Creative Visualization, also sometimes called Guided Imagery is useful for many aspects of inner work, self healing, and magickal workings.
Uncovering personal obstacles and blocks.
Finding "spirit guides" or "power animals".
Healing, yourself and others.
Clarifying your aims and goals.
Tapping into deep levels of creativity.
Along with meditation, may allow you to access the "collective unconscious".
Relieving stress and tension
Past life exploration
Precursor to astral travel.
Promoting your connection to the divine.
Increasing effectiveness of magickal workings.
What is visualization?
That you picture things in your head. That you SEE things with your "inner eyes". If you don't know what I am talking about, it is really difficult to explain - it is like explaining what is to see to a blind person...
The key to all magickal operations is a strong ability to visualize. Everyone can visualize, but some need to strengthen their visualization abilities in order to gain the effects they are working for. The following technique has proved highly effective in intensifying one's visualizations.
Exercising Your Inner Eye
(taken from Experiences in Visual Thinking by Robert McKim)
Taking your time, translate each of the following descriptions into a mental image. Go back and do it again in a few weeks and then a few weeks later, and notice the difference. Notice the difference, also in the way you see things--inner as well as outer-- after you've done these exercises.
Now sense (see, touch, hear, taste, smell) with your minds eye:
a familiar face
a galloping horse
a changing stoplight
a newspaper headline
the sound of rain on the roof
the voice of a friend
children laughing at play
the feel of soft fur
a gentle breeze on your face
the muscular feeling of running
of kicking a can
of drawing a circle on paper
the taste of a lemon
of a potato chip
the smell of bacon frying
of a gardenia
the feeling of hunger
of a cough
of coming awake
a stone dropped into a quiet pond with concentric ripples forming and expanding outward
these words flying away, high into the blue sky, finally disappearing.
your shoe coming apart in slow motion and each piece drifting away into space
an orange being cut into five equal pieces and the pieces being arranged into equal patterns