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I’ve never actually tripped…like on magic mushrooms or something…but I have tripped over things on the floor. So when I first heard the story of the the thirty foot by one foot plank placed on the floor that everyone could easily walk over, I thought to myself…maybe.
That however wasn’t the point of the story and for those who’ve never heard it – here it is.
If said plank were on your living room floor and someone said I want you to walk the plank. it’d be a piece of cake. You wouldn’t give it a second thought. Easy peasy.
What if same plank were strung between two high rise buildings some fifty feet or more in the air, what then? Could you walk across it with the same aplomb?
(I’ve been waiting to use that word for ever.)
The answer is, it’s doubtful that you could.
So what’s the difference?
Aah, it all comes down to that little, but oh so powerful mechanism called imagination.
Is it possible to walk the plank when it was high in the air. Of course. Think of tightrope walkers. If they’re actually called that.
The truth is that if you persuade yourself you can do something, provided it’s possible in nature you can do it, however challenging it is. But imagining you can’t walk that plank at that height and fear sets in…you’ll become aware of how high it is, how easily you could fall off, or in my case trip up and then fall off.
Frankly, it’d put me in a cold sweat because I really don’t like heights at the best of times. I’m so, so, not going to try.
And for most of us, it would be pretty scary.
Molehills can become huge mountains to climb…all as a result of our imagination.
Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning. ~ Gloria Steinem
Don’t think for a minute that we’re free to act as we choose. No way. We’re all subject to our imagination, our subconscious. We have beliefs about everything, even walking planks. And it’s our subconscious that directs every action we take, or don’t.
Take someone, anyone, who says, oh oh, flu or cold season is here again…I know I’ll catch something, and every year like clockwork they get a rotten cold or flu.
That’s their inner power at work. They’ve set in motion beliefs that there even is a cold season, probably accepting all those ads that fill our airways, without a second thought, not realizing they’re setting themselves up for that oh so miserable experience.
Those advertisers know what they’re doing. They’re setting us up to need to buy the latest and greatest cold remedy.
Whatever it is that we desire and sometimes things we don’t desire, if we fuse our imagination with the desire, the ways and means of delivery are worked out, without our help. We act unthinkingly, or someone or something shows up, or events occur. Things happen that we didn’t have anything to do with…oh no, not us.[success] Inner talking is the beginning, the sowing of the seeds of future action. To determine the action, you must consciously initiate and control your inner talking. ~ Neville. [/success]
Life can be a challenge. We’re often enveloped in a sea of obstacles, sometimes danger, certainly frustration, upset, craziness and perhaps the most challenging of all, grief. But we also are filled with love and hope, joy and inspiration and victory.
Life doesn’t come with guarantees. Too bad, you might think. But it’s part of our rite of passage, part of our expansion, our growth as spiritual beings.
Things get broken, hurt and lost. People we love leave, or pass away. But we’re not without power, we’re unlimited beings given the power to accomplish and experience all manner of magnificent things.
Determined imagination is our friend, so we begin to dream. We begin to create the most wonderful world we can conjure in our imagination.
Each new day is a tiny part of the whole of our life.[success] Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.–James Allen [/success]
And when your inner critic shows up, to tell you this is all malarky, to tell you nothing will ever change for you, to hit you in all the places that hurt, which she might…try turning her into your new best friend. Promote her, she has a new job…to become your greatest cheerleader…the biggest approver of you…the greatest well wisher for your dreams to come true.
Let your dreams soar, guide you, inspire you, encourage you to love your life.
And allow your dreams to light your way. With love. Love of yourself, love of others, love of the world, love in all it’s forms. Because at the end of the day, all we truly need is love. And who needs to bother with a plank when we have that?
Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams. ~ Anonymous
Encourage one another.
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