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On Lying and Imagination

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Any fiction writer can tell you the importance of imagination. Beginning with a blank page, they must fill it and many others with a story.

They imagine their characters, making up physical, mental, and emotional traits, histories. They put people in conflict with each other and/or with outside events and circumstances. Once they've created a fictional world populated by imaginary characters, their craft requires them to create a plot and subplots with entertaining, dramatic events that resolve in a satisfying conclusion.

You, as a spiritual being in physical clothing, do something similar. To translate your nonphysical desires and dreams into material existence, you must use as much creativity and imagination as any writer of fiction.

The key to a writer's success is the degree to which (s)he believes in the imaginary worlds (s)he creates. The products of our imagination manifest to the extent that we can believe in their reality.

That's where we get stuck. It's all right for artists to fool around in the world of imagination, but for the rest of us, it feels dangerous. It feels like we're lying.

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Visualization Quicksand

Let's say you keep hearing people talk about creative visualization. "If you can imagine it, it will come true," they chorus. This sounds intriguing. Certainly, it seems easier than hard work, and you notice it works for some people. You think you might give this visualization business a try.

You decide you want to improve your current relationship / marriage / partnership. You'd like it to be more exciting, you'd like mutual appreciation and growth. So you make up an appropriate visualization, program a crystal, and imagine your mate and yourself appreciating each other. You envision stimulating evenings and see the two of you discussing the future with enthusiasm and passion.

And your mate comes home, eats a silent dinner, and turns on the television, night after night. You decide this visualization stuff doesn't work.

While there may be many specific factors that have contributed to this unchanging scenario, one general possibility should always be considered when dreams don't come true. Unbeknownst to yourself, a little voice is sabotaging your visualizations, saying, "That isn't true, and you know what happens to you when you tell a lie."

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It's a Sin to Tell A Lie

Many of us have been raised to believe that honesty is one of the most important character traits, an indication that one can be trusted. A child who does something that breaks one of his/her parents' rules and regulations and then lies about it is often more severely punished for the lie than for the deed.

Whether or not the child is convinced that lying is wrong, (s)he is certainly persuaded that it's a punishable offense and is likely to be afraid to lie. Aside from any other problems this fear may create, it can have a crippling effect on a person's imagination.

Small children don't think using their imagination is lying. They make no distinction between the imaginary and the real (or "true") worlds. The fairies and elves they see in the woods are as real as the cats and dogs in their back yards. They believe that if they imagine something enough, it will come to them. They can feel when others are upset. Very often, they're psychic, foretelling future possibilities.

These days, with increased understanding and appreciation of psychic awareness, parents are more likely to tolerate and perhaps even encourage a child's sharing of her imagination. These children will be and already are powerful manifestors because they haven't been denied access to the realms of creation and magic.

Those of us who passed our childhood in less enlightened times are likely to be far more cautious. We may not remember parental disapproval of our imaginative adventures. So often it was a subtle thing, with parents saying things like "You KNOW there aren't any elves" or "Are you sure you didn't dream it?" or "I am NOT upset." If this disapproval was strong enough, the average child turned his eyes away from the realm of imagination, and his magical landscape sank below awareness as surely as did Atlantis and Lemuria.

The child who has abandoned full exploration of her imagination becomes a suitable candidate for traditional schooling, with its emphasis that what is true must be that which can be experienced by the five physical senses. Emphasis on math and science deepens the gap between facts and imagination. While in their purest forms, these disciplines can inspire huge leaps of imagination, the average student staring at a test tube or equation is not encouraged to make such leaps.

By the time we reach adulthood, we find ourselves surrounded by the invisible, but high, walls of "reality." We believe that it is (maybe) possible to fulfill our dreams (or at least some of them), but it's not easy. If we're not willing to work hard, it means we're lazy and don't deserve to have our desires materialize. That's reality. You can't just sit there and daydream your way into what you want.

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Writing Your Life

Authors understand something the rest of us don't grasp as thoroughly. Daydreaming, by which I mean, giving the imagination full permission to play, is the very best method for creating what you want. The writer, through her imagination, creates the story she wants to tell, creates a fictional reality convincing enough that the reader, while he is immersed in its pages, may experience this world being as real as his own. If you think of the fiction you've most enjoyed, you will probably remember this quality.

That's the quality you need to bring to your own creations. You don't have to write Nobel Prize level prose. You don't have to devise a complex plot or characters. You need only, through your imagination, give life to your dream.

One way to do this is to give less attention to the negative aspects of the so-called reality where you stand (or, according to your viewpoint, are mired). When, for example, you look at your TV-mesmerized mate, you may be thinking," Brain dead, lazy, neglecting, rejecting, creep." These thoughts aren't going to improve your ability to visualize a powerful and appreciative relationship, and they don't make you feel good.

See, instead, what you can find to appreciate about this person with whom you share your life. Summon up memories of when you first met, recall the feelings of appreciation you had then.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not under any circumstances use these memories as an excuse for misery, i.e., "What happened? Why isn't it like that any more?" What matters is that you once had the capacity for deep intimacy and joy. Revive those feelings and emotions in yourself. Remember, it's all imagination.

You can use the same method for any problem area in life. If you hate your job, remember enjoying working at any job, or if you can't come up with that, any project or vocation. If you are discouraged by health conditions, remember a time when you were healthy, even if it was for only a short time. We are not looking for statistical evidence here; the intention is to recapture a feeling, a vibration of enjoyment or abundance or health to use as building material for the fulfillment of your present dreams.

Once you've recaptured a positive feeling, return to it often. Think of what your doing as feeding a fire. Once you have a positive feeling going, think of what you want. Imagine yourself having what you want in as much detail as possible. remind yourself that you're creating something in the realm of imagination and that this realm is just as true as the physical realm. Enjoy and celebrate your creation as if it were already true in the physical arena.

For a writer or any artist, the great pleasure is in the act of creation, the coming alive of a work of art. The more you can appreciate your works in progress, the more real and true they become for you. Then you will learn to re-experience the magic of life with the eyes of a child.

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Crystals for Reawakening the Magic

Clear Quartz is the primary crystal for opening up the imagination. Gazing at a quartz crystal ball can help to activate the imagination, as does holding and gazing at a cluster.

A tabular quartz crystal can help to bridge the gap between physical reality and imaginary reality. I recommend programming one and keeping it with you, taking it out whenever you feel any faltering of your certainty that what you desire will manifest.

Fear of lying and possible punishment is often an unknown fear, and charoite is an ideal crystal for bringing that fear to the surface, where it can be examined objectively.

All of the calcites are very helpful in helping us to experience alternate realities. I find clear calcite most helpful for general purposes, particularly a sphere.

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Transcendent Essences

When we've tricked ourselves into believing that the limitations of physical existence prevent us from changing and growing Dragonfly (Wild Earth Animal Essences)Dragonfly medicine teaches us to pierce our self-created illusions.

Three FES essences: Blackberry, Iris, Zinnia, can also help.

Blackberry is especially for people who have many visions and desires but have difficulty translating them into material expression. This essence helps people translate spirit into matter.

Iris helps all of us to bring passion and creativity into our lives. It helps us to see our creations as beautiful at all stages of their evolution.

Zinnia helps us to reawaken within ourselves the humor and playfulness of the child. It lends a lighthearted quality to all that we do.

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