Selby Evans is Thinkerer Melville in Second Life
People used to call this the theater of the mind. Or your mind's eye. Or just imagination. You see images, hear voices, watch events inside your head. You can do that. Itís childís play. You did it when you were a child, playing. You saved the world many times. Now that youíre older, thereís a new generation of kids to handle saving the world. You can work on your own problems.
You donít have to leave everything to Walter Mitty.
You can use your powers of imagery to:
Keep an inventory of things you want to remember.
Store things you study and need to be able to recall later.
See future possibilities.
Rehearse events that you want to prepare for.
Rehearse things that make you nervous.
Make plans and see how they will work.
Daydreaming. Itís not just for children any more.
Maybe you get more out of your imagery than most people do. Maybe you want to see if you can get more out of imagery. Maybe youíd just like to feel arrogant about your powers of imagery. Maybe you know people who could use help to power up their imagery from to time. Try the Imagery Clipit.
Daydreaming was just for practice.
Thinkering is for real.
Here are ways that some people use imagery.
They imagine the next day's activities just before they go to sleep.
They imagine the coming day's activities when they wake up.
They imagine anything they need to remember. They are careful to imagine the cues they will see at the time they need to remember.
They imagine things they are planning to do and use the images to check out the plans.
They warm up their brains by imagining what they are about to do.
Of course, thatís just some people. Other people may not do any of these things. Maybe some people use imagery without noticing. Maybe some people have tried it and did not like it.
Maybe some people have never tried it and donít know whether it would be useful to them.
Or try this if you want to start
with a poet's imagery.
Warm up your brain.
Copyright (c) D. F. Dansereau & S. H. Evans