Imagination has Healing Power!
Do you think you have no imagination? Guess again. We all use our imaginations more than we realize. Although we can’t know the future, we often imagine disaster ahead. A loved one is late returning from a trip so in our mind we imagine an accident and we worry and fret. In our imagination we anticipate the worst possible outcome. Our mental images are like a dress rehearsal for how we then feel and act. Imagination is powerful.
Imaginings or fantasies often come unbidden. We have to learn to notice what we’re imagining and stop this when its negative. When we realize we’re imagining trouble or disaster we can replace the negative image with a positive one. Cancer survivors use this method to imagine the chemotherapy eating up cancer cells. This positive mind set assists their recovery demonstrating the healing power of imagination.
Many athletes today use their imagination (mental imagery or mental pictures) to improve their performance. A stunning experiment was done which showed the effects of imagination on improving performance. One group practiced throwing basketball free throws every day for 20 days and improved in scoring 24 percent. A control group did no practice at all for 20 days and did not improve. A third group spent 20 minutes a day imagining they were throwing the ball in the basket and their scoring improved 23 percent!
Monitor your mind for negative imagination and change this to positive imagination. For example, if you picture yourself as shy or tongue-tied. Stop this image and replace it with imagining yourself as confident and outgoing. Picture yourself as a new creation in Christ. Take time to pray and meditate every day so you can fill your mind with positive images. Fill your imagination with all that is described in the Scripture here:
“Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue or if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8 NKJ
This article was originally published on my Faith Notes Blog. http://faithnotes-dottie.blogspot.com/2010/11/healing-power-of-imagination.html#links