Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Shakti Quote of the Day

On Christmas Eve, we hit the bookstore and treated ourselves to a stack of books. One of my purchases was Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain. It's a book I first owned when it was originally published in the late 70's. I haven't read it in many years, although I've given away many copies over the years. I opened it at random this morning and saw the following quote. Thought I'd share it since at the beginning of any year, we often tend to look at where we are in our lives--whether or not we call the result of that examination "resolutions." (She's a big believer in affirmations.)

If you have a lot of heavy emotions riding on whether you attain your goal (that is, if you will be very upset if you don't get what you want), you will tend to work against yourself. In your fear of not getting what you want, you may actually be energizing the idea of not getting it as much or more as you are energizing the goal itself.

If you do find yourself very emotionally attached to a goal, it may be most effective and appropriate to work first on your feelings about the matter. You may have to take a good look at what you fear about not achieving the goal, and do affirmations to help you feel more confident and secure, or to help you face your fears....

Of course it's perfectly okay to creatively visualize something to which you have a lot of emotional attachment--and it will sometimes work quite well. But if it doesn't, realize that you may be attempting to visualize something out of fear of what may happen if you don't get it. In this case, it's important to relax and accept your feelings, accept the idea that you may not immediately realize your goal, look more deeply into your fears, and understand that resolving the conflict is probably an important area of growth for you and a wonderful opportunity to get to know yourself on a deeper level.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ummmm. I have this book, too-- and this activity is EXACTLY where I am right now--- thanks for sharing. ~bluepoppy

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