Imagination, Why Not?

February 20th, 2013

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. Michelangelo

Imagine. Just imagine.  Close your eyes and surrender to your imagination; wherever it takes you. It sees things eyes can’t see, hears things ears can’t hear and knows things your logical mind didn’t know it knew. Imagination is a different way of knowing but no less important and no less real. Picasso said, “Everything you can imagine is real.” Its real because you just created it in thought form, now it exists as potential.

Einstein said that imagination is more important than knowledge. I think its a different form of knowledge. I think imagination is knowledge letting its hair down, or as Victor Hugo said, “Imagination is intelligence with an erection.” Imagination flirts with reality as it could be, collecting fragments of possibility and weaving them together in playful form.

Imagination questions the way things are. It turns status quo into status flow, resignation into inspiration. Einstein, again, said “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” Imagination doesn’t conform or constrain itself by past experience.

Imagination senses the future as it emerges, breaks the shackles of the habitual, opens a door beyond the routine, and gives you a sneak preview of your wildest dreams. Gloria Steinem said, “Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” It frames your intentions, allows them to be large and unrestrained.

In a way, imagination is a form of memory, but its a memory of the future, not a fantasy imagining things that are not really there, but truly seeing what was inside of you and awaiting your attention all along. Do you see it? Do you hear it? Listen….imagination is whispering to you through memory, nature and experience, calling you to believe – in yourself, in your potential, in your dreams. This is a self belief that bubbles up in you, through random images, daydreams, and stories, while jogging and resting and singing in the shower, often from beyond your conscious awareness, carefree in the face of reason’s tight lipped caution.

Imagination sees a single snowflake and imagines a pyramid, smells a coconut and pictures a tropical island or hears the wind and remembers a childhood experience.  The liberty to imagine things other than they appear is the basis for a belief in growth and progress. It opens you to new connections and adventures. When you dare to engage this open space, the doors of imagination flung wide, you imagine the possibilities for a life and a world filled with peace and justice, and say with clarity and passion, “Why not?”

Why not? This is imagination’s first and favorite question. Why not?

Imagine a life lived with love and acceptance- why not?

Imagine a life of conviction and purpose- why not?

Imagine a life lived out loud, free and authentic- why not?

Imagine a life of presence and peace- why not?

Imagine a world without war and violence- Why not?

Imagine a world where we celebrate diversity rather than fear difference- Why not?

Imagine a world of love and respect for all- Why not?

As John Lennon sang,

You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope today you’ll join me, and the world will be as one

Imagine that. Just imagine. See it in your imagination and then start seeing it in detailed reality. Be it. Open your eyes and make it part of your intentions to live peace and unity. Begin making your dreams a reality today.

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  1. Todd McCollough says:

    This brought tears to my eyes. I’ve always struggled with the fact that I am more imaginative than intelligent. Thanks for reminding me that my imagination is worthy! Peacelove. 

  2. ian says:

    Be well Todd, sounds like you have a strong creative and emotional intelligence. So important!