Positive Imagination

When we are disturbed and unhappy, we should at least imagine ourselves as being joyous.

Deep down we may be depressed, but if we act happy, we will eventually come to genuine joy (Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom 74).

Chaim Kramer, Crossing the Narrow Bridge

Power of Thought

Human thought has tremendous potential. When we concentrate our thoughts on something and really imagine it to be, we can actually force the thing to happen.

To accomplish this, we must visualize every step of the desired result in great detail. Diffused and generalized thought will not work.

But when every faculty of the mind is intensely focused on that which we wish to see happening, we can genuinely exert great influence on all sorts of matters in the world (Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom #62).

Chaim Kramer, Crossing the Narrow Bridge

Creative Visualization

There is, however, another side to imagination which, rather than deceiving us into Darkness, brings Light, wisdom and understanding into our minds.

This is the quality of imagination through which we can turn even our darkest Nights into the brightest Days; it is imagination as creative visualization.

Chaim Kramer, Crossing the Narrow Bridge

Imagination

Rebbe Nachman, after delivering a lesson in which he referred to one’s desires and evil inclination as illusory and dreamlike, said, “We should give the Evil One a new name. From now on he should be called Imagination” (Likutei Moharan I: 25:end).

We imagine ourselves different than we really are…

As Rebbe Nachman said: The world deceives you. Accept this from me. Do not let yourselves be fooled! (Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom #51).

Chaim Kramer, Crossing the Narrow Bridge

 

The Darkness of Illusion

The Darkness of illusion has shut out the Light, it has closed our minds to the wisdom and understanding which would normally help us see past the situation and even resolve it.

We must do everything we can to avoid such anxiety and the ensuing depression, because it is the worst mental state possible.

Chaim Kramer, Crossing the Narrow Bridge

Imagination Run Wild

Who hasn’t, at some time in life, let one’s imagination run wild? When we allow this to happen, our thoughts become subject to all sorts of confusion and chaos, our minds see everything as Night.

The Darkness of illusion has shut out the Light, it has closed our minds to the wisdom and understanding which would normally help us see past the situation and even resolve it.

We must do everything we can to avoid such anxiety and the ensuing depression, because it is the worst mental state possible.

Chaim Kramer, Crossing the Narrow Bridge

Overcoming Negative Thinking

During stressful moments in life, remember to stop and ask yourself, “Where am I?”

This will help you keep a perspective on things and prevent you from sliding further down the trail of negative thinking.

You will be more easily able come to your senses, as you realize that the spiraling effect of negative thinking will only lead to morbid thoughts and dysfunction.

Furthermore, by staying focused on the higher purpose of life, you will be able to transcend the bitterness and suffering of the moment and stay with joy.

Life is too precious to waste or shorten by being depressed and sad.

Where Are You?: Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and of His Student Rabbi Nossan of Breslov, by Mohorosh HaKodesh Breslov