What have you seen, heard, or touched today, that you have never encountered in your life before? The well of new things to see and do gradually runs dry as we get older. A ‘first’ (a virginal sight or sound, etc) is like a rare butterfly sighting. But this can all be changed, for we have an amazing power-tool called the imagination. By using the imagination we can invent, create, even lie to ourselves and discover ‘firsts’ (new inputs).
Why should I want to invent or create?
Children live in a world of absurdity, they have yet to see and know it all; for them, there still exists skeletons in cupboards, fairies at the bottom of the garden, and Santa Claus in Lapland! This newness, ‘firsts’, is unlike normal brain energy; general run-of-the-mill brain stuff doesn’t require extra attention, but absurdity does. Think strongly enough about the bear sitting at the table with his knife and fork, and shortly the child-like buzz will rush through your veins. A new idea enters the brain (pure essence of mind) and has no friends (matching data); it is an absurd/new concept. Your eyes can hardly keep up with children playing in a playground because they are full to the brim with biological energy. Children, because all is new/absurd to them, ceaselessly convert virginal sensory input into energy (pure essence of mind). The more energy the child expends the more the body reproduces. The child perpetually sees new, and burns energy to leave room for more newness.
Ever been stuck, wondering where to start in order to write that new song you want? Has writer’s block been a symptom of yours for a while? Perhaps you write songs/stories, but feel they just don’t have the edge that is going to enable you to give up your day job?
It is easy to get bogged down with the idea that if you keep slogging away you’ll eventually come up with a worldwide hit record, or a best-selling novel.
Have you tried going away from your particular art form and traveling on an inner journey? Conscious visualization needs to cultivate like farm lands, and if you are up for it, to put in the effort, the results have a high value in the creativity market. A great visualization will give your creative mind the illusion of just coming back off holiday. So why not get away! Forget all about the writing.
Try this… having sat down and allowed yourself to create a relaxed state of mind and body (usually produced through smooth deep breathing) close your eyes. Picture yourself walking down a path that leads to a meadow… you amble over the meadow and come to a sparkling waterfall, cascading onto a bubbling turquoise healing pool. You feel safe. This is your private place. Immerse your body in the healing waters and relax, leave all your worldly trials and tribulations behind you. Enjoy the healing pool for a few minutes. When you are ready, leave the pool, and retrace your steps over the meadow, and back along the path. Before you return to the physical plane tell yourself you are at liberty to return to your safe haven whenever the need takes you. Open your eyes and gently stretch.
With regular sessions of visualization your creativity mind will open up like lotus petals to sun-rays on a new day.
“Two-fifths (40%) of patients on UK hospital wards get no visitors, say the NHS nurses who care for them.”
I was horrified to read there are so many patients in hospital who get no visitors, but I think this is going to be a growing concern. Homo sapiens are living longer, but their health is not standing the test of time. For the elderly, the list of age-related physical and mental/ailments is as long as the line of hopefuls queuing up to audition for ‘Britain’s Got Talent.’ Elderly people often see their loved ones and friends pass away, to leave them without a friendly familiar face to cheer them up. I have heard many stories of elderly patients who have offspring who fail to visit because of a busy lifestyle, i.e., work commitment, finding a babysitter, and so on.
“The Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London has “bleep volunteers” – people who help fetch drugs from the pharmacy and deliver them to the ward so that patients can go home quickly once they have been discharged.”
Hospitals are training volunteers who might give a couple of hours a week to help out in wards, even if it is simply pouring a glass of water, peeling an orange, or taking a tray away after a patient has finished eating. Volunteers might offer patients with no means of transport a lift to and from hospital, and settle them in when they arrive home. This scheme is amazing, but hospital can’t bring an elderly patient’s loved ones back to the world, and nurses and volunteers can’t tend to lonely patients, full-time. So what’s to be done?
I believe if a patient, or any person for that matter, could learn to consciously visualize, he/she would find all-round life enrichment.
You and I have our very own higher Self, the person to whom that inner voice belongs. However, the inner voice seldom has the chance to play an important role in our thinking and actions because we tend to ignore it. Through the practice of certain visualization techniques we can reconnect to our higher Self and find guidance, permanent friendship, and happiness. In these modern times people are magnetized to the external world and all that goes with it. This is a shame, because meanwhile, the inner-ness or spirit of a person burns down to a wavering feeble flame.
The answer may well lie with each one of us: if we could learn to visualize and affirm certain positive statements while we are well we need never feel lonely and isolated. A bed-bound patient who has learnt to a reasonable degree how to consciously visualize could go on a day-trip to the seaside, or walk over twinkling bright green meadows and on to a waterfall with a turquoise healing pool. The responses to these powerful fun-packed brain exercise are staggering beneficial.
In my book/manual – “Use Your Brain To Elongate Your Cell-By-Date” you can read testimonials of terminally ill people, sports people, entertainers, and read how they rediscovered themselves and experienced healing and age reversing responses to my book of visualizations/affirmations, and contemplation.
Do you know that you are a natural born creator? As a child you had no trouble bringing a toy soldier to life and sending it off to war, or believing that your doll was real and needed motherly love. Let yourself go and allow your childlike imagination to take the reins. Think the most illogical things that you can, then incessantly repeat these illogical ideas within the brain. The brain will electrify with pure cosmic energy. It is what the brain yearns for but rarely gets. That is why the brain becomes sluggish; it likes new stuff, not the old and dull that occupies every minute of the day. No wonder the brain reacts to absurdity by filling your heart with gladness and your veins with childlike energy, for the brain is reborn, consciously reborn by you, the higher self.
Prepare for meditation in the careful way you always do and bring your absurdity to the foreground of your mind, for instance: ‘An octopus playing basketball’. See the weird creature juggling the ball between eight sinewy tentacles; imagine the super speed that he could bounce the ball using each of his slippery arms. In your mind’s eye create a game for ten minutes using the octopus dribbling and spinning the ball while the other tall lanky basketball players helplessly trying to get back the ball. Give the eight-armed star a face and a name; he must become real to your senses. Perhaps you brushed past him in your attempts to recapture the ball; imagine how wet and slippery he must feel. He would smell of the sea and fish, and on the rare occasion you hold the ball it has all these sea elements on its surface.
Absurdities rekindle childlike patterns throughout the brain and body; in terms of sense datum the practitioner’s biological clock immediately rewinds. Continue in this way to deeply impress upon your brain the ideas of your new absurdities. See if you can come up with at least one bizarre or illogical concept a day. Remember that absurdities lie in books, television, and in real life.