You can watch a movie or video and always see just what they want you to see and feel what you feel as a result. You can read a book and create a reverie in your mind and see what you have been reading based on how it makes you feel. The instantaneous creation of mental pictures from words on a paper involves the higher brain and heart functions.
Watching something is just that; watching it without participation in the creating of it. Reverie is a state where imagination runs free. Your brain is observing, collating and creating images that youreact to with your feelings. Does your imagination run free when you are watching a movie or a video? Perhaps a little here and there when answers are needed, but for the most part not as much as when you are reading.
Reading is the gateway to your imagination creating a reverie where you can see what the author has written and picture what the author is describing. Movies, videos and video games are intriguing to many people; but reading a good book increases your mind and heart to experience an imaginary life that is different from your actual life, where YOU are the creator of what it looks like, feels like and does for your spirit.
Watching what others create can be entertaining,but using your brain to create with imagination actually causes you to grow and expand beyond your current state. You feel things other than what you have experienced and those feelings create questions that need to be answered. Reading is the gateway to others’ minds and other worlds. It is the key to stimulating your brain to go beyond where it is and become what it will be.
A good book can take you places that a movie, video or video game cannot. It can open the door within to your inner heart by experiencing our collective nature and our ways of describing that nature. You can pause and think about what you are reading and sort out just where the author is taking you. You can revisit it at any time and pick up just where you left off. It is a source of information that actually forces you to ‘use’ your brain and not blindly watch the passage of life.
Pick up a good book and travel to places ‘where no one has gone before’! Use the brain you have been given to excel through reading! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)