Imagination is necessary for creativity, compassion, human connection, and our ability to connect to the “mystery of life”. The Native Americans (which I am deeply connected to) hold an all-encompassing belief that faith, practice and imagination work in unity. Through this unity, we learn in a “spiritual way” to use our own sacred imagination when communicating with self and others. This is applicable to all forms of communication – including those crazy fictional “stories” (commonly known as BS) we create and allow to ramble around in our head 24/7.
When we create fictional stories, the trail markers of what “really happened” disappear. A brave creator will step into the wild unknown with enough faith to know the imagination will provide exactly what is needed. Now that’s an exercise in trust, deep listening, and active open-minded creation. The critical point is how to learn the difference between truthful chatter and BS. When we force “truth” it cannot be attained – when we have no expectation we receive exactly what we need. This truth applies to healing as well – you must truthfully want to heal to heal.
I’ll quote Ram Dass
“THE MOST EXQUISITE PARADOX… AS SOON AS YOU GIVE IT ALL UP, YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL. AS LONG AS YOU WANT POWER, YOU CAN’T HAVE IT. THE MINUTE YOU DON’T WANT POWER, YOU’LL HAVE MORE THAN YOU EVER DREAMED POSSIBLE.”