My post today is about the womb of imagination, the birthplace of anything goes. I’m sharing a fun trick today, although ‘trick’ is not quite the right word….not like ‘imaginational’, anyway.
You might be wondering what I mean by ‘imaginational freefall’. Basically ‘imaginational freefall’ is a bungee jump from a bridge of thought, attention, or intention without a harness. You don’t need much, if any, training and whatever instruction I share with you might have to be thrown out because it just might get in the way.
So I will share with you what I’ve done on occasion and we’ll take it from there. Actually, I’ll share some details of my last imaginational freefall and I will drop (hint)s along the way.
Recently, after finishing a shower, I was drying off and as I was doing so I took notice (hint) of the act of drying off . I paid total attention to the feel of the towel, the swiping action of my arms, the sight and feeling of the water droplets on my skin, the sound of my breathing as I was drying off (hints).
I then widened the circle of my attention (hint) to the bathroom tiles on the walls, the floors, the structure of the bath and shower, the edifice of the house, and the existence and essence of all these things. I carried my thought to our planet as a whole and wondered at the innumerable inventions we have introduced to a planet of earth, water, and sky.
Ultimately, I flew (hint) out into space and could see Earth from a distance of light years. I looked around at the stars and galaxies nearby and distant. I was in awe. I imagined life on other planets, in other worlds, and started flying over great, imaginational distances and viewed several worlds simultaneously, wondering (hint) what the details of their lives were.
Then I ‘landed’….back on Earth….in my little bathroom.
I guess you could say I ‘woke up’.
Ok, these were the mechanical details of an imaginational freefall. The imaginational part should be obvious. The freefall part is not so obvious and yet is.
What is a freefall? In physical terms, it’s a fall with no grounding, no support, and no slowing down. You’re riding gravity’s pull and the higher you are the faster you fall.
Now, if you’ve ever free-fallen from any height (a cliff, a building, or a high diving board, for example, in reality or in dreams) then you know the physical feeling of that falling momentum, right? The involuntary pull of your weight, the centripetal surge of your insides. It’s a freaky feeling and can be scary (in fact, the only 2 fears we’re born with are the fear of loud noises and the fear of falling).
Well, this literally is the feeling I get during imaginational freefall. I experienced it during the episode I just described above, and it’s a physical signal that I’m truly in imaginational freefall, but one that I cannot take notice of for more than a trillionth of a nano-moment or else I ‘land’, if you know what I mean.
So what are the instructions on how to do this? And what the heck is the point??
As I already shared with you, there are hints in the account above. I don’t want this to get too instructional because that defeats the purpose which is ultimately and necessarily to awaken your inner mystic.
I’ll briefly list the hints from above and you can fill in the empty spaces of knowing with the substance of your experiences.
1) Remember, an imaginational freefall is a ‘bungee jump from a bridge of thought, attention, or intention without a harness.’ It’s about letting go and stepping off the edge of what you know, or think, is sure and stepping into the groundless space of imagination with no harness, i.e., with no self-consciously guided thought, no precedent, no destination. Just freefall.
2) Take notice. Total immersion of your attention and awareness on the moment. The moment could include what is around you physically, sensually. Or the moment could be just what is going on internally – thoughts, feelings, images. Or both. You define the moment….wait, that might be too active, too masculine (energetically); better yet, let the moment define itself, tell you what it is and you just take notice (passivity is the needed state for a successful, fun imaginational freefall). Stay totally receptive. Take notice. Take, receive – get it?
3) When you take notice, be aware of the sensations – what do you see? what do you hear? what do you feel, smell, taste? Don’t think about you are sensing – just feel it, see it, smell, hear it. Get it? If what you sense is internal only then, again, what do you see, smell, hear, feel?
4) Expand. If it is appropriate, widen your circle of awareness. I mention this (about appropriateness) because, again, you don’t want the driving force to be you in thinking mode. Remember, in a physical freefall you are being pulled, you are not pushing or directing – in other words, you are not in control. It is the same with imagination.
Also, expanding your circle of awareness may not be needed – maybe you just want to stay confined to a small patch of imagination, especially as you start these exercises. That’s fine. At times you may want to explore only a leaf, or a cell, or an atom; or you may fly as a hummingbird, run as a cheetah, or swim as a blue whale; or you may lie on the pavement as a homeless man, play as a saxophonist in a jazz club, or negotiate the ultimate peace treaty among nations as a head of state. Depending upon where you leap from (a thought, a focus of attention, or an intention) you will feel your way through the freefall.
5) Fly. This can be mastered somewhat easily or it can ruin your freefall. It’s similar in principle to expanding your awareness. When you really get good at imaginational freefall you can introduce an element of ownership and still remain in freefall. It’s similar to lucid dreaming in which you are aware that you are in dream state and decide to ‘own’ your dream actions through self-guidance. I know this may seem to contradict what I mentioned in ‘step’ 1 (these are not steps, this is not linear). It doesn’t. In any case, you will experience many seeming contradictions and inconsistencies but in the realm of imagination, anything goes, and usually does.
I’ll give you an example from real life: a man leaped from a burning skyscraper to avoid burning to death. A photojournalist observed the man falling and took about a dozen photos of his descent. The photojournalist observed that the falling man stopped flailing his arms and legs at some point, put his arms close to his sides, and continued headfirst for the rest of his fall. Apparently, the body language signaled that the man changed from a state of resistance (evidenced by his flailing arms and legs) to one of acceptance and even ownership (arms to his sides, headfirst). The photojournalist commented that the photos of the man, at the point when he ‘took control’, appeared as if he was flying through the air, not falling.
6) Wonder. Be the child again. Wonder, marvel, enjoy. Just don’t think about it like I did, not if you don’t want to land. Be fascinated, be not startled. Marvel, but say nothing is marvelous. Say nothing. Think nothing. Remain in child-like wonder – no thinking, no analyzing, no defining, no resisting. Wonder, do not ponder. Just wonder. Because you will anyway.
Well, this is it, I think.
Now that you’ve read the instructions, discard them. Listen, but don’t follow. Just do. You want your experience to inform your reading/learning, not the other way around. You will have your own discoveries, receive your own revelations, and share your own stories. And what you experience may depart and even disagree with what I’ve shared. That’s fine. You must experience your own truth.
And this is the point of imaginationa freefall – to experience your own truth, your own imagination, and exercise them freely and creatively.The point is to awaken the inner ‘mystic’ within you, that artist of life that expresses uniquely as you and through you.
Doing so will help you establish your own authority and sovereignty in the realm of imagination. Your mind is your own and is your willing servant in the act of creation. Using your will to direct its creative energies will help you discover and experience your innate powers of thought, will, and imagination.
From childhood we are conditioned to give our minds in deference to external ‘truths’ and ‘authorities’. We do this by agreeing with them and assimilating their precepts and teachings, often unconsciously. As a result of this the skies of our imagination become clouded with information and knowledge that stifle the free-ranging, creative self. We must reclaim our minds and imagination and recover our uniquely expressive selves.
Imaginational freefall can show you how.