There’s an old song from the 1970’s movie Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory that’s been playing a lot lately in an advertisement on television. I can’t recall what the ad is for, but I’m so happy that it brought the song back into my memory.
The song is all about how we use our imagination to create our experience: “If you want to view paradise simply look around and view it. Anything you want to do – do it. Want to change the world? There’s nothing to it.” Charles Fillmore would have loved this song!
In Unity, we view the imagination as one of our most powerful spiritual gifts. It is through our imagination that we participate in creating the universe. Everything we wish to manifest in our lives begins as an imagining in our minds and hearts. Creativity begins with a simple idea, and then we use our imagination to expand that idea into a vision of possibility. We give life and energy to the vision by adding details and richness and depth to our imagining. We then begin to imagine how to bring that vision into reality.
Of course, we can also use our imagination to create misery for ourselves if the vision we hold is one of lack or limitation. Part of our spiritual journey is to develop self-awareness as to which thoughts we are holding in our heart and mind. As we grow spiritually, we learn to choose thoughts that are nurturing, loving and sustaining. We learn to be intentional about where we use the power of our imagination.
“Come with me, and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination. Living there, you’ll be free if you truly wish to be.”