Visualization and Imagination
By Remez Sasson
Visualization is an activity, which all of us perform every day. We plan and conduct our life according to the images that rotate in our mind. All the strivings, desires and ambitions have much to do with our mental images. We visualize constantly, whether we are aware of the fact or not. This activity has a very important place in the life of everyone.
Whenever you think or plan what to wear at work, at a party or on the beach, your imagination is in action. You use your imagination to visualize yourself wearing the clothes you are thinking about.
When you set out to go to some familiar place, such as your office, the grocery, a shopping mall, or a friend's house, your mind sees the place and the route to it, albeit unconsciously. Before going to a place where you have not been before, you plan your way beforehand. How do you do it? You use your imagination. You use your ability to visualize. You visualize the road, the streets you have to pass through, and even the traffic lights. You plan the way with the help of visualization.
Suppose somebody asks you how to get to a certain address. You describe the way, while at the same time you see it in your imagination.
When you decide to bake a cake, buy a new pair of trousers, redecorate your home, decide which car to buy, plan your vacation, tell a story, or narrate a movie, imagination and visualization are at work.
What about daydreams? We imagine scenes and actions in the movie of the mind. At the moment we daydream, the daydream may seem real to us. If we repeat the same daydream over a period of time it becomes a habit. We may even start to believe it and accept it as a reality, especially when strong emotions are involved.
When positive daydreams materialize, they can bring only good. Yet daydreams can also be about unpleasant events, about difficulties, trouble and self pity. Then we call them worries. If we go on repeating them, they may materialize and bring unpleasantness and unhappiness.
What we visualize affects our attitudes, moods and state of mind. This means that we have to be very careful with what enters our mind. Thoughts are visitors, but when the same kinds of thoughts frequent the mind often, they become permanent residents. Do you accept and allow anyone to come and stay at your home? If you don't, why do you let thought do that?
Creative visualization is the process of visualizing an image in the mind, and through natural, mental laws bring it into manifestation on the material plane. Visualizing and expecting an event, action, or object is doing more then just visualizing. It is an act of creation. Deciding upon something that we really want to happen, and visualizing it with concentration, faith and desire, set great powers into action. Creative visualization is a powerful tool, which we need to know how to use correctly and positively.
This is a natural process all of us use, though unconsciously. The thoughts that pass through our mind create our life. Through training and practice, it is possible to learn to accept, think and visualize only positive thoughts, and fill our life with happiness, success, health and love.
To use the powers of the mind effectively, which is actually mental magic, there is no need for spells and rituals. Thought power, imagination, emotions and intent are the main ingredients.
We perform mental magic, whenever we focus our minds on a particular thought and add emotions and feelings. Our strong thoughts have a definite effect on our environment and the people around us. To some extent, we are all magicians, though few realize it and use this power consciously.