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No regrets - Beazley H.

Beazley H. No regrets - Wiley publishing , 2004. - 234 p.
ISBN 0-471-21295-4
Download (direct link): noregrets2004.pdf
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7. Create the visual image.
The purpose of creative visualization is to bring into existence a future state that you desire. The more vivid the imagery of that future state, the more effective the visualization is likely to be, because the
more real it will seem to your mind. Follow these guidelines for creating powerful visual images.
• Imagine the future state you want to come about, experiencing it as if it were already true.
• Feel the emotions appropriate to the visualization, because they will make it more real to the mind.
• Include as many senses as possible in the visualization: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.
• Include as many details as possible, including imagined conversations and actions.
• If negative thoughts or images arise, imagine them floating down a river and drifting out of sight with no energy given them. Or imagine a big “Cancelled” stamp descending on them. Use whatever image appeals to you as a way of voiding, neutralizing, or ignoring intruding thoughts or images.
• Maintain this state of imagining for as long as you wish.
8. End with an affirmation.
End each visualization with an affirmation that allows some thing better than you had imagined to come into being. For example, you might close with, “This or something better is now happening for me for the benefit of all concerned in accordance with God’s will.”
The more you desire what you are visualizing, the more you believe in its realization, and the more willing you are to accept that realization, the more likely the visualization is to manifest. Ironically, you can increase your willingness to believe in the realization and to accept it through visualizing.
Summary of Visualization Guidelines
1. Determine the objective of the visualization.
2. Determine the content of the visualization.
3. Eliminate distractions.
4. Get comfortable.
5. Close your eyes.
6. Relax.
7. Create the visual image.
8. End with an affirmation.
Creative Visualization and the Steps
Creative visualization can be applied in many different ways in working the steps, but three ways are especially important. Each of the three ways makes it easier for you to work the step because, in a sense, you have already “worked” it in your mind. Three uses for creative visualization in step work are in:
1. Preparing for the step.
2. Carrying out different activities specified in the step.
3. Facilitating the use of other spiritual and psychological tools while working the step.
Preparing for the Step
The use of creative visualization at the beginning of a step can help you work that step with lower resistance, less fear, and greater confidence. Use creative visualization immediately after completing the previous step to prepare for the next one and again after reading about the new step itself. The design of a creative visualization used at the start of a step might include the following elements. Visualize yourself:
• Reading the step and feeling enthusiastic about doing it.
• Going over each of the activities in the step, knowing that you can do them all.
• Completing each of the activities.
• Congratulating yourself on completing the step.
• Hearing your confidant tell you how well you have worked the step.
• Feeling happy and rewarded for finishing the step.
• Looking forward to the next step.
Carrying Out Step Activities
Creative visualization can be a powerful tool in helping you overcome resistance to carrying out step activities. It can be used to overcome fear, stimulate your memory, and develop creative solutions to the problems you encounter in working the step. When you face an activity that is frightening, for example, visualize yourself starting the activity, losing your fear, growing increasingly excited as you make progress on it, and completing the activity with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. See yourself encouraged by your confidant and others along the way and congratulated by yourself at the successful conclusion of the activity. The content of each visualization will differ slightly, of course, depending upon the nature of that activity.
Facilitating the Use of Other Spiritual and Psychological Tools
Creative visualization can be used to encourage your use of other spiritual and psychological tools or to encourage their more frequent use in working the steps. For example, if you are resistant to praying, visualize yourself praying. Visualize the act of prayer and the results of prayer: feeling supported, less anxious, more confident, and happier. If you are resistant to journaling, visualize yourself writing in a journal. Feel yourself receiving the emotional rewards that come from journaling, such as a reduction in fear, an increase in hope, and greater clarity about your situation.
If you are resistant to sharing your life with others, visualize yourself sharing it and feeling the sense of community, the warmth of another’s love, and the courage to continue in your efforts that come with revealing part ofyourself to someone who cares about you. See yourself embraced by the other person, listened to sympathetically, and supported emotionally. Feel the surge in confidence and hope. If you are resistant to making affirmations, visualize yourself making affirmations regularly, enjoying them, and profiting from them in ways that you specify in the visualization.
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