Self-Awareness 101 Episode 10: When We Use Our Imagination, We Tap Into The Source Of The Universe
Willard asks the question, “What is Imagination?" Are we simply exploring resources we already have or are we tapping into a "greater mind"? He also shares ideas on how we can tap into that deeper level of creativity more consistently.
Today we're going to explore the idea that when we use our imagination, we tap in to the most powerful forces of the Universe. We all have access to and contribute to a "Greater Mind"; all we need to do is ask the right questions.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you needed an answer, you needed a solution and you didn't have the resources around you. There wasn't another person you could reach out to for the answer that you needed. Then knowing you needed to find the answer, you asked yourself the question, and from somewhere, you immediately got the answer. And you knew inside of you, without any doubt, that it was the right answer. Then after you moved forward, you became amazed to find out that this information you that you had no past experience with, or reference for was the exact answer you needed.
Where did that come from?
Was it your creative imagination? Did you create the answer out of nowhere?
Was it "Divine inspiration"?
What exactly is imagination?
Some people look at imagination as being a collection of our past experiences, our perceptions, and our beliefs where we just mix them together and compile them in new ways to give us new possibilities.
Other people view imagination as being the ability to turn parts of your mind on like a radio receiver that allows you to tap into a greater mind, a larger self, a creative intelligence that exists outside of you.
There are also some people who see imagination as being Divine guidance. I'm not here to tell you that it is either one or the other. I'm here to invite you to open your mind to new possibilities by examining your own experiences and allowing you to decide which works best for you. I'm also looking to give you skills that will allow you to tap into more of your imagination, no matter which definition you think it is. Whether it’s something inside of your own head or whether it’s something outside, it is a muscle you can build when you actively work it.
You see whether it is internal, or something more "esoteric", the reality is that we have access to every answer, to every question that we ask.
My personal belief is that as we become more self aware, we tap into our imagination more consistently because we open ourselves to more options. My personal belief is also that there is a field of consciousness that flows through all things. And as we expand our own consciousness, we tap into the "field" which also allows us to be more creative.
High School Science teaches that if you break everything down into its simplest form, beyond atoms, protons, electrons and neutrons, it is pure energy. Simple energy that is vibrating at different frequencies.
Today we have Quantum physics which has explored this deeper level of the physical world, and actually there is a new field developing beyond Quantum physics called Zero Point Field Theory; Lynne McTaggart discusses this in great detail in a book called "The Field Updated Ed: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe ". Scientific research now proves that the thoughts of an individual can now be broadcast and received thousands of miles away. Studies have also shown how a group of people focusing on a specific object can affect how that object reacts.
That means that when someone sets an intention; when someone thinks about something or asks a question, it can have an effect on something or someone on the other side of the world. Scientists all over the world, working on non-related research came together and shared their results, proving that this Field of energy in essence is a source of communication between all things.
Again, I'm not trying to change your mind or convince you that your imagination is something that's divine or etheric; but what I do want to open you up to the possibility of, is that you stop yourself from tapping into whatever that source is, by the language you use with yourself.
Two things that will prevent you from coming up with any type of solution are the words, “I can’t” and the words, “I don't know". When you say those phrases, you instantly shut down the part of your brain that pulls together the resources for you to find those answers. Your brain is the most powerful supercomputer on the planet. And just like a computer, it can only follow the commands that you give it. It doesn't here the command and say, "Oh, what you really mean is... ". It takes the command and follows the action. So when you say, "I can't" or "I don't know", your brain goes, "Ok, no need for me to do anything with this".
Tony Robbins does a great example when he asks a question and someone says, "I don't know" his response is, "I know you don't know, but if you did know, what would the answer be?" Just by redirecting the question, automatically they turn that part of the brain back on that accesses the answers. Whether it’s internal imagination or external guidance... and the answer comes to them.
Try it, I'm sure you'll be amazed at how it works. What I want to offer you at the moment is that you truly do have access to more potential than you give yourself credit for. The challenge is, we've usually got so much stuff going on inside of our heads, that we can't hear the answers.
To help with this, there is an exercise I want to share with you. It comes from a woman named Julia Cameron, who wrote a book called "The Artist's Way " and it’s called a brain dump. I personally use this process and one of the things it helped me create is software called "The Desktop Life Coach" that I should have had no idea how to create. But by doing the brain dump I wound up being receptive, getting the clutter out of my mind so that when I asked the questions, I was able to hear the answers and ultimately find the solutions.
