The mind is always in a constant process of creating something. It never stops. In an interview in 1929 with a Post reporter Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” (Saturdayeveningpost.com). We would like to add that it is an essential component of good mental health. Without direction, the mind wanders and we daydream. When we take time to notice, we give ourselves the opportunity to direct our minds’ powerful energy.
From time to time, we daydream to feel happy or to entertain ourselves by making up future life episodes. On other occasions, we re-create the past—the way it was or the way we wish it could have been—and feel sad.
Everything—the chair we sit on, the tires on our car, and the robbery we read about in the paper—was first dreamed up in someone’s mind, with intention or not. Every manufactured creation in our environment first appeared in someone’s imagination. What are you imagining right now in the background of your mind?
There are endless possibilities when we are responsible imaginers. Responsibility produces intended outcomes—desired results. We can solve problems, build better relationships, create success, and strengthen our confidence. Intended group imagining, imagining the same outcome together, creates a better life and world for all!
Our imaginations engage all of our five senses—sight, hearing, body sensations, taste, and smell. What we imagine stirs our emotions as well. We feel glad, mad, sad, and sometimes afraid. Children under eight often scare themselves with their own creative imagining of monsters under the bed.
When anticipating a joyful event, we often feel excitement run through our bodies—so grand at times that it spills out of our bodies and passes through our excitement threshold into anxiety. This process occurs especially when we follow our imagined joyful event with an image of something interfering with it.
We may imagine the voice of a parent saying, “Now don’t get too excited.” What does too excited mean? As children, we make up what it means—“Something bad is going to happen”— and scare ourselves with what we hear or see in our imaginations.
What did you imagine as a child that made you afraid of your own excitement? Whatever it was, you may notice that you continue to play the image every time you begin to get very excited and then you get anxious.
Is your imagination leading you in all directions? Take charge of the images in your mind. Bad choices limit future options.
Healing Mind describes a way of organizing your thinking with the intention of awakening you to your complete self. Because our conscious and unconscious thinking creates our life story, the power of our thoughts affects us in profound ways—contentment and health or illness and turmoil.
In these pages, you become your own therapist. Using practical tools for healing a whole variety of emotional and spiritual ills, you approach the past and future in the here and now, which then heals your experience of life. Psychological and theological concepts merge more effectively than ever before to create an incredible inner peace for the religious and non-religious alike. The result is human freedom—a confident and unique way of being that has the potential to overcome the world through profound love.
Our unrecognized and forgotten reactions to hurt are stored in our muscles as stress that limits our ability to respond to our body or emotions, causing us to settle for less than our life’s full potential. The majority of individuals prevent themselves from living happy, productive lives because they never address their stored feelings. Don’t be most people! Be determined to experience your hidden unresolved physical tension and modify aspects of yourself that do not serve you. Become fully alive. Stand on your own feet and give your own free response to the call of each moment. Experience your life’s deep inner satisfaction through a well-managed mind. Achieve ultimate healing.