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In the technique of forming mental pictures we must emphasize the importance of concentration, a principle about which many people talk and write - but which few know how to put into practice. It is easy to form a mental picture. Everyone has done so and continue to do so to a greater or lesser extent. Day dreams are such pictures. Even the most 'unimaginative' person forms pictures in his mind of the desires or longings are closest to his heart.

Ideas must express themselves, and in order to become full-fledged ideas they must picture themselves in one's consciousness. If you propose to build a house, you may be hazy about details but you have some idea of about how you expect it to look, and you try to convey your general mental picture to your architect, leaving the detailed drawings and specifications to him, if you are wise. In forming thought-forms, you are commending your ideas to the Great Architect of the Universe.

The more your retain your pictured idea in your mind, seldom letting it out of your consciousness, even though you may be engaged in other matters, the stronger that picture becomes. It grows by its own nature, for growth is a Cosmic law that applies to things on the mental plane as well as on the physical. Concentration means being of 'one mind' for the period in which you are holding your thought-form for impression upon the Universal Mind. There must be no confusion. You cannot develop your thought-form and impress it upon the Universal Mind and at the same time allow side thoughts to flit across your mental vision. Development of concentration is natural to some, difficult for others: but any normal person CAN develop it by perseverance.

If, at the start, your mind wanders, bring it back to focus again and again until your picture remains clear and unobscured. Again, if your mind persists in wandering in spite of all your efforts it shows that what you think you desire does not take the precedence it should and that is it not, for the moment, the all-absorbing interest in your life. To be successful, it MUST be the all-absorbing interest, to the exclusion of all else at that time. This does not mean that you must think of nothing else at any time. Go about your ordinary affairs, but with the knowledge that the thought-form upon you are working is very close beneath your surface consciousness and can be brought up for focus at any moment. Have an underlying consciousness of your supreme desire and as many times as possible each day bring it to focus and impress it again and again upon the Universal Mind. In concentrating upon your thought-form, hold it steady, clear and fixed. But there is another way in which you can help. Meditate upon it. Meditation is somewhat like concentration but not the same.

In concentration, the thought or idea is held fixed. In meditation, the general idea is held, but one allows the mind to revolve the idea in every direction, developing its possibilities, and then adding such developments to the fixed idea. Then contemplate calmly and expectantly its working out.

Now notice carefully that it is not by concentration or meditation that you consciously create circumstances. It is only by impressing your thought-forms on the subjective and visualizing them worked out that you bring them about. Concentration and meditation are needed to help you do this stamping. Your will holds the thought constant in its purpose - but the thought alone creates. The sort of concentrative ability you need must be the vigorous, active kind that will operate anywhere and under any conditions without an external stimulus. In seeking this, first relax. Close the eyes. Take a comfortable posture. In other words, remove external distractions. Allow your mind to calm down. Then develop the picture of your desire. Fill in as many details as you want without specifying how they shall come about. Gradually, like a photographic film developing, the picture will take on more meaning, until it suddenly jumps into completion. Then fix it. Hold on to it for o few minutes. Then banish it and forget it. Relax. Later on, recall the picture to your mind. Repeat this process often. There is no such thing as too much concentration, unless you do so much of it at any one time that you become over tired.

   
  Questions
   
  1. (a) Do all of us form mental pictures ?
    (b) Explain day dreams.
    (c) Describe the comparison drawn with building a house.
    (d) How can we make the mental picture stronger ?
       
  2. (a) How can we prevent the mind from wandering ?
    (b) How can those of us who face difficulty develop thought forms ?
    (c) Explain 'all absorbing intent'.
       
  3.   What is the other way suggested by the writer ?
       
  4.   For each of the following words give one word or short phrase ( not more than seven words ) which has the same meaning as it has in the passage.
      i.   full-fledged   v.   precedence
      ii.   hazy   vi.   expectantly
      iii.   commending   vii.   vigorous
      iv.   flit   viii.   stimulus
       
  5. Summarize, in not more than 160 words, the process of visualization described by the writer.
       
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  Answers
       
  1. (a) Mental pictures are formed by everyone, the only difference is that some form them to a greater extent than others.
    (b) Day dreams are actually mental pictures. even so called 'unimaginative' people have day dreams.
    (c) Sending your ideas to the Cosmic is like planning and building your house. You picture the idea in your mind and then send it forth.
    (d) The mental picture is made stronger by retaining it in our minds and not letting it out.
       
  2. (a) When the mind wanders, as it is likely to, we bring it back again and again until the picture becomes clear.
    (b) To be successful, the thought form must be the most important thought in our minds.
    (c) The phrase means that we should keep the thoughts in our minds at the exclusion of all else.
       
  3.   The other way is through meditation. This is not like concentration and involves allowing the mind to move the idea in every direction.
       
  4. i completely developed
    ii not clear
    iii sending
    iv move quickly
    v priority in place
    vi eagerly
    vii dynamic
    viii urge
       
  5. Visualization is similar to what happens when we day dream and everyone has done this. Just like you have a hazy idea about the plans to your house which you turn over for perfection to an architect, you form  an idea of what you want and turn it over to the Cosmic for fulfillment. You must retain your idea in your mind constantly and this makes it more powerful. While concentrating on the thought you want to manifest, you cannot let it side thoughts. If while concentrating your mind begins to wander, bring it back repeatedly until your picture is clear and becomes all-absorbing. carry on your usual life with the thought below the surface so that you can bring it up at any moment. Meditating on the idea helps bring it to realization also. The thought becomes reality not by meditation or concentration alone but by impressing it strongly in your mind though visualization. ( 158 words )
           
 
 
 
 
 

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