Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life by Shakti Gawain
***First part of my review up to page 71***
This book came to me because I’m currently in a situation where I don’t see my future or I don’t dare. My step-father, Paul Raymonde, asked me why I couldn’t simply see myself with a handsome man and two children living in a beautiful home?… I cried because I just couldn’t see it or something in me wouldn’t ‘allow’ it. I don’t know if this is even what I want, but why not dare to dream? Paul said this book is one of many on the subject of creative visualisation but this is a great intro into the subject with simple, wise guidelines on how to practice this technique.
The first thing that stood out for me was how creative visualisation is a great technique to pick up on your limiting beliefs or to see how past events still impact you to this day. By relaxing deeply and connecting with your inner peaceful state of being you can manifest not only visions but feelings which can help you eliminate these limiting beliefs, access a deep positive self and also help you heal.
When I watched the Secret and read books on ‘how to get what you want’, I often found them focusing too much on materialistic elements instead of focusing on how this will help a person to develop some inner strength or courage. To me the core of the book is to help a person see how they can eradicate their painful limiting thoughts and delve deeper into the knowledge or magic of the universe. It’s fairly scientific too balanced out with important spiritual wisdom.
I followed her guide lines from the chapter ‘A Simple Exercise in Creative Visualization’ and found myself deeply relaxed. It wasn’t easy because I have a powerful ‘truth’ that I don’t know what I want but Shakti advises one to begin with a simple visualization or one that can be easily obtained. So I visualised a car parking spot for later in the day. I also wanted to see myself meditating more often.
What came up for me was predominantly the word PATIENCE and as you read on there is no doubt that this is a key factor during this process of learning a new technique. Patience is also key because sometimes you will be tackling deep rooted issues, truths and beliefs that you might find hard to let go of. I know this is coming up for me!
Key Factors & Points I love so far:
- Simple language and easy to follow
- Language suitable for any level of awareness
- “Most people in our culture have become cut off from their awareness of their spiritual essence. We have temporarily lost our conscious connection with our souls and thus have lost our own sense of power and responsibility for our lives. In some inner way, we have a sense of helplessness….” (Shakti Gawain, p.36)
Further Reading & Links
www.shaktigawain.com – The main website to find further info and resources by Shakti Gawain
NOTE: I have kept the American spelling for Visualisation when referring to Shakti Gawain’s book but otherwise have used the English spelling