creative visualization versus buddhism

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In the early days of this blog, when I was still using Google’s blogger service, I wrote this article.  I think about 10 people read it.  So take a quick read and see if it’s worth reading, or whether I should’ve left it buried…

Probably like a lot of other self-improvement junkies I have always been mildly interested in the idea of Buddhism if not the actual practice of Buddhism. I have not really been exposed to it very often, and honestly most of my knowledge of it comes via movies like Seven Years In Tibet and Little Buddha. I also was very fond of a book, Zen Buddhism, which helped me learn the practice of clearing my mind before sleeping. I don’t think that was the point of the book, but the ability to fall asleep in 5 minutes or less every evening has been a great gift throughout my adult life.

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4 Replies to “creative visualization versus buddhism”

  1. I use mediation every single day to calm my nerves and create focus around my goals and desired outcomes in life.

    Another method I use on top of meditation is the use of a vision boards. Have you ever heard of them? They are images pasted on a board that represent your hopes, dreams, and goals. Studying these boards every days plants seeds of these goals within your subconscious mind.

    Your subconscious mind is where all of your habits are formed. Combine these visualizations with mediation and self-affirmations, and the seed of your goal in your subconscious mind will begin to grow, sprouting a newly developed habit that is oriented towards your desired outcome, or goal.

    John Assaraf does a better job of explaining this and showing you how to do it in his new book “The Complete Vision Board Kit.” I downloaded the free chapter here at

  2. Of course, it may be useful to distinguish between Creative Visualization and Buddhism.

    Perhaps creative visualization is more technique and process-oriented and requires attention and emotion.

    In contrast Buddhism encompass both Buddhist teachings and philosophies, and at the same time, a number of mediation, mindful awareness techniques, and other methods of self discover and realization.

    Both approaches have their merits.

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