Visualization happens when we simply see in our mind’s eye a memory of something we know. It can be anything: a favorite place, a missing key, the sound of wind chimes at a friend’s house, or a mental map to get us back to our parked car.
Visualization also can show us that which does not exist. We do this sort of visualizing by combining memories, specific and general to create a new combination. Inventors take a bit of this and that to create a useful device, first on the back of a napkin and later in a patent submission.
Visualize – to see again what was once experienced and to see newly that which has not been born.
Imagination goes beyond fully conscious reconstruction of mind’s eye memories we use to visualize and adds all manner of things from our unconscious. The unconscious is the repository of all we have experienced (and much more) and mainly acts in its own way. We can’t predict what it will show us in any particular moment. It expresses itself in images, moods, body sensations, words, sounds, partial thoughts, gestures, and movement.
The unconscious is the unpredictable, deeper, mysterious force in all of us that we can learn to communicate with, learn from, and receive insights and other help from.
Every night, remembered or not, our unconscious is busy at work, creating vivid and important dream experiences five to six times. In addition, less precise, more whispy, light dreaming occurs as we fall asleep, wake up, and throughout the night in our deepest sleep.
The night is filled with dramatic activity, insights, new combinations of characters, objects, places that have never existed and may never come to pass. Our psyche is stirred and our thoughts and feelings along with our brain activity run full blast as our bodies achieve their fullest inactivity.
Dreams and dreaming can be recalled, and sometimes, experienced moment-to-moment as it rolls out. We are at our most unbridled creativity.
We are meant to be a dreamer.
All of these people (and more creative, wise, insightful, etc.) people are, what I call, armchair dreamers.
Let me explain.
What’s that? Why an armchair?
The way of the dreamer is frequently found in an armchair.
….Each of the people above knew how to tap the unconscious and our ability to visualize, imagine, and dream and did something with that. I mention armchair because, it is the place where a heck of a lot of — thinking, planning, introspection, napping, and dreaming happens. Meditation has its cushions and yoga has its mats. Visualization, imagination, and dream decoding relies upon the comfortable place where we sit when we practice these skills.
Picasso With visualization, imagination, and dreaming, we can…
-mind travel to the beach or if we are spiritually-minded go to wonderful places and experience wonderful things
-redefine how we experience illness and pain
-rehearse new skills, to get closer to peak performance
-resolve inner conflicts
-find what we need to let go of the past
-discover what we must do to prepare for the future
-and much more
Our imagination is tremendously powerful, deep and broad in its effect.
I know that listening and working with our imagination is something we all can learn (hey, if I can learn it, anyone can).
Want to learn about imagination? Want to experience imagination?
The Armchair Dreamer has what you need
Learn how to slow, go inside, and settle down to release imagination (in only a few minutes)
Learn the landmarks to tell where you are in imagination and how to go deeper or come out of it
Learn how to visualize to shape your imagination to what you want
Learn how to release and let imagination guide you to what need to know
Learn about what tools, apps, and services can help you
Learn how to change yourself to be the imaginative person you want to be
Night Dreams, Day-Dreams, and our Right-Brain….we dream throughout our day. Wake up to see your dream life.