I just finished watching this beautiful and poignant film about
the former editor of French Elle, who experiences a stroke so
severe that he has ‘locked in’ syndrome. A rare condition where
his inner world is still intact but he is left with only the ability
to blink one eye. There’s a great deal of paradox in the movie.
But what I most wanted to talk about was an early scene, where
he begins to pull out of feeling pity for himself and recognizes that
three things are still intact: the blinking of one eye, his memory
and his imagination.
His imagination, where he could experience any version of reality
that he cared to. This is perhaps the richest of all senses, what
one might even call the sixth sense. That rich inner landscape
where new worlds are created and experienced. A place impervious
to time, space, dimensions or limits. Within the imagination is the
freedom to inhabit any circumstance you wish to now be alive and
present in your outer world. Dwell in it fully and it has the ability to
transform you from the inside out. As within, so without.
Neville Goddard spoke frequently on the power of the imagination,
as he gave many lectures on it from the 1930′s through the 1970′s.
Reading and listening to his lectures, books and audio recordings
have re-ignited a world I once delved in freely as a child. Within my
imagination, there is no place I cannot go, no one I cannot be, and
nothing that I cannot do.
William Blake, noted 19th century poet and artist, termed the
imagination: the eternal body of man that is God himself.
I leave you with a quote from Awakened Imagination by Neville Goddard:
By imagination we have the power to be anything we desire to be.
Through imagination we disarm and transform the violence of the
world. Our most intimate as well as our most casual relationships
become imaginative as we awaken to “the mystery hid from the ages,”
that Christ in us is our imagination. We then realize that only as we
live by imagination can we truly be said to live at all.