I absolutely love the questions Caroline Myss asks here about what we believe is possible and what we believe is impossible. Read the original and the earlier entries on imagination on Caroline Myss' blog.
"Believing in Six Impossible Things Per Day
Alice Time – Part IV
Now that you’ve had enough rambling about the power of imagination, it’s time to start imagining. This could be a really fun exercise. Do NOT answer these questions rapidly. Answering rapidly is an indication that you do not want to give reflective thought to these questions that – let me point out – you have never been asked before. Therefore, you can’t possibly know the correct response right off the top of your head. These questions require reflection. And they are questions in search of responses versus “answers”.
Here’s the real point of this exercise: Holding these imaginings is symbolic of the White Queen in Alice – pure new thought. Consider the Red Queen the aggressive part of your mind that will come to do battle with pure thought, pure imaginings, pure creativity. The Red Queen will always try to destroy a creative gift as the Red Queen represents the opposition of the collective unconscious as well as your external world and your own inner saboteur, so you must meet that force on your inner battlefield. If you can grasp that, then you can understand that the object of imagining the impossible is a multi-leveled discipline that introduces you to the power of your imagination and creativity as well as to your inner saboteur.
But imagining is ultimately not enough. You need to do more than just imagine. You need to act on something that you imagine. You need to bring it forth and give it life. The “impossible” requires vigilance and dedicated attention and constant courageous choices as well as a willingness to allow your life to change in “impossible” directions – directions transcendent of north, south, east, and west. Imagine that.
How often should you make a list of six impossible things? That all depends on how daring you are and how bold an imagination you have. In this regard, there are no rules. You decide. My own list is endless.
Just go for it. Enter the realm of impossibilities. One of the most delicious lines Emily Dickinson ever wrote was, “Dwell in impossibilities.” She not only fell down the Rabbit Hole but resided there as well. It’s no wonder she is my favorite poetess.
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