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Importance of Imagination

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”

–Albert Einstein

What they never taught you in school is that imagination is just as valuable, if not more, than intelligence. Anyone can memorize facts with enough repetition. But intelligence will get you nowhere if you don’t have the creativity to apply it.

There is some kind of stigma against imagination, like it’s a useless and childish thing. It tends to be perceived as something fake, to be suppressed and ignored. It’s seen as the opposite of fact or truth. It tends to be assumed that the greater your imagination, the lower your intelligence.

However, imagination is absolute truth! It is the portal to our souls. It reaches beyond the world of limitations and allows us to see what our stunted little brains are unable to comprehend.

The progression of science and technological advances are due to imagination. It is a realm of infinite information. Only through accessing this realm, are we able to grow as individuals and as a collective whole. It waits for us to discover all the secrets and hacks of life.

When you actively incorporate imagination into your daily life, you challenge your brain to think differently — to see things in new ways. Imagination opens your mind up to new possibilities that you would have otherwised dismissed. You allow yourself to discover hidden truths that you would have normally blocked out. It is an invitation to discover the unseen.

Some people may find it especially difficult to use their imagination, especially on a daily basis. Some truly resist the pull of entertaining thoughts that have no concrete base in reality. It can be uncomfortable to let yourself slip into another world, worried you will spiral down a deep hole.

There is no step-by-step guide to imagination because it is so unique, sacred, and personal. The best way to embrace it is to let your mind wander. Walk down the paths you used to avoid, open the gates you used to keep locked up. Let yourself think more than you actually know. Be in touch with yourself, your needs, your desires. Spark creativity and tend to the fire. Watch your life become enriched, your mind wider, and your knowledge stronger.

Self-care Sunday ~ Teach yourself

You spend your first chunk of life in school, being forced to learn things that bore you and often seem purposeless. School is less about learning and more about conditioning you to detest learning. Multiple choice tests encourage shallow thinking. It counteracts second-guessing, reassessment, and reevaluation — all the things that open your mind to new ways of thought.

Knowledge is an amazing thing that can enhance your world and give you more power. There is so much information out there and it’s just waiting for you to utilize it.

Do not go about the world expecting others to teach you things. Do not rely on school being your only source of education. And do not shortcut your way to knowledge through money. Otherwise, you will never learn the things you were meant to learn. You will always be a consumer and never a creator.

Find your passions and focus on them. Give yourself more than one, but never more than four or five, different subjects to explore and challenge yourself. You will find more joy in life and realize that you are much smarter than you thought. Let yourself make mistakes and feel like a fool — just keep on building. You can never go backwards unless you stop.

How do you teach yourself:

  • Look up articles online (check your sources.)
  • Read books about your favorite subjects.
  • Invest in whatever equipment or resources you need to exceed.
  • Talk to people with more experience in whatever you are pursuing and be open to their advice.
  • Use your imagination — some people see imagination and knowledge as polar opposites, but they actually can enhance each other.
  • Do it — the most effective way to learn something is not through reading, watching, or listening — but through actively doing it yourself. Experience is the best teacher!

It is vital that you teach yourself things you are passionate about. Otherwise, you are much more likely to lose motivation, burnout, and quit. Knowledge is so grand and overwhelming that if you want to conquer any subject, you must be able to commit yourself enough to get deep.

How do know what specific knowledge awaits for me? How do I find my passions? Next week I will discuss…

Feet on the ground, head in the clouds

“Shoot for the moon. And if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

I have a hyperactive imagination. I’m always dreaming, all the time. I like to write as a way of reminding myself that fantasy and reality are different. I don’t think we should ever stop dreaming though, no matter what people say. I wish more people would open their minds. I may say I have an open mind, then I find myself in situations where I feel trapped and realize my mind is not as open as I would like to believe. Still, I always have that go-with-the-flow attitude — part of the reason may be a need to please others, but mainly it comes from knowledge that life is an adventure and trust that the universe has better plans for me than I have for myself. Tiny inconveniences can somehow turn into gigantic miracles.

You can’t live life laying face flat on the ground. Life becomes so dull, tiring, and draining that way. Those who lay on the ground are ten times as delusional than those who let themselves float high. Tiredness is a choice. The body is capable of so much strength and endaurance, but our minds block it when we feel uninspired. Children have much less energy than adults, but it does not seem this way — and that’s because they have not yet let the world tell them to stop dreaming.

Ground yourself by disconnecting from the mind and connecting to the body. Feel your heartbeat and your breath. Use your five senses: look, hear, smell, taste, and touch your environment. Your body is wiser than your mind. Your mind can easily twist things and tell you lies, but the body cannot lie. This is how you truly ground yourself. —Not by thinking pessimestically.

Everyone has their own unique perception and set of beliefs. So it’s easy for misunderstandings to happen. I think a lot of people are scared of being judged, I know that I am, but others should know that I am the least judgmental person ever. Sometimes we find others intimidating when it is actually a direct reflection of our own insecurities. And then other times we assume someone is on the same page as us when actually they do not agree with your mindset at all. You have to respect people’s differences.

Life is magical when you let yourself dream! Just don’t get lost in the clouds… I have a hope deep inside of me that can sometimes carry me away from reality. I try so hard at times to stay hopeless, but I can’t. I’m so sorry that I can never stop hoping, I can never stop dreaming. Some dreams can be hurtful to others and I try to tell myself that, but then “hope” convinces me that pain is an illusion you can rise above, you just need more hope. My hope says that anything is possible, dreams don’t have to hurt anyone if we can all believe in ourselves. But I suppose that’s just not realistic. I suppose that is straight up delusional thinking.

I have to keep some hope alive because it is what keeps me going. It is what pushes me out of bed every morning when I would rather sleep all day and hide from everyone. It motivates me to create a future; it reminds me that life is sacred and has purpose. I nurture my hope but I try not to overfeed it and let it become greedy or overpowering. Hope is a good thing. You can hope that others will share your dreams and help them come true, but that’s really all you can do — hope. You cannot force or expect anything. Nobody owes you anything. If you are forcing a dream on someone then you are disrespecting their own dreams. It’s not easy — to say the least. Nothing “easy” is ever worth it. There is a balance between the soil and the sky.

At least I am grounded enough to admit that I don’t always see things clearly. I am aware that my perception of life is — not just “unique” — but weird! I see everything in very weird ways, which makes sense that people get uncomfortable. I can’t control what others think of me and that is something I am grounded enough to accept.

I also can’t help but let myself be a dreamer. Some dreams really are meant to come true while others are not. You can tell the difference by letting things flow naturally and seeing what happens. Even when something will never happen I think it’s okay to have a little bit of hope in order to stay inspired and feel excited about life, but you have to try so hard to keep that hope contained in a safe space that can do no harm. I have definitely struggled with this at times and maybe this is one of those things I came into this world to learn and really experience soul growth. It’s so extremely difficult sometimes but it’s like a muscle that gets stronger as I grow older.

Stay inspired! 😺

Day 27: conversely, write about something that’s kicking ass now

I am doing really well with my writing now. Look how I am actually about to finish my 30-day challenge in 30 days. The past two times it took me a couple months. It is because I have been much more inspired lately than I have in the past. I never thought so many people would be interested in anything I have to say. And even if it’s one or two people showing interest, that means a lot. Plus, this is my own therapy and self-expression so people can take it how they want. Only recently have I realized how deeply and beautifully I can enrich my life with nothing but imagination. I have experienced several let-downs in the past year, but my writing brings me back in control and allows me to live the story I choose. My whole life I have always seen writing as my hobby, or my passion, yet now I see it as something so much more.