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Archive for March 6, 2012

Imagination Day 3

Abstract art and forms invite people to use their imagination to see images. Pablo Picasso cleverly stated, “There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.” What images do you perceive in the above abstract painting? Sit with it and stare for a few moments. What do you see? “Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.” W. Somerset Maugham

Today, there was attention given to a chicken nugget that looked like George Washington.

Some would say, wow,  you have a great imagination. Do you see the resemblance? What else besides a chicken nugget, does that form look like to you? What image do you see if it was turned 180 degrees / upside down?


As children, many of us gazed into the heavens and made out animals and other things from the fluffy, billowy clouds we would see in the sky. Many summer afternoons would be spent playing this fun game with our friends and siblings. Why not do this now? Take time to gaze at the clouds, what do you see? “A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”  Antoine de Saint-Exupery 

You can engage your imagination any time you wish. From chicken nuggets to billowy clouds to an office ceiling or into your coffee mug just before you stir up the cream, you can activate your imagination and allow images to form in your mind. Can you imagine other ways to engage in this type of activity?Does it sound like fun? You bet it does. Enjoy the moment and turn up the imagination. 

I am imagination. I can see what the eyes cannot see. I can hear what the ears cannot hear. I can feel what the heart cannot feel. Peter Nivio Zarlenga


Imagination Day 2

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”Albert Einstein

Indeed, it is not just embracing the entire world but also the entire Universe with all of its galaxies and its multidimensional parts, which transcends (goes beyond) time and space. Allow yourself to think about those things that go beyond what you know. Imagine being the size of a sub-atomic particle in a sub-atomic world where everything seems to be in motion. What would that feel like? What would that look like?

Would you get motion sickness as you hitch a ride with an electron or would you invite the thrill of soaring between molecules as you merge with other elements? Is it dark or bright? Is it colorful? What do you hear around you? Are the sounds around you angelic and serene? 

You can imagine it to be whatever you wish it to be. Are you part of a crystal or are you in a fluid state, flowing gently as a mountain stream in the late spring. Are you contained within an animal or a plant? Would you even know? How can you tell the difference?

Asking yourself questions each day from different points of view is a fantastic way to develop your imagination. Each day this week, more prompts will be presented to help you develop your imagination. I invite you to write or draw around these questions. Please feel free to share your experiences in the comments below. Feedback is always welcomed.  Enjoy the process and have fun.

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