Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.~Albert Einstein
Creative imagining is key
Imagination is what leads us to new insights. Children use their imaginations to comprehend the world around them.
Somewhere before adulthood is reached, imagination and creativity become “childish”, and frowned upon by society. They’re labelled as fanciful, unrealistic and often a waste of time.
People become fact oriented and want to fit in as adults. The few who retain use of their imaginations are seen as eccentric and a little weird.
This is unfortunate because, as adults, our imagination can still serve us as it did when we were young- to understand the world around us.
Logical explanations rule adulthood. For something to be true, it must be able to be seen, tested and categorized. Science trumps spirituality or fanciful creativity in “reality”. Many religions have a spiritual reality that comes before and after our physical reality, but even then, the spiritual is codified and unchangeable. There’s no room for imagination…
We’ve lost our sense of wonder because of rules telling us how everything is. To connect with our true selves we need to open the door to our imagination, let it out and let it run free. Creative visualization will allow us to develop our imaginations, and then we can get to know our inner selves.
Our outer reality is over developed while our inner landscape is often withered. We need to understand who we truly are inside before we can see how this inner self effects our physical reality. This is where imagination comes in to play.
Imagining ourselves into existence
Imagination, through creative thought exercises, will allow us to explore who we are inside and what our inner world is like. We can learn what motivates or frightens us, and how that manifests in the physical world. Imagination can create a link between our two worlds, the inner and the outer, and help us live a life that’s not plagued by duality.
Our true self is not just the physical us. The inner self is just as important, but is not given nearly enough consideration. By getting to know both selves, they can be linked, and both can work together as one. Without the linking, each self works against the other unconsciously, causing anxiety, health issues and unnecessary hardship.
Imagination will lead us to our inner selves, once we learn how to use it like we did as children.
Are you ready?
Think back to your childhood. Did you have any imaginary friends? Did you make up stories that you ended up believing were true? When did your friend go away? When did you stop creating your own reality?
Try to pinpoint what caused you to stop imagining as a child does. Were you ridiculed? Did you get in trouble? Were you called a liar?
How do you currently feel about imagination and it’s role in your life? Do you miss it?