Yesterday was Halloween. I was sitting in a Starbucks (they’re everywhere here, and a day without coffee is like a day without clouds) and Michael and I were drinking some coffee. A little boy and girl were there with Mom and ran past me squealing in delight when they saw me. Because I was wearing a colorful Halloween sweater with spiders and cats on it and and some “antennae” with orange fur and bats on my head. The boy and girl came up to me and informed me that they were, respectively, a princess and SUPERMAN!!! He told me that with passion and intense conviction, and although he wasn’t wearing his costume at the moment, I could see it. Yes, he was superman.
Knowing that you’re superman is a good thing.
Imagination is a freedom. To an adult, a chair may be just a chair–something to sit on. To a child, a chair may be so much more, a car, a pony, a fort to climb on, a spaceship. I remember as a kid walking on living room furniture (I don’t think my Mom was in on this game)–the game was NOT to touch the floor as the floor was a moat or a lava pit or sure death of some kind. Furniture was land, and safety.
I was also at the costume store the other day, and saw imagination in full play. Adult imagination. Adults looking at, trying on, playing with Halloween costumes, and props–faces alive with “let’s pretend.” Yes, I AM a pirate! There was a magic in that store, and a life and energy that you don’t find in everyday life. Simply: it’s imagination. One of the “rules of the mind” I teach in my Bellevue College course is that “imagination is more powerful than knowledge.” Yes, it is!
I love imagination. It’s the stock in trade of what I do. Helping people change, in ways they want to. But, before they can do that, they have to have the imagination to see life could be different. They must be able to imagine themselves cigarette-free, thinner, more successful, etc. That’s part of what I help them do–because I can see it for them. Clearly! A person can come into my office with 50 pounds to lose, and I can fully imagine them thinner and healthier and living life with full passion. It’s who they really are. I can “see” their face thinner. Their body slimmer. I can see twitching turn to calm. I can see happiness. Hypnosis helps me communicate what I know is true for them. When people are feeling “stuck” in their lives, partly it’s because they’ve stomped down this innate childlike ability to see the world as full of possibility and potential. I help people reconnect with that ability, and change is streamlined.