Kirwan Rockefeller, Ph.D., WIA/TAA Academic Advisor at the University of California, Irvine Extension, is the author of “Visualize Confidence: How to Use Guided Imagery to Overcome Self-Doubt,” and is the co-editor of “Psychology, Spirituality and Healthcare,” Volume 2 of the 3-volume series, “Whole Person Healthcare.” This is the seventh installment in Dr. Rockefeller’s series of blogs on utilizing the imagination for personal transformation.
As I’ve previously written in this blog, all acts of human creation and innovation first began as a thought or an image in someone’s mind. At some point, someone has always imagined or said “I wonder what would happen if _______.” Embrace a sense of child-like wonder at the universe and allow yourself to consider that you are not your “problems, issues or circumstances.” Rather you are a spiritual being moving through an experience and you are not a victim of the “’stances which circumvent you.”
Sitting at home and waiting for the phone to ring or the door to knock has never led to new opportunities. It’s only when we get up, shake off the doldrums and take initial steps out the door (usually an act of faith) that the next step shows up. That’s just how it works, plain and simple.
Albert Einstein is purported to have said “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Einstein said in his memoirs that he came up with the theory of relativity, because he imagined himself riding on a ray of light throughout the universe. Let me repeat that, he “imagined” himself …. Pretty cool, don’t you think?
Be willing to stretch. Be willing to try, to explore, to step up, step out, let go, believe in the goodness of the universe, and not let any pre-conceived notions trip you up. To help you do this this, clean out old closets, get rid of torn, outdated, or ill-fitting clothes, donate all the old “stuff” in the garage and make room for the new to enter into your life.
All you need is to be willing. You don’t need to know how or when. Your homework is to, “just do it.”
Next week: Who’s on your cheerleading squad?