Teach them how to imagine and think ‘outside the square’.
In my latest International Best Selling Book ‘Create Confident Kids’ Michelle Tremolada and I write about the importance of ‘IMAGINATION’. Here is a snipet of what we said.
According to Einstein “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
According to Joe Dispenza, “the frontal lobe of our brain is where our imagination and ability to invent are located”. He goes on to say “It allows us to take what we already have experienced and know and employ all those old circuits of memory as building blocks to speculate about new outcomes”.
The great thing about the frontal lobe is that it also has the ability to tune out the old critical voices inside of you that tell you you cannot do that. I absolutely had to use my frