What it is?
I will tell you.
I have really active imagination.
It’s just I heavily deal in images be it remembering numbers, faces or events.
My whole memory is just because of very good imagination.
But yeah it has down sides too.
Basically I will deal with them only today.
And, yeah how to fix imagination on right things.
Where should I start?
Don’t worry. It would be from daily events.
So No,rocket science.
But yeah, you guys have to think simultaneously.
What really is imagination?.
I think it’s mental images which your mind draws.
Certainly nothing more than mental images.
Our minds have two ways one is of language and other is imagination.
Language is the voice in your head.
Imagination is very useful tool.
But it becomes a problem when tend to believe our imagination for reality.
I think the root cause is this only.
Imagination plays havoc in our lives from fear to anxiety to desires all are through imagination.
So. I will share some personal experiences with you all.
So you understand.
Okay, when I was in college.
Like I had a thought that I might get discoloration of skin.
See. This was just a thought.
But, what really happened was pure imagination.
I started to imagine myself as a discolored boy, then I imagined that all people were laughing at me for my color, then my girl (space) friends rejecting me.
This was the whole thing, then I used to imagine more.
And with passing day, I started to feel depressed, I was whole day in my bed dealing with these obnoxious thoughts.
I didn’t want to go out.
It was painful.
And, one day I started to believe those mental images which my mind was creating.
So. See, how fear creeps in.
During second year, I used to stay in hostel.
And exams were approaching then for an ambitious guy like.
Failure really meant death.
So when I was going to sleep, a thought came.
What if you aren’t able to sleep.
I started to imagine about all the negative things, like I imagined myself sleeping in the exam without writing anything, then I imagined that I wasn’t able to wake up in morning.
Fear again creeped in.
This is how imagination creates fear.
It creates mental images that have no base or reality.
But, still we believe those images for reality.
Usually imagination is the root cause of fear.
See. Imagination is necessary it helps in foresight, but the thing is that it really isn’t the reality.
How imagination spoils relationships?
How many times we spoke to our friends rudely or they spoke to us.
Then we started to imagine that they might not talk to us or insult us.
But, next day you both meet there’s nothing of that type.
It’s imagination only which is playing with you.
This is fear and anxiety.
Desires, important part.
Desire is nothing but ignorance of the mind.
I will tell you.
Give you examples.
Consider you want to become a powerful person maybe police officer or administrative officer and then you start imagining yourself as the king of that whole area.
People respecting you, your subordinates saluting you, girls flirting with you.
This can be true.
This can be false too.
Can you really commit today that this will certainly happen?
Will it happen? Not sure.
I think it’s sort of illusion only.
And, then you study everyday just for this illusion.
Mere waste of time.
And when you get selected you see that you aren’t the king.
You have to follow so many rules and regulations.
Then senior officials are disrespecting you.
And then there’s no time for you to pursue happiness.
You are in a wrong place.
Just because you imagined things which just existed in your mind but really didn’t exist in the world.
Even if you have somewhat similar experience that people saluting you and respecting you, but do they really respect you or they want some work out of you.
See the reality first.
Those delicious food items.
How many times imagination has made a fool out of you.?
Which you imagined to be so delicious.
But when you ate it, it somehow tasted different than what you imagined.
You might be thinking what type of mockery Is this .
I will give you one example out of my life.
When I was in depression or in bad part of life.
I couldn’t stay in home.
So I used to go out, it was just I wanted to be away from my thoughts.
So i used to go to central Delhi.
There I used keep walking and finally went home late.
I started to get addicted to this.
When I used to wake up in the morning and unhealthy thoughts and feelings used to come, I was like imagined myself that I was happy in that area and craved for going there again, but as time passed that going again and again became a stupid act.
Just because what I imagined was certainly very different from the experience I used to get.
I think many desires are cause of imagination only.
Be it anything.
It can happen with anything.
A person or a visual material.
This is how desires manifest, they make you feel that those images is the reality.
But they aren’t.
All fantasies are nothing but ignorance.
If you look closely these pleasures are nothing but nerve sensations.
Be it food that’s sensation of tounge nerves.
Be it sex that’s sensation of touch.
Be it smell that’s sensation to nose.
So you see.
What reality is and what imagination is.
I think you should start getting detached from your imagination.
I’m not saying don’t imagine.
But just see, what you are imagining.
Like when I’m lying down, certainly imagination runs wild and goes here and there.
But, what i do is bring that imagination to something useful.
Like imagining mathematical objects and calculating the formula.
Imagining various ways how a problem can be solved by mind maps.
Then imagining numbers.
Yeah, don’t worry.
I do imagine unconsciously fearful images , but you know i really don’t care about them because I know it’s my mind’s business to imagine wrong things and present to me.
So. Yeah, whenever illusive imagination comes, accept its way by knowing that it isn’t the real thing and then start consciously bringing your imagination to right things.
With practice your imagination will not run wild because now you have the power to control your imagination.
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