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Sunday, July 06, 2008

I found the following post at Clam Lynch.com. Sometimes I wonder if I have this same attitude towards my own creative visualizations - that somewhere in my head, there's a voice that thinks I'm being silly and living in a make-believe world.

So, I'm curious. Does this push your buttons, make you laugh, or is it just one big yawn? If you could talk to this Clam Lynch person, what would you say? How is what he is talking about different from we are doing this month? How is it the same? How many times have you let someone's judgments and criticisms talk you out of a big idea? How many things have you wanted to do but didn't because you were afraid people would laugh at you, or think you've lost your mind?

make believe



I LIKE TO THINK OF 10 IMAGINARY THINGS THAT COULD HAPPEN WHEN I FIRST WAKE UP IN THE MORNING. Before breakfast or coffee or a cigarette or whatever else might pop up before I get out of bed (wink).

IMAGINARY FOOD.
IMAGINARY MONEY.
IMAGINARY JOB.
IMAGINARY FRIENDS.
IMAGINARY MENTAL HEALTH.
IMAGINARY CAR.
IMAGINARY LOVER.
And so on…

THEN I IMAGINE WHAT THAT WOULD LOOK, FEEL, TASTE AND SMELL LIKE.

THEN I PLUG INTO IT.
AND GET, TURNED ON TO IT.

THEN MAYBE THE PHONE RINGS OR I GET AN EMAIL OR THERE’S A LOUD KNOCK ON THE DOOR (Sometimes on the apartment door sometimes in my mind)

AND IT USUALLY IS SOMEONE OR SOMETHING TRYING TO PULL ME INTO THE SO-CALLED- REAL WORLD-SAYING, "WAKE UP IMAGINARY MAN WITH YOUR IMAGINARY THOUGHTS OF THINGS UNSEEN"

And they start in with their FEARS and their LOGIC and their GOSSIP and OPINIONS and BLAH, BLAH, BLAHS!

AND I SAY, "NOW WAIT A DING DANG, BEE-BOOP'N MINUTE!"

I AM cooking up some NEW THOUGHTS and there’s one thing I know about COOKING. TOO MANY COOKS SPOIL THE IMAGINARY STEW!!

FOLKS IMAGINATION IS WHERE IT ALL STARTS.
FEEL IT, BE IT, SEE IT, DO IT !!
AND BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, YOUR IMAGINATION WORLD WILL BECOME YOU REAL WORLD.
JUST KEEP AT IT AND GET JAZZED ABOUT YOUR IMAGINARY NEW WORLD.

TALK TO YOURSELF (OUT LOUD) ABOUT HOW GREAT IT IS.
AND HERES A LITTLE TIP:
I FIND IT HELPFUL TO WEAR SOME KIND OF HEADSET IF YOUR OUT IN PUBLIC SO UNHIP FOLKS DONT
GIVE YOU THE FUNNY EYES OR CALL THE POLICE.

BUT MAKE SURE THE OTHER END OF THE CORD IS STUCK IN YOUR PANTS POCKET, NOT YOUR ZIPPER, OR SHIRT.

AND JUST YAMMER AWAY ABOUT HOW THINGS ARE SO GREAT!! IN THE IMAGINARY NOW.
AGAIN DONT JUST THINK IT, FEEL IT!!!

I AM IMAGINING A GREAT NEW LIFE FOR ME/YOU, AND YOU KNOW THAT IS THE REAL DEAL!! And I AM NOT JUST PULLING YOUR TOOT STRING.

IMAGINE THAT FOR A MINUTE. A WORLD OF TRUE IMAGINATION.

I AM GOING TO NOW TAKE ANOTHER IMAGINATION NAP.

GOOD MORNING, GOOD NIGHT, GOOD DAY.

IMAGINE ME AND YOU.

I DO.

CLAM

5 comments:

Karla said...

Ha! He got our attention didn't he? I love it. I think it's important to view things with a touch of humor..the underlying truths will stick to you regardless of what format they appear in, but it's far more entertaining to picture this guy wandering around with headphones on rather than read a dry, holier than-thou article on what we SHOULD be doing to have a better attitude.
I wondered about his comments about other people, or the world in general, intruding upon those imaginations he started his day with. That's such a good point. When you are happy and moving forth in a state of creative visualization and purring right along...what do you do with the "pooh-poohers" in your day? It would be pretty tough to do the headphones aroud the house when my husband is being ornery.

Two Feathers said...

I actually loved this.

There is a big difference, I think, between pretending to be positive and actually BEING positive. There is a big difference between wishing you had a better life and actually getting in there and DOING something to create a better life. There is a big difference between putting on a "happy face" and actually FEELING happy.

And what DO you do about the "poo-poohers" in your day? Maybe headphones aren't a bad idea!

Anonymous said...

I agree that pretending and visualizing are different things. I know there are lots of "poo-poohers" in my life and unfortunately, the biggest one is usually myself!

I have been working this month on visualizing a trip to Australia. I have looked into prices, figured out how much I would need to save and how long it would take, begun thinking of a way to actually save the money, etc. Then when I get to the actual visualization of getting on that plane and leaving for 3 weeks, the fear kicks in. I start thinking "Am I crazy to think I could do this? Even if I could come up with the money, who would go with me? Would I want to go alone? Who would take care of my house? My animals? How can I go clear across the world and be away from my daughter?, my granddaughter, my dad? And what about my back problems and my disability? I know I can't walk or stand for very long. What if I get clear on the other side of the world and can't enjoy myself because of pain? Can't go on the tours because of my physical inabilities? Then the whole idea just seems to crumble and I give up.

But I'm affirming right now, today, that I will CONTINUE to visualize, anticipate, plan and TAKE ACTION! I'm going to look at all the "what if's" as just "guidelines" to make sure that when I buy that plane ticket and make those reservations, I have covered, planned for and figured out each and every potential obstacle so that I know I can go on the trip of a life time!

So mote it be!!!

shirley said...

Well, I don't think you're the only one who is their own greatest pooh-pooher... I do that too. I've had a heck of a time with this last part of the project, because I cannot come up with even one big thing that doesn't freak me out on some level.

So, good for you! Feel the fear and do it anyway. Australia will be a lot of fun!! I bet there are tours for people with disabilities... people in wheelchairs even... I bet you'll have the time of your life!!

Anonymous said...

I'm getting ready to take a trip to the land of Oz coincedentally. I want to make it the trip of a lifetime where my first child will be born and have a chance to even grow up to be an Aussie!

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