The term ‘intention’ in medicine means the healing process of a wound. We may create plans based on any beliefs that bring us to an achievement of something out there we think is missing, or we can be drawn to deeper roots that are pulling towards internal healing and recovery of inner truth. While intuition is the messenger from and to our source (or in AWI terms: intra-past), imagination is the force pulling from and to our purpose (extra-future). Intention resides in the inter-present in full cooperation with others, and it is the binding element between intuition and imagination. Intention is the doing between one’s true intuitive being and imaginative becoming. If you have intentions in line with your intuition, even if there seems currently no practical way to act upon, do maintain the thoughts about them, and you’ll keep a healthy attitude. The universe will conspire to co-create over sooner or longer if one stays awaringly alert. The benefits of staying authentic are to reveal in any case. Because even without external stimuli and actions in the here and now, mind-wandering back to intuition and forth into imagination does create present moment emotions and thoughts, similar to real-life experiences. The brain cannot differentiate between real and imagined, and images get memorized similar to experiences. Therefore, intentional mentation is as much real reality for answering the big questions of life beyond practical considerations as is the experience from physical respectively geographical immersion into a socio-cultural and possibly even individually mismatching interpretations of reality. The mere memory or the prospect of a joyful experience can enable a joyful desire to let go of curtailing attachment. It is highly awareness-intelligent to motivate oneself and inspire others to achieve this prospect of joy by accessing the roots on both ends, the past and the future, intuition and imagination.
Can you imagine? Your agency, meaning in life, creativity, and satisfaction are depending on it
“Nothing happens in the real world unless it happens first in the images in our heads” (Gloria E. Anzaldúa)
“Through the inner channels of the imagination, we can see through the eyes of others, travel back to the past, anticipate future circumstances, visit imaginary places and create impossible worlds” (Marks-Tarlow)
Imagination to connect
Apparently (I say it again and again), people’s stress and anguish, the conflict between societies, and how the environment gets maltreated do not diminish. It seems that the human ability to mentally embracing a global collective as a species does not keep pace with the globalization of the world. In other words, there’s a lack of mentality in the sense of how populations can imagine their connection to a broader context like all humanity and the planet. However, the feeling of interconnectedness is essential in contributing to health and well-being. Indeed, research findings suggest that psychological well-being is dependent upon one’s connection to a broader, even widely anonymous social scope that comes with a sense of meaning in life. Carl Jung spoke about different parts of the self that transcend the ‘ego’ self and that these need to be integrated to complete a harmonious inner self. According to Carl Jung, human creativity, as expressed by imagination, can be seen as a force of the universe that extends into each individual and may help assume a perspective of wholeness, i.e., the unification of the self, the planet, and the cosmos. It’s such coordination of views that affect people’s socio-temporal experience of the world, and the imagination of alternative perspectives can turn over beliefs that were perceived unsatisfactory.
Imagination to imagine the future
Imagination is required to imagine future events, which constitutes (besides recalling matters of the past) a part of the ability to mentally ‘travel in time’. If people don’t imagine the future, their sense of self and the perceived agency diminishes.
Imagination enhances meaning in life
The human ability to simulate temporal and social perceptibility is a mental process that was found to enhance meaning (e.g., knowing what is truly important) and psychological well-being. Mental simulation precedes behavior, either by triggering actions or by supporting self-control that can constrain activity. In that sense, simulated mental constructs form worldviews, which guide a person’s understanding, point of view, meaning-making, and experience of the world.
Imagination creates realities
Although common sense still tends to propagate a ‘what I don’t see, I don’t believe’ attitude, the human imagination represents the pinnacle of evolution. “Through the inner channels of the imagination, we can see through the eyes of others, travel back to the past, anticipate future circumstances, visit imaginary places and create impossible worlds” (Marks-Tarlow). In fact, we create reality with our imagination. “What is now proved was once only imagined” (William Blake), and “nothing happens in the real world unless it happens first in the images in our heads” (Gloria E. Anzaldúa). It’s little the outer circumstances nor the past or the future we suffer; we suffer from our memory and imagination. That’s why it is crucial how we remember and imagine. The ‘now’ isn’t the whole reality because experience isn’t direct and a mere result of our five senses. Instead, we experience through imagination as our brain cannot differentiate between a sensed and imagined experience. Imagination is causing same brain activities as actions. Even the imagination of the past and future creates our present experience. The placebo effect illustrates well how our thinking becomes biology.
