So which is true? They all are. Because what we imagine things to be is what they can become. How we react to change shapes our ability to influence outcomes and ultimately our life is only ever limited by the limits of our own imagination.
What is it we all want really? I would say it is peace. Peace in our own hearts, peace in our communities and peace on the planet. The problem with peace is that we are very clear on what peace is not, but no one ever really sits down and gives real time to imagine what a peaceful world might actually be like.
As my teacher often says, there are hundreds of paintings of hell (just think of Bosch). Every kind of horror is imagined. It’s gruesome yes, but it’s very varied and generally shows tremendous detail. However when it comes to heaven what do we get? Generally some fluffy clouds, green fields, angels and cherubs, girls in pretty dresses with flowers in their hair and that’s about it. It all looks a little bit samey and deep down, if people are honest, they are not quite sure that wafting around in fields of flowers or fluffy clouds forever is really going to be that interesting or exciting!
This might sound amusing, but actually, if you look at it, whether we are aware of it or not this is quite an entrenched thought, deep down in many of our psyches. And if our lazily imagined peace is not really what jazzes us then how can we really expect that we can create peace on our planet?
So historically we haven’t been that good at putting effort into imagining peace. And if we don’t imagine something we have little hope of creating it.
Dare to Dream
So my challenge for 2012 is to forget the resolutions about what you are not going to do any more and resolve to do one thing – Dare to dream, dare to imagine a worked out version of peace. It will take effort, because it’s a new territory.
Someone once said that there are no new ideas any more just recycled versions going round and round. That is true. There is very little new on the planet except for this one thing, there are absolutely no worked out imaginings of a peaceful world that also manage to stay interesting, stimulating and rich with innovation and creativity. Just think about it, there are no books, no movies, no songs – it’s a whole new concept that collectively we need to dare to imagine and dream into existence.
So maybe we can make 2012 the year where we really begin to dream a whole new way of being into existence. We can ask ourselves these questions:
Wishing everyone a year filled with love, light, laughter, joy, strength, good health, peace and prosperity and I leave you with a prayer and a song …