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Visioning : ten steps to designing the life of your dreams
Capacchione, Lucia.
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New York : J.P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2000.
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256 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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BF637.S4 C353 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The ten steps of Visioning are a road map to the creative process applied to health, relationships, career, home, and other areas of life. The author of ten self-help classics, including the bestselling Recovery of Your Inner Child and The Power of Your Other Hand, Lucia Capacchione now offers a manual featuring ten simple steps for designing the life you've always wanted but didn't know how to achieve.

Visioning follows the same rules that inspire professional designers and demonstrates how anyone can use them in everyday living. Drawing on her experiences as a designer and corporate consultant, Capacchione applies the design principles she acquired from her own mentors: Charles Eames, Buckminster Fuller, Corita Kent, and Walt Disney. Readers learn how to apply her blueprint to their individual lives, from making a wish through "creative chaos" to realizing personal goals and dreams. With easy-to-follow and playful hands-on art activities and time-tested techniques, readers effectively grasp how to visualize their true heart's desires.

Lavishly illustrated with photos and collages, and filled with success stories, Visioning sparks "the designer within" and makes real the notion that if you can dream it, you can do it.

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Lucia Capacchione, Ph.D., ATR, is an art therapist, artist, author, popular workshop leader, and corporate consultant who has worked for Hallmark, Mattel, and the Walt Disney Company.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This how-to manual for "manifesting your heart's desire" will no doubt prompt memories of kindergarten collage-making for many readers. Based on her observations of engineers, architects and designers (including toy and theme park creators), Capacchione offers a framework for shepherding an idea into reality, whether the goal is to create a company mission statement, improve one's health or build a dream home. An art therapist, corporate consultant and the author of 10 books (The Creative Journal, etc.), she instructs readers on choosing a theme, gathering images and words that "grab" one's attention, finding order in the chaos, committing one's vision to paper and glue, getting feedback from others, dwelling on one's vision, getting help to implement the plan and celebrating the final result. With a tone that's both playful and serious, Capacchione provides detailed instructions and numerous exercises for working through this process. She also encourages journal writing (using both hands to engage both sides of the brain) and addresses common internal and external obstacles. Even if some of the numerous samples and stories culled from her workshops come across as a bit schematic and glib, Capacchione provides a fun and empowering approach to creativity for those willing to roll up their sleeves and play in the rich field of their desires. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introduction: Life as Art, Art as Lifep. 1
Part 1 The Process: Following the Pathways of the Heart
1 The Designer Withinp. 15
Thinking with Your Heart
What Is Design?
Thinking in Pictures
Visual Imagery: How It Works
Visualization: The Mind's Eye
Dreaming the Impossible Dream
Block Busters
Thoughts Becoming Things
Visualization: Picture This
We're All Designers
Visualization: Reflecting on Past Successes
The Fear of Art
Art-Making, Your Natural Birthright
Visualization: Dreams That Came True
Visioning: How It Works
Ten Principles of Design
The Ten Steps of Visioning
Techniques Used in Visioning
Two Brains, Two Hands
Journal: Warming Up--Dancing on Paper
Why Visioning Works
Pictures and Words
2 The Field of Dreamsp. 43
Preparing the Inner and Outer Space
Gather the Tools
Setting Up Your "Creativity Gym."
Prepare the Space
Talismans, Totems, and Good Luck Charms
Preparation: Setting the Stage, Creating a Studio
Prepare Your Inner Space
Focus: Creating the Container
Imagery: Symbol for Your Creative Self
Unfolding from the Creative Self
Moving from the Creative Self
Movement Meditation: Inner Listening
The Silent Partner
Journal: Meet Your Creative Conscience
3 Get a Dream, Get a Lifep. 58
First Design Principle: Get an Idea
Visioning Step 1: Make a Wish
The Courage to Dream
Journal: Permission to Act
Finding a Focus
Crafting a Focus Phrase
Focus Phrases: A Menu of Possible Themes
Journal: Finding My Focus Phrase
Journal: What's the Problem?
Reinforcing Your Focus Phrase
Focus: Flash Cards
4 Sorting and Siftingp. 73
