This is a mind blowing concept and one that I continually come back to and reflect on. Someone recently asked me if I have ever “bent the spoon”? I really had to think on it before responding. Like the boy says, you are not bending the spoon. That’s impossible. When you realize the truth, that there is no spoon, then you will see it’s not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.
Our thoughts control our reality. As adults we hear people say to “visualize”. Visualize this and that to create your own reality. This can be a struggle. We are held back by our concepts of what is possible or impossible. What we forget is the power of “IMAGINATION”. It is our imagination that gives our visualizations power to manifest the world around us.
As a child my sister and I often got into all kinds of shenanigans around the house with our wild imaginations. Pillow forts, alligator and the high action game of “the floor is lava” were some of our favorites. One hot summer day my mother sent us off to play in the basement so she could get some work done. My sister and I came up with the idea that instead of just playing regular “house” we would pretend to be Eskimos. Seemed like a great plan since it was so hot out that day.
We created a domed fort with a small front opening. Collected firewood and covered ourselves with clothing we imagined to be warm furs. We sat in the little home we created imagining the cold snow and wind blowing just outside the shelter. Together our visualization became so strong that WE WERE THERE. I could see it! I could feel it! It was our reality. It scared the crap out of us!
We could feel the cold air. See the snow blowing against our hut and the landscape was of a snowy mountain side on a winter evening. On seeing this we both jumped out of our skins. I grabbed her arm not wanting to leave her behind and we ran frantically upstairs to hide in our room. We looked at each other in disbelief. “Did you see that?” We both described the same vision. The same feeling. We didn’t know what to make of it. Soon we were outside playing in the hot summer sun forgetting about what just happened.
What did we do? by being able to visualize unbound by our ego and logical consciousness we did, what I now realize as, “bent the spoon” by bending ourselves.
To hold on to that is even more tricky. In the movie “The Matrix”, Neo jumps off the building but halfway through the leap he looses that state of consciousness and is consumed with fear that he is falling – and he fell. This is a lesson I continue to practice. holding that state of mind is easier to do when you don’t look down.
How do you get there: Morpheus would say “FREE YOUR MIND”
I can only speak for me and I am absolutely no master. What works, when I can get it to work (that’s the trick eh?) is letting go, free your mind, empty your mind, stop willing, stop desiring, stop hating. No fear, no expectation, no desire. Picture an empty cup filled with light heartedness & love for all that is, what has been and what could be. Free your imagination.