More About Creative Visualization

What is Creative Visualization?

Simply put, visualization is the process of forming images in the mind and is the primary component of the imagination.  Visualization is at the core of the human ability to create, innovate and dream.

Many of history's inventors and artists attribute their success to an exceptional ability to visualize.  Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Henry Ford and the great composer, Chopin, all reported using creative visualization to spark their imaginations.  Additionally, Albert Einstein once said that he came up with the theory of relativity by imagining what would happen if he could travel through space on the tip of a light beam.

Creative visualization can transport you out of a state of stress or fear, and into a new space of inner calm, peace and tranquility. Additionally, a natural by-product of creative visualization occurs when the body releases all tension, thereby creating the relaxation response - the perfect state for learning, healing, or focusing on goals.

The Mind Affects the Body

Visualization has long been the primary tool for mind/body healing.  From a scientific perspective, because visualization directly impacts the body's neurological system, we know it can have a direct influence on us physically.

For example, imagine I have just handed you a large, yellow lemon. You slice the lemon into quarters, squirting wet sticky juice onto your fingers, inhaling the pungent scent of citrus.  Now visualize yourself raising a section of lemon to your mouth and biting slowly into the pulp ...

What happened?  Did your mouth begin to pucker?  Did it fill with saliva?  This is a naturally occurring neurological response to an imagined thought.

Have you ever watched a horror film and, in the midst of the excitement, found that your palms were sweating and your heart was pounding?  You knew it was "just a movie," though, right?

If your mind can cause this kind of impression on the body, is there any reason it can't guide your into creating the life you really want?  You mind is the most powerful part of your body. Why not use it to the best of its ability?

 Why Use Creative Visualization and Guided Relaxation Together?

We all have an inner critic, a part of our mind that, based on past experience, will reject new unfamiliar information without proper evaluation.  It will shut out the unknown, often out of fear.  Studies have shown that relaxation techniques subdue this critical tendency and make you receptive to new ideas.  Even though it may seem counterintuitive to "let go in order to gain control," this is exactly what happens during the relaxation response.

With creative visualization techniques, you will experience positive and appropriate ways to imagine your personal goals.  This will help you remain optimistic and motivated toward the changes that bring about your success.

 Another Benefit of CVR -- Increased Wellness!

Recent research shows that excessive stress can damage the immune system.  Therefore, it's vital to incorporate a program of stress reduction and relaxation into your everyday routine.  By reducing anxiety and stress, and increasing relaxation, you can boost your immune system and use your unlimited inner resources to improve your life.

But don't think CVR is merely a nice, relaxing daydream.  People who regularly relax with CVR processes enjoy a number of side-benefits.  These often include:

  • Increased blood flow to the brain, resulting in clearer thinking, better concentration, improved memory and enhanced creativity.

  • A 21% increase in serotonin, which calms the mind and body and creates an overall sense of wellbeing.

  • A 25% increase in endorphins, the hormones that flow through your body when you feel happy.

  • Better sleep patterns. Twenty minutes of CVR can be equivalent to 3-4 hours of sleep, so you may find yourself sleeping less, feeling more rested, accomplishing more, and finding extra enjoyment in life.

  • Soaring energy levels.

  • More fulfilling relationships.

  • Improved career satisfaction.

  • A clearer sense of purpose.

  • A seemingly effortless ability to manage stress.