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Imaging

Imaging is simply seeing with your mind’s eye, or creating a mental picture. It’s another way to develop your intuition and to gain confidence in using it. The simple act of looking out your window or closing your eyes and imagining a scene are examples of moments when you direct your mind to its R-mode thinking. It’s very different from, say, reading a column of spreadsheet numbers. As a part of your reflective practice, you can also write in your journal about images to stimulate your creative thinking, to increase your capability to learn from experience, and to give yourself more confidence in your intuitive decisions.

You don’t have to write about your imaging activities. There are other ways to use the power of images to develop your intuition. One way is simply to examine an object that stimulates your visual senses, such as a postcard or picture, and ask yourself how that image or object connects to a challenge you’re experiencing. For example, if you examine the tree outside your window and link it to a current situation in your work life, you might notice that the tree has strong roots, which indicates that it has been there a very long time. Perhaps you might identify it as an oak tree. It has a powerful trunk that holds it steady in the wind. It drops acorns to ensure that more trees will grow. The same acorns feed animals that are separate from the oak tree but depend on it. The tree has uneven bark that looks as if it might crumble, but you know it’s strong and snug.


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