How to Practice Creative Visualization

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Gabby Bernstein working on her laptop at a patio table | Creative visualizatoinFor many years I had this story on repeat in my mind: “If I don’t do it, no one else will.”

I believed that I had to strive hard and overwork in order to get what I wanted. So while I experienced a lot of joy and faith for the first 10 years I was building my business, there was also this ever-present undercurrent of fear. I didn’t know how to let people help me, and as a result I always felt unsupported and alone.

Three years ago I hit bottom with my workaholism. I was stressed out, burned out and physically ill. I had no choice to surrender.

Once I did, I received profound spiritual guidance and began a practice of creative visualization.

Within a few months, my life changed dramatically. I attracted new members to my team. I got out of the way and let others in. I truly felt supported — and I could focus 100% on being a spiritual teacher!

In this post I’m teaching you the simple, life-changing practice of creative visualization so that you can activate your Super Attractor power and experience this kind of miracle, too.

What is creative visualization?

Creative visualization is a kind of meditative practice. Here’s how Shakti Gawain defines it in her book Creative Visualization:

Creative visualization is the technique of using your imagination to create what you want in your life. There is nothing at all new, strange, or unusual about creative visualization. You are already using it every day, every minute, in fact. It is your natural power of imagination, the basic creative energy of the Universe, which you use constantly, whether or not you are aware of it.

Over the years, people have asked me if they can do creative visualization if they’re not super artistic. I want to clear up this common misconception. “Creative” doesn’t refer to creativity in the sense of art class or creative writing. It refers to your ability to create the world you want to see, also known as manifesting. Also known as being a Super Attractor!

You can tap into an unlimited source of creative energy | Creative visualizationIf you like to daydream, you may notice that creative visualization comes very naturally. But if this concept is new to you, or if you’re more of an analyzer than a fantasizer, don’t worry. It’s very accessible and it doesn’t take a ton of effort.

Like Shakti says, this is something we do all the time, often unconsciously. The difference here is that we’re doing it consciously so that we direct our energy toward our desires.

How to practice creative visualization

Follow these steps to start your creative visualization practice today. This is a practice that will make you feel good and strengthen your connection to your Super Attractor power.

If you commit to practicing it a few minutes each day, you’ll speed up your manifesting and experience many miracles.

Step 1: Accept that you have the power to create the world you want to see

The first step in creative visualization is knowing and accepting that you have the power to create the world you want to see! Knowing that you can co-create with the Universe is incredibly empowering.

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You may not yet fully believe this. That’s okay. I just ask that you become willing to believe it. As you practice techniques like this one, you’ll start to experience very cool results that will give you more and more spiritual proof that you are a Super Attractor.

Step 2: Reframe your beliefs into a positive affirmation

If what you want feels far away from your current reality, you might doubt that it’s actually available to you. If give a lot of energy to your doubts and limiting stories, then you’ll manifest what you don’t want (which is what many of us do by default).

So begin to look at the things that you want to attract and then change your perception of your disbelief. Get honest about your disbelief and then find a way to reframe it into an empowering affirmation.

When I lean on certainty and faith, I change my mind about the world I see | Gabby Bernstein | Creative visualizationBe sure to reframe it in a way that really resonates with you.

Here’s an example: My friend Lauren always thought she just wasn’t a person who could be in shape or feel fit and strong. Growing up, she wasn’t a natural athlete, and she struggled in sports and gym class. As a result of this belief, she exercised sporadically, felt self-conscious when she did and often dreaded it.

Lauren really wanted to enjoy exercising, and she was sick of holding herself back. One day she called me for advice, and together we came up with a new belief that resonated with her. Lauren’s affirmation became, “I believe that I can have fun exercising and feel fit and strong.”

Find a belief that resonates with you

It’s important to find a belief that feels real for you. If you start using affirmations you don’t fully believe in, they won’t work. “I believe I’ll run a marathon within a year” wouldn’t have worked for Lauren. She found a belief that felt attainable and made her feel good.

If you want to be more abundant and you choose the affirmation, “I’ll make a million dollars this year,” and that doesn’t resonate with you, drop it. Try something that aligns more, like, “I’m open to creative ways to earn more money.”

If you have a very specific desire, that’s great, too. Just make sure you truly believe it. If you don’t, reframe it until you do.

Step 3: Sit in a daily visualization

Gabby Bernstein meditating | Creative visualizationThe next step is to start visualizing! All you have to do is sit comfortably and see yourself doing what you want to do.

In Lauren’s case, she visualized herself getting dressed, going to the gym and joining a fun workout class where she felt confident and supported. She imagined the energy boost and the satisfaction of completing an awesome workout.

