Monday, October 26, 2009

Using "The Peaceful Scene"


Creative visualization is a powerful tool. Many theorists in the area of creative visualization assert that by visualizing what you want, your goals, or actions, you are likely to achieve what you are imagining. In fact, a book was recently written on the topic that has had some popularity called The Secret.





However, there are other powerful uses of creative visualization. One that I use a lot is what I term, "the peaceful scene". The peaceful scene is governed by your own emotional reactions to different types of settings. Therefore, for a peaceful scene to be most effective for you, it should be created by you.

I will share my two current ones, though, in the hope that it might help inspire others in building their own peaceful scene. Anyone can borrow any aspect of mine and apply it to their own process. I'd also love to hear about other people's creations so I can build some more for myself! You can never have too many tools in the stress toolbox.

My first one involves the ocean. I imagine myself in a hammock on a beach of soft, white sand, where the water is a translucent blue. I can feel the breeze rocking me and hear the water softly rippling. I drag one of my hands in the water, feeling its coolness run over my fingers. It only takes a few seconds to formulate this scene in my mind and I can stay there for as long as I choose (and without anyone who happnes to be around to know what I am doing.)

My second one has been formed recently. I actually "stole" it from a movie. I should probably thank the cinematographer for the peceaful scene. The movie is "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon". I finally got around to seeing it a few weeks ago. The scene is in the forest, in a room seemingly without a ceiling, just walls with a huge window. Two of the main characters are there and the man expresses the desire to be with the female character in this setting, leaving real world complications behind. I imagine myself there at a little round table, sipping warm tea, listening to the rustling of the leaves.



Using existing scenes and adapting them to your emotional perspective is a great strategy. Especailly movies that have wonderful cinematopgrahpy where almost every scene is breathtaking. Not that your pecaeful scene has to be beautiful or breathtaking. The only rule with this strategy is that it works for you!
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