There are several excellent books on visualization. I regularly give my favorites as gifts. Among them are The Visualization Workbook by Shakti Gawain, Write It Down, Make It Happen by Henriette Klauser, and I’m Rich Beyond My Wildest Dreams, I am I am I am by Thomas and Penelope Pauley. What I love about these books is that they are so uplifting. They give hope. They are written in such a way as to make the reader believe that we can make our wishes come true.
There are times in our lives when we can feel stuck between Plan A and Plan B with no idea what to do next. And even though my father may be right when he says that sometimes doing nothing is doing something, to me that is the worst kind of torture.
So when I find myself searching for my Plan B, I grab these books and get to work. Even if I haven’t changed anything, the simple act of pulling out a spiral notebook and a pen lifts my spirits. I feel like I’m doing something toward achieving my goals; and I am.
The most important step is figuring out what it is you want. Get a clear idea of it in your mind. Next, write out, as clearly and in as much detail as you can, exactly what it is that you want. In my experience, details are important because you are very likely to get exactly what you ask for; verbatim.
In 2005, we were looking for a house. I knew exactly what I wanted, so I pulled out my spiral notebook and I began to write. I wrote down how many rooms I wanted, described a beautiful yard, nice neighbors, a fireplace, wood floors, and several other details I felt relevant. Oh, we got our house all right. It was only after moving in I realized I’d forgotten to say what style of house I wanted. I had actually imagined a Victorian style house but we bought a ranch. I also didn’t mention the square footage; we could have used a little more.
It was a good lesson and one I would like to pass along.
Another key is to realize that, like Shakti Gawain points out, if you write down your desires and then toss the book away in a drawer somewhere, you are very likely to find they manifested anyway, when you weren’t looking.
In the winter of 1995, I was working through The Visualization Workbook. I wrote down an ideal scene for a desire I had at the time. I eventually put that workbook away and moved around the country in the years that followed. One day, in 2001, while unpacking a box, I withdrew the old workbook. It had warped with age, had a bit of water damage, and smelled rather musty. Flipping through, I came upon my ideal scene, written in pencil all those years ago. My heart beat a little faster as the words sank in and I rrealized that I had achieved exactly what I’d written on that page, to the letter.
Today, a photo copy of that page sits in the album that represents the power of the mind. It’s a solid reminder that things may take time but they can turn out just the way you imagined.
A final word of advice. I always include the words, “This or something better in harmony for all involved,” at the end of all my efforts. It’s a bit of CYA but it hopefully guarantees that no animals or insects (or humans) were harmed in the achievement of life’s goals…