Can Your Active Imagination Transform Your Life?

 I read a very interesting article in the Wall Street Journal. The question was, “What if you could travel into your own future to see what your life will look like in 20, 30 or even 40 years?” Researchers used virtual reality with test subjects and it boosted the amount they decided to save for retirement.
For decades I have been focused (obsessed, actually) on how the extra sensory interacts with the sensory, and I am thrilled that science continues to explore and validate it. I love witnessing the building of this bridge!
Although this research study focused on retirement savings, I was excited to read about it for several reasons, but here are just a couple: (1) it further illustrates that there are very practical benefits to connecting the non-physical with the physical, and (2) I have used my imagination to positively impact my health and emotional well-being in very tangible ways and this research extends credibility as I continue to teach others how they can use it for themselves.
Using my imagination without judgment helped me change my life in significant and very practical ways. Not only did I cure my lifelong depression, I also stopped yo-yo dieting and stabilized my weight. These were two very significant issues for me and it still feels miraculous to be so grounded and healthy; I doubt I’ll ever take it for granted.
To season it in my own way, consider that using your imagination is aligning with virtual reality. You don’t need to be a subject in a research study, you can simply give yourself permission to use your imagination again (if you can recall, you did so freely as a child)!
You can engage with your future self right now. You can close your eyes and see yourself 20, 30 or 40 years from now. You can chat. You can share stories. You can get inspiration. You can share knowledge. It is no more challenging than your willingness to tune out your five physical senses and tune in to your imagination!
And what about the fact that researchers have confirmed that daydreaming can offer countless benefits, from improving memory to lowering blood pressure to boosting your immune system? Perhaps it is time to let your guard down about seemingly silly things like your imagination and daydreaming and give them (and yourself) the attention they deserve.
What can you learn right now from engaging with your future self? Or righting a previous wrong in your mind’s eye? Or accessing your inner world and seeing yourself healthy and happy? It is up to you and your desired focus; the possibilities are endless!

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