Whatever you want to create, see yourself doing it and picture it in great detail. Visualize yourself eating well. See yourself asking for a raise with confidence. Imagine yourself on that date with the partner you long for.

While you visualize, picture everything going beautifully. It’s safe to unleash your imagination in this way and feel really good about what you’re visualizing. And if a negative thought pops up, just return to your affirmation.

Step 4: Allow your visualization to become a feeling

This is the final and most important step. I talk about the transition from step 3 to step 4 here…

Once you’ve pictured in detail what it is that you want, let your visualization take over you emotionally so you can feel a genuine connection to what you’re seeing. I allow my mind to wander and I see myself in what it is that I desire. And then I let the feeling take over.

As I said earlier, the “creative” part of “creative visualization” refers to the act of co-creating. Getting into the feeling of your visualization is essential. Here’s what I say in Super Attractor:

The Universe wants you to feel good and wants to guide you toward exactly what you want and need. You are one with the Universal energy of love, and feeling good is your birthright.

It’s good to feel good. So surrender to feeling good and revel in the beauty of your visualization!

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You’ll see it when you believe it

Remember that more than anything, your energy is what attracts. So when you practice creative visualization, the most important part is to really let yourself get into the feeling you want. That’s what truly manifests your desires into form.

And here’s something that’s really awesome: When you practice creative visualization, you start to feel what you want to create even before it comes into form. It’s as if it’s already happened.

Watch this super-short video for more guidance:

Being in the energy of what you want to create actually makes it so that it’s there, even if you can’t see it yet. This practice helps you own your greatness and call in what you want!

As my great teacher Dr. Wayne Dyer always said, you’ll see it when you believe it.

Let me know how this practice goes for you! Enjoy your creative visualization and expect miracles.

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  1. Hi gabby,

    I’m slightly confused on how to proceed.. I’ve been doing a visualization meditation every morning for my future, but now I’m wondering does that go against the “surrender it to the universe, trust its coming and let it go” way of thinking? In one of your books I read to write your dream on a piece of paper and then forget about it , give it to the universe … would creative visualizing counteract this?

    Sorry maybe I’m overthinking?


    1. Great question, Jen. It depends on your energy. If you’re practicing creative visualization in the energy of “making it happen” or “controlling the outcome”- then you might want to consider focusing more on surrender. But if you’re practicing creative visualization in the energy of faith and inspiration- then it’s a part of the manifesting process.
      For more clarity check out:

  2. Hi Gabby,
    Thank you so much for all of your vulnerability and insights that you share! You’re truly changing the world! ✨

    Creative Visualization sounds wonderful, inspiring, and fun! I’m in your Manifesting Challenge. I first thought I’d want to manifest that I will become a teacher for helping healing the earth. I know deep down this will happen; it’s a part of me. But I then felt that I’d rather manifest a stronger connection to my intuition and higher Self, thinking this stronger connection will give me more clarity while on my spiritual path. Clarity towards my higher purpose and everything else in my life.

    I’ve been told 2 or 3 times, during reiki sessions and Angel Card readings, that I have a strong intuition and to trust myself. I just don’t know that I feel that strong connection though. However, I do feel I can Creatively Visualize myself becoming more strongly connected to Self, therefore, intuition, as well. I feel that I have even felt more strongly connected to Self while meditating, practicing yoga, and journaling, which, having had this feeling, I think, brings me a step closer to creative visualization and manifesting my stronger connection.

    I guess I’m just double checking with you to see if manifesting a connection to something inner, like intuition and Self is possible, instead of something outer, like a raise or a romantic partner.

    Thank you again, for all that you do!
    Namaste ✨

    1. Hi Sherry. That’s a great question. Yes, you can absolutely manifest something internal such as a deeper connection to spirit or our intuition! I hope this helps and that the manifesting challenge is serving you. xo

      1. Thank you so much for getting back to me! Yes, your manifesting challenge is definitely serving me! I have always been confused to what manifesting is, and this challenge is so insightful for me! I love it! Super Attractor is a beautifully written book too♥️

  3. Thank you for this jumpstart!! Just quit my job that I was so burned out from, and needed a boost of confidence that I am doing the right thing. Everything you just said resonates with me, I will visualize where I want to be! Affirmations! Can’t afford your book, but will get from library perhaps? Good day to you and me JG

  4. Creative visualization and affirmations have made a huge difference to me, and this great blogpost of yours really resonates with me, Gabby. As I say the affirmations to myself I really feel the feelings and use my imagination to see it being real. Doing this regularly, even for 10 minutes a day, will build the ability to use creative visualization more easily, like strengthening a muscle or stacking rocks into a pile. I also find that writing my own affirmations is very helpful and makes a difference too. Looking forward to reading more of your posts! 🙂

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