Goethe (the man with the highest recorded IQ, 210)—all believed in the power of the mind to create coincidences.
Let’s take a look at some of these personal experiences. Millions of people worldwide have reported such coincidences.
Letters from Students
The following are extracts from letters we have received from students in the past 12 months. These letters and more, are catalogued on our website
[The] technique already solved one problem with my investments. Two days after doing it, the broker called to inform me [that] my value was up 40% and he wanted to get together with me over dinner to discuss better and safer ways of protecting and increasing my assets. This is exactly what I programmed for.”
~ Jim from Illinois
“Mental Rehearsal for Sports & Public Speaking”
“I have received many great complements on my oral presentations which can be attributed to my ability to visualize the presentation before it happens. I have also used this technique in golf and kung-fu. Ever since then, it has helped me to become better at my game and master my techniques.”
~ C.S. from Warwick Rhode Island
“I did [the exercise] in which I saw myself making better choices about what I eat, and ended with the result of being my ideal size. Recently, I noticed that without struggle, I have made dramatic changes in the way I eat—much less fat and sugar and smaller helpings, yet I seem to be more satisfied and enjoying the taste of the food I eat more than ever.”
~ G.H. of New York
“Improving Your Career”
“I’m a sales-manager by profession, and I have to say the visualization is such a tremendous part of being successful in my field. Virtually every time I use it, I come close or hit the target on what I wanted to achieve.”
~ Jeff from Fort Wayne, Indiana
“Looking Better & Attracting People”
“I began to see improvement physically. My joint pain disappeared and my energy level was up. I also began to attract people—especially men, in a way that I had not before experienced. I also had people say to me I looked 10 years younger and wanted to know what I did. I lost weight.”
~ Mary from California
What are affirmations? And how do you use them?
Affirmations are positive statements you repeat to yourself while in a meditative or alpha level of mind. Affirmations are always done in the present tense, as if the action has already taken place.
The concept was made famous by a French physician called Emile Coue. Coue was responsible for thousands of remarkable documented healings at the beginning of the 20th century. His remedy was to combine western medicine with the power of affirmations. Patients were made to repeat positive healing affirmations to themselves while in a relaxed frame of mind.
Coue’s most famous affirmation was “everyday, in every way, I am getting better and better.”
When done at the alpha level, affirmations tend to be countless times more powerful than when done at the beta, or waking state.
Why? Because when you reach the alpha level of mind, your subconscious is brought to a conscious level—this means it’s easier for you to convey commands directly to your subconscious.
Some affirmations that you can use include:
“I will always maintain a perfectly healthy body and mind”
“Positive thoughts, positive emotions, bring me all the benefits and advantages I desire”
“I am learning to use more of my mind and to use it in a better way”
You can also create your own affirmations. Looking for job satisfaction? Try saying…
“I have a perfect career that I truly love and enjoy. I have great opportunities for advancement and I am earning a wonderful salary of __________ a year.”
Looking to slim down? Try saying…
“I only enjoy eating the right types of healthy, nutritious foods that are good for my body.”
“I love the feeling of increased energy I get after exercising.”
“Every day, I am burning calories and getting closer to my ideal weight”
Looking to attract abundance? Try…
“I’m so happy and grateful now that money comes to me, in ever increasing quantities, through multiple sources, on a continuous basis.”
Other affirmations you can use include:
“My relationship with _______ is growing.”
“I enjoy my work and am richly rewarded.”
“I have enough time, energy, wisdom and funds to accomplish all my goals.”
Before you start creating your affirmation, note these important rules:
1. Affirmations must be in the present tense.
Your subconscious mind does not think in terms of past, present or future. If you say, I want to be an excellent golfer then your subconscious understands this as a statement of wanting. What you then get is the wanting or desire to be an excellent golfer but not the actual ability itself.
What you should say is “I am an excellent golfer”. Your subconscious understands this as a statement of your present reality. It therefore works to make this reality true.
Remember, replace I want with I am
2. You must believe that the goal is within your reach.
If you repeat an affirmation, but at the same time you’re secretly thinking you cannot accomplish it, you hijack the process.
When you first start practicing this you should start with small believable goals. As you achieve these goals your confidence in yourself and in the power affirmations grows. This allows you to tackle greater and greater issues.
The best way to implant an affirmation is to release your mind from all desire and intention.
Merely state the suggestion to yourself without passion as a thing that is already so. Something that is true is obvious and undeniable — it does not need to be shouted or defended. It simply is. Use repetition to reinforce the effects of the affirmation.
3. Affirmations must always be done as a positive statement.
If you’re trying to drop weight don’t say, “I am not overweight”. Instead say, “I am slim and healthy”. When you see a phrase such as “I am no longer ill”, the dominant image in your mind is that of illness. When you turn that around to a phrase such as “I am healthy and well”, the dominant image in your mind is then one of health and wellness.
