Imagination and Will: Mental imagery, Picturing, Visualising
Welcome to Imagination and Will.
Mental imagery, picturing, visualising, these are the most powerful things in our life. But having a vivid imagination, by itself, can be very self-defeating. If we are to rise to that ‘limitless comprehension’ which is our birthright, we have to be able to control our mental imagery.
Imagine a heavy, broad wooden plank on the floor.
.Visualize the following:
Before you lies a broad, hardwood 18 inch wide (or 50cm wide) bricklayer’s plank upon the floor. Right, it’s down there in front of you. Can you see it in your mind’s eye? Wide, paint-stained, thick and heavy. It’s solid, reassuring hardwood. Now you're asked to walk along its eight-metre length. Start at one end. Stroll along it, and get off at the other end. Do it in your mind’s eye now...
There probably isn’t one person reading this who (unless they’re handicapped in some way) couldn’t do it. After all, the plank is on the floor. Wouldn’t matter if you tripped.
But what if....? Let's change the scenario
But what if I were to get that same plank, and place it between two buildings thirty feet (10 metres) up- how many of you would walk across it then? Remember, if you fall off it...?
Some would brave it. Most of us would not.
We know the answer: -Our imaginations. Fear would arise instantly; cold sweat; a prickly feeling at the nape of the neck. In our mind’s ‘picture’ comes the spectre of falling, of being badly injured, crippled, even killed!
Yet it is the same solid plank which we would willingly, laughingly walk along whilst it was on the ground.
When our willpower and our imaginations are in direct conflict- imagination always wins!
Imagination and Will: Mental Imagery, Picturing, Visualising.
Servant, not master
With right use of our imaginations we can rise to our fullest potential. But that ‘right use’ is very much dependent upon how disciplined our imagination is. It has to be a servant, not a master. With imagination under our strict control we have access to limitless comprehension. We can become anything we want to become. Without that control, we are doomed to imagination’s fickleness, its temperaments. And it can be a very cruel master.
Get your mind and imagination working for you, not against you.
So do the best thing you can for yourself. Learn about yourself. Learn how to bring your thoughts and imaginings under control. It is a long job. It is and endless job. But the rewards for taking it up are as infinite as you are. For we are not our physical bodies. Neither are we our emotions. Nor our thoughts or imaginings. We are more than our learning, no matter how profound. And once we have our minds and imaginations working for us we will find that even the sky is not the limit.
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