What is imagination?

What is imagination?

What is imagination?

Imagination is a fascinating aspect of being human. When I look back and see how my life has shaped up, I see how imagination played a key role. In this blog post, I am going to talk about what is imagination, what are the different types of imagination and how powerful imagination is.

Interested to explore? Let’s start…

What is imagination?

In brief, imagination is an exceptional cognitive ability to see things which do not exist in reality, yet.

Let me elaborate…

For example, you do not have a Volkswagen yet, but you can imagine seating in it, driving down the winding road, through the forest, and hear birds chirping, or hear the hissing sound of your car wheels, so mesmerizing you feel, isn’t it?

Suddenly, at a distance, you see the road going so close to the sea, the huge gigantic bluish ocean at your left, as you drive by, you could see the waves rushing towards the beach…

You see, each and everything that you just read here, you had immediately experienced it within yourself, didn’t you?

That’s what imagination is…

Yes, it is true that the intensity of the imagination would depend on your imaginary skill, there are many who are extremely poor when it comes to imagination, there are many who are incredibly good at it…like me (I have strong imagination, I usually imagine the entire article in my head, the entire structure of it, including the words and sentences, the basic structure and the writing of the entire article would be in my brain)

Now, in the above example of imagination, you could literally hear the rushing sound of the waves, had a glimpse of the ocean, you saw the beautiful winding road, and hear the rustling noise of the wheels…

That’s how wonderful the experience of imagination could be…

…More importantly, it is the power of imagination which transported you to the world of altered reality, for a moment imaginary world replaced the immediate reality around you…

and made you feel like imagination to be the reality.

…that’s what happened to you?? isn’t it??

That’s the beauty…imagination has the power to alter your reality…More detailed the imagination is, more real it will appear.

And when I say, imagination, I mean below…

  1. Visualization or mental imagery
  2. Ability to smell in your imagination
  3. Ability to hear the sound
  4. Ability to taste
  5. ability to imagine warm or cold when you touch something

For a strong imagination, u need to have all the 5 senses activated…

So, how does imagination work??

let us go back to the winding road example…let’s go one by one…

you saw yourself driving on the winding road in a white Volkswagen…

…ask yourself, if you had never seen a car in your life, would you be able to imagine how a car looks like, forget Volkswagen…

for a moment, think as if you have never seen an ocean in your entire life, not even an image of an ocean anywhere, you just simply do not know how an ocean looks like… would you be able to imagine an ocean??

You might be able to imagine everything else in that example, but suddenly you will be blank when you hear the word ocean …

…your imagination will stop…

Because in your memory there is no info about the ocean

So, the very basis of your imagination is a memory… whatever you learned, whatever you experienced in life, whatever perception or judgments you have about anything in life, knowledge, wisdom, prejudices, everything works in the background while you imagine…

Your memory and the belief system stored in the memory is invoked every time you imagine…

if I ask 10 different people to imagine how a criminal would look like, or ask them to draw a picture of a criminal, they would be different…

because all of them carry different belief systems within them, various experiences of life they have…

Memory is the building block of imagination…

But imagination as brain activity is incredibly complex…

how does the brain process imagination?

No one knows completely, what we know is very little, and it was observed that the whole brain region lights up even when u do simple imagination…

So that proves that imagination is the most powerful & complex brain activity that we humans possess.

The question is why??

This is the most powerful brain activity, no one apart from humans have, at least in the known universe…

…why did we evolve as such powerful creatures, most neurologically advanced??

Any specific reason??

We can take a big philosophical and scientific approach while exploring this question…

But I will keep it short so that we don’t digress from the subject…

If you notice how the creation happened from the beginning based on whatever scientific knowledge we have, you will see, that’s what nature has aspired from the beginning…

It started from simple water life, algae, fungi and then slowly to more complex ones like land-based life’s, from bacteria to ants, to insects, birds, then apes, then human beings…

Nature always wanted to get better every time it created something new…like a painter tries getting better every time he or she creates something new…

Till then the painter is never happy…

similarly, nature is also not happy till she makes the best one, the most neurologically advanced one, who can understand her, who can unravel her mystery, who can understand the true beauty and mysticism of nature…

Otherwise, nature is left alone…

That’s the purpose of being so neurologically advanced…

And what role does imagination play here??

Imagination is a special power to create any combination of life possible, that may not exist in the so-called real world yet …

but we can create in our mind, and we can experiment and apply that in the real-world scenario and see if it works…if not then how can we make it, that is also possible via our imagination...

Imagination is more important than knowledge ~ Albert Einstein Click To Tweet Knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world and all there ever will be to know and understand.~ Albert Einstein Click To Tweet

This famous quote from Einstein shows how important imagination was for him…

in fact, everything that the world has seen so far, humanity has achieved so far, good or bad, has come out of imagination.

someone dreamt of flying, so the airplanes were invented...

Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity. Imagination has given us the steam engine, the telephones, automobiles, etc…

Imagination also gave us equipment for wars…

everything in the world, from the dark ages to the present civilization, whatever we achieved was mainly due to imagination…

Why imagination is so powerful??

Imagination is a powerful tool to change our lives…

the one great reason that imagination seems so real is because of mirror neurons

Mirror neurons!! What the heck are they??

Mirror neurons are the neurons that are activated when you do something or watch the same thing happening…

For example, if you are watching someone playing tennis, the same set of neurons will be activated, which are activated generally when you play it…

How many times you have wished to become a boxer when you watched an engaging boxing match on the TV…

You almost felt like a professional boxer, you wished if you could become like him…

That’s mirror neurons at play…it copies what you see and replicates the same…

It feels original…

The same thing happens when you imagine, mirror neurons start working…

It copies the activity as per what you imagine and activates your biochemistry accordingly.

If you imagine something sad, your mirror neurons will copy the same imagination and activate the same biochemistry which will make you sad…

If you imagine something exciting or joyful, it will activate the same type of feelings in your body…

That’s why imagination could be so powerful…

The type of imagination determines how you remain throughout the day.

Constant positive imagination, like success, wealth, happiness and joy will keep you uplifted, because mirror neurons will keep you engaged and make you feel the same way…

And that’s the beginning of everything in life…

When you are constantly motivated and inspired, it keeps you on, pushes you towards the goal, imagination of already achieving the success, or meeting your desired state inspires you biologically, that is when inspired action happens.

That’s the beginning of manifestation, shaping the reality that we desire.

How Imagination works?

Imagination and Manifestation:

Is there any relationship between imagination and manifestation? can imagination shape our reality?

Yes, imagination can shape our reality. As I have already stated, imagination is a powerful tool, this is the privilege only we humans have, at least in the known world.

But, it’s not only the imagination but added to it, it is the inspired action that needs to be taken to see your desires coming true.

And as I said, the only best source of inspired action is your imagination, imagination of you already been there, met your desires, achieved all that you wanted…

…That gives you tremendous satisfaction and inspiration.

That joy and bliss are powers which will propel you towards that goal…that is what inspired action is…

 

So, what do you think about my write up? Did you enjoy reading it? Do you agree or disagree? Please comment below…

Also, let me know, on what topics should I write next?

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