incredible account is that of Vera Fryling, M.D. A Jewish teenager
on the run from the Gestapo, she lived undercover in Berlin during
the Holocaust. During this time she imagined that she was a doctor,
a psychiatrist in a free land. Overcoming the Nazis, Soviet army
and a bout with cancer, Fryling ended up on the faculty of the
San Francisco Medical School. Imagination, she says,
can help one transcend the insults life has dealt us.
real key to turning imagination into reality is acting as if the
imagined scene were real and already accomplished. Instead of
pretending it is a scene from the future, imagine it as though
you are truly experiencing it in the present. It is a real event
in the now. The great masters of antiquity have told use through
the ages that whatever you believe you become. If you believe
and imagine in the now that you are whatever you wish to be then
reality must conform.
problem most of us have is that we look at our lives through eyes
of lack, seeing only what we dont have and dwell on that.
That is also active imagination. You are imagining and actively
pushing this lack into your future by dwelling on it as real in
an exercise take anything about your life you would like to
change or enhance. Sit back, relax, close your eyes and fantasize
what you would really like to occur in your life. Dont
put any limitations on it, and dont shroud it with doubt.
Remember, there is no one who is going to judge this fantasy
and no one who is going to prevent it from happening. Only
you have the power to deter its realization. If it is
healing your body then imagine yourself as you have felt in
your healthiest hour. Become that again and relive it as a
real occurrence in the now. Believe that you can regain your
health, and this method will facilitate the healing. More
and more enlightened physicians, among them Deepak Chopra,
are expressing this. You have the power to do anything you
want if you first imagine it in your minds eye.
Schwarzenegger, five time Mr. Universe, four-time Mr. Olympia
states about his training, As long as the mind can envision
the fact that you can do something, you can....I visualized myself
being there already - having achieved the goal already. Its
mind over matter.
epitome of using visualization to create and invent was Nikola
Tesla. At an early age Tesla trained his powers of visualization.
In his autobiography My Inventions, he describes,
Every night (and sometimes during the day), when alone,
I would start out on my journeys - see new places, cities and
countries - live there, meet people and make friendships and acquaintances
and, however unbelievable, it is a fact that they were just as
dear to me as those in actual life and not a bit less intense
in their manifestations.
I did constantly until I was about seventeen when my thoughts
turned seriously to invention. Then I observed to my delight
I could visualize with the greatest facility. I needed no models,
drawings or experiments. I could picture them all as real in
was a prolific and unparalleled genius, giving us AC electricity,
the electric car as well as many other devices, some which have
not seen the light of day because they would revolutionize mans
approach to energy.
the 1980 Olympics the Russians used this technique. They split
their athletes into four groups: Groups A through D. Group A used
100% traditional physical practice; Group B 75% physical 25% mental;
Group C, 50% physical - 50% mental and Group D was 75% mental
and 25% physical practice. After the Moscow Olympics and the Lake
Placid Olympics these world class athletes scores were tallied
and those in Group D had won the most medals.
knowledge that the power to imagine is more powerful than physical
practice is being used from medicine to the arts. Many famous
musicians practice as often in their mind as they do with their
instrument, Pablo Casals, world greatest cellist, being one of
power cannot be underestimated. You can prove it to yourself by
taking one thing that is very important to you and imagining it
as real in your life. You have nothing to lose by applying this
technique, and everything to gain. Your creative abilities will
blossom and flourish the more you apply it to your life. Dont
take anyone elses word for it, and play with the concept
until it works for you.