Creative guided visualization activates children’s imaginations. It is a powerful tool for teachers wishing to generate children’s ideas for creative story writing. “When the children are engaged in imagination or guided imagery they actually create an experience in their mind so our brain and our body respond in the same way as if these experiences were really happening.” Gopala Amir Yaffe
Not only does it help with academics but it also is an amazing tool for the child who is
- Lacking social skills
- Behavioural problems
Creative visualization can give the children an opportunity to rehearse future life events such as exams, performing in a school play or standing up in front of the class.
Mental rehearsal has been around for years. Peak athletes and performers have been using it for ages. So why have we not been teaching our children the true power of this activity?
There is a true story about a Vietnam prisoner of war, Major James Nesmeth, who spent seven years as a prisoner imagining he was playing 18 holes of golf on his home golf course. Every day he would play, stroke by stroke while actually being imprisoned in a cage. In this way he kept his mind distracted from his daily discomfort and was able to keep going. Eventually, when he was rescued and able to return home, he shaved 20 strokes off his previous golf score when he played his first real game of golf since his imprisonment.
There is also an often-quoted experiment with a group of young basket ballers. They were divided into three groups. One group practiced everyday over a three-month period. Another group did no training while the third group mentally practiced every day. The results showed conclusively that the third group improved almost as much as the first group, without even touching a basketball.
When you get children to repeatedly see it, feel it, believe it they begin to bring it into their life. Using the power of visualization could help so many problems. It can change attitudes, negative mental stories and bring about self-esteem and increased confidence.
Visualisation and spatial intelligence are functions of the right brain and for holistic development we need to develop both sides of the brain.
It has been said that we only use 5% of our mind. Creative visualization will increase this many times over.
Benefits of creative visualization
- Understanding of values, their operations and the good feelings they generate
- Empathy and social skills
- Spatial and intrapersonal intelligence
- Imaginative skills and creativity
- Capacity to control impulsivity
- Self-image and capacity to visualise success
- Control over negative mental and emotional states, i.e. capacity to regulate emotions
- Determination, perseverance in face of difficulties and set backs as well as self-management skills
“Everything you can imagine is real.” Pablo Picasso
“Imagination is more important than knowledge for knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world and all there ever will be to know and understand”. “Logic”, he added, “will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere… It is the preview of life’s coming attractions”. Albert Einstein