By Maryann Ridini Spencer
Creative Visualization is defined in the dictionary as “the technique of using one’s imagination to visualize specific behaviors or events occurring in one’s life”). I’ve often talk about how my Mother, shared creative visualization techniques with me growing up.
She would tell me: “See yourself doing what you want to do! Envision it in your mind’s eye. Then feel it happening, SEE it happening! Believe it now!”
This advice has been very important in my life. However, sometimes, you can get caught up in the day-to-day consuming details and forget to dream.
A number of years ago, a friend gave me the book, “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” by Joseph Murphy. The book delved into how mental imagery and affirmations produce positive changes. I found myself referring to this book almost like a bible – and as a result of reading it, as well as other books; I’ve developed my own personal dream/goal-setting process.
Scrapbooking is one of them! In Scrapbooking, you give thanks for those blessings that have transpired in your life, and then “picture” with actual images, those experiences you desire to bring to fruition.
Scrapbooks are normally used to keep one’s keepsakes or favorite photos and memorabilia. However, I’ve discovered that a scrapbook can also be used for giving thanks for what you do have as well as for setting goals. Allow yourself to DREAM and envision all areas of your life in different ways.
So How do you Scrapbook? It’s Simple!
(1) Get a Scrapbook, Photo Album or notebook with clear pages that you can insert and/or put images into.
(2) Create a page for each area of your life (Some examples might be: creating a page for all the things you’d like to give thanks. Then create individual page(s) for what you’d like to see transpire in your life on a personal level as well as a professional level. Create a page for places you’d like to visit, things you’d like to do, and so on.
(3) Then Gather all your favorite magazines and cut out photos and images that appeal to you representing things you want in your life. Also, cut out “words” that represent what you’d like to give thanks for as well as experience in the future.
Work on your scrapbook daily or once a week. Scrapbook by yourself or with a trusted friend or loved one. Share ideas. Keep your scrapbook in a place where you can refer to it regularly – by your bedside perhaps. The best time to refer to your is in the morning and evening –when our subconscious is open to suggestion.
Give yourself the permission to focus on your dreams and goals. This reaps only benefits for your life.
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