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Creative Visualization March 23, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness, Nature.

We’ve touched upon Meditation and Silencing the Inner Critic.  We’ve talked about Choosing Happiness by replacing negative thoughts with more positive thoughts, and discussed a few ideas for clearing out mental clutter.

Now, let’s talk a bit more about using Creative Visualization as a tool to relax, solve problems, and gain clarity.

Get comfortable.
Close your eyes and watch your breath.
Imagine descending a staircase.
Feel yourself growing more relaxed with each and every step.

Relaxed?  Great. 

Now, picture yourself in a peaceful place.
Your sanctuary.
Where you feel safe and warm and calm. 
It might be inside a room on a rainy day
Or in the great outdoors with the sun overhead.

It’s your place ~ your sanctuary.  A place you can return to whenever you need a break from the rigors of daily life.

While there, you can relax, explore problems safely, or imagine the world as you would like it to be.

Where are you? 
What are you wearing? 
What are you doing? 
What smells, sights, and sounds surround you? 

Is anything amiss?
If so, change it.
Make this place absolute perfection for you. 
It’s your sanctuary.

Delight in the world you have created.
Feel the peace surrounding you. 
Relax into the gentle knowingness, the pulse of life.
Let the world recede. 

Listen to your heart’s desire. 

Aah . . . that’s better!

Quote:  Never lose your child’s heart.  ~ Mencius


1. Richard W Scott - March 23, 2010

I’ve been a hypnotist for years. One of the more powerful methods for inducing trance is the “guided fantasy” that you describe.

Over the years I’ve come to the conclusion that ALL hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You are, therefore, right on with your post.

Good work.

nrhatch - March 25, 2010

Wow! A hypnotist! I had no idea.

I am getting very sleepy . . .

2. Joanne - March 25, 2010

I agree… Although it was always difficult for me to allow someone else to hypnotize me, in 2003, I was trained and certified as a hypnotist, too…

I found that even though trust is key, creative writers probably have a special knack for pulling it off… I haven’t practiced the art with others in a while, but this post reminded me of how enjoyable it was to be able to assist others into that state of self-relaxation… How about doing an audio tape for us, Nancy…?

nrhatch - March 25, 2010

Joanne ~

I must admit that I’ve never considered doing an audio tape.

I have participated in guided relaxation sessions and they are always amazing and restorative.

I’ll put that on the back burner for now, but thanks for the idea.

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