[Socrates, Plato], Seeing With the Inner Eye

In this dialogue, the two principle characters talk about imagination.  The idea boarders on the use of a new kind of technology called meditation. They muse about the techniques which open the eye of the mind to see new ideas.

Socrates:  Every question may not have an answer but surely it leads one to speculate on ideas.?

Plato:  Yes, and a vision is a picture of these ideas that are conjured up in the mind.

S:  How do we see the ideas?

P:  With the inner eye, the imagination generates an image.

S:  Does this image stay static or does it flow?

P:  The idea can flow and be static.  The mind needs exercise like all other parts of the body.  Here I infer the mind is just a visualization of the workings of the brain.  The mind uses an idea to focus on like a point or fixed idea, or picture then it talks to itself to create additional pictures, thoughts, or ideas.  It is really the opposite of meditation or what I call visualization.

S:  It sounds like a new kind of mind technology: imagination, visualization, exercise for the brain, static and flowing images, and what about fixing on the idea not to produce more images, but to still the mind?

P:  Yes.

S:  And yet, the opposite is true.  You have called this visualization.  Now you talk about meditation.

P:  Yes, to still the mind is meditation.  The intented direction of the exercise for the brain.  To focus on a word or a phrase and reapeat it slowly to oneself while sitting or lying in a comfortable position.  Perhaps, writing down the ideas that the mind generates to speed the letting go process.  Treat the mind like a child that has strayed from the path and gently lead them back to the meditative phrase or word.  Continue repeating the phrase or word slowly.  You will see the mind relax and become still or quiet over time or practice.

S:  I think we have alluded to two major ideas?

P:  I believe we have agreed to call them visualization and meditation.

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