“Tell me one last thing,” said Harry. “Is this real? Or has this been happening in my head?”
Dumbledore beamed at him and his voice sounded loud and strong in Harry’s ears even though the bright mist was descending again, obscuring his figure.
‘Of course it is happening inside your head Harry, but why on earth should that mean it is not real?'”
Imagination is Creation
The mark of a good movie is giving its readers tidbits of information, quotes to inspire, and invitations to new understandings. I wonder if this line packed the punch I see it to mean.
It perfectly piggybacks a comment I heard from author and teacher, Jacquelyn Small during a recent interview. Small mentioned taking workshop participants through meditations, where they would receive inspiration on ways to move forward, see their problem in a new light, or understand an event in a new way.
And they would often ask her, “How do I know that I am not just making it up in my head? How do I know it is not my imagination?”
I can relate, because people ask me the same question, all the time, when I guide them through Guided Meditations. I usually fall back to what Marianne Williamson says: “Imagination is the womb through which we create a new world.”
So it is imagination, but that is exactly right. This is how we create new, we first imagine it into being. Like an inventor who envisions his idea and then builds it. For example, someone asked me, “How do I feel God around me?” I replied, “Imagine God around you and it is.” It’s that easy.
Small said that she asked a dear friend of hers, who is a physicist, how should she answer this question. He laughed and said: “Tell them they are making it all up.” The whole kit and caboodle.
This whole world is our perception of it. And if this is so, it would take so little to change it. We change our mind, we dream a new dream and then bring it into our life.
Today I am going to keep how I want to see the world in my head: People being kind to one another, caring about each other, taking a stand against violence, and being gentle with the earth.
My book Understanding Pain, Anger, and Fear, helps understand the preciousness behind every complaint, lament, worry, frustration…. If we knew this we can turn the harsh dreams of our lives into a better ones.
What will you create today?