“I have fallen in love with the imagination. And if you fall in love with the imagination, you understand that is a free spirit. It will go anywhere, and it can do anything.”
~Alice Walker, American Novelist and Poet
It’s time to let yourself go and imagine. Several times in the year, I go through an exercise of imagination. For example, I kneel in a quiet place, early in the morning, especially when’s still dark outside. And then I listen to nothing.
I empty my mind and let myself go. This means I wonder without direction, venturing in quietness to wherever my mind wants to take me. In other words, I seek to empty my mind.
“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are a few.” –Shunryu Suzuki, Roshi
I have found that when my mind is free from distractions the best ideas come to me. I find the answers I was looking for.
Isn’t it exciting to let yourself go and imagine?! It’s even more exciting if you share the adventure with someone close to you.
The phone rang this morning, and I had the chance to talk with a good friend. We talked for almost an hour before we handed the phone to our kids, so they could also talk. We could not stop talking. Well, we didn’t finish, but it was a good place to pause. I am sure we’ll continue the conversation soon.
I could feel the acceleration within me as we talked about our ideas. And from one idea, we leaped to another. I love talking with him. He imagines without boundaries. It felt great! And then I thought: “That’s the power of imagination!”
Imagination brings us energy, laughter, and excitement. I believe the reason we feel those emotions is because we were made to be larger than the confines of our location, even if we feel good about what we’ve accomplished thus far. We feel those emotions because the best is yet to come for us!
All of us have to trust this natural human propensity to imagine and must let ourselves go. But we don’t. It’s too risky. It’s illogical.
Speak to someone about what your imagination tells you. Surely, someone will say, “You can’t do that.” He or she may reply back to you, “It’s too hard.”
And if you begin to commit the sin of thinking logically about what your imagination is telling you, you may find the liberating thought to be completely irrational, defiant…and yes, beautiful!
Don’t worry. Just let yourself go. Your thinking mind has made itself subject to natural laws and logical thinking, but imagination doesn’t have to be logical. As a matter of fact, it’s illogical, erratic, drifty, and can be a little “crazy.”
Imagination is without boundaries, and therefore, best when it’s uncontrollable. Don’t try to control it by telling yourself what can or cannot be done. Let it be.
I will tell you what will happen next when you let it be. Your imagination will bring you so much power, that you will feel propelled to do something. And the minute you’re moved to do something, who knows what you will end up doing.
Find a quite place and let yourself go. Or find a friend, and let your imagination speak without limits. Beware, you may change the world! So why not? Imagine without limits…
Always motivated, lugo
Copyright © 2014 and 2015 Jose A. LugoSantiago – Craft Your Journey!
Dr. Jose Lugo Santiago is the chief leadership and foresight strategist for LS|EG, a consulting firm dedicated to facilitating change through leadership, strategy, and foresight. He holds over 28 years of experience leading organizations in the military and civilian sectors, and crafting strategy to meet successful business process re-engineering and innovation. He is also the author of several titles to include peer-reviewed academic works. His doctoral areas of research are Leadership and Foresight, Culture, Strategic Change, and Organizational Development.