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  • Writer's pictureYolanda McAdam

Space is the Soil of Imagination

Updated: Jul 12, 2020

If you’re a reader of horoscopes, magic and/or self-help material you’ll know that you have to make space for growth and transformation. I want to expand on this idea of “space” here because there’s more to “making space” than drawing an imaginary line in your living room and sitting next to a picture of your guru for ten minutes every morning.

As with anything that feels important or holds the potential to help us heal, grow and transform we have to start by asking the right questions.

There are two questions that immediately come to mind when thinking about cultivating space : what does it actually mean to “make space” and why should you commit to this practice?

Make space to cultivate the imagination

The space we cultivate serves as a container for our dreams and hopes. It’s a space, away from prying eyes, that encourages and welcomes imagination.

Imagination allows us to “evoke worlds”; to manifest a new reality for ourselves and others.

We’re living through a difficult but necessary course - correction. A time punctuated by anger and grief that requires a commitment to imagination.

So space is about how we slow down long enough to a) de-weed our garden of any limiting and unhelpful beliefs and b) reconnect with our highest self. This higher self is the part of you that accepts that real change starts with you.

When we make space a portal of possibility opens up because in these moments of stillness our imagination is activated.

Imagination expands the realm of possibility. And, possibility is an essential ingredient in manifestation work. You cannot attain what you do not believe is possible for you.

That said, the world needs your participation because a better world does not magically come into being because of one person’s actions or words. Change is collaborative. It takes the courageous support of many and consistent effort to bring about change.

So when you claim space for 20 minutes or an hour of every day, you do it not only for yourself but also for the betterment of others.

When I liberate myself, I liberate others - Fannie Lou Hamer

What does regular practice look like?

Practice consists of conscious reflection for soul awakening and imagining for the opening of sweeter possibilities. For anything real or substantial to manifest on the outside, changes have to start on the inside.

Here are a few examples that help cultivate space:

  • Journaling. One of the most popular practices is morning pages, a practice from Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way”. It’s three pages of longhand, stream-of-consciousness writing every morning. Don’t edit your thoughts. Write what comes to mind. Let it all out.

  • Affirmations. Choose 1-3 affirmations that will help you develop higher qualities that you feel will help you thrive. For example: I radiate confidence, love and inner peace. Then imagine how you would behave, feel and what your life would look like if you were more confident, loving and peaceful. Here are more affirmation examples:

My choices and possibilities are expanding every day

I give myself permission to have what I want

My value and worth are increased by everything I do

  • Future Self exercise. Use your imagination to travel forward in time 7 - 10 years. What does your future life look like, feel like, smell like and sound like? Engage all your senses.

I have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And I have to do it all the time. - Angela Davis

Now over to you,

Do you make space for meditation, reflection or visualization? What does your practice look like?