Imagination is a powerful tool. It’s the juice that enabled Michelangelo to see what others couldn’t. It’s also the starting place for creation. You need to be able to step outside the confines of your perceived reality to envision something new or different. And once you have that firmly in your mind, then like Michelangelo did when he carved his many masterpieces, you can start from the end.
You see, he saw the finished carving first in his imagination. Then he allowed it to materialize. That’s power. The good news is we all have been given that same power. We just have to sharpen our creative muscle by spending more time dreaming.
This is an eloquent poem by the English poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge that poses a thought-provoking question about the power of imagination. I was first introduced to this poem in Wayne Dyer’s book Wisdom of the Ages (a great treasure trove of the writings of history’s most beloved writers, spiritual leaders, wisdom keepers and activists.) I joyfully share it with you now.
What if you slept?
And what if,
In our sleep
And what if,
In your dream,
You went to heaven
And there plucked
A strange and
And what if,
When you awoke,
You had the flower
In your hand?
As Wayne Dyer said when commenting on this piece of verse in his book, “This poignantly simple poem invites you to delve into your imagination and to reconsider your agreement with reality. What we know as real has its limits, but imagination is boundless in the dream state.”
Using your imagination is about liberating your consciousness. Freeing your perception so that you can let in new ideas and experiences. When it comes to creating something in the literal form such as a piece of art, imagination is essential. But imagination can be used for so much more than that. Just remember John Lennon’s words in his famous song Imagine and you’ll get where I’m going with this.
The kind of imagination that John Lennon was talking about is about harnessing the power of possibility that we all need to desperately tap into now. Through our imagination we can collectively create a vision of a new life for ourselves, our communities, and our world once this pandemic has retreated.
We hold that power and we need to use it wisely.
I, for one, will be looking for a beautiful flower in my hand once I awake from this dream.
Love from your Joy Mama
P.S. Do you daydream to find inspiration for creative projects or for problem-solving? Drop a comment below. I’d love to hear about it.
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