Second Design Principle: Feed Your Idea with Research
Visioning Step 2: Search for Images and Words
Explore the Treasures in Your Research Bank: The Art of Gathering
Image-Finding as Meditation
Research: Grab What Grabs You
Ad Art as Poetry in the Marketplace
Poem-making: Wordplay
Third Design Principle: Connect the Research to Your Own Idea
Visioning Step 3: Focus on the Vision
The Balance Between Freedom and Structure
Following Your Heart
Focus: What's Hot and What's Not?
What's in a Word?
Magazines as Chinese Fortune Cookies
Poem-making: More Wordplay
5 A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Wordsp. 90
Fourth Design Principle: Assemble the Design Elements
Visioning Step 4: Compose the Design
Design by Intuition
Lay Out the Elements
Focus and Contemplation: Your Symbol Here
Random Acts of Beauty: Seeing Relationships, Making Connections
Finding Your Own Style
Focus: Playing in the Land of Make-Believe
Matching Words and Pictures
Word Jazz: Ransom Notes from the Soul
6 Order Out of Chaosp. 103
Fifth Design Principle: Mix and Match in Rough Mock-up Stage
Chaos and Creativity
Visioning Step 5: Explore and Find Order in Creative Chaos
Recognizing the Inner Critic
Journal: The Inner Critic
The Mistakes Myth
Journal: Guidance from the Creative Self
7 The Design of Your Lifep. 112
Sixth Design Principle: Develop the Design
The Pieces Coming Together
Visioning Step 6: Create the Collage
Collage: Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together
Turning Words on Their Heads
Zen and the Art of Cut and Paste
Collage: Word Weaving
God Is in the Details
Mixed Media: Connect the Dots
Other Formats for Visioning
Part 2 Seeing Results: Letting Your Mind See What Your Heart Already Knows
8 Talking Picturesp. 129
Seventh Design Principle: Refine and Finalize the Design
Visioning Step 7: Articulate the Vision
Journal: Image Writing
If Pictures Could Talk
Journal: Writing by Heart
The Story Inside the Collage
Journal: Telling My Story
Eighth Design Principle: Start the Production Process
Visioning Step 8: Reinforce the Dream
Visual Affirmation and Visualization: What You See Is What You Get
Dealing with Resistance
Protect Your Dream
Journal: Keeping the Faith
A Wish Your Heart Makes
9 Seeing is Believingp. 146
Ninth Design Principle: Get Help
Visioning Step 9: Embrace the Reality
Don't Just Do Something, Sit There
What's Behind the Dream
It's About Time
Journal: At the Write Time
Taking Care of Business
Journal: Thinking with Both Sides of Your Brain
As Luck Would Have It
Journal: In the Write Place
Reach Out for Help
Journal: My Personal Dream Team
10 Let's Have a Partyp. 160
Tenth Design Principle: Complete and Celebrate the Final Product
Visioning Step 10: Celebrate the Dream Come True
Journal: Give Yourself a Hand
Lessons Learned, Qualities Earned
Journal: You've Got What It Takes
Saying Thanks
Journal: Thanks to the Creative Self
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Letter Writing: Reach Out and Thank Someone
Celebrating the Dream
Journal: Throwing a Celebrate-the-Dream Party
Part 3 Visioning in Action: Photo Album of Success Stories; Ideas and Suggestions
11 Visioning in Work and Careerp. 174
Problems on the Job: Dealing with Difficult People
Case Study: Marissa and the Manager from Hell
Job Change and Career Transition
Case Study: Hold Fast to Dreams
Affirming What You Want
Collage and Journal Applications
Illness and Work
You and Your Career
Visioning in a Support Group
Organizing a Visioning Group
Structuring a Group Session
Group Dynamics
The Power of Group Support
Collaborative Visioning for Teams, Companies, and Organizations
Visioning at Work
Visioning and Organizational Development
Activities for Organizational Visioning
Team Building and Project Development
12 Visioning and Relationshipsp. 201
Finding Love in All the Right Places
Case Study: Lisa's Story and Collages
Wedding Bells and Honeymoons
Case Study: Aleta's Collages
Baby Makes Three
Case Study: Christine's Story, Collage, and Baby Announcement
Suggestions and Applications
Creating a New Relationship
Improving an Ongoing Relationship
Collaborative Visioning for Families
Media for Family Collages
Case Study: Beverly and Tom Vision Together
A Collage for the Whole Family
13 Visioning for Health and Well-Beingp. 222
Regaining the Self
Case Study: Gayle's Story of Inner Healing
The Creative Self Diet
Case Study: Susan's Story of Healing, Change, and Weight Loss
Money, Self-Worth, and the Pursuit of Happiness
Case Study: Mark's Story
Finding Abundance Within
Case Study: Greg's Story of Discovering True Wealth
Suggestions and Applications
Body Image, Self-Image
Illness and Pain
14 Visioning to Find Your Placep. 241
A Home for the Heart
Case Study: Lucia's Story of Her Dream House
Dreams for Rent
Mara Moves to Santa Fe
Case Study: Relocating to a New Area
Anna's Ranch
Case Study: Anna Finds Her Dream Ranch
In Closing
Resource Guidep. 254
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