Artists and leaders use imagination
Artists, for example (see Kolb’s learning styles), tend to use imagination to solve problems. They master viewing concrete situations through several different viewpoints. Although they like symbols and rules, they don’t take these for granted and instead freely imagine new ones. That’s why they are feared and persecuted by rulers. Artistic skills require spatial intelligence, which involves active imagination, for example like mental imagery, spatial reasoning, and image manipulation. One downturn to such a preference may be that people who have the most vivid imagination capacity are often less likely to realize it as it will never be so nice in reality. On the other hand, considering our temporary and fragile body and related materialistic cravings and fears, our spirit is all we really have. Only when creating in freedom, without fear and shame, we experience the joy of intrinsic satisfaction. In more poetic words, it’s the bringing out of the divine of our highest purpose.
Imagination can be learned
Paradoxically, humans try to change what has evolved over long periods of time and isn’t that easy (let alone healthy) to change: our body. Yet, they still don’t see that they could change their mind instantly. Eventually, there is hope that everybody can learn imagination and achieve more meaning in their lives, for example, by expanding the connection to serve even anonymous others and by broadening one’s time orientation, especially towards the future (see my writings about Awareness Intelligence and the related socio-temporal matrix). “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world” (Albert Einstein).
Chapter 28 – The law of creation: Intuition, intention, and imagination
Because consumerism focuses on seeing what there already is to consume, rather than seeing what is not yet but to create, the actual law of creation seems to be often misunderstood as a law of attraction. I prefer to think about the ‘law of attraction’ as the ‘law of creation’ for the following reasons. Rather than only seeing with the eyes and getting tangible stuff, it’s necessary to learn to listen more, to create inner sight without the physical eyes. If there is a readiness to take the effort to create the image of what is heard from intuition, the mental image can be created by imagination. In fact, imagination precedes all substantial creation. Everything that humans have ever created had first to be imagined. “What is now proved was once only imagined,” as the eighteenth/nineteenth century English poet and painter William Blake put it.
Consumption for consumption purposes leaves the soul to get things out there. This is going shopping with the ego. The ego’s interest is to get as much and big things as possible to match its aspiration for grandiosity. Ego shopping tours bring back what won’t fit in well. The over-sized and over-dosed burdens then block the way for the real food of the soul. In that way,
The soul too gets consumed by the shadows of all the acquisitions that need to be stored, maintained, and loudly defended with lots of attention; attention that is missing for the attendance of inspiration. That’s how the ego’s bloatedness causes spiritual starvation. Consumption, the expectation of attracting becomes spiritual suicide; and the joy of creation turns into frantic work.
If management practices tell you that ideas are nothing and execution is everything, it’s probably because they are more interested in your execution of their ideas than in their support of yours. What you need is a revitalized self-efficient knowing as the fertile ground for your ideas that make your life. You have to start your creative process from within yourself.
Go back to your intra-past and co-create with the source within you in collaboration with others, for the benefit of all. That’s awareness-intelligent thought that manifests in benefits for everybody.
As Dean Radin in his book “Real Magic” elaborates, there is a vast of research today that shows how consciousness and intention also directly, meaning not just mediated through respective behavior, can impact the physical world. For example, plants that had been poured with blessed water were growing significantly better. And we all also know the placebo effect that causes biological reactions in our body as the sole result of our thoughts of belief.
Max Planck made the discovery that energy exists in everything. Building on that, Louis de Broglie described in 1924 the principle of wave-particles, which concluded that both energy and matter behave as waves. Everything is energy. Material particle energy and mental consciousness energy, as our human perception distinguishes, therefore, can amalgamate and synthesize into new constructs of energy, which are energetically constructing new manifestations.
