Self Empowerment

How Creation Works

Gather your want list you created on the Identify Your Wants page. Take one item off your list you most want to create and follow this process.

The Creation Process:

  1. Think It - Clarify It
  2. Say It - Write It
  3. Do It - Take One Small Step

Everything you see started out as just an idea. Everything. Look around the room you're sitting in. The windows, floor, door, the computer you're using. All these things were initially just an idea in someone's mind. The first step in creation is thought. But in order to create what you want, you need to have a very clear vision of what it is you want.

Find The Sponsoring Emotional Desire

It is very useful to figure out what the sponsoring emotional desire is behind your wanting. Wanting comes in layers. For example, let's say you want a car. Here is the questioning process you might go through.

You want a car. Why? To be able to drive yourself around town. Why? So you don't have to depend on others. Why? Because you like the way it feels to be independent. Why? Because it means you're freer to come and go as you wish. Why? You want to feel in control of your life. Why do you want a car? You want to feel in control and experience a feeling of freedom.

For everything we desire of a material or situation sense, there is an underlying emotional state we want to experience from it. Figure out what the bottom line emotional desire is to your material or situational wants.

It's beneficial to know the underlying desire of your wants because many of us can get stuck on fulfilling our desires in only one way. Take for example the desire to own a car talked about above. What if it were not possible for you to get a drivers license because of some physical limitation? Does this mean you will never experience the feeling of freedom or control? No, of course not, there are many ways you could accomplish your ultimate goal of feeling free and in control.

When you understand what the emotional desire is that's driving the material want, you then have options on how to fulfill that want. There are more ways then one to achieve what you ultimately want to experience.

Make Your Vision Clear

In 1993 I wanting a new home. I had a very vague idea of what it was I wanted. I knew I wanted it to be spacious and have a view, but that was about it. For the next three years I continually added specifics to my dream house. Every time I was out and saw something I liked, it was added to the picture in my mind's eye.

I created a collage of pictures torn out of magazines of homes that had certain qualities that attracted me. Then I drew a floor plan. My vision was becoming clearer and clearer. The core components were: spaciousness, high ceilings, fine workmanship, beautiful view of water, lots of windows and light, surrounded by trees, and a big porch in the back for enjoying the view.

I ran this image through my mind quite often. Although some of the specifics were missing, the way the house felt was very specific. I could feel what it was like to be in that house. I felt open, inspired, warm, free, and appreciative of the beauty that surrounded me. I had identified the sponsoring emotional desire I wanted to feel when in that house. I could feel the openness, the warmth, the freedom, the inspiration. When I visualized the home, I had the feelings as if I was already there.

In 1996 we decided to move closer to the ocean and sun. Because we were moving to a different state, we only had two weekends to find a home. Our real-estate person showed us many homes, none of which did anything for us. We decided to drive along the coastline and look for ourselves. As we turned a corner I spotted a house with a for sale sign. We stopped to take a look.

The instant I walked around to the back of the house, I knew we had found our new home. All the feelings I had been having when I visualized my new home came upon me the instant I saw the back porch, yard and view. I knew immediately that this was it. There was the view of the water, there was the big porch, there were all the windows, there were the trees, almost exactly how I had been invisioning it. It was amazing.

In many ways the home is even better than I had ever imagined. I hadn't thought to screen in part of the porch to avoid the bugs. It was an incredible experience when I think about how perfectly my visualization became a reality.

Begin visualizing what it is you want. Draw what you want. Make a collage. Identify the underlying emotional desire. Make your vision as clear as you possibly can. If you're not sure how to do this, I would highly recommend the book Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain.

2.) Speak It: Write about it.

The second level of creation is the word. Talking about what it is you want. So far the creation process has only included yourself. This is where you begin to share with the rest of the world what it is you want. I'm not sure exactly how or why this works, but it seems the moment you begin verbalizing your desires, they somehow become more real. It's like announcing to the world what's coming into existence.

Perhaps one of the reasons talking about your desires works so well is it elicits help from other people who are supportive of your wants. When others hear about your desires, they will remember them when they run into someone that might be able to help you. You create a network of people working and supporting you through the creation process.

Another way you can do this is through affirmations. Saying an affirmation is taking something that's conceptual in nature and bringing it into the concrete and tangible realm. To affirm is to "make firm." It brings an idea out into physical reality.

There are lots of ways to do this. You can say your affirmations out loud to yourself, talk to others about what it is you want, and write them down. Some repeat affirmations to themselves while meditating, but I think it's a lot more useful to get them out of your head and out into the world.

3.) Do It: Take One Small Step

The final process of creation is action. After you have thought about it, spoken and written about it, the next step is to take tangible, deliberate actions towards the creation of your wants. It's not always the big steps but the continuous every day small steps that turns our desires into reality.

Think about it, clarify it, talk about it and take one small step in the direction of your desires.

What is one small thing you could do to more towards your desire?

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