Between Fantasy and Reality – Imagination

In some form or another each of us has the ability to use his or her imagination. Some are able more than others. Imagination is the ability to create in thought anything, real or not. Using your imagination puts things into your mind without necessarily the use of the five senses.
We use imagination every day. We use it in storytelling, the theater, movies, TV, literature, fantasy, radio. In business imagination brings products and services from thought into reality. Personally we can envisage our development, happiness, an ideal life. We all call upon our imagination to fill in the blanks.
We play “what if” or “make believe” with our imagination. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes not so. Regardless of the type of content we maintain total mastery and control over our imagination. Just as thoughts are things, so too is our imagination.
Children are experts allowing their imagination run wild. One moment a little boy is a pirate searching for doubloons and treasure, the next an ace fighter pilot shooting bad guys out of the sky. In an instant a young girl is dancing with Prince Charming and the next on stage singing and dancing to a cheering audience.
Using your imagination to put yourself in another’s shoes is a brilliant way to get into another’s world. It can be a powerful tool for understanding and tolerance.
On a personal level Imagination can be a potent instrument to alter one’s mood or to release tension. Great for problem solving, imagination can help you see the successful outcome of a tough situation. It is especially useful in personal development in viewing the outcome of created goals.
How would one go about creating a goal with the type outcome that would be satisfying? Here are the steps to take to begin the process.
Start with a blank mind. That is going to be the first step in imagining. Sit in a comfortable, quiet space. Let all the distractions fade away. Perhaps some soothing music or the sound of water can help to set the mood.
See in your mind’s eye an empty canvas and nothing more. A large blank space that covers your entire field of vision. Stare at the canvas and allow it’s emptiness to be.
Pick an area you’d like to work on. Perhaps it’s work or business, personal relationships, your spirituality, your relationship with your supreme being, a project you want to get started. Pick an area that is important to you.
At the bottom of the blank canvas are your tools to create. Some may see paint brushes, others sculpting tools, still others will see the gear of your creative process. Reach down and take one of the items to begin creating on the canvas.
You can’t vividly imagine a vague future. So be detailed as you create, as you imagine. Focus on a future in which you’re passionate. See the shapes and colors of the outcome you wish to have happen. Set the location, the time frame, the people involved, leave nothing out.
Now, here’s a key to making this a success – set it in motion, give it action, make it come alive. See the leave on the trees move, listen as people are talking, what distant sounds and motions can you imagine.
Finally, begin to see the outcome of your goal take shape. It blends in from all angles to become the focal point of your imagination.
There is always some piece of reality within our imagination that grounds us to this world. Tie that in with the place you are right now and start to actually create the future you wish.
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.
~Dr. Seuss
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
~Albert Einstein
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?
~Sun Tzu
You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
~Mark Twain
Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!
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