Monday, April 29, 2013

Imagination Techniques

Ride the Wave
Watercolour by Beverly Blanchard
We live in a society where we have been taught that if you have a problem you must take some form of action to overcome it.  The problem is the more action you take, the more the problem sticks to you like glue and the more energy you waste.  This is where your imagination can help because sometimes you need a different mind to solve a problem or overcome a limitation.  Since everything is created through imagination why not tap into this infinite power.

One of the first things you need to do to access your imagination is get yourself into a relaxed state.  You can do this through focusing on your breathing.  Take a few long slow deep breaths and relax your body.  You can close your eyes or leave them open.  Do whatever makes you comfortable.  Here are a few techniques you may want to try:

1.  The I Remember When Game
This game tricks the mind into believing that you have already transcended a limitation and you are essentially changing the memory image.  By saying the words:  ‘I remember when’ in front of the problem or limitation you planting a seed of contemplative thought.  For example, you are standing in front of a house you want.  You would say, ‘I remember when I bought this house’.  After you have made the statement, create a word picture of what it is you desire.  In this case, the word picture might involve seeing the movers bringing your furniture in the front door.  It may involve a housewarming party with all your friends in which your friends are commenting on the beauty of the house.  Tell the story of what it is your want to see, feel and hear.

2.  Believe it into being
With this game you move your dialogue to the present tense and claim what you want to be aware of in the here and now.  It is important that you use the words, ‘I am’ in this exercise and discuss your desire only in the positive.  For example, if you are sick.  Instead of focusing on the illness, you would focus on health.  So you would say, ‘Every day I am healthier and healthier. I am whole, healthy and healed’. 

Your rational mind may not agree with this but you must not accept the facts of reality.  Imagination will create the reality since all objective reality is solely produced by imagination.

3.  Breathe it into you
It is important when playing with your imagination that you allow your desire to occupy your being.  Visualize a picture of what it is you desire in front of you.  Take a few long slow deep breaths in and relax your body.  Take the image of what you desire and as you breathe in feel the image coming into you and allow yourself to occupy the sensations that you would feel if you already had what it is you desire.

4.  Call things into existence
To use this technique, begin by defining your objective.  Based on this desire, construct an event which you believe you will encounter following the fulfilling of desire.  Make it something that will have you playing the principal performer in the event.  Now relax in your chair and bring yourself to a drowsy state and mentally create you performing the action.  Add all the feelings you would have and imagine yourself in the movie.  Occupy the performance and keep focused on the act until the act has a feeling of reality.   

Here is a little humour for your imagination...Pinky and the Brain

1 comment:

  1. I love the simplicity of explanation you used presenting each technique. It makes is as basic as you can get -- and that's as it should be...Easy. It's our true nature and once mastered, life is truly easy and joy filled. Thank you for sharing this gem.