written by Elizabeth Irvine
Elizabeth Irvine: nurse, educator and award-winning author. She is the founder of Truewellbeing, where you can find her books, jewelry and sign up for soulful workshops, with a new focus on virtual sessions.
Think of the subconscious mind as a second, hidden mind that exists within you— its goal is to attract circumstances and situations that match the images you hold within. It doesn’t discriminate. It brings you what you need or desire— synchronicity, which you may think of as luck or coincidence— but actually it’s an inner collaborator.
In 1974, I was 12 years old. Sharing a bedroom with my sister Mary, our closet doors allow us to display posters that inspire. My side holds the British pop group, the “Monkees,” with lead singer Davy Jones front and center. As a young teen groupie, I recall each night before sleep, religiously walking up to the poster and “kissing” Davy Jones, “Good night Davy, I love you.”
Fast-forward to 1985, this is the man I married on the left, and what he looked like back when I was “in love” with the pop star Davy Jones on the right.
A few months ago, preparing for a Vision Board workshop, I start to let my mind relax, and a vivid memory rises to the surface. This is how I realized what happened. I dig through an old chest to find a photo of my husband Ron at a younger age, similar to the Davy Jones poster. I find the photo—what if creative visualization— my whole-hearted feelings combined with visual energy, manifested my future husband!
Reap What You Sow
Your subconscious mind like a storage room of everything that is currently not in your conscious mind. The subconscious stores all of your precious life experiences, your beliefs, your memories—all situations you’ve been through and all images you’ve ever seen. By definition: the part of the mind that is not currently in focal awareness.
Aristotle, Einstein, Walt Disney
All of these great ‘creative visionaries’ understood imagery as an essential part of thought, that we can’t think without pictures. Walt Disney’s work is a true reflection of creative visualization— he referred to as “Imagineering.” Disneyland is “the dream that you wish will come true.” We are a great part of a whole. It’s been written for thousands of years, we are not separate form, but part of a greater whole. Everything in the universe is made up of energy. Our thoughts are energy. It only makes sense that repeated images, affirmations, deeply planted beliefs in fertile soil (when we are relaxed) take root and grow. We begin to act like a beautiful rose, radiating a strong beacon of energy that attracts the bee, within the larger web of reality.
A Few Decades of Creative Visualization
Childbirth Guided Imagery
In 1992, as a nurse and childbirth educator, techniques of imagery and creative visualization, through the Lamaze method became fun and a welcomed practice to teach. We ended each session with a beautiful birth visualization. These visualization techniques relaxed my couples and many remarked how the guided imagery was the best part of their day, often leading to very positive birth experience too.
Yoga Nidra Guided Meditation
In 1995, as a yogi, a new practice of Yoga Nidra, which translates to “sleeping with awareness” became a welcomed part of my day. In the practice of Yoga Nidra, we deeply relax and plant a seed of positive intention in fertile ground to grow.
Creative Visualizations with Our Children
In 2000, creative visualizations with our children become a fun and commonplace ritual before bedtime. These visual adventures where incorporated into a chapter of Healthy Mother Healthy Child.
It’s obvious to see, for the past 25 years, creative visualization has been an effortless and natural part of life. There are many more stories to tell of manifestations, but let’s leave that for the future.
Put Your Mind To It
Visualization is a way of seeing into your future. The Sanskrit mantra, hari-om-tat-sat, translates to “I step into my future that is already there.” Imagery is like a mental dress-rehearsal. Choose a goal, live it, and feel as if you are truly experiencing it. For example, “I am healthy and vibrantly alive.” How does it really feel to have vibrant health, endless energy and a deep calm confidence? Your subconscious mind does NOT, CANNOT, distinguish between what is real and what is imagined. Practice makes perfect. Can you dedicate five minutes a day? It sounds too easy, but it’s actually quite a dedication. Just as unbeknown to me at the time, Davy Jones, was a genuine heartfelt feeling in my teenage life (just for a few minutes), but every night for probably a year.
Imagination Fueled with Feeling
Creative visualization is a practice, and it takes time and diligence. For me, waking and bedtime are natural moments, as well as my daily meditation practice, to practice this idea. What you focus on, is what you attract. I am healthy and vibrantly alive. Life is responding to you—and I hold the strong belief that our thoughts create our reality.
Thoughts are vibrating energy, so we are consciously attracting to us, what matches the images within. Any image that comes in over and over, the subconscious remembers. Put your subconscious mind to work and it will guide you to whatever you tell it. The subconscious uses imagination and feeling to communicate. So, choose wisely, visualize it, and say it like you mean it.
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