Quite simply, the brain dump is to sit down with a notebook, you know the standard 8 1/2 by 11 notebook; and for three pages you want to write, without stopping, any thought that comes into your mind. If your mind seems to go blank, keep writing anyway. You may just be writing, "I can't think of anything, I'm not thinking of anything." And also, you don't have to write complete sentences, just thoughts, words, get it all out. Keep writing until you've reached the third page. Then stop.
After you have emptied your thoughts in those three pages, ask yourself the question that you've been looking for the solution for. Then just open yourself and be receptive.
My experience with this is that it has always has worked when I applied it. I do the brain dump, clear the junk out of my mind, open myself up to the reception of the idea, open myself up to the possibility that it may not initially make sense, and I have always found the answers I'm looking for when I've done this. I've also gotten great results using the brain dump to start my day.
Take a moment now and experiment with it. Do a brain dump. Three pages, any thought that are on your mind. Again, these don't have to be complete sentences, just use the pen and notebook to get the thoughts out of your mind so that you are clear headed. Then put yourself in a very receptive state of mind and ask the question. Then just sit back and be open to receive the answer.
I look forward to hearing what your results are in using this. I know its a little bit "out there" compared to some of the other things we've talked about. And for me it has worked every time and I believe if you practice it, you'll get the same kind of results.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
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Self-Awareness 101 Series with Transcription Plus
Introduction To Self-Awareness 101: To Inspire, Educate and Empower
SA 101 Episode 1: The Importance of Developing Self-Awareness
SA 101 Episode 2: How to Truly Learn from Mistakes
SA 101 Episode 3: To Soar, I Needed To Let Go Of The Past
SA 101 Episode 4: The Meaning That We Give Things
SA 101 Episode 5: Kind Words And Good Deeds Are Eternal
SA 101 Episode 6: Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone
SA 101 Episode 7: Two Most Powerful Words You'll Ever Say
SA 101 Episode 8: Making Time For What's Truly Important
SA 101 Episode 9: Expectations and Desires About How It Ought To Be
SA 101 Episode 10: Tap Into The Sources Of The Universe
SA 101 Episode 11: The Four Agreements
SA 101 Episode 12: Courage-Being Scared But Saddling Up Anyways
SA 101 Episode 13: The Power Of Belief Systems
SA 101 Episode 14: Change Is Inevitable, Growth Is Optional
SA 101 Episode 15: Establishing Personal Boundaries; It's OK To Say No
SA 101 Episode 16: Encountering External Resistance To Change
SA 101 Episode 17: Creating A Supportive Environment
SA 101 Episode 18: Our Decisions Determine Who We Become
SA 101 Episode 19: Personal Development Tests
SA 101 Episode 20: A List Of Excuses Vs. Results
SA 101 Episode 21: The Meaning Of Honesty
SA 101 Episode 22: Living In Gratitude
SA 101 Episode 23: Repetitive Patterns
SA 101 Episode 24: Non-Verbal Cues
SA 101 Episode 25: Be Brave Enough To Accept The Help Of Others
SA 101 Episode 26: Positive Thoughts And Positive Intentions
SA 101 Episode 27: Active Listening Skills
SA 101 Episode 28: How Self-Awareness Relates To Spirituality
SA 101 Episode 29: Positive Affirmations
SA 101 Episode 30: Basic Meditation Exercises
SA 101 Episode 31: Personal Development At Work
SA 101 Episode 32: Toxic Shame
SA 101 Episode 33: Eliminating Clutter
SA 101 Episode 34: How To Forgive Others
SA 101 Episode 35: Self-Forgiveness
SA 101 Episode 36: Deepening Self-Awareness
SA 101 Episode 37: What Is Fear?
SA 101 Episode 38: How To Overcome Fear
SA 101 Episode 39: Dealing With Your Anger
SA 101 Episode 39: Dealing With Your Anger
SA 101 Episode 40: How To Find Your Passion
SA 101 Episode 41: Increasing Your Self-Awareness
SA 101 Episode 42: How To Feel Deserving
SA 101 Episode 43: How To Be A Humble Observer
SA 101 Episode 44: Progress Not Perfection
SA 101 Episode 45: Expectations And Perfectionism
SA 101 Episode 46: Dealing With Anger
SA 101 Episode 47: Taking Responsibility For Yourself
SA 101 Episode 48: Achieving Higher Consciousness
SA 101 Episode 49: Trust Life
SA 101 Episode 50: Being Skeptical
SA 101 Episode 51: Benefits Of Closure
SA 101 Episode 52: The Final Episode