Imagine what we could change if we changed the way we use our imaginations
Scientists have discovered that nearly every hemisphere of the brain is engaged when we use our imaginations. This is no little childish mechanism. It is probably the most underrated yet, a dominant part of who we are. It can be used to shape how we see ourselves and how we are seen.
If you don’t believe this, you need to look no further than the woman who writes her name over and over again with the last name of the man she loves to see how imagination can start something. On the other hand, you need to look no further than the example of Ebenezer Scrooge. As the story of the Christmas Carol illustrates, all of his misery and discontent could be traced back to various points in his life where he chose to numb or ignore the positive aspects of this poorly used tool.
Hope and despair start with what you imagine and grow into what you believe. Of all the uncertainty that can be spun from the imagination, it is also the only real source of hope, the only thing that is certain to carry you.
Humans are nervous and unsure creatures. People need firm ground to stand on, a covenant agreement, a lawful decree. Laws that can be tested and weighed against what we can see. Rules and punishments, this is how we get our bearings and what we need to move forward through uncertainty and fear. There are laws of physics, doctrines of the religion, empirical evidence of the senses. Reason, intellect, and law are more comforting and stable to you as an adult and leave little room for imagination.
As a consequence of our desire for certainty as we get older, our imaginations get weaker. We tend to refer to them with condescending statements like “Oh, that was only my imagination,” meaning that because something originated in our minds, it is less real or childish.
I have come to see that this is a colossal mistake and a critical error. It is also a disservice to our abilities, gifts, and our relationships. Our imagination is a gift and a powerful tool we can use to create or destroy. Everything begins and ends in this workspace of the brain. It is also our most powerful mechanism to engage with the unimaginable.
But we find comfort in certainty in knowing what is real, trustworthy, and stable. In a way, it is a form of control for us to know all the inner workings and label them. So when it comes to the unknown, we decide for ourselves if these mysteries should be proclaimed as something to be feared or worshiped.
My imagination brought a lot of negativity and destruction into my life before I learned the power it held. This part of our brain is the most underrated and ignored friend or foe we will ever know. Manipulators and predators used the power of my imagination to trap me into the belief that my fate was connected or dependent on them. I allowed them to capture my imagination with ideas of helping the world or just the department where I worked. I allowed organizations to capture my imagination and lead me to believe I was a part of something big and important, and I gave them so much of myself. This tool, in my mind, my imagination, is where everything begins and ends. It is where seeds are planted that I either water or cast away.
It is the idea that the imagination is just a childish or false part of who we are that can lead to our destruction if we let it. On the other side, what if we acknowledge the power of this force within, and reclaim control over it. Take power back from leaders, organizations, religions, and anyone other than ourselves or that small voice within. It is our tool after all. We can reclaim it and use it for our benefit.
In my book God’s in the Garden I take a journey into the dark uncharted landscape of pain and disappointment in my life. I discovered that I let people, religion, and events control how I felt about myself. I let others control and influence me and they did this by capturing my imagination first. One thing that I learned on this journey is that everything truly does begin and end in our imagination. I realized a lot about the power of imagination and how to take back control of this formidable tool. I determined that I can reclaim this power and use it to bring positivity and hope back into my life.
The Book, God’s in the Garden, seizes the essence of a survivor’s journey through abuse, pain, loss, and betrayal, toward enlightenment. This was a long, arduous journey, but it was also an incredibly cathartic adventure. I encourage you to read my memoir God’s in the Garden you will enjoy the experience and the occasional pit stops of poetry, short stories, and original artwork which will capture and captivate your imagination. God’s in the Garden seizes the essence of a survivor’s journey through abuse, pain, loss, and betrayal, toward enlightenment.
It is a unique memoir that not only illustrates the devastation and loss a survivor experienced but also the power of the human spirit and mind. The Power to overcome and heal, and to once again reclaim ourselves, our life, and our imagination. Join me on the adventure; maybe you too will reclaim what has been lost to you in the Garden of your imagination.
Dr. Cory B. Scott has had an adventurous career that has afforded him the honor of such titles as Reverend, Deputy, Executive, Director, Lieutenant, Doctor, and finally, his true passion, Professor.
But those titles were just masks; his official titles are, Daddy, Husband, Brother, Friend, Uncle, Mentor, and finally, in 2019, he was awarded his true love, Grandpa.
Cory has survived some devastating tragic events and personal failures in his life. These experiences have given him deep insight and a desire to help others overcome personal obstacles and transform their tragedies into sacred gurus who teach and strengthen.
Cory weaves original artwork, poetry, and short stories in an incredible memoir titled, "Gods in the Garden." This book captures the essence of a survivor's journey through abuse, pain, loss, betrayal, and enlightenment.