Creative visualization is a tool that helps us take positive action. Through the process of visualizing we can define clear goals that provide direction in life. When a clear picture is created we get a better idea of how to go about reaching those goals.
Whether we do it on a conscious level or not we’re constantly engaged in this process. However, if we are doing this unconsciously, then chances are that we are living in a reactive way. I’ll explain the difference between using the imagination in a proactive way and allowing circumstances to cause us to be reactive.
Our internal dialogue can be more than the result of life experience and the decisions we make. Changing the dialogue, through imagery, allows us to create new experiences.
While many people live in a reactionary way, there are others who make the decision to live utilizing their imagination. What this essentially means is that rather than behaving in an expected way (reactionary), you live in a creative way (imagination).
To illustrate the difference between reactive and creative living, here is a brief example:
You’re running late to work. Unfortunately your alarm clock didn’t go off in time, so you rush to get your clothes ready. There’s not enough time for a full breakfast and you have trouble finding something quick to eat. As you rush out the door you realized you forgot your cell phone. Now that you’re finally on your way to work it seems that you get stuck behind every slow moving vehicle on the road.
Reactive: More than likely the reactive individual is going to be frustrated. They might begin an internal dialogue admonishing themselves for their bad habits. They certainly won’t be in a good mood on there way to work and their day will get off to a rough start.
Imaginative: Rather than becoming frustrated, the imaginative person takes a few moments to breath and assess the situation. The internal talk will be much different. It’s more likely that they will focus on the present and make a conscious decision on how best to handle the situation. Instead of berating themselves, they will quickly create a mental plan and follow through with it.
We have all been in this situation and probably have experience acting both reactive and proactive. The proactive person uses their imagination to achieve desired results, while the reactive person goes through the motions and hopes for the best.
Would you agree that being proactive and imaginative is a much healthier choice? Fortunately this is a skill that can be developed.
Imagery and language coincide to create our internal dialogue. Although much of what goes through the mind is based on past experience, it’s possible to train our imagination to change this internal dialogue. If we are not getting the results we want, then we have to change the way we are viewing the world.
Especially in times of challenging circumstances, it’s helpful to create a positive internal vision
Try this exercise to develop inner peace:
We all have challenges that frustrate us at times. Pick one of these challenges and recall how it makes you feel. While you imagine this scene take a quick inventory of your emotions. Also notice if your breathing changes and if your muscles are tense.
Now take the same scene and create the intention to relax. Imagine how it would feel to remain calm and collected in this situation. Notice how your breathing remains even and smooth. Your thinking remains clear – unclouded by emotion. Doesn’t it feel much better to take control, rather than simply reacting?
We all have the ability to take responsibility in these moments of stress. You can practice this exercise to gain control over your anger or to simply remain calm in a tough situation.
This exercise can be useful to create positive associations wherever you need them. Whether it’s relationship troubles or work challenges, taking the time to visualize can help you move towards a positive outcome.