Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited while imagination embraces the entire world.
They say - “Whatever you can see, you can achieve”. This is very much true in the case of visualisation, although visualisation is different from seeing. You see with your eyes whereas visualising does not involve the sense of sight, it employs a different brain activity.
Visualising is forming a mental image of something you have seen before. It is recalling the experiences of something you have seen exist.
In contrast, imagination is a creative process – it is the creation of a mental image of something not present, not available to your senses, something that you have not experienced before you used your mind to create it.
Having used your imagination to create something, it begins to exist as a mental picture, which you can then recall or visualise. You can also use your imagination to create images of health and recall them to physically improve your health.
Yes, visualisation can be used to promote healing. If you use your imagination to create positive pictures of health and wellbeing, and then feed those pictures to your brain again and again by visualisation, you can change your emotions and thus have a physical effect on the body.
The brain and the body respond to external and internal stimulation. The former interaction is well known to everyone, and the latter is the object of teaching of a few new schools. The classic example that illustrates the effect of visualisation is to imagine slicing a ripe lemon and squeezing its juice on your tongue. This mental image will cause salivation, which is a physical reaction. This is a typical example of visualisation and illustrates a physical reaction manifested to the action of the brain.
Imagining yourself in a healthy state can improve your wellbeing in a natural way. This is a kind of a non verbal suggestion in ‘mind to body’ direction. Imagining a cleansing process that frees your system from ailments, recalling it, and visualising yourself healthy and happy can really change the way you are. You are what you feel.
Using positive visualisation repetitively allows the mind to direct the body to natural self-healing. Thinking yourself into positive feelings is using the logical side of the brain to create positive imagery which, in turn will employ the emotional side of the brain to produce positive feelings. This will make your body fall into a relaxed and healthy state. Relaxation and positive emotion is the key to promoting health and wellbeing.