Rumi, a 13th-century Sufi poet, once said, “The imagination is the greatest tool we have for spiritual elevation.” It’s one of the main spiritual tools in our arsenal
At first glance, this may seem like a strange statement. Surely there are other things more important for our spiritual wellbeing than our imagination?
But if we take a closer look at what Rumi is saying, we can see that there is great wisdom in his words.
Our imagination is what allows us to see beyond the physical world and glimpse the beauty of the spiritual realm. It is what allows us to connect with our Higher Selves and access guidance from the Universe.
So while it may not be the most important thing for our spiritual wellbeing, it is certainly a valuable tool that we can use to elevate ourselves spiritually.
Define imagination and understand its role in our spiritual journey
Imagination is the ability to construct or conjure up mental images and ideas of something beyond what has been experienced. It includes the ability to think abstract, think externally, and form hypothetical propositions. The power of imagination has always been a key element in our spiritual journey, as it helps us create new possibilities out of apparently nothing. Imagination allows us to envision change rather than accepting a static state of existence. We become masters of our own destinies through creative visualization and harnessing of inner potentials which can be tapped into using this very powerful tool.
Moreover, we gain the capacity to venture beyond our physical limitations and often see divine intervention which give us hope, optimism and courage throughout our spiritual quest. In summary, imagination serves as an important weapon in navigating through life’s challenges, allowing us to take control over our destinies and blazing trails for a successful spiritual journey.
See how imagination can be used as a tool to connect with the divine
Imagination can be a powerful tool to access the divine. It is through our imagination that we can create thought-pictures and stories of that which is sacred. By imagining what lies beyond the physical world, we tap into our deepest understanding and are able to attain inner peace and harmony. When used as a tool to nurture a spiritual connection with the divine, imagination allows us to explore our own sense of self, as well as feel connected with something greater. Through our visioning capabilities, we can even use it to manifest positive changes in our personal lives and the world at large. With imagination, anything is possible!
Learn about different ways to use imagination for personal growth
Implementing our imagination into our lives can take on many forms. By consciously choosing to use our imaginations to develop personally, we can create more meaningful and fulfilling lives. Learning how to access our own unique inner voice enables us to create a more direct connection with the universe, providing new ways of understanding and solving problems. Our imagination gives us the power to visualize life-long goals and pursue activities that bring us closer to those ambitions. Through using our imaginations, we also learn how to tap into our own creativity and innovative thinking.
This can provide us with unique solutions as well as inspiring ideas for art projects or creative self-expression. Furthermore, we can leverage our imaginations towards rethinking negative emotions and transforming them into positive ones; reducing self-doubt, anxiety or regret over time. By recognizing the power of the imagination, we open up endless opportunities for personal growth and transformation – the only limitation being ourselves!
Discover how to overcome any blocks that might be holding you back from using your imagination more effectively
Unleashing the power of imagination can be incredibly powerful, allowing us to make the seemingly impossible a reality. That said, however, it’s not always easy to access our imaginations – indeed, there can be all manner of blocks lurking in our subconscious minds that prevent us from reaching the creative heights we are capable of. Fortunately, there are some tried and true methods for recognizing these obstacles and dissolving them so that we may finally reach our most ambitious mental goals.
One such approach is writing stream-of-consciousness style – taking words from your mind as quickly as they come and allowing them to free flow onto paper without editing or critique. But whatever process you choose to use to identify your blocks, knowing how to overcome any barriers holding you back is an essential skill for tapping into your fullest potential in today’s world.
Practice some exercises that will help increase your imaginative capacity
To exercise your imagination, try divergent thinking activities. These can help you come up with new and interesting ideas by pushing you outside of your comfort zone. Start by brainstorming a list of solutions for an imaginary problem. Or, imagine yourself in a different environment than the one you are currently in, and then write or draw from what comes to mind.
Another helpful exercise is to take an existing creative work and modify it in some way to make it unique or different – even if it starts from something fairly small or insignificant. Taking these regular creative breaks will help foster imaginative thinking and increases the ability to think laterally.
Imagination is a powerful tool that can help us connect with the divine and achieve personal growth. By understanding how imagination works and overcoming any blocks that might be holding us back, we can open ourselves up to new possibilities for spiritual connection and self-improvement. These five exercises will help increase your imaginative capacity so that you can start reaping the benefits of this underutilized skill.
The Not Really Pretend Game
Let’s pretend that you have been selected, along with many others, to take a trip to a diamond mine. The bus will pick you up in the morning and bring you home at night. While you are there you can dig for as many diamonds as you want – as many as you can carry. Let’s imagine you wanted some diamonds for a ring and a necklace and some earrings – that’s all.
It’s hard, hot, tiring work doing the digging.
When you have found what you came for you find a spot to sit in the shade and wait for the bus.
Some of you decided to take some home for your family – and so you kept digging even though you had what you came for, and you were getting pretty tired. Others of you understood that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity. You knew you would keep digging until the bus came, and you would bring home not only enough for yourself, and your family, but extended family, and even people in your town that you didn’t even know. You knew that you could help everyone if you kept digging, and so you did.
The diamond mine is the Planet Earth.
We came to gather certain experiences.
Some of us got what we came for, and we are impatiently waiting for the bus. Some of us are still digging, but we’re getting tired, and almost ready to quit. Some of us have decided we will never quit. As long as we are here we will keep gathering experiences to take home to the family. Every diamond, every joy, every experience, every overcoming, every success, every lesson, every solution, that we take home is a gift to ourselves and to the family – our soul family.
They have supported us here through every moment, every laugh and every tear. They benefit from what we do. The gifts we take home can’t be measured – they are riches beyond compare. The kind of soul growth we are empowered to attain here on this Planet can’t be duplicated anywhere else.
It was pretty special that you got selected for this trip. I hope you have the will to keep digging, because everybody wins. And yes, the bus will come. We don’t know when, but we know it will. And when we get home, there will be a big party and they will say, ‘well done’ – no matter how many diamonds you bring.
Count on it.