To my mind, one of the most important things to remember in life is to always think for yourself. As you are getting used to thinking for yourself, it may help to question some of the traditions and stories that you have inherited.
I feel a sense of freedom when my imagination is expansive and happily dancing throughout its full range of movement. Typically I use the energy of good music to elevate my mood and allow my imagination to be more expansive. I’m still learning about these qualities, but they are already making my life better. I feel a sense of hearty well-being and thriving contentment.
Sometimes, we kind of inherit depressing stories from the past. This may lead us to think that human history is bleak, or at least that is often the impression given since human history is filled with accounts of many wars and many instances of injustice.
The problem with historical stories that only focus on atrocities is that our imagination may then feel drained and bleak as well.
In our current era, I see new, positive vistas of imagination as being very important. Our current era may be a time of much healing, if you feel like interpreting it that way. There is so much misery in the history books. And I do not doubt that those bleak times occurred. But my point is that, for healing and moving forward in a positive direction, it is probably very helpful to unleash a very positive sense of the human imagination.
For me, I like to use certain ideas to spark my imagination. For instance, I may use an inspiring science-fiction or fantasy story to spark my own flights of imagination. I may interpret life, in my imagination, as a type of dream that remains malleable.
The literal, realistic path of life is important in a practical sense. We need to know how to navigate through our lives well, in a safe and conscientious way. But at the same time, we do not need to dull our sense of imaginative possibilities. The sky is not even the limit. The only limit is what we can imagine. And even if our literal sense of life remains, I think a positive, expansive sense of your own personal imagination is important. As we visualize and imagine, our spirit is lifted and our emotions may sparkle brighter.
I’m basically advocating a personal, imaginative sense of mysticism. I think we can all weave a sense of the mystical through our real lives, if we want to. We can create a beautiful, magical world. The way that we envision the world and life through our minds and imaginations is a key element to the energy of life in general. If we can lift our spirits in this present moment, that will gradually begin to transform our sense of being in the world.
I am partnering my sense of imagination with a more vivid sense of what dreaming can be. For instance, I am enjoying reading the book Dreamgates by Robert Moss. I keep mentioning this book recently because it is important to my sense of how I vision my life and what my world of dreams can be as well.
If you want life to be sparkling and magical, it can indeed be sparkling and magical. But you must walk the path of the imagination as you gradually find yourself in more mystical surroundings.
We can be practical, realistic, and safe. These qualities of a good life remain. However, if we want to inhabit a more magical and dream-like life, we can find a balance of positive imagination.
In addition to setting aside some quiet time throughout the week for meditation and rest, consider adding some quiet time for a positive sense of imagination. You may feel your heart and your spirit soar. You may feel your mood lifting to quiet happiness and contentment.
Many of the traditions we have inherited are strict and confining. We need to find the balance of imagination and practicality that works best for us as unique individuals.