As a kid I loved to solve puzzles, I still do specially Jigsaw. I consider a jigsaw puzzle as an entertaining mental workout. They come in neat boxes with a picture on the cover that needs to be solved. If you are solving one for the first time you will look at that picture again and again depending upon how complicated it is but if you have solved it earlier for multiple times you don’t need to look at that picture – not even once.
Now allow me to explain how I relate a jigsaw puzzle to creative visualization. Life is a mystery a big jigsaw puzzle. The only difference it has with the kid’s game is that it is more complicated. In the game we get fixed pieces. We can put them together to make a single picture if you want a new picture you need to buy a new game but that will also be limited to that specific picture on the cover.
In life however we do not get fixed number of pieces we get unlimited pieces so there is no fixed picture for how our life will turn out. It is our job to choose what pieces we want to pick to include in the picture of our life and what pieces we want to avoid or throw away. The choice we make shapes our future.
As I mentioned earlier when we are solving a jigsaw puzzle for fun we check the picture on its box to get an idea of what piece goes where but with a known picture we don’t need that. Our mind works more efficiently when we do a familiar task.
Creative Visualization is creating that reference picture in our mind. It is like a daydream but in a scientific way. If you are a positive, enthusiastic, grateful person you will look forward to a beautiful future. You will think about your goals and all the desires that you would like to achieve hence the picture in your mind becomes beautiful and bright that leads to a successful happy future.
Creative visualization makes us more focused on a specific goal so our mind can pick the exact pieces that are needed to fulfill that goal. It makes choosing the right piece easy as we start noticing opportunities and ideas that can get us closer to our goal. These choices were always their but when our mind was not clear about our goal we failed to recognize them.
How to get started with Creative Visualization:
1. Twice in a day morning and night sit in a quiet place. Close your eyes. Calm your mind. Clear all thoughts from your head.
2. Visualize about a specific goal try with a smaller one at first. Picture yourself after you achieved that goal. Create an Ideal day in your mind as you would love to live in the future. Concentrate on that ideal life.
You can repeat this scene in your mind as often as you like for the rest of your day. I suggest reading books like “Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain” to understand this deeply. If you master this art then all the pieces of your life will fall in their place.