Just Imagine

In the famous song, Imagine, by John Lennon, he paints a picture of a life for everyone, filled with peace, free from war and without the boundaries that separate us. Considering this possible world from the world we currently live in, it certainly can feel like an impossible dream. Here are the words to the entire song:

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’s no countries 
It isn’t hard to do 
Nothing to kill or die for 
And no religion too 
Imagine all the people 
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer 
But I’m not the only one 
I hope someday you’ll join us 
And the world will be as one

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 someday you’ll join us 
And the world will be as one

Imagination is a word with a great power that is often underestimated. Consider the fact that every great invention in our lives once lived exclusively in the “imagination” of the inventor. He or she imagined a possibility that could have seemed, at the time, only a dream. It is likely that many friends and family members may have even told the person, “That’s crazy…you can’t do that!” or “That is just an unrealistic dream. Be practical!”

Living consciously includes living in the moment. It also includes imagining a future beyond the limits we currently perceive in ourselves and in our lives. I often reflect on my life and think after an experience I have had or am having, that if someone had asked me ten years ago if I could have imagined doing this at this point in my life, I would have said “No way!”

So what if I start to live my life that way, knowing that this will happen again and again to me. What if I give myself the freedom to imagine my life and life itself in ways that seem “too good to be true”? What if my imagination itself is part of the first steps of creating that reality?

With this awareness, I begin to see the potential power in my imagination. The adults in our world often say to our children, “That is just your imagination” suggesting that it is make believe and best to just let it go and focus on what is true in the here and now. What if, as adults, we started to appreciate and learn from children what it is like to again be imaginative? What kind of life do you imagine for yourself, for your friends, for your family? I, for one do not want to give up on the world described by Lennon in his famous song…..and….you may say that I am a dreamer….and I can tell you that I am not the only one….maybe one day you will join us…and the world WILL in fact live as one. What kind of world or life are you imagining right now?