Angel of Imagination
The Angel of Imagination appeared when I was asked to do a picture of an angel for the cover of a small magazine issued by a friend. It’s not a subject I’ve done a lot of pictures of but as I sketched, a few ideas came to mind and out of them came the Angel of Imagination. Here’s my thinking behind the picture.
The angel will appear if we can unblock our mind from its logical and practical ways. If we can get beyond our mind we can release this angel and a new world of beauty, colour, sound and wonder will open as we explore what our imagination has to offer. Beyond the dogmatic dictates of the mechanical mind are bright colourful, melodious meadows of wild ideas, flowing rivers of insights and places of wonder and beauty. Here we can find a better understanding of our lives and solutions to the challenges we face.
The difference between mind and imagination
We need to understand our inner make up to know how our mind and imagination work. Within ourselves we have our emotions, our memories and our mind. These three aspects of our inners selves are under the rule of the mind. There is a lot of logic involved and the study of psychology of the mind can help us put a framework on the way it all works.
Above the mind we have our intuition and our true happy imaginative and loving self Soul. Soul does things with love and so tends to be soft, subtle and considerate. The mind on the other hand can be demanding, dictatorial and stubborn. Soul’s subtlety gets walked on by minds aggressiveness. The logical demands of mind distract us from the light and sound of Soul. Its soft loving voice and insightful advice get shut out by minds logical dictates.
Blocks to the imagination
One of the biggest blocks to the imagination is the logical mind. We are easily convinced by the mind’s practical logic. After all it does make sense. Our imagination does penetrate through some of the blocks set up by the mind by suggesting creative ideas and new ways of looking at things. However until we realise that we are more than what we think in our minds we will be blocked off from our angel of imagination.
One of the blocks mind comes up with is ‘If I can’t see it, it’s not real’. It dismisses our inner nudges, our intuition, and our dreams. This thinking shuts the doors on the light coming from our higher self, Soul, and puts shutters on the windows to our imagination. It compels us to only live in the darkened house of our mind under the belief that if it isn’t within this house which the mind can control, it doesn’t exist. However the existence of the light does show through the cracks in the doors and the shutters.
There are many examples of books, plays, movies, poetry and art where the writer or artist has opened a pin hole of light where we can see into their imaginative world. They bring us on a journey through their stories, insights and visions. They open the shutter a little. With the insights learned from their creations they shed light on some area of our life which up until now has been in the dark.
How can we access our angel of imagination?
As children we may have spent time watching clouds drift across our skies. In those clouds we could see lots of different shapes. A head, an animal, islands coming together, floating candy floss, cotton wool to cuddle into, castles, cities, mountains and anything our imagination suggested to us. It lasted for a few minutes and then changed into something else. What did you see? What can you see today? If there are clouds in your sky now, have a look and see what you can make of them with the help of your angel of imagination.We need to take time to allow ourselves develop our imagination. This is time where we take it easy, slow down and enjoy the moment. If we can dedicate fifteen to twenty minutes a day to visiting our angel of imagination we will be rewarded with lots of insights and ideas, a more relaxed view of life and a general feeling of being happier.
A good way to start is to sing HU for a few minutes, listen within for any subtle sounds and watch our inner screen for lights and colours. Thoughts or ideas may float across our mind but we should keep singing HU, listening to the inner sounds and watching the lights and colours. We may be struck by an idea or solution to an issue we are facing. It’s a good idea to write these insights down and then review them when we are finished our contemplation. Each idea is like a candle which adds light to the aspects of our lives which the minds dull logic has failed to illuminate. By doing this kind of spiritual exercise daily we begin to open the doors of our mind so the light from our angel of imagination can brighten our lives.
Our Angel of Imagination waits for us to move the mental blocks so its inspirational light can brighten our lives.
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