If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself.                                                             Rollo May, author Courage to Create

Only we can create a vision for ourselves.

One effective technique is to use the tool of creative visualization.

                "BLOSSOMING"                           photo-painting                                Carol K. Walsh

               "BLOSSOMING"                           photo-painting                                Carol K. Walsh

When I remember to mentally visualize what I want to create – – either in my art or in my life – – I have a much greater chance of success. That doesn't mean when I use creative visualization it always works.  However, I do know that the opposite is absolutely true -- if I have not visualized what I want to create in my mind, heart, and spirit, it will never happen.  I cannot make appropriate and effective choices if I don’t have an end-product/idea in mind.  

Creative visualization is a powerful tool.

When I use it, the odds are much more in favor of it working.  For example, when I envisioned my book launch party for my new memoir Painting Life: My Creative Journey Through Trauma, I pictured it in as much detail as I possibly could. I visualized the setting, amount of chairs, kind of food, color theme, how I would dress, who I wanted to come and of course what I wanted to say, etc.  And then, just like an Olympic athlete training for an event, I played the image, like a movie, over and over again in my imagination. The more I did it, the more comfortable I felt.

For me, this actively employing creative envisioning is the best way to decide on and accomplish my life’s mission.

Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is. And the faith to trust our own admission. The admitting is often very difficult.  Julia Cameron, author The Artist’s Way

To succeed I have to become my own creative visionary.

If I don't, who will do it for me?

             v    Only I can decide what’s in my soul, heart and spirit.

v    Only I can determine where to put my creative energy to express what is inside of me.

v    Only I can imagine what to paint, draw or photograph, or write, that reflects the true me.

v    Only I can decide what or who will support me and help me feel fulfilled.

Try this exercise:  Make each of the four bullet points into a question for yourself and then write the answer.  For example, “What is in my soul, heart and spirit that I want/need/crave to express?”  Be sure to write down your answers, so you won’t forget them.

I am happy to share that my book launch party matched my inner vision, and was everything I had hoped for – and more.  (The “more” part included the amount of wonderful questions asked, forming a lively discussion.)

Fortunately, the stars were in alignment. Success doesn't always happen. Olympic champions know that they don't always win, no matter how much envisioning they do.  All we can do is put our whole heart, soul and spirit into it, then give it the best shot as we can, by using creative visualization.

Creativity is always a leap of faith. You're faced with a blank page, blank easel, or an empty stage. Julia Cameron

I would love to hear about your experiences with creative visualization. 

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