Imagination is our basic faculty of the mind and heart that cannot be taken from us. Imagination is divine energy within each of us.
The question is: How are we using our great gift of imagination? Whom or what does it serve? It is seeing catastrophic events?
A phrase of a song comes to my mind that asks “Why am I always dreaming of train wrecks?”
How often I imagine the worst scenario of a situation! How often I believe danger lurks all around.
Actually, this is how we survived through these many millions of years of evolution. We continuously looked for danger and, thus, avoided being eaten and killed. The most alert survived.
But is this true now? Are tigers, woolly mammoths or bears just waiting to get us? Or is this survival technique not useful at this time?
Are we imagining danger when there isn’t any? As Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously remarked, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
Perhaps now our imagination could serve something higher and more helpful. I truly believe so.
Images held in mind create neural pathways. Energy flows to whatever thoughts we attend to. Intention and attention create our life.
Quantum physics tells us that thoughts that fire together wire together. They create new circuits.
Do we want to continue walking down old paths that are filled with imagined danger? If not, let’s choose new paths.
What if we repeatedly imagined ourselves and others growing more spiritually attuned, happier and more peaceful? In this scenario, we need to choose words and images that reflect our intentions and divert our thoughts and emotions into these new channels.
A Biblical phrase comes to mind: “I am like a tree planted by the streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither — whatever I say and do prospers.” (My paraphrasing of Psalms 1:1-3)
Beautiful images comes to my mind as I repeat this phrase — and I am filled with a sense of comfort and being loved.
This is only one possibility of using our imagination to serve that which is higher and greater, that which helps each of us to become happier and healthier. I believe one of the aims of evolution is spiritual growth.
Another phrase comes to mind: “If it’s not any fun, it ain’t gonna run.”
Laughter and play help imagination bear delicious fruit.
Stillness, quieting the anxious mind, focusing on helpful thoughts and images cultivate our great power of imagination.
I make it my intention each day to imagine qualities of beauty, truth and goodness. What do they look and taste like? For I believe beauty, truth and goodness are the true Essence of life.
I also cultivate awareness by inquiring deeply into my mind as to what I am imagining this moment. What neural pathway am I walking down? How am I feeling? What am I thinking?
If it is an old, habitual path filled with fear and anxiety, I stop, breathe and make a choice regarding how I want to feel. I notice what thoughts and feelings are taking place in my mind at this moment. What is my body sensing? I admit to myself what is going on. I remember that everything is impermanent. It will (and is) changing right now. Nothing stays the same.
I breathe deeply and watch the flow. I remember that I am that tree planted by living streams of water, bearing fruit in due season. I choose to wait patiently, calmly, trusting universal creative energy.
I imagine relief from suffering for all beings.
I dedicate my imagination to that which is ever more beautiful and kind.