Leaping And Looking

One way of thinking of what you're doing in all of this is you are training your imagination. Which isn't exactly true, since it's not particularly trainable. But it's always there, and it's always willing to work for you. It's going all the time whether you're in touch with it or not. What you can do is get in the way. When you're in the way, you may feel that you have no imagination, but your imagination is a lot stronger and more durable and inventive than the rest of your mind. But it obeys its own rules. (The more you push it, the less you get, etc.) So, you don't train it. If anything, it trains you.

You have to learn how to follow your imagination's rules. Now, that's something you knew from the beginning. Little kids know it, since they haven't learned to approach things in a way that stifles the imagination. They haven't learned to plan ahead, to prepare, to think it through, to organize their thoughts before starting, to outline, to be careful, etc. All of this is what the educational system and the work world train us to do. And all of it is death to creativity. In creating, you leap first and look later.

If you want your imagination to work for you, you must learn to open the door and step aside. It leads. You follow. And if you do it long enough, if you don't allow your doubts and worries and fears to do you in, you will be rewarded. You will do less, and your imagination (subconscious) will do more. It will carry the load if you learn how to let it. Then, when you get into bed at night, when you turn onto the expressway or take your seat on the train, your mind will go there on its own. Your imagination will take you where you need to go-There's nothing new about any of this. This is daydreaming. The technique I've laid out follows the natural currents of your mind. It takes some doing, but if you stick with it long enough to make the connection, to internalize it, to make it a part of you, you will discover what a great game this can be.

EXERCISES

Dealing with a nasty waiter/waitress or salesperson.

Dealing with a difficult child.

A character trying to figure out if he or she loves someone or not—if it's "the real thing."

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