Creative Visualization is an excellent introduction to the basics of meditation. Meditation and Visualization are such close topics that one can rarely be done without also utilizing the other. For the new practitioner and the old there are a wide variety of techniques that work at the source of it all- the inner self. Many of the basic techniques required to do effective magic are laid out.
The book is divided into five parts, and from there into short segments that are intended to be done in steps. It begins with a letter to the readers by the author. Next is part one, “The Basics of Creative Visualization.” The first segment is “What is Creative Visualization,” and gives a definition right off the bat: “Creative Visualization is the technique of using your imagination to create what you want in your life” (page 2). It also is “magic in the truest and highest meaning of the word. It involves understanding and aligning yourself with the natural principles that govern the workings of our universe, and learning to use these principles in the most conscious and creative way” (page 4). The next segment covers how it works (the idea is like a blueprint; it creates an image of the form, which then magnetizes and guides the physical energy to flow into that form and eventually manifests it on the physical plane (page 6)), then comes one on a simple exercise. The next is a reminder on relaxing, which is followed by a how to, which lays out the two modes of visualization: “In the receptive mode we simply relax and allow images or impressions to come to us without choosing the details of them; we take what comes. In the active mode we consciously choose and create what we wish to see or imagine” (page 14). Then are the “four basic steps for effective creative visualization,” which are as follows: 1. Set your goal, 2. Create a clear idea or picture, 3. Focus on it often, 4. Give it positive energy. The segment that follows explains how it can only be used for good (since it is a means of unblocking or dissolving the barriers we ourselves have created (page 19)), affirmation (a strong, positive statement that something is already so (page 21)), as well as seven steps for successful application of affirmations, and finally a bit on spiritual paradox. According to the author, “Even ten minutes a day of doing effective affirmations can counterbalance years of old mental habits” (page 22).
Part two is “Using Creative Visualization.” The first segment is “Making Creative Visualization part of your life,” and covers when to do it, as well as some advice on its success. The next segment is “Being, Doing, and Having,” then the “three necessary elements” (Desire, Belief, and Acceptance), contacting your higher self, and going with the flow.
Going with the flow means holding onto your goals lightly (even though they may seem very important) and being willing to change them if something more appropriate and satisfying comes along. It is that balance between keeping your destination clearly in mind, and yet also enjoying all the beautiful scenes you encounter along the way, and even being willing to change your destination if life starts taking you in a different direction. In short, it means being firm, yet flexible (page 42).
The next segments are Prosperity Programming, accepting your good, outflowing, and healing both the self and others.
The third part is “Meditations and Affirmations.” Each segment in this section covers a visualization. Segments include grounding yourself and running energy, opening the energy centers, creating your sanctuary, meeting your guide, healing meditations, and invocation.
Part four is “Special Techniques.” The first few segments cover a creative visualization notebook in 8 steps, clearing, and writing affirmations. The next segments are setting goals, ideal scene, treasure maps (“an actual, physical picture of your desired reality (page 106)), health & beauty, and creative visualization in groups and relationships.
Part five is “Living Creatively,” and the segments in it are creative consciousness, discovering a higher purpose, and a reminder that your life is your work of art. The book ends with a four page section on recommended reading and study.