This is an invitation to pause.
Imagine, just for a few minutes, the world you really want to live in – the one Yoko and John showed us, the one where you get to romp in the grass everyday, where the sun warms your skin, where your body is radiantly healthy, where everyone dances regularly, and where our parents, and children, and partners, and lovers, and neighbors are true friends.
Bring in the color. Tune up the sound. Make a smell symphony. Melt into it… just for a minute, let yourself have the world you imagine.
Where are you? Perhaps it is the home you never fully let yourself dream of, the relationship you thought was impossible, the business they said would fail. Or, perhaps it is the healing practice they said wasn’t valuable, or the art that nobody listened to, or the the silence you thought you needed to cover in order to be heard…
Go there. Extend the instant. Extend the interval. That is where your real power lies – right there – in the center of your imagination. That’s god power at work. Don’t let it die.
What can you imagine into existence?
“BUT…” you say, “I’m not sure I deserve this. I’m not sure it’s possible. I won’t be supported. What if I die?”
Imagine, just for this moment, that the universe loves you, that every single thing that has ever happened to you, is happening to you, or will ever happening to you, is perfectly aligned with your soul’s plan for itself and god’s plan for you. Just let that in. And, just for today, take another few steps into LIVING INTO the world you imagine.
Two(+) keys for today:
1) Give the world the benefit of the doubt.
Notice whether you imagine (project) good intentions or negative intentions onto the actions or others. Withdraw the judgement and simply imagine that that person or situation is doing it’s very very best to come to a higher order of resolution with challenge or change. Notice how this is profoundly relieving for you, because then you are no longer carrying the weight of that judgement. Repeat… notice. Find a more charged situation. Do it again.
2) Imagine new life where you currently perceive dysfunction or death.
We all have those things we look away from because they are unpleasant, or deadened places within our selves or our world. Often, we don’t know what to do about them, so we ignore them, or simply cope with them. Examples: the knee issue you’ve been nursing for two years but “have just gotten used to living with,” the homeless person whose particular energy and presence speaks mysteriously to you, but who you’ve never said “hi” to, the bare rooftops I’m looking at right now, that I imagine everyday as gardens, solar catchers and water movers. Every single thing you see that tugs at your body, heart and soul for an authentic response is an opportunity in latent form. These things invite you to apply your imagination to co-create a higher octave of being, of response, of solution or resolution or connection in your own life and in the world. Where in your life are you ignoring a potent opportunity to turn towards a challenge or a pain with creative openness to grow, to give and to be changed? Where are you pushing something away because it doesn’t fit your preferences or fantasy image of your life? Choose one thing or situation. Imagine it as a part of the world you want to see – with your heart wide open – and see what new responses arise.
“Better Than Imagined”
For me, the most potent key (or prayer) is the one where I use my imagination to conjure and coalesce the most beautiful, elegant, lovingly created thing (like Dancing Freedom, for example, or the organic feast I cooked on Saturday night), then I GIVE IT UP TO GOD, trusting that’s the Greater Intelligence of creation is a more brilliant, diverse, genius co-creator than me alone. This is where true magic happens. All you need to do is to allow yourself to engage a dialogue, a conversation, with whatever you perceive that larger intelligence and love to be. Just try it – dance it, talk it, meditate it, use your gratitude power to engage with it. See what happens.
I love you so much,
Samantha Sweetwater is founder and director of Dancing Freedom and PeaceBody: Embodied Leadership Institute. and has created Soul Coaching as a depth space for individual personal growth and empowerment. For over 15 years she has led transformational workshop, trainings and events integrating dance, yoga, soul empowerment and sustainable lifestyle education in the US, Brazil, Australia, Europe and Japan. Through her facilitation, she has inspired thousands to embrace living tools for radiant health, authentic expression, joyous wholeness, planetary regenesis and an awakened heart. The next Dancing Freedom International Teacher Training is November 1-26 in Bali. She is also part of the organizing team for State of the World Forum and the Global Transitions Initiative.