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Published By Gwenith Kikkawa on September 16th, 2004 in Circle Stories From The Heart
I think John Lennon was on to something important when he wrote the song “Imagine”. Our imaginations have created the world in which we live. Every chair, table, and house we live in was born first in our imaginations. As children, many of us were actively engaged in our imaginations creating paintings, stories, and other worlds within which we played with our “imaginary friends”. As children grow older and begin school, the imaginary world begins to slip away. The child is initiated into a belief system that does not include imaginary worlds or playmates any longer. From a shamanic perspective, these imaginary playmates are our spirit helpers. They teach and guide us and provide comfort and healing. They also help us connect with our internal gifts that can be shared with the world at large. When we abandon the place of imagination and creativity, we abandon the belief that we have the power to make a difference in our world. Do you remember the first time someone questioned your belief in magical beings or worlds?
Our imaginations are very powerful, and need to be utilized to make change. In the book Medicine for the Earth, Reverend Eloise Page is quoted as saying “Fantasy is what many describe as imaginary or illusionary or wishful thinking. Imagination or the power of creativity are very real and concrete forces, they are neither imaginary, nor illusions.” Shaman’s around the world say we are dreaming the wrong dream, and that it is time to dream a new dream for ourselves and the earth, according to Sandra Ingerman, author of Medicine for the Earth.
The only way in which we can make change in ourselves and in the world is to have a positive vision, to hold that vision, and most of all to believe in the power of our imaginations. We can use our imagination to heal or create illness and trauma in our lives. Especially in these times that we are living in it is easy to get caught up in the fear that is being perpetuated. We can choose to use our imagination to bring healing to ourselves and to the earth. We can use our imagination to create a planet with clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. We can create peace in the world amongst all people. We can live lives that are full, rich and rewarding and we can have healthy bodies and relationships. Consider what seeds you are planting in your life, and in the world. Are they seeds of love, light and hope or are they seeds of fear? As John Lennon once sang, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope some day you’ll join us, and the world will live as one.”
Go outside and find a place to sit, and reflect, quietly. Connect with the earth, a tree, rock, flower, and merge with this part of nature, with the intention of envisioning the world as you wish it to be. Dream on how you want your life to flow, what kind of relationships you want, how you want to use your time, what life priorities are important to you. Dream of a world anew, with clean air to breathe, and water to drink. Spend at least ½ hour imagining this world, using all of your senses. When you are complete draw a picture, or make a talisman out of natural materials around you to represent the dream that you have for yourself and the earth. As you create this picture or talisman, hold a clear intention of what you are dreaming, and reflect on the words that represent this dream. Create a sacred fire with the intention of asking the smoke to bring your vision to the universe to manifest your dreams.. When you are ready place your talisman/picture into the fire, which will be transformed as you feed it to the fire. Give thanks to the fire and the universe for helping you manifest your vision.
Martha Lucier, B.Hk, B. Ed shares over a decade of shamanic counseling experience with groups and individuals. She is a graduate of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, and is one of a small group of presenters in Canada of the Medicine for the Earth Program. Martha is co-founder of Northern Edge Algonquin, which offers shamanic retreats. For more information on Medicine for the Earth teachers in your area visit www.medicinefortheearth.com
Imagine there’s no heaven,
It’s easy if you try.
No hell below us,
Above us only sky.
Imagine all the people
living for today…
Imagine there are no countries,
It isn’t hard to do.
Nothing to kill or die for,
No religion too.
Imagine all the people,
living life in peace…
Imagine no possessions,
I wonder if you can.
No need for greed or hunger,
A brotherhood of man.
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…
You may say I’m a dreamer,
But, I’m not the only one,
I hope some day you’ll join us,
And the world will live as one.
“It’s not what we do, but who we become that changes the world.”
~ Sandra Ingerman, Medicine for the Earth