Column 21

Radar

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Sitting at Denver airport just before flying home, I start to wonder about the radar of the imaginal thinker.Betty Maxwell mentioned this item in our marvelous lunch-conversation.

We all know that airplanes and boats have radar. They use it to scan their surroundings, so that they know where they are and which other plane, boat or port is in their area’. This helps them to maintain contact and also to stay on the right track. Vice versa the flight controllers at the airport use radar to track all the planes in the air.

What does this metaphor tell me about the tracking system of an imaginal thinker?

Scanning the surroundings.

While writing this, I became aware of my behavior in the cab on the way to the airport.
Of course I looked out of the window but I wasn’t just taking in the scenery – I was constantly checking which road the cab turned into, the route the driver followed and all the while tried to determine what my position was in relation to the hotel and the airport.
After a week in Denver I knew enough about the outline of the city to follow the direction. First we drove north and then headed east.

It was astonishing that I had not been aware of this behavior before. But now that I am aware of this, I realize that I have always been doing this. This explains why I like to have a map on my lap while sitting next to my partner, who prefers to find his way with a navigational tool.

The next question I asked myself was: “Do I also use this radar for other purposes such as scanning the atmosphere around me?”
Is this how I meet interesting people? This seems to be one of my talents according to my travel companions.

The radar has now my full attention.

The Off button

Back to the airplanes. They have an on/off button on the radar. Is this also possible for me? Can I willingly turn the radar off?
Asking the question is trying it.

Sitting in the airport café, I’m searching for my own on/off button. Looking around, dreaming, scanning in on the other people, I feel it’s turning on. Looking back to the paper on which I’m writing this column it’s more or less off.
Just thinking this turns it on again. I’m conscious of my surroundings again.

Concentration

What an insight I’ve obtained got from this experiment!.
Has concentration to do with turning the radar off?
I will continue to examine this interesting topic. I’d like to invite you to do the same.
It will reveal much about the spatial awareness of an imaginal thinker.

Mechel