Wilful Swing Story illustrates one of the situations of the Stage Three - Visualisation of the Creative Conscience experience. Before you go further, feel free to check out the Stage One - Awakening (Sleepwalkers Story and Crystal Focus Workshop), Stage Two - Awareness (Quiet Alone Story and Vivid Frame Journey) and Stage Three - Visualisation (Mindful Drive Story and Lucid Canvas Journey)
Expand Your Comfort Zone
In order to integrate the desired objective in your comfort zone, you will have to visualise the desired identity and goal as if it is already achieved. This exercise creates inside you two key elements. First - confidence that you are capable to possess what you desire. Second - determination to act. These two ingridients allow you to debunk roadblocks and open unexpected doors leading to your goals.
The hero of this story is a young man we will call "Jérôme". To protect his privacy his real name is not disclosed. In addition, the person you will see in all images is not Jérôme himself. His role was skilfully interpreted by a handsome London model - Vincent (a.k.a. Blackwolf). At the end of the project, Jérôme received from me very similar pictures to the ones you will discover below.
At the time of the project, Jérôme's current life circumstances allowed for too few opportunities for the realisation of his aspirations. Because of his day-job pressure, family responsibilities and financial constraints Jérôme was ignoring his dreams for “practical” reasons. The price to pay was lassitude and frustration. The goal for me as photographer in this assignment was to represent the Jérôme’s aspirations in alignment with his inner-self. The final had to enable Jérôme to break the denial, accept himself as he was, regain self-confidence and motivation through creative visualisation to jump-start the actual realisation of his aspirations.
To achieve this ambitious goal we had to organise visualisation in several steps.
Step One: My Instant Place In Space and Time
Visualization of the Inner-self stripped from unwanted identities. We focused on desired environment and features.
I met Jérôme during a week trip to London in May 2015. Jérôme is a 23-year-old Frenchman from Eastern France, passionate about singing and performance. Back then Jérome was temporary living and working in England to improve his English and save money before moving to California to start a singer career there. He was occasionally invited to perform in small concerts, but did not feel self-confident enough to make the big move and make singing and acting his main occupation. Obviously, at this point of time Jérôme’s desired identity (read more on identities in the Sleepwalkers Story) and associated goals were only partially aligned with his Life Purpose (read more on finding Life Purpose in the Quiet Alone Story). The idea here was to provide Jérôme with motivation in working towards his long-term goal and provide him with strong self-confidence in accomplishing concrete steps towards the realisation of his objective.
Later, this image was used for the production of a mock-up magazine cover.
Step Two: ¡Hasta Siempre Comandante!
Visualisation of one identity perfectly aligned with the Life-Purpose
In addition, I came to know that Jérôme was passionate about the history of the Cuban revolution and its musical interpretations. He is particularly fond of the song ¡Hasta siempre, Commandante! by Nathalie Cardone (watch on YouTube). This was an invitation to create an image bringing Jérôme's Inner-Self in perfect alignment both with his desired future as an actor/singer and his passion for Cuban history.
Step Three: Swap Dreams For Determination
Realistic visualization of attributes related to the intended goal
Within Creative Conscience practice, I always avoid using the word “dream” in the context of own life goal setting, because of its connotations of “reverie”, “fantasy”, “haze”, etc. I prefer to use the words “intention” or "determination" which represent for me a realistic attainable vision powered by ambition. In order to create a strong visual identity of a young upcoming artist to boost Jérôme’s self-confidence, I created compelling attribute images that place Jérôme in the intended professional setting. The images are: magazine cover page, a movie poster associated with the Cuban revolution, a magazine article with 3 images and a DVD-cover.
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Visualisation Is Empowering
What and how you visualise is up to you. Possibilities are endless.