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Everyone is born imaginative. If you don’t believe so, let’s recollect how you were as a kid.
You probably did crazed stuff like draw three-eyed monsters, shape up tales of being a superman, or try to construct an incredible object that would take you to the galaxy and back.
Then you became old, and like the rest of us, studied to overcome your wildest imaginations and most aspiring visions.
But it doesn’t be that way.
Even officials and CEOs have recognized that action is one of the top talents of the future. It’s so significant that top executives have resorted to these imaginative activities that look a lot like standard-school work: Creating intellectual designs, decoding words into pictures, designing mind sketches…
It’s no fate that each of these actions has one thing in common: visual thinking.
When we imagine an obstacle or idea, we’re stimulating a completely distinct part of our minds than when we use letters or phrases alone.
Visual thinking encourages us to “see” something in contrasting light and grants us to express our thoughts more clearly to others.
For you, which occurs first, pictures or letters? For authors, both are essential. We craft words on paper to express our thoughts to readers. We desire them to observe what we observe, learn what we learn, practice what we practice. Focusing on visual thinking is an activity many of us can apply to enter our creativity and compose good tales.
I imagine in words. I imagine in pictures too, but still, then I usually see the phrases gliding through my head (in a Marlett font…). Almost all my stories develop to me as images. When I was a child, I cover everything in my everyday world with images from my inner scape-wild racers ran alongside the roadway on car journeys, moonlit midnights transformed my garden into a secret puzzle, automatic entrances at the supermarket store explained my Jedi mind controls (okay, so everyone does that thing…).
It was excellent.
Though, I discover that my grown-up mind is less creative than it used to be. I didn’t lose the sense to see druids in the forests or criminals in violence, but whatever used to be the regular daydreaming of childhood has been widely committed to the dirty attic adjacent to the other nostalgic toys.
My life continues passionately in need of these impressions, these visions, these spirits out the edge of my eye. And so, even as I commit myself to conduct war against the Internet mind and the inherent diversions that drag me apart from my visual thought, I also grow more purpose than ever on once again consciously entering this wonderful kingdom of imagination and innovation.
I accept these views may not be helpful to some of you since researches approximate that only about 60–65% of people think in images. If you are not someone who can, or usually does, imagine in images, I would love to listen to your part on all this. Does the concept of visual thinking resonate at all? Have you ever tried any of the following activities, and if so, did you have to alter them? Especially, I’d love to understand how you communicate with tales if you don’t observe them.
For now, here are my views on how the use of visual thinking can sharpen our mental images so that we may realize their imaginative benefits, both mentally and creatively.
8 Activities to Exercise Visual Thinking in Our Daily Life
Thoreau believed that we reveal our goal for how we would want our days to look in our outside worlds. I believe most of us can understand the opposing side of this benefit as well-when the wonderful and inspiring visions of our ignorant spirits join us in our earthly lives. Sometimes these ideas grow so deep and energetic we can sew them together into the complete and essential fabric of a perfect story. And what are legends if not ideas we share?
To encourage us to grow better-thought sharers, here are eleven activities I use to enter my visual thinking and imagination consciously.
1. Use Music as a Kick-start
Of course, Music is not visual thinking. But for many of us, it is. Music is such a strong root of passion, and that passion turns into pictures-those individual figures-and then, often, into tales. This is why I use songs when dreaming, as well as while writing.
Take thirty seconds to sit silently, eyes closed, hearing to a piece of a particular song can be all I want to kick-start my visual thinking for the day.
“Dreamzoning” is a term minted by Robert Olen Butler for training not too distant afield from Carl Jung’s “vibrant creativity.” It is a voluntary time (anyplace from a few seconds to a few hours) of concentrated daydreaming, in which you zone in and zone out on your fantasy.
Although you may actively shape and manage a tale throughout this time, you can further apply it to more quickly tap your mind by directly providing pictures of your stories to surface and regarding “whatever excites.” Much like any thought exercise, you may discover it valuable to build a distraction-free atmosphere with a background melody and a focal spot like a candle.
3. Exploring Own Symbolism
The images that arise in our brains when we’re conscious aren’t so distinct from those that happen to us in our thoughts. Story-driven pictures are often just as especially typical as are your images. For me, the largest variation is usually that my conscious images make more contingent sight (e.g., if I were night-dreaming about wandering in the forests, I’d see politicians and superman rather than Morgan le Fay and King Arthur).
Still, I think the pictures my mind strikes me at any special time offer a significant flash into my mind, whether I can alter it or not. Our ignorant minds do not express in sounds but in symbols. For those of us who think creatively, the images we see reflect those figures more than we understand.
4. Concentrating on Light and Colour
Those of us who imagine in pictures are so habitual to seeing and responding to the world in this idea that we usually fail to notify much less support and process the pictures continually flashing back our eyes. Most of the moment, that’s fine since we’re just applying them as data to support us to do the principle that’s in front of us. But in those times when we’re working to increase our strength to picture visually and to remark we imagine visually, one of the best talents I know is to focus on light and color.
