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      Using Your Imagination

      Using Your Imagination:

      We are all capable of easily creating and visualizing the most complex scenario in our minds, without training and with no exceptions.
      Over the years, I have asked many people who claim they cannot visualize if they ever reminisce, fantasize, daydream, or imagine things.
      The answer is always "Yes!" Everyone is perfectly capable of using imagination to build complex and detailed fantasies in the mind's eye.
      So, let's get something straight here: Imagination is visualization. Visualization is imagination. They are one and the same.
      And neither is truly a visual ability.Visualization is not a visual ability. You do not actually see what you visualize, just as you cannot actually see your imagination or fantasy.
      True visualisation is pure imagination. Imagination is the generator of all daydreams and fantasies, whether memories are relived or something fictional is created based on memory.
      You cannot really see memories or fantasy creations, but they are so vivid and realistic that they are indistinguishable from any mind's eye creation that is more visual.
      Concise imagination and concise imaging are terms that are much more apt and workable for the use of imagination to construct detailed fantasies or visualizations.
      Memory plays an important part in constructive imagination. Imagination is based on memory.If you have ever lost anything, you have most probably tried to re-create your past actions in your
      mind's eye to help you remember where you lost it. You have replayed these, using imagination, going over your every movement step by step. This is perfect visualization, concise imaging —based entirely on memory.

      As a sample exercise: get up and go to the kitchen, get a drink of water, and return. As you do this, carefully take note of everything you do and see and feel along the way.
      Then sit down, closeyour eyes, and relax. Remember what you just did, from the beginning, and re-create this sequenceof actions in your mind — in your mind's eye.
      It is important to feel everything as if you were actually doing it. This is exactly like creating a fantasy based on real-life events.
      Remember getting out of your chair and how the room looked as it moved around you as you turned; remember your steps as you walked to the kitchen, what you saw and felt when you arrived,
      and how your hand looked and felt as it reached out for a glass; remember filling it and drinking; remember how the water tasted and smelled and felt; and remember returning the glass, walking
      back to your original position, and sitting down again. Do this in real time, taking roughly the samelength of time to re-create it in your mind's eye as it took to actually do it.
      You cannot actually see these actions, but you can remember them and feel them easily. This is exactly like any fantasy you have created in your mind's eye. You can almost see a good fantasy,
      they can be so real. Fantasies are constructed with imagination. Today this is more commonly called visualization.

      Again, relaxed and with your eyes closed, try constructing a completely fictional scenario in your mind's eye, with all the necessary parts taken from memory.
      Remember what it's like to brush your hair. Rehearse this action in your mind, in your mind's eye, without actually doing it first.
      Imagine there is a table in front of you with a hairbrush on it. Carefully feel yourself reaching out (without actually moving your arm),
      take the imaginary brush, and lift it slowly to your head and brush your hair. Feel your arm moving all the way as you do this in your mind's eye.
      Feel your hand pulling the brush through your hair over and over, without actually moving. This is constructive imagination (fantasy or visualization) only.
      Finally, return the imaginary brush to the imaginary table. You must feel all these movements as you construct them in your mind's eye.
      Do not try to see this happening, imagine and feel it happening. If may help if you consider that you are using your projected double's arms and hands to perform these actions.
      You have just successfully created a construction of pure imagination (a complex fantasy or isualization) in your mind's eye. Any visualization or imagination exercise, no matter how lengthy
      or detailed, is simply an extension of what you have just done in these two exercises.

