The BIG BANG of the 4th of July is past, and we face the sweltering days of summer until Labor Day, at which time many people, especially students, return to work. What if we had the power in our minds to change the weather, the seasons, the calendar?
This sounds more like magic or metaphysical voodoo, but we have implanted within us imaginations so vivid that we can recreate the feelings, sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of any time and any place. And that's not just mumbo-jumbo. Psychologists know the power of people, especially children, to be able to remove themselves from negative situations and transport themselves mentally to a whole other time and place. It's called dissociation, and that sense, it's a survival skill.
In our everyday lives, we still have this ability to use our imaginations to improve our surroundings. It isn't to be used lightly, or as a means of avoidance, but it is a wonderful tool for coping with daily life. There are verified instances of gurus in the East who can sit in a frozen landscape, surrounded by snow and ice, and yet, through meditation, melt the ice around where they are sitting.
When we visualize through imagination, we create the energy of the real situation we are visualizing. Our senses respond to this and tell the brain that the situation is real. This is the path of imagination, not escape, and it is vitally important in being able to solve problems in our lives as well. Einstein noted that we cannot ever solve a problem at the same level at which it was created. Therefore, through using our imaginations, we can lift our consciousness to a higher level and there see things differently. When we see things differently, we see new ways of solving problems or coping with circumstances and changing them.
Yes, in the heat of summer, we can use this power to imagine a chilly January day in the midst of high temperatures and high humidity. But we can also use this sacred power to address those things in our lives which need healing. In meditation, we can not only change our inner temperature, we can change our perspectives. And that is one definition of a miracle!
Holy Spirit, Dynamic Force of the Universe, work through me today to use my imagination for high purposes. Through lifting my consciousness, let me lift that of the world.