Amazingly, if we employ consciousness awareness-intelligently, the fusion of the material and mental worlds can be achieved.
Our illusion of separation between matter and energy, between physiology and mentality, dissolves. If we direct our conscious energy to the socio-temporal perspectives that determine human well-being, thriving, and peace, the material manifestation of these intentions will inevitably follow too.
To intend, most simply put, is to think of something. As we’ve seen, thoughts ultimately stem from consciousness. These thoughts are mediated by and realized through awareness. Popular and observable fact-focused scientific and economic definitions of the word ‘intention’ though are rather synonymous with the terms ‘aim,’ or ‘objective.’ Many people suppress awareness about intention as a mental power that is sparked by the fire of life-source consciousness. More popular seems to be the neuroscientific explanation that the brain is producing intentional thought. What Hungarian-American academic and psychiatrist Thomas Szasz ironically said, might still be, a rather one-sided though, argument today: “If you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.” The question remains, what hunches are causing the brain to think and create intention?
For what society doesn’t have a handle yet is declared abnormal. Rather than about the use of statistics to average the mass into social norms, it should be about the understanding of individual expressions of human qualities. For example, if you have ever met a person with Down syndrome, you might agree that these are most-wonderful human fellows. Due to an extra copy of the chromosome 21, people with Down syndrome experience some medical conditions, which can be mostly treated today, but which still can lead to symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, and more. Although people with Down syndrome may have delayed cognitive development and limitations in expressive language, they captivate through their superior abilities of receptivity and sensation of social cues, their display of empathy, and the demonstration of a genuine sense of affection and care for others. These are the very human qualities that brought the Down syndrome the name of ‘the divine chromosome.’ How beautifully this reminds us, that all humanity, regardless of individual medical diagnosis, originates in the same compassion and love.
The term ‘intention’ in medicine means the healing process of a wound. We may create plans based on any believes that bring us to an achievement of something out there we think is missing, or we can be drawn to deeper roots that are pulling towards internal healing, recovery of inner truth. While intuition is the messenger from and to our intra-past, imagination is the force pulling from and to the extra-future. Intention resides in the inter-present in full cooperation with others, and it is the binding element between intuition and imagination. Intention is the doing between one’s true intuitive being and imaginative becoming. If you have intentions in line with your intuition, even if there seems currently no practical way to act upon, do maintain the thoughts about them and you’ll keep a healthy attitude. The universe will conspire with you to co-create over sooner or longer if you stay awaringly alert. The benefits of staying authentic are to reveal in any case. Even without external stimuli and executions in the here and now,
Mind-wandering back to your intuition and forth into imagination does create present moment emotions and thoughts, similar to real-life experiences.
The brain cannot differentiate between real and imagined, and images get memorized similar to experiences. Therefore, intentional mentation is as much your real reality for answering the big questions of life beyond practical considerations as is the experience from physical respectively geographical immersion into a socio-cultural and possibly even un-personal interpretations of reality. The mere memory or the prospect of a joyful experience can enable a joyful desire to let go of curtailing attachment. It is highly awareness-intelligent to be able to be motivated and inspire others to use the prospect of joy from caring for others to create harmonious win-win situations.
We do not achieve because of forceful doing or hard work; although the latter is necessary too. Anything we create we have allowed to come; our creations come from who we are and related expressions of our desires. Wholeness of awareness leads to the wholesomeness of actions. In that sense, co-creation with our source is not only the end but also all beginnings. It is the start of a fully lived life. So,
Don’t look for sources of creativity outside of you. The artist and the art are inseparable.
The sculptor Pygmalion, according to Greek mythology, could call a statue into life through his sheer desire. Don’t outsource the creation of your life. Enjoy your short but wonderful journey in the phenomenal world and create.
To harness the creative power of Awareness Intelligence, we need to source inter-present intention from accessing our intra-past willfully, and fearlessly allow the imagination of the desired outcome in all the possibilities that lie in the awareness of the extra-future.