      One last constructive imagination exercise: with your eyes closed, remember what it feels like to walk barefoot across a beautiful lawn on a lovely sunny day,
      with trees and shrubs and flowers all around you. Construct this from your memories in your mind's eye, and yourself as being there inside your creation.
      Remember a time when you actually did something like this, or remember a scene from a movie you can use for this purpose.
      Feel yourself walking across the lawn toward a massive ancient tree with heavy leafy branches hanging down all around it. Some of these branches are touching the ground.
      Imagine the tree becoming bigger and bigger as you approach it. Walking through a small break in the branches, you now move into the restful shade under its leafy boughs.
      You find yourself standing inside a secret clearing behind the branches. You can smell the living wood and leaves of the tree, intermingled with soft, earthy smells like moss,
      bark, decaying leaves, and damp earth.
      Walking around closer to the great bole of the ancient trunk, you see the shape of a comfortable chair carved into the wood and massive roots of the tree.
      Soft green moss is everywhere and you can feel its friendly touch underfoot. Moving over to it, you sit in this chair and relax. Leaning back, hands clasped behind your head,
      you close your eyes and listen and feel and smell the secret world around you. You hear the wind gently whispering and murmuring through the branches.
      You hear small birds fluttering and fluting and insects humming and buzzing all around you, calling and chirping softly to each other.
      Sit here a while, feeling totally relaxed and at peace with the world, letting all your cares and problems melt away into nothingness.
      You have just successfully constructed a detailed fantasy scene in your mind's eye. This was full of actions, sights, sounds, smells, and tactile perceptions,
      based entirely on your memory and imagination. You don't actually see what you are visualizing orimagining, but you can generate a detailed mind's-eye perception of it all the same.
      Last edited by DreamChaser; 12-15-2008 at 06:50 AM.
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      Wow!... Interesting exercises. You make very good pointers. Things that involve using your mind [such as visualizing etc] rob my attention. He he, I love creating joyful scenarios using my imagination. I love the way they feel so surreal and "there".
      Main reason why I fantasize so much is because of this girl that I just somehow can't get out of my mind and also because I like playing different rolls. I sometimes fantasize about being an undercover detective and just ride around on some nice car spying on the baddies. This stuff is fun and thrilling- almost like being in a lucid dream.

      Anyway, keep up the good work DreamChaser and if you have any more info on this subject, don't forget to post it up Thanks!..
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      Thanks. I thought I couldn't visualize
      if you can read this then you are about to be punched

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      I can't visualise for more than about 2 seconds without my attention wan.... Heeeey, I never noticed that stain on the carpet before!

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      I COULD do this but my eyes tend to try and focus and it ruins it :/
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      DreamChaser,

      Nice post, did you learn these exercises from Robert Bruces NEW (New Energy Ways) Manual by any chance? I posted a link to it a while ago and Ill post it again for the benefit of others. If you didn't you'll be interested to know he utilises similar exercises to enhance ones visualisation ability

      http://www.xehupatl.com/download_fil...rgy_Ways_1.pdf
      Last edited by Ajna; 01-30-2009 at 08:43 AM.

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      I use the art of memory as a way of training my imagination.. and my memory. It's about encoding information into dreams and remembering stuff that way. I can remember a randomly shuffled deck of cards in 3 minutes now, whereas before I started practising, this would've been simply impossible for me no matter how much time I got. And I only recently started doing this, the results are really fast. The better your imagination the better you can remember stuff. I think savants do this naturally, landscapes as numbers etc.. anyway, for more info, theres a free ebook on www.pmemory.com it's a bit long tho in the book theres also a reference to a correlation between vivid lucid dreams and the practice of visualization.
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      Very helpful post, this should get a copy in the Tutorial Section in my opinion

      Thanks a lot
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      Good techniques, it's true that everone has the same ability to visualize. Although it is possible to have an advanced form of it, if you practice.

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      I'm so glad you pointed this out so well, about visualization and imagination

      What's always fun to me, about reading things like this or listening to meditation or relaxation exercises, is that I don't usually have to even THINK about visualizing, but rather find myself imagining a place automatically. For the tree, I was thinking about a tree on my campus and once I had gone around it I was thinking about a tree from a camp I went to when I was 9 years old, but I didn't even have to actively think about them, they just popped into my head. So fun

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      Quote Originally Posted by Shift View Post
      I'm so glad you pointed this out so well, about visualization and imagination

      What's always fun to me, about reading things like this or listening to meditation or relaxation exercises, is that I don't usually have to even THINK about visualizing, but rather find myself imagining a place automatically. For the tree, I was thinking about a tree on my campus and once I had gone around it I was thinking about a tree from a camp I went to when I was 9 years old, but I didn't even have to actively think about them, they just popped into my head. So fun
      Yes it's easier if its personal and you have actually been there.
      We all do this everyday and often do not realise.
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