Assume a thought can be an image, for this exercise. Think of an orange ball. Work with an image of an orange ball or sphere. Bring to mind this image, at different times during the day. Do things with it.
From memory I used the ING Insurance company orange ball, remembering how I saw it in TV commercials, “Touch the ball” they said, and the assumption was stop worrying, your financial problems had a solution with ING Insurance. Then I thought of song lyrics, on old videos, “Follow the bouncing ball,” except I imagined the ball was orange. I continued playing with the image seeing the ball as the Sun, a bright, hot orange star. I remembered photos of a comparison of Stars or Suns as to their relative size and mass. Pumpkins popped up, fields of them, smiling and frowning, toothless orange balls. Cue balls, Christmas tree balls, and marbles, the color of baby carrots.
But there seems to be another way or level to see the orange ball, that differentiates the image of the orange ball from the thoughts about types of orange balls. The image is not clear, its grainy, spacey, hard to hold or to grasp. It’s as though I can’t seem to get a handle on it, it slips away into darkness, or spaceness. While I can remember all kinds of orange balls, however, visualizing an orange ball that isn’t already a ‘memory thing’ is something else… I’m left with the essence of orange-color and sphere shape to conjure up. It seemed hard to do. It’s mostly space.
Later, I returned to this exercise imagining Mandelbrot fractals, consisting of nothing but orange balls, repeating and repeating, in massive numbers as if foaming up out of an orange ball container. But again, the image wasn’t clear, there was lots of space, blank areas of darkness, it seemed unfinished and incomplete. What I could see might arise and fade like orange fireworks in the night.
And, there is other stuff, other firings going on in space, distracting, sounds, touch-feeling, visual stimuli, smells and tastes, even attitudes like grumpiness, or feeling good. It’s hard to hold the orange ball. It’s easier to work with as an idea rather than an image in an ever changing current moment. I think that’s because the idea seems to move and keep referring to related categories and types, while with the orange image I was attempting to freeze it as an idea or thought.
Orange Ball in Mental Space