Remember, always turn the affirmation into a positive statement.
Positive affirmations are extremely useful in causing fundamental change, not only in behavior and beliefs, but in the external conditions of life.
When a suggestion is correctly injected into the subconscious mind, the effect is nothing short of miraculous. It does not show itself overnight, however, but is gradual and cumulative.
What is Creative Visualization?
Creative visualization is the act of imagining the end result of your goal or desire while you are in the alpha level of mind.
The concept of creative visualization has been known for ages.
Just like affirmations your visualization should be done in the “present tense”. Lets say you’re looking to own a brand new car. You want to visualize yourself in the car and feel the moment as if it is happening this instant and not at some time in the future.
In other words, feel the sense of joy in owning the car, rather than the sense of wanting or the sense of desire for the car.
To visualize effectively, create a mental screen in front of your eyes. This should be like the screen you see in a cinema. It should be forward, in front of your eyes, and raised at an angle of around 20 degrees. The screen should be at least 6 feet in front of you. Make the screen as large as you can, almost like a movie screen in a cinema.
Close your eyes and visualize the mental screen, raised slightly 20 degrees above the horizon, and at least 6 feet in front of you.
When you perform creative visualization you will project images onto this screen.
If you are looking to improve your sports skills, visualize yourself playing the game perfectly. See yourself making perfect moves, shooting every basket, making the perfect swing. Feel the joy you feel when you play the game well.
If you are looking to shed some pounds, see yourself healthy and fit. Feel the joy of having a beautiful body. See people complimenting you.
If you’re in sales, you can see yourself making the perfect pitches. See your monthly commission statements showing ever increasing figures
What to do if you are having difficulty visualizing
If you have difficulty visualizing, you can use a technique called “streaming”. In streaming, you mentally describe what it is that you’re seeing in as much detail as possible. For example if you’re trying to visualize yourself driving a brand new car, mentally tell yourself, “I’m seeing the dashboard, it has beautifully carved silver dials, the leather has tiny checkered patterns on it…”
As you describe the image in detail you will find that the image also takes on more detail. This, in turn, gives you more things to mentally describe. One feeds into the other and your imagined image becomes more and more vivid.
Don’t get stuck on the term “visualization”. Different people have different dominant senses. The most common dominant sense is the sense of sight. This is why for most people the process of visualization works well. Some people, however, may have a dominant sense of touch or hearing or smell. These people may have difficulty “visualizing” but may be able to accurately imagine sounds, smells or feelings.
For these people it’s important to incorporate these senses into their “mental experience”. Someone who was born blind for example, can still engage in creative visualization, but rather then see images, they would create the mental experience by using their mental sense of smell, hearing, taste and touch.
Make the image as realistic as possible
Incorporate movement, make the screen three-dimensional. See colors and shapes. Use the streaming technique if you have difficulty visualizing.
Feel emotions associated with the image — joy, happiness, a sense of fulfillment. How would you be feeling if you had what you wanted? Imagine and explore this feeling. A thought without emotions has no energy and no force behind it. It is like running a car on empty. Feel the emotions of having what you want.
Bring in your other senses. Feel the wind blowing on your face; imagine the scents involved with the images. Feel texture and temperature. The more senses you involve, the more real the image is to your subconscious mind.
Here’s one example. Picture an orange. Imagine the color of it. Is it bright orange and ripe? Then picture yourself peeling the orange. Imagine the smell as you start to peel it. Feel the juice flowing over your fingers. Then squeeze the orange and feel the flesh of the fruit. Bring it to your nose and imagine the odor of an orange. Imagine tasting it and bring back a memory of how an orange tastes in your mouth. As you can see, the trick is to make the image as real as possible by using all of your senses and emotions.
Remember: the more realistic the visualization process, the better and faster the results.
How to practice affirmations and visualization together
You can combine your affirmations with your creative visualization to create a more powerful effect. As you’re imagining your goal, simply repeat your affirmation mentally, as many times as you feel necessary.
Don’t be discouraged if you do not get immediate results. We are all at different levels of spiritual development and some of us have years of negative programming and negative belief systems to overcome. But overcome them you shall. Creative visualization can be such a powerful process when done at the Alpha level that just five minutes a day of practice can undo years of negative programming.
Furthermore, once you get your first success your belief system gets strengthened and this will allow you to manifest your next goal a little quicker. Masters who practice regularly find that they do not even have to go to a meditative level of mind and spend time repeatedly visualizing their goals. A mere conscious thought of their desire can set the gears in motion and create coincidences to direct them towards their goal.