Perhaps this is the
most astonishing ability of all. Your consciousness
becomes aware of ‘something’. You can react and move on
or you can ponder it AND you can ‘alter’ it. Amazing.
There is nothing you experience that you cannot change …
first in your mind and then, if you wish, in the
physical world. You can literally remake everything. Is
this not the most outrageous effrontery to nature? What
gives you the right? Certainly a question to ponder. But
not for long. For you are compelled to perceive
possibilities. You imagine. You create. Your ability is
As you tread water you gaze up into the sky. Clouds. You
understand their dynamics. For fun you ‘perceive’ faces
in them. There is Mother Goose. No it’s a big frog or …
a dinosaur. Fascinating. You wave a reluctant goodbye to
Mister Moon and all his friends. You submerge yourself
back into the river run.
At times you feel helpless in this threatening,
unpredictable world. But you are intrepid. And you are
blessed with extraordinary vision of what can be.
Whatever presents itself to you … you manipulate and
reconfigure. Your inquisitiveness, appreciation and
understanding prod you to devise unique ‘approaches’ and
solutions. From tiny microbes to extraordinary celestial
bodies, you ‘conjure’ designs never seen before. Be
thankful for this astounding ability. Consider what the
microchip has enabled you to do.
Your unbounded imagination envisions far beyond the
practical. Ask any writer, composer, artist. For you are
much more than what you perceive. Your imagination tells
you so. And given your undaunted nature, you will
constantly redefine yourself and your world … because
you CHOOSE to.
a crowded avenue this time
find a comfortable vantage point
stare at individuals
imagine their traits, what makes them unique
contemplate how they spend their days
then walk down the street with a limp and invent a new
life for yourself with … birds
find a flock of pigeons, seagulls, whatever is handy
imbue them with the characteristics you attributed to
some fun huh?
you could do this a thousand times … conjuring up unique
anthropomorphic, avian communities
try telling that to choreographers, filmmakers,
novelists, potters and artists
what would the evolving world be without them AND
without your envisioning what could be, might be, will
You are being spiritual when
When you invent
your own dance steps.
When you close your eyes and envision worlds that
When you paint on walls funny looking doors that
lead to nowhere.
When during turmoil peace and tranquility are a
possibility in your mind.
When you get naked, paint your body and make funny
faces in the mirror.
When you sculpt an abstraction of a frog out of 200
pounds of frozen Spam.
When the little block of wood is being whittled down
and starting to look like your pet finch.
When you envision life on another planet complete
with never before seen structures and creatures.
When you watch a television program for 20 minutes …
turn it off … close your eyes and act out the rest
of it in your mind.
When preparing for a hurricane … digging a hole in
the ground … reciting a prayer … ‘forgiving’ all
your enemies … gathering up your most effective
talismans … shouting out epithets at the encroaching
wind … and then scrambling back to your subterranean
pit for a ‘nip’ of brandy..
never stop imagining … what some consider to be childish
activity is an ability that makes life more enjoyable
and fruitful … humor will ‘lighten’ your tedium …
laughing with others sets your rambunctious spirit
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