“Imagination is more powerful than knowledge” Albert Einstein
A series of thoughts are much like a series of sounds played by an instrument. When separate and discrete, they have no meaning, but when played according to a coherent pattern, they do. They have a rhythm. The meaning of a very catchy rhythm is expressed by your foot, which starts to tap in time with it.
If arranged randomly, the following words have little meaning: years,four,seven,forefathers,this, ago,brought,score, upon,our, forth, land. But when they are arranged according to a specific, intentional pattern, we get the beginning of the Gettysburg Address: “Fourscore and seven years ago our forefathers brought forth upon this land…” Our experience of that latter grouping is quite different from the former.
Similarly, when a series of thoughts that have a certain common element or pattern pass through our minds, an image will tend to form. The image may have auditory, visual, or kinesthetic attributes and sensations of touch, feeling, and movement, or a combination of those qualities. As the result of holding such an image in your mind, you will begin to notice physiological and emotional changes in the rest of your mind and body that are consistent with that image. That’s what happens when you salivate when you imagine biting into a lemon or why your heart might race and your stomach feel queasy when you imagine yourself looking over the edge of a 50′ story roof.
When an image is held in the mind, it will tend to illicit from your nervous system (and through it from all the organs of the body) reactions that are consistent with that image.
So, as you can see, the responses of the unconscious levels of your mind and body, including their ability to perform optimally or to undergo a healing change, is not the result of what you want, what you tell yourself, or what the true reality of the situation might be. Rather, it is the result of an image that you holding in your mind.