Reality VS. Imagination
What is Imagination?
Just what is imagination, anyway? And does it really have the power to make things happen? Fantasy. Living in a dream world. Make believe. The power of imagination. It’s called by many names. But, is it real? You can’t see it or touch it.
If you live in that make believe world too often, they’ll be carting you away in a white jacket! Sure, it’s fun to watch a science fiction movie or think about the possibility of living on Mars someday, but come on…that’s all just make believe. Right?
It doesn’t actually have a purpose in the real world…does it?
Well, I was listening to the radio yesterday and I heard this song by Rihanna and Eminem, called Monster.
(If you watch the You Tube Video, it’s hilarious. It depicts Rihanna as a therapist, Lol)! But, I digress…
Here’s the chorus lyrics: (Rihanna)
I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed
Get along with the voices, inside of my head
You’re trying to save me, stop holding your breath
And you think I’m crazy, yeah, you think I’m crazy…
And…3-year old Cheryle pops into my head.
One night, when I was about 3- years old, I was in my bed and heard a noise in the dark. (Everything seems bigger in the dark, doesn’t it)? My wild imagination took over and I could actually picture that horrible creature lurking under my bed.
I pulled the covers up to my chin, squeezed my eyes shut and willed myself to go back to sleep.
No luck…and when I just couldn’t stand it anymore…
I screamed! And my dad came running.
Even though he tried to reason with me (yeah, right…reason with a 3-year old?) and reminded me that I had a platform bed that nothing could actually get under…I just didn’t buy it. I knew that creature was there! That’s the power of imagination.
Then again, I was 3.
But, let me ask you this:
Have you ever cried while watching a movie?
Did you ever get so engrossed in a novel that you started picturing yourself as being there and experiencing feelings of love, hate or fear? Even thought you knew it was just a story?
What’s up with that?
Those were automatic reactions. And it shows you how strong your imagination can be. You have already experienced its power for yourself.
Now, consider this…
- In the 1970’s, Dr. O. Carl Simonton and his wife, Stephanie, a psychotherapist, taught cancer patients how to visualize their white blood cells attacking the “weaker” cancer cells…and many exceeded their life expectancies or went into remission.
- A hospital (in my city) is using inhalation of essential oils (peppermint) in the recovery room to lessen the amount of nausea medicine required by post-op patients.
- Numerous studies have been conducted using hypnosis to lessen pain perception in children having painful medical procedures, with promising results.
So, it appears that there is something to this “Power of Imagination” thing after all.
But is it really just willpower? Or mind over matter? Is it too “alternative” to be a viable change technique?
Does that actually matter, in the scheme of things?
Well, first let me admit, I’m one of those alternative types. I’m into hypnosis, mindset and the Law of Attraction.
But I also have a background in Nursing and Psychotherapy. I’ve spent a lot of time researching what people really want when it comes to: Kicking bad habits, calming anxiety, managing weight and…achieving their goals.
And what do they want?
They want techniques that are easy, quick and painless! And they don’t want it to cost a fortune.
So, the question is, can the power of the imagination be as strong for adults as it is for children? After all, we are no longer those gullible, impressionable little kids.
The answer is… Yes.
If you can learn to imagine something so clearly that it produces automatic reactions, you can use your imagination to make all the changes you want.
The bottom line is…do what works.
It doesn’t matter if you call it mindset, hypnosis, visualization, guided imagery, self-fulfilling prophecy or the placebo effect.
(Notice that I didn’t include “willpower”. That’s because willpower is a concept of the conscious mind, not the subconscious. I promise that I will write about that in its own blog).
Using your imagination doesn’t mean that you have lost touch with reality.
It means that you are using a tool you already possess to make powerful changes in your life.
And the changes you make? Now, that’s reality.
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