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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.

Express your truth

It’s good to express yourself, because we’ve been taught to suppress everything we feel. You can’t expect someone to read your mind, otherwise they will never know and make false assumptions, and a situation will never change. Many people do not like it when someone expresses themselves in a negative way, because many people are not open to examining their own behavior or willing to better themselves.

Any type of communication whether that be through words or body language or anything else, is going to be slightly distorted due to each person’s own unique perception that has been built through a lifetime of unique experiences. Everything you put out there should be as clear and direct as possible.

The reason why we have been taught to suppress how we feel (either positive or negative) is because it causes an uncomfortable shift in yourself that you can only handle if you are open enough to accept a change of perspective. You have to be accepting of the fact that you are not always right, you have a lot of room for growth, and your belief system is flawed. If you cannot do these things then you will dismiss someone’s feelings, call them invalid, therefore diminish their sense of worth as a human being.

I expect genuineness from others, so if someone is being fake with me then that is going to lead to more chaos and confusion. I would never say someone is overreacting or being oversensitive because I understand how it is to feel things deeply and I also understand that truth is more constructive than being fake. I’m always trying to learn and seek clarity. It’s important we are all honest with each other and you can never take away someone’s truth, whether you like it or not.

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 9: post some words of wisdom that speak to you

This is a quote from Jac Vanek, a creative fashion designer. For me, this quote is about shaping your life through your own personal perception. Our lives are enriched through books, music, films, and the people and environment that surrounds us. It is easy to forget how much these little things shape us, and how much control we actually have over it.

Don’t just turn on the TV and flip through the channels mindlessly; put on a show that makes you think, watch something that will influence your life for the better. Read a book containing unique characters and situations that truly inspire you. Everything you do, every choice you make, declares the direction of your path. Do not live your life on autopilot. Never stop dreaming and exploring. Inspiration is out there, waiting for you to find it.

The power is in your hands — do you want your world to be a comedy, a romance, or a thriller? Is your world action-filled with superheroes and villains? Or is your world more like a poem on a rainy day? Perhaps it is a vintage world you live in, like a classic novel or a black-and-white Polaroid. Or maybe you live in the future, devoting yourself to technological progress. It’s possible you live in the gothic Victorian era, preferring to dress as black as your heart. Another possibility is that you live in the hippie era and you see everything in technicolor.

Which era do you live in? What colors do you see? How is your perception filtered? Through simple choices, and through the little things that enrich your life, you have the power to change your world. Live it truest to yourself — not through others. Perception is a highly personal thing. Be yourself!

Perspective

It is perfectly valid to feel any type of negative emotion, without reason or justification. Feelings can’t really be rationalized; they go beyond science and logic. Therefore, there really is no “correct” feeling.

Something that really draws out negative feelings, is getting yourself caught up in the should’s or should not’s. Like, “well I really shouldn’t be feeling like this, I should be feeling like that…” or “someone in my current position is supposed to feel like this and that…” Get rid of the judgement and just simply feel your feels! The sooner you face your pain, the faster you can work through and resolve it.

Just like the concept of detoxing, letting the damage come to the surface does not mean you are getting sicker, but it means you are healing. You cannot release negative emotions if you keep suppressing them. You have to let them come to the surface in order to let them go. Find a balance between detaching yourself from emotions versus becoming completely absorbed in them. Don’t hide from them, but see them without letting them consume you. You are not a judge in a courtroom debating what the punishment is for your emotions. It’s more like a movie theater: see something that you can’t control, without letting that something control you.

A shift in perspective is a powerful thing. The more expectations you have, the more pain you open yourself up to. With the knowledge that life is wildly unpredictable, why insist on controlling everything? When bad things happen, is it actually that bad? Once you get rid of all the judgement (the should and should not’s), you realize that you are a bright soul with a beating heart, balancing on a rotating planet, spinning around an illuminating star. And that alone is a miracle itself.

  • My problems are my challenges that I was destined to conquer.
  • When sadness comes, it’s here to visit but not to stay.
  • Anyone who causes issues in my life is here to weaken my ego and strengthen my soul.
  • No matter the circumstances, I can always choose to stay positive.
  • Simply existing is a miracle.