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Ignite your imagination

“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” ~ Henry David Thoreau It’s no accident that the word “imagination” contains the root for the word magic. Its processes take place mysteriously in the inner world of the human psyche and seem to defy logic. Its powers can inspire you to explore life’s infinite possibilities, support you every step of the way in attaining your goals and provide impetus for creative activities of any kind. In fact, imagination has the ability to shape every single facet of life.

However, this extraordinary human faculty can be a double-edged sword. It can work for or against you, depending on the nature of the images it produces in your mind. Put simply, if you don’t exert any control over your imagination, your anxieties and fears can inhibit your progress and success in life.

The key to making the most of your imagination’s potential lies in two important factors: your awareness of the habitual ways in which it operates, and your willingness to work at changing these habits if they’re not allowing you to create the life you truly desire. So the good news is, if your imagination frequently conjures up negative images arising from your fears, it can be “retrained” to picture the results you truly desire. In this way its powerful energies can be used to support (rather than undermine) your wellbeing, fulfilment and success in life.

Changing the way you use your imagination can be facilitated by the regular practice of techniques such as visualisation of your desired outcomes, commonly termed “creative visualisation”, as well as the use of affirmations (positive statements) or more unusual techniques such as self-hypnosis.

The effectiveness of these techniques lies in their creation of imagery that produces positive thoughts,

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