The next time you’re daydreaming or walking or just struck by a wondrous new thoughtful picture, take the time to notice the shades. The dark picture of a new role can take on dimension easily by noticing that her sights are blue. The same goes for light. Where does the lightning catch this picture? Where do the darknesses happen? Is it daytime or nighttime? Bright or dark?
5. Imagining Musical Videos in Your Brain
My way of connecting daydreaming and music-listening is by making the music motivated thoughts unwind in my vision in an abbreviated account. Rather than concentrating on a single view and its curve, I let the pictures of the entire tale roll through my brain as if it were a musical trailer or video. Not only do I know some of my useful thoughts this way, but it’s an excellent tool for providing me with an overall thought of what a narrative is about, both in terms of theme and plot.
6. Bringing in Different Senses
I’d adore finding a way to reconnect with my conscious brain (and I think it goes ahead visual) to bring abundance to my tales.
That got me to reflect on how I might also practice my other sensations in these periods of active visualization. I’m such a visual thinking personality that sometimes the only aspect I concentrate on is the scene. But as quickly as I move past imagining my partner in the forests to perhaps sensing the feel of her velvet dress or smelling the ozone as a hypothetical storm rolls in or tasting ash in the breeze, all kinds of new probabilities develop.
7. Loading the Well
Our ignorant minds cobble collectively accessible visual features to produce significant pictures — in the same way, we consciously cobble together familiar terms to produce meaningful information. To me, this implies the more spotted images our mind can draw upon, the more communicative our visual thinking grows.
However, I’ve also begun to think that quality concerns over quantity. In this overwhelmingly visual community, our minds are preparing new pictures at a phenomenal rate. To make the most dominant artistic pictures, I want to satisfy my mind on the leafy greens and avoid carbs. This, I assume, circles back to typical imagery. Mild, strong pictures are endlessly recyclable and endlessly meaningful.
To me, this involves just as much to discover the perfect and simplistic pictures-whether the picture is a lively rose from my garden, a remarkable painting in an art collection, or an astonishing red frock on Pinterest.
8. Practising Story-Walks
Use your dreamzoning into a “walking thought.” I do this simply as a child, take my narratives with me. Nowadays, it needs more effort for me to memorize to let my inner visuals to arise and follow me in the world.
You can do this wherever at any time (on the treadmill or washing clothes), but I find it happens most naturally and is most delightful when I’m outdoor. For example, right now, I’m honored to have a patch of sapwoods right out my door, in which I walk every day. I’m trying to get more skilled at “recognizing” things. Just as with daydreaming, I let the visions arise on their own, then watch them rationally to see where they go. Sometimes they are similar characters; sometimes, they are more typical. Right now, I’ve been noticing a lot of strange Arthurian-Esque men and women hidden away behind the trees. (And I can tell that, right? Because we’re all crazy here.)
A More Powerful Viewpoint
Visual thinking specialist and writer Dave Gray, in his book “Gamestorming,” describes how making your ideas really can save you from thoughtful confusion and allow you to concentrate on making solutions to the difficulty at hand:
Imagine yourself playing a game of chess while blindfolded. It’s possible to hold the positions of all the pieces in your mind’s eye for a time – and most chess masters can do it for an entire game – but it’s much easier to have the pieces displayed on the board in front of you. The shape and color of each piece and its position relative to the board and the other pieces contains a rich set of information that can help you make better decisions about the game.
In the same way, you can practice visual meditation to manage your feelings as ‘artifacts’ – real, compact thought things that may include index cards, sticky notes, parts of a diagram, or points within a memory map. Rearranging them allows you to play “What if?” with knowledge and thoughts, in the same way, that a chess player considers his possible next moves by examining the chess-board in front of him.
Best of all, visual thinking uses both parts of your brain – both the rational left region and the more imaginative right region – giving you more prominent mental horsepower to create fruitful solutions for yourself and the people you serve.
This healthy mindset is one that anyone can produce, and it’s an excellent differentiator for you and your unique imaginative style.
Visual thinking can assist you in:
- Envision new opportunities and concepts
- Promote the spirit of your thinking
- Analyze complex puzzles, view their parts, and discover their underlying principles
- Reach accuracy more fastly on complicated difficulties
- Make better wise judgments
- Express your thoughts in a high-influence, exciting manner to the key audience you are trying to motivate
- Build consent with others
All of these are crucial needs today. Why not become the ‘go-to’ specialist on visual thought in your life?
In closing, visual thinking is one of the most prominent weapons you can add to your skillset. It can encourage you to develop your reputation and impression in your profession and, more importantly, distinguish you in the sights of the people with whom you deal with.