"Most of us can't even begin to imagine."
~ Meg Whitman
The title of this post leaves much to the imagination…and rightly so. Of course you don’t know what to expect…I could take this post in so many different directions. I could lay out a scenario for you to think about. I could ask some deep, thought provoking questions, or any of a number of other things.
The title is meant as an instruction. This post is actually about encouraging you to imagine, to exercise your imagination, and with good reason.
The only way that anything comes into being on our physical plane is through imagination. Every human achievement is a result of imagination. There is nothing that any human has ever done that was not first conceived in thought.
When we were young, we used our imaginations all the time. We played out wonderful scenarios in our minds, and we were not afraid to let our minds take us to wonderful places and experience wonderful events. We often lived in a world that is far different from the physical world that others were experiencing…and we were encouraged to do so.
Somewhere along the road, we stopped using our imaginations, at least we stopped using them as much and as fully as we did as children. We were told to get our heads out of the clouds, we were told to face reality, and we were encouraged to give up our imaginings – at least to keep them hidden if we were still using them. Over time, we lost the wonder that we had as children…we started to take the world at face value…we started to believe that the world was as it is, and that we were powerless to make any significant changes. We stopped creating those wonderful worlds; we stopped living the exciting adventures that our mind would take us on…what a loss!
Now that we believe the world is as it is, and that we have little power to change it, that is exactly how it is for us…because, of course, we experience things exactly as we believe they are. We stop using our imagination, and, just as happens when we stop using our muscles, we lose the ability to use it. The longer we go without using the imagination, the weaker it gets.
I encourage you to take back the amazing. Begin, again, to see the marvels of the world. Begin, again, to see the world as a benevolent place, serving you as a playground in which you can live the life you truly long for. Begin to exercise your imagination.
While you are using your imagination, try to involve all of your senses. As you imagine the things you want, imagine how you will feel when you have them. Imagine all of the sights, sounds, tastes, the physical feel, and the smells. Involve your senses and your emotions to the largest degree you can. Make it as real as possible in your mind.
One thing that I strongly suggest as you begin to exercise your imagination is that, while imagining, think about only the situation or the end results. Do not try to figure out how this could happen. Don’t try to rationalize things, as you will end up limiting your imagination. You will end up stifling things. Leave the “how” out of it, and just concentrate on the what.
What we imagine, especially what we imagine vividly and with emotion, will become our reality. It is the only way that reality can come into being…through thoughts. So, why not make the thoughts exactly like you want them. Imagine where that will lead…IMAGINE!
"Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful, and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the sun."
~ Don Miguel Ruiz
Are you willing to take your imagination out an play with it? Are you ready to begin exercising this wonderful tool that we have forgotten for far too long? What can you imagine for your life? Leave a comment and let the community know what you will create with your imagination. We’re listening.