Imagine a thing… go on do it…
But what sort of “a thing… is it an object, an event, a relationship or an invention?
The questions just keep on rolling… and because we continue to ask them, the wheels of our imagination remain firmly stuck on the logical left side of our brain.
So often we come to the creative process with a subconscious agenda, some fixed notion of what it means to be creative, or some peculiar idea about having to get things RIGHT.
But everything we are about to do is imaginary,it is not right or wrong; “a moral imaginary world” doesn’t exist because it is all make believe… so RELAX and TRUST… the time for censorship is LATER.
Your life is like a blank canvas, an unwritten song, an empty blog or a white blank page; you can create WHATEVER with the space that you’ve been given.
The desire to get it right is…WAGING A WAR… against our CREATIVE FREEDOM.
The wind blows where-ever it chooses and so it should be with you. Sometimes it is so frustrating, I make my plans but nothing ever turns out exactly how I hoped or imagined, maybe you can relate…
From a creative standpoint the imagination is constantly thwarted and always disappointed… why? Because we are imagining things that do not yet exist… we dream an idea, we develop a concept, then we finally give birth to our creative baby AND… Voila.. it looks nothing like our original intention.
This happens in everyday life too… you expect the house to be clean when you come home, you imagine an item on a dinner menu tasting a certain way, you expect the friend you’ve talked too only on the phone to have a certain skin color… you imagined it all, you made it all up… Yes, the imagination is a very powerful and dangerous thing… UNLESS…
Your imagination lives in that magnificent place of surrender, constantly listening, re-engaging and re-imagining; malleable to reality without trying to dictate or predict the future… going where-ever the good wind blows.
The cardinal sin for an actor playing a character is to be trapped inside your own head. What that really means is that when you are thinking about how you look, how you sound or what you are going to do… you are pretty much screwed.
To illustrate this point imagine you are standing outside my house and you are looking in the window as I just happen to be getting out of the shower. Imagine that I am unaware that you are watching…imagine that I think I am alone and so I begin to dance like I am a stripper. It maybe a train wreck but I guarantee that you wouldn’t be able to take your eyes off me.
But what if I knew you were watching and I performed it in such a way as to impress you… I am pretty sure that it would be too much for you and that you would have to look away.
If you want to be fully alive you must dance like no one is watching.
13 years ago, Christian Cullen began playing rugby for the Allblacks (New Zealand’s rugby team); with the ball in his hands Cullen was incredibly fast, supernaturally strong and almost impossible to tackle but those weren’t the qualities that made him great… It was the look in his eye when he got the ball that made him great.
When Cullen ran the length of the field to score those match winning tries he wasn’t looking at the players approaching him, the obstacles in his path, the moment he got the ball he was focussed on his goal, he was looking at the try line. In a weird way it seemed like in his imagination he had already scored, the rest of him was just working out how.
It takes more than a little courage and a lot of self belief to imagine the finish line at the start of the race; but this sense of destiny is what sustains you and propels you on any difficult journey. If you don’t have the finish line in mind why would you ever consider running a marathon?
I have been sitting here today imagining the future, imagining success, what looks like, what it feels like, what it sounds like; it feels really good to take your mind off the obstacles.
There is a great divide that exists between the real and the imagined; your dreams and your reality. Imagining is an easy and beautiful thing, you can become a hero in under a minute. It’s only when you thrust your imaginings out into this very real world do you discover their (and your) imperfections…
Because the imaginative reality completely belongs to you, the way you see it is the way it happens. Unfortunately “reality” is full of people; and it contains problems, obstacles and your dream can be pushed, pulled and twisted almost beyond recognition.
My stories live very strongly in my imagination but I have to remember that they only become flesh when they are thrown out into this reality. If you want to do anything significant you cannot live with in the safety of your dreams… you must cross the great divide and enter reality.