When I write my stories, I see complete scenes in my mind just as if I’m watching a movie. As far back as I can remember I have been able to see whole pictures and always thought that everyone had the same ability or at least could visualise very easily. Training your mind to visualise is an important tool. By using your imagination, you can discover new ways of doing things. It opens up a myriad of possibilities.
The author and lecturer on Goethean science Henri Bortoft says that “it is harder for people today because of TV. Watching TV is something passive. Listening to a radio was more active. You needed imagination.”
But he also says you can train yourself by looking at for example, a leaf, then closing your eyes and creating the shape of that leaf in your mind as precisely as possible. “You are moving around the shape of the leaf in your mind and you follow every detail.”
Your imagination is like a muscle, it needs to be exercised for it to stay active.