I wrote this yesterday in regards to a rhetorical question ; "What are you doing to make a happening happen"? I was a tad bit surprised when some did not understand the question when in essence I was asking them to create a shift just for today. Yesterday I was working on creating my own happening. Didn't know what my outcome was going to be. What I knew for sure was I had to be about creating the ground work for it to be.
I had to trust that everything that I could possibly do, I did. And then I had to step aside and let it be. What ever the outcome was, I would accept it even if it wasn't what I wanted or desired.
One of my students who was here during Mardi Gras asked me how can I teach someone to imagine? It was in reponse to them asking me what I taught. My workshop name is actually "Imagination, Inspiration and Other Leaps of Faith"
We all have the capable to imagine. Some of us have had that skill laid dormant, being educated out of ourselves, been told it is foolish and a complete waste of time etc.
Yet much of what we use as routine today has been because someone imagine, became inspired and then boldly went where no man (or woman) had gone before.
Sometimes the answer does not come easy or may come ridiculosuly packaged that everyone is telling you don't do it. True enough you can sometimes fall on your face, get laughed at, feel it is all over.
But at least you dared to go off the path.
But there are those times you must go so you can grow and then watch yourself glow like there is no tomorrow!
So what are you doing today to create a happening in your life. Large or small; grande or petite?
Is there something you can create which can bring a shift in activity, thinking, eating, doing good for others, doing good for oneself, creating a new job, career, passion , thinking or getting an application to go back to school, new hairdo, updating wardrobe, trying something new you always wanted to do, stopping something (at least for today) you want to stop but never really tried to before, change the color of a room, move a chair from one spot to another?
The happening could be something small or large that you may do to shift your world. It could be as simple as trying a shade of lipstick you never thought you would to, investing in a fund for that trip you've only dreamt about, to packing up as I did & moving across country to a place who is trying to revamp itself or correcting a habit (just for today) or getting your groove on with no concern for people thinking you are acting foolishly.
True enough you could fall flat on your face... I have many times, but at least I threw the fishing line out there... True enough even in the middle I've question was this wise, smart the "correct" thing to do, but I did it anyway.
Today I made a happening happen. I had a challenge that appeared to be insurmountable. I mean it would have grossly affected my living condition. I had exhausted everything, so I let it be.
Low & behold 3 hours later, it righted itself in a big way! There was also a sidebar ripple, unexpected, that got resolved because of the happening.
If I had not gotten up at 4am went to the fishing pond and threw my line in not knowing if the fish were going to bite who know where I would be right now. And even if they were not biting at this part of the pond after I threw the line in would I pack up and go home after 1 try or move to another side of the pond?
I move to another side and the fish bit..
In a large way...
So whenever you feel like:
Or beating yourself up because it is not where you think it should be in "reality"
Create a happening. You may be a wee bit surprise what the outcome will be when that door opens. When I "teach" imagination it is primarily a course to allow people to do what is in them all along. You see a 4yr old can understand purple clouds, by middle school they start to question, high school they roll their eyes and by adult hood they say "I am not creative". Yet they create every day. But the conditioning we get tells us we are not. People associate creativity, imagination with being artistic. True enough they are siblings, fraternal triplets however not identical.
As one of the students who is coming out of graduate school this year said "how do you teach someone imagination"? My instant thought was "Oh oh". Guarantee you along the way someone told them to put away the foolishness, get real or get a "real job" "you have to deal with reality".
"You'll never to that"...
"Come back to earth"...
All the while using tools that someone told THOSE creators to "put away all that foolishness"; "get real" etc. They may not see the that
- because we are condition not to. Imagination allows one to dream... Dream allows critical thinking. Critical thinking allows.. well you should know the rest.
Lyrics by Holland Dozier & Holland
"Hey life look at me, I can see the reality...Cause when you shook me, took me out of my worldI woke up, suddenly I just woke up to the happening....
One day you-re up, then you turn aroundYou find your world is tumbling down...I was sure, I felt secure, until love took a detour...Yeah, riding high on top of the worldIt happened, suddenly it just happened...
I saw my dreams torn apart, when love walked away from my heart"
It happened to me & it could happen to you...
I woke up, suddenly I woke up
Dah dah DAH!