“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.” James Allen
Everyone uses their imagination everyday. The main way people use their imagination is negative instead of positive and that is through worry and fear. For about six months I would grab my pocket while out to make sure I had my car key. I’ve only had one car key for over a year and I was constantly afraid would drop it and not be able to drive my car. And that’s exactly what happened. One day I went for a walk and then worked in my garden. Two hours later I went to go somewhere and I couldn’t find my car key. That was three weeks ago and I still can’t find it. Luckily I had an extra key I forgotten I had left at my brothers years ago. But I had used my imagination to create the emotion and scenario to lose my car key and I made it happen.
I told my brother this story and he said I should start thinking about good things. That is what led me to write this post. Our imaginations are so powerful that they can create negative or positive events that we consistently dwell upon and that is why the In the Bible admonishes “Dwell on what is good”. That is extremely important or your imagination can create the negative future you are concerned about. We are all conjurers of our future.
I have a belief that anything the human mind can conceive of, can be accomplished with the combination of imagination, knowledge and time. The human brain is composed of the same basic building blocks of matter that everything else in the universe is made of. The human mind is a product of this materialistic architecture. This doesn’t mean I am discounting the unknown forces and processes that can be taking place across the entire universe which impacts our brains and interacts with what we call our mind as well. Today I want to briefly explore the first of the Triumvirate of Creation which is: Imagination.
Imagination is a mysterious force which can’t be touched or seen directly but we live in a world in which imagination has created. Imagination is arguably one of the most powerful special ability all humans have been granted. Each of us possess an amazingly complex imagination engine within our skulls. Just recently it’s been discovered our brains maybe be ten to 100 times more powerful then first realized. That’s because it’s not only our neurons that are able to perform calculations but its also the connections between them are capable of this as well. The physical part of imagination is based on biology. That’s why its critical to take care of our brains and provide what they need in order to use all that amazing computer power to devise and create the world we desire to live in.
Three things that everyone can do for their brains today and to improve your imagination is to:
2. Ingest Omega 3 fatty acids
3. Lower your stress response.
Go for a walk, do squats, do some sprints. All of those things can have a positive impact on brain function. Omega 3’s are missing from most people’s diets. I like to get my Omega 3’s from krill oil and wild caught salmon. Stress -stresses out your brain. It has a physiological effect on every cell of the body including the brain. When I eat poorly and give into negative emotions and thoughts when I’m under stress I can feel the effect on my brain. In those moments of even low grade panic my ability to create imaginative solutions is greatly diminished. Even if imagination is as some artists believe and some scientists like Tesla believed is a mere ability to receive information from the ether or is inspiration from the muses, it still behooves us all to make sure our “receivers” are not flooded with stress hormones, has the fatty acids to function optimally, and are bathed with positive protective neurochemicals in order to have our full mental abilities ready to receive.
Besides having a healthy well fed brain what else is required for the better deployment of imagination? For me imagination requires that I’m constantly exposed to positive new ideas and that I combine with these with what I’ve already learned along with three main elements that I have to provide for the imagination process to take plac which are: Vision, Gratitude and Confidence. These are necessary for the imagination to take the elements we’ve been exposed to and to create a positive future. Vision creates that point in the future where you want to reach, gratitude is the solid bedrock foundation with which the bridge to the future has to be built upon and confidence leads the mind to find and create the necessary material in order to construct that bridge despite obstacles. Gratitude is often left out when talking about imagination. I know when I am living by sight and not by faith it’s because I’m not grateful for where I’m at and what I have. Imagination is a powerful force but it is sometimes hard to employ. When I complain I can feel the forces of imagination retreat within me. James Allen had a great insight into this
“The very fact that you are a complainer, shows that you deserve your lot.”
One way I’m working on unleashing my imagination is through a program called “Self-Authoring”. I heard about it from one of its creators, Jordan Peterson. He talked about it while he was on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast episode #877. I’m starting it today. In this program he has you do two exercises – one is to write an autobiography and the other is to imagine an ideal world you would want to live in, in the future if you could have exactly what you wanted. These two exercises are extremely powerful because it compels you to take a hard look back at your past and then consciously use your imagination to chart your own future.
So often we feel that our past is this prison we can never escape. That forces beyond our control have locked us into patterns of behavior that are permanent. This is another saving grace of the power of imagination. Even if you don’t know why you are doing what you are doing it can still help you to propel you beyond these destructive habits. Imagination is about creating new realities – and it uses everything at hand to construct that – including what you perceive of as negative aspects of your past.
We can increase our command and use of our imagination by being in a positive, hopeful, and grateful state or we can choose to chase away our muse and live at the whim of the forces of nature and the decisions of others. Imagination built upon vision, gratitude and confidence directs us to gain and apply the necessary knowledge in order to build the future we think about most. If we do this over a long enough time scale I am firmly convinced that anything the mind can conjure with the imagination can become reality. Good luck today with imagining and taking the next step to create that amazing future only you can imagine.
* I’m beginning the http://www.selfauthoring.com course today. If you would like to go along on this journey there is a spring special for $29.90 for which you get two logins so you and your significant other can go through it together or you can share it with whomever you choose.
This is a link where you can read for free the great book by James Allen – “As a man thinketh”