“I can’t believe THAT!” said Alice.
“Can’t you?” said the Queen in a pitying tone. “Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.”
Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said, “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why sometimes I believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast!” –Lewis Carroll, ‘Alice in Wonderland’
Some people have a funny view of reality. Perhaps it’s not funny to them, but very serious. They believe that what they see in front of them is what is actually real, and the entire story. They may even go so far as to say that what the respected authorities approve of, is what’s real. That’s the safe stuff to believe in. I mean, how did they get to be authorities to begin with? They must know more than we do, for pete’s sake!
Some people give up their own ability to decide what’s real for them, never dreaming that perhaps they can be an authority, themselves. People often validate facts and proof, rather than look for themselves.
Anything that becomes real, is what we can imagine existing. This is how incredible scientific discoveries, fantastic art forms, and advances in our culture are created. Someone imagines something: a scientist, artist, writer, musician, teacher, entrepreneur, human rights activist, politician, creates a vision of what may be possible. It is by creating that vision, by imagining something, that it is possible to actually manifest and make the thing real. This is why one person with a strong vision can change the world. (See Barack Obama)
What’s real for one may be completely different than what’s real for another. Nobody but you knows the very real things in your own heart. Those things that you dream of, long to create, have, and achieve, wish for with all of your heart. Someone else with a different reality might come along to tell you that yours is a false reality, and that they have the answers for you. For example, did you ever have a career counselor or other authority tell you that you are perfectly suited to do something that you know you don’t even want? Meanwhile your own true dream is languishing, waiting for you to pick it up and have it.
Perhaps you even went along with this, believed them for a time. But there was always that small voice inside of you, trying to get your attention. Whether you were encouraged to explore your own imagination or not, whether it was acceptable to imagine creating out of the box or not, now it’s your turn to decide. You can be the authority inside of you, who knows you the best.
If you can imagine yourself being happy, fulfilled, and enjoying your own life, you are already on your way to having what you want.