Are you looking for an imagination exercise?
A way to strengthen your imagination?
You know, most people can imagine things, but their images are vague and distorted.
Anyone who knows about the powers of imagination will tell you: The more clear and colorful your mental images, the more forceful their results.
The man who has no imagination has no wings.
Let me ask you. . .
Would you build a house based on blurry blueprints? Probably not. Neither would you want to shape your life after hazy construction plans. I’m saying this because the building blocks of your self-image and your reality are based on your mental blueprints.
Clear Mental Images Yield Clear Results. A Fuzzy Imagination Results In Fuzzy Results
We constantly inform our subconscious about our goals. If we submit our goals in blurry images, we receive blurry-responses. Yet, on the other hand, if we hand in crisp, clear-cut blueprints, we take control of the results.
Provided we want to tap into our full potential, ignoring to improve our visualization skill would be negligent.
The good news is, we can flex that mind-muscle and whip it into shape.
My method is different. I do not rush into actual work. When I get a new idea, I start at once building it up in my imagination, and make improvements and operate the device in my mind. When I have gone so far as to embody everything in my invention, every possible improvement I can think of, and when I see no fault anywhere, I put into concrete form the final product of my brain.
For the development of your imagination, proceed to the actual exercise…
How To Improve Your Imagination With The Holo-Lab Exercise
Here’s where the fun starts.
First off, to flex your mind most forcefully, you need to relax all your other muscles. Like a laser, you want to bundle up all your resources and direct them to one area. More tension and attention in your muscles computes to lower focus in your mind. And you need all the focus you can muster.
Okay, first, close your eyes and let go of any tension.
Box-Breathing — Breath in deeply, counting to five. Hold for five and exhale all muscle tension for another five seconds. Hold for five seconds. Repeat this 4-5 times until you feel fully relaxed.
Activate your Holo-Lab — Imagine placing your hand on a scientific door lock scanner. You hear a friendly voice saying, “Welcome back!” and you materialize standing in a laboratory. This is your Holo-Lab. Here, you can create and do anything you want. For now, allow your mind to furnish this place to your liking. (In future visits, you may want to be more thorough.)
Locate your object of investigation — Now, forget about your surroundings and equip your lab with a table taking its center. On this table, picture a familiar object, say an apple, resting on its surface. Notice where the apple is positioned on the table and allow everything else in its vicinity to blur out.
Unleash Your Mad Scientist
Here’s where we want to dig for clarity. For the sharpest images, we need to observe with fierce curiosity.
Arouse burning curiosity — Imagine you’re a mad scientist. And, as crazy as you are, you study your apple with a burning curiosity. You wouldn’t want to miss a single detail in your examination.
For all the following steps, take your time. Allow your mind’s eye to process your request for clarity.
Probe For Brilliant Clarity
Now we deal with each sensory input deliberately and slowly.
1. Touch & Sound
I want to you reach out and grab that apple. Lift it up. As if you were dealing with a real apple, feel its weight in your hand. Throw it up in the air and catch it. Do it again and listen to the sound it makes when you catch it with your palm. Now, squeeze it. Feel that resistance? Is it soft, or is it hard? What temperature can you pick up with your skin? With your other hand, run a finger over its surface. Is it smooth or rough?
Remember, take your time with your observations. For each aspect, take at least 10 seconds.
Hold it in front of a light source now. This could be a window or a lamp in your room. Notice the apple’s general outline first, then follow its contour slowly till you’ve traced its full shape with your eyes.
Move it around in your hands and register how the light bounces off its surface. What are the apple’s primary colors? Probably your apple is red. But can you determine some shades of orange, green, and yellow? Where exactly? Imagine you’re looking through a magnifying glass. Recognize the little dots that build some kind of pattern on the surface. What color are they? How big are they?
Again, take your time when you run through all these details.
3. Smell & Taste
Slowly, sink your teeth into the juicy flesh of your apple. Sense how your teeth are digging into it… until your gum and tongue touch the apple. Its juices cover your tongue, maybe even running down your chin. As your taste buds for “sour” are tickled, your cheek muscles contract into a smile. Experience that ‘sour’ smile for a moment. What else can you taste? Is it sweet and maybe a little bitter? Chew deliberately and swallow. Feel how it runs down into your stomach.
Dig your nose into the apple, until it gets wet and sticky. Breathe into your nose. Smell the aroma? Can you determine your apple’s flavors?
Enjoy the experience. You can keep exploring for some time. Otherwise, to leave your lab hit a big red “power button” and open your eyes.
Dealing with mental distractions
While you concentrate on your investigation, other images and thoughts may pop up and wrestle for your attention. Don’t pay heed to them. Notice the interruption and direct your focus spotlight back on your object. As you keep practicing, you’ll notice your focus will grow steadily. Your patience will pay off quickly.
How to Get the Most Out of This Imagination Exercise
To make sure you get the most out of your Holo-Lab sessions, please follow some basic guidelines:
1. Frequency. Like with any muscle (or skill), you’ve got to practice frequently to make any progress. You want to make quick progress? Visit your Holo-Lab 7 times a week. Each session should last for 10-15 minutes.
2. Relaxation. While you can visualize in moments of stress and tension, you get the best results while being deeply relaxed. An excellent time for you to practice is right after you awake in the morning or when you go to bed in the evening. At both times, we’re naturally relaxed.
3. Persistence. With one or two sessions, you might make some progress already. Yet, you’ll only make real progress after exercising your mind’s muscle for at least a month. Especially, expect the best results right after you hit a progress-plateau.
Experimenting in your Holo-Lab imagination exercise will not only improve your ability to visualize. You’ll also elevate your ability to focus dramatically. In fact, laser-like focus is the bedrock of clear mental imagery.
With resolute practice, you’ll soon find it easy to think in crisp, clear mental images. Your reading, sports performance, problem-solving, etc. evolve to a new level.
The power of imagination is incredible. Often we see athletes achieving unbelievable results and wonder how they did it. One of the tools they use is visualization or mental imagery… they made the choice to create their destinies and visualized their achievements before they ultimately succeeded.
Please leave me some feedback in the comments below.
How did the Holo-Lab session work out for you? What’s your biggest obstacle when trying to improve your imagination?