Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain is an interesting book. All the exercises in visualization are great, and I’m writing them down in my Planner Pad to remember them all. One in particular stood out to me today: the Ideal Scene.
Ideal Scene Exercise
- Take a sheet of paper. Think of one of your goals and write it on top.
- On the next line, write Ideal Scene.
- Describe the scene; Write down, in present tense, what your situation looks like with your goal achieved.
- At the bottom of the page, write “This or something better is now manifesting for me.”
- Sign your name.
- Visualize and bask in what you just wrote.
What is your Ideal Scene?
I just got a book from the library entitled, Creative Visualization, by Shakti Gawain. I heard it was a great book about goals, affirmations and visualizations, and so far, I’m convinced all I heard is true.
The first exercise in the book sounded simple enough. Basically, you relax your body through deep belly breathing and get into a peaceful, calm place. Then, you think of something you desire. Shakti suggests to start with something you know you can get, do or have. Finally, you picture this desire in your life: imagine yourself receiving it, using it, enjoying it and living it. She recommends doing this at least once a day in order to achieve your goals and desires.
I decided to take her advice on something small the first time. I relaxed by body, took deep, calming breaths, and started to see a Kombucha tea in my life. This is fun, I thought. By this time I was deeply relaxed, and I decided to try another desire. This time I visualized going door-to-door and getting a janitorial account.
The next thing I know, it’s 20 minutes later…I fell asleep! I guess there’s such a thing as too relaxed!
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I realized I have almost no clue of who I am or what I want. My aha moment? I decided to do the eHarmony Free Communication Weekend and had to spend an hour answering a questionnaire all about me.
I was overwhelmed! It was probably the most tedious hour I’ve encountered in a LONG time. They asked, are you this quality and are you that; what is the most important quality you want in a man; what trait do people see in you first, other than appearance. How am I supposed to know, I felt like saying.
That’s when it hit me. I need to be me, and I really need to set a plan to reach that point. Combined with values I desire to live by and tools I’ve learned along the way (and will continue to learn and employ), I start my quest to be a confident and complete me, and I will start to live the life I imagined. As for eHarmony, I think it’s better to wait until I know what in the world I’m looking for!
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