Exercise #1
This one will help you in finding a job or fitting a profile for yourself. The power the brain holds allows you to move your perspective across a spectrum to generate different results. Visualization is something you already do. The nature of an untrained mind is quiet and hazy. If you want to be stronger, visualization is the way to go. Get your brain in gear, increase your “vitality”, and then you can do anything you set your mind to.

The spectrum looks like this

Lifeless < ——————- >Energetic

In this case, lifelessness is separation from growth in your mind, as well as separate from an environment; it is the small picture, in other words, the details. Think of rocks, bolts, sky, trees, wood, metal, fire, water, earth, dark, light, and words themselves. These are symbols in your mind. They are lifeless in your mind. They are classifications for things, but they are all tools or they exist in our minds as definite as we need them and remain that way consistently. There are a few people who are so far on the energetic side of thinking that there are no tools or definitions; everything is all big picture and nuanced.

These are thoughts that contain many details and evolve, not because the picture changes but because people who think like this have to communicate, and to communicate such infinite knowledge as a picture that can hold millions of words in a relatively creative person, the thinker needs to pick out details. The more energetic the thought, the more “real” it seems. People that can think like this go off in their own little fantasy land even when it seems like they’re involved.

The Exercise
Pick a topic, an idea only. This topic will not say anything more about what’s next than the topic. Any classification will do; Birds, Animals, Government, Fruit, Technology, Computer.

Within your topic, create a sub-topic. I’m going to choose this part for you.

Pick one thing within your system. Pick other things that may or not be related. in other words, don’t think of how the items are related.

  • Topic:Nature
  • sub-topic: River
  • Things: Rock, water, fish, algae, sand

From here, read off your list. Take a moment to imagine the whole system. In my case, i’ll imagine a river. Then i’ll imagine a rock in the river. Then i’ll notice the water around the rock, and a fish will swim by, and I’ll notice algae on other rocks that sit in the sand.

If you couldn’t imagine something, you’re trying to hard.Your thoughts should be simple, and if you understand the word and you give it another word to interact with, your mind naturally understands them together. If you have trouble at first, pick a thing you have a memory of. I can imagine a river, if only vaguely. By noticing more things and just randomly picking things that i can associate with the memory, I create a more vivid picture and my memory improves, but not only that, i understand things a whole lot better. Practice just conceptualizing things. Pick an identity, “pencil”. You know what it means, sort of, so you go on to define it in your mind. “Yellow” (you can sort of see the yellow).  Then “straight”, and “stick”, and “wood” and “pink eraser” pop into your “awareness” (you are now aware that pencils are yellow straight sticks made of wood with pink erasers. Reading the description, your brain already started trying to piece the words together to form the image. This is visualization, and it’s as easy as picking things to recognize.

The most interesting thing about the brain is it makes no difference between what it sees and what it imagines unless you make yourself aware that it is different. That pencil really is there unless you make the distinction. Do this excessive enough and you’ll understand what i mean. Next week I’ll explain where to get lots and lots of visualization experience,  how you can use it to your advantage,  and what people mean why reading while visualizing is more entertaining than television.

Next week, Reading using a balanced brain.