"When confronted with a situation that appears fragmented or
impossible, step back, close your eyes, and envision perfection where
you saw brokenness. Go to the inner place where there is no problem, and
abide in the consciousness of well-being." Alan Cohen
I recently had the privilege of working a with John Osborn Hughes,
(1) I have known John for 20 years. Participating on John's one day
Creative Visualisation Workshop's was a master class in every aspect.
I rarely wax lyrical about anyone, (even friends) but today wholeheartedly I will.
his Creative Visualisation presentation John applied every aspect of
his many years of research and training in Advaita Vedanta philosophy,
writing, directing and acting. John teaches regularly in New York, Los
Angeles and London.
The workshop offered a clear
methodology of how you can personally create what you want to acheieve
in life. John's approach to the creative process offers instant access
to the creative impulse. ( your creative impulse ) In truth it cuts to
he heart of the art of creating. The process works whether you are an
actor, teacher, writer, sportsperson, investment banker, politician,
painter and decorator, interior designer, D. J , dancer, I could go on
The message here is that we are creative beings
and masters of our own destiny. The source of unobstructed creating is
fully within our control and influence. Life however does not always
follow our wishes, but it can. Our wishes can be tainted with fear and
attachment to results, but it is possible to achieve what we want
through the expedient use if visualisation, visualisation which is
guided by mindfulness, enjoyment and intuition. John teaches you how to
visualise well and keep doing it.
manifest the opposite of what we think we want. Our wants are hijacked
by negative self events ( past experience can unconsciously interrupt
the creative drive) This is the part of the course that frames how we
attract outcomes through our thinking and very importantly how we need
be open to receive the good stuff when it appears.
John's Creative Visualisation workshop covered some essential law's of
thinking, how to deal with obstacles, how to programme a purpose for
the creative process and most critically how to receive that which you
want to manifest. John skillfully explained the key of this process
which arises out of self awareness and getting still, relaxed and
The concept of emptiness exists in many
teachings including Taoist Creation Philosophy (2) which states that
from the void of primordial potential arises manifestation, as Lao Tsu
said, 'silence is a source of great strength'. Working from this source
therefore supplies an infinite possibility for manifesting what you
want to achieve.
I can highly recommend this workshop
for anyone who wants to manifest a purpose in life and career and have
it correlate to a fulfilled life. John skillfully weaves Vedantic
Philosophy (3) into the everyday psychology of life.
Creative Visualisation workshop was attended by a sophisticated group
of like minded people all affirming their creative impulse. Some people
were new to this approach to thinking and creating but with much
laughter for all. It was an genuine pleasure to be part of it this
group. I am recommending this workshop to my own teacher trainee
students part of my future courses.
Visualisation Course is for anyone who would like to be what they want
to be, acknowledge and develop their own individual strengths.. Thank
you John Hughes.
(1) John directed me in the British premiere of,' Cat's Paw' a play by William
Mastrosime back in the the early 90's and I learned much about acting and the application of the laws of thinking from him
(2) An example of the application of working from stillness in another
context is opening standing posture of any Tai Chi form practice, this
standing element is called the Wuji posture. The Wuji concept directly
refers to this the stillness from which all movement arises. Qi Gong (
energy work ) practice also incorporates such standing practice.
(3) Vedanta is one of the six main schools of philosophy in Hinduism.
(c) Chris Ray Chappell 2013
For John's next Creative Visualisation Workshop on Saturday 2nd March 2013 http://spiritualpsychologyofacting.com/?p=173