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Creative Imagination

Creative Imagination

Creative Imagination

Your imagination is your ability to create mental images, in your mind's eye.

There are three major modes of thinking:

  1. With pictures - creating vivid images in your imagination
  2. With words
  3. With feelings/emotions

There is a smaller number of gifted individuals who can also think:

  • Mathematically - using numbers and mathematical relationships
  • Musically - with pitch, tone, and rhythm

This blog is concerned with the use and abuse of the imagination.

Fundamentally there are two ways to use your imagination:

  1. Destructively
  2. Constructively

The destructive use of the imagination

The destructive use of the imagination is when you scare yourself by imagining all the bad things that could happen to you, in the future.

Or when you envisage imaginary threats, that do NOT exist in reality, but exist in your mind.

There are many people who ruin their peace of mind by imagining threats, conflicts, or social disapproval that have no reality, except in their own minds.

Stand guard at the door of your mind and keep out these unwanted images.

Reserve your imagination for only its constructive uses:

The constructive use of the imagination:

There are eight ways you can use your imagination to your advantage:

1. Imagine how wonderful your life would be if you succeeded in achieving your major goals.

2. Imagine the means by which you could bring your goals to fruition.

3. When you read, try to form vivid mental images of what you are reading; so that reading a book becomes akin to watching a movie in the mind.

4. When trying to memorise something, turn whatever information you are trying to remember into a vivid mental image. For example, if you wanted to remember to buy some eggs, then imagine that as you walk through Tesco's door, the staff pelt you with eggs.

5. To help you to sleep, use your imagination to take you to places you could not go in reality.

6. To savour the past, use your imagination to re-live the best of days.

7. When you prepare for an important event, or when you are required to perform at a high level, imagine yourself giving your absolute best performance and being successful.

8. Whenever you want to feel good, imagine how your future could be better than your past.

In future, practice avoiding all the bad uses of the imagination and instead practice all the constructive uses.

Notice the difference your creative imagination makes to your peace of mind.

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