Imagination or What is not present to the senses

Imagination is the soil that brings dreams to life. – Anonymous

For fifty minutes in the morning, there is time to learn something. This is the gap between one world and the next. After a quiet period of getting ready to leave the house, there is the commute. It could be viewed as a stressful period of ‘fighting the traffic’. Or it could be put to good use. There is always a choice in life.

On this day, an episode from the podcast Hidden Brain pops up. Secret Friends: Tapping Into The Power Of Imagination. Seems appropriate after a week of DailyFinds concentrating on the idea of imagination and visualization.

Unlike the curated posts of the week, the podcast focuses on a different side of imagination. Could the subconscious mind serve up voices which are unrecognizable to the self? Does that make someone special or crazy? Can the unknown voice be dismissed by those who want to be rid of it or cultivated in those who desire it? These kinds of questions are explored during the 51 minute broadcast.

What a way to start the day.

Some might think this a positive way to spend time or be critical that there is no point in learning these kind of lessons at all. I get it. There is so much information circulating out there. It is prudent to be choosey. But, I think lessons come to me when I need to know them. Like some sort of fairy godmother is watching over and sprinkling the ideas out by design.

Since I can remember, I was praised for having an active imagination. Or maybe that was not always a compliment. In any case, I’ve never thought about how or why I am able to conceive of ideas that are not ‘real’, yet. I take it for granted that when a thought comes to me, the challenge is to figure out how to make it come to life. It is not a question of if, but rather when.

I don’t hear voices telling me to act one way or another. I don’t see fully formed images guiding me to what something should look like when completed. Rather I see the process. I visualize strategy. I am quick to understand that I will need to enrol other people and probably learn a bunch of things to answer the deluge of questions forming in my mind. That is how my imagination works.

There are certain half-dreaming moods of mind in which we naturally steal away from noise and glare, and seek some quiet haunt where we may indulge our reveries and build our air castles undisturbed. – Washington Irving

Thinking about the idea of imagination transported me back to when I was younger. Before I was so concerned about what other people thought of me, I felt free to explore my imagination. Somewhere along the way I let the perceived expectations of others constrain me. It was easier than to constantly be defending myself.

Thanks to Brene Brown and her research on shame, I know that the only way to let my imagination live is to be vulnerable. I have to put my work ‘out there’ into the world and not edit myself. Some people will like what I create, some won’t. That is OK.

It is not easy to be creatively brave in this day and age, especially if you are working online. But it is worth it. The best way to keep an active imagination is to use it. Something akin to building muscles in the human body – use it or lose it.

Join me in creating a life you don’t need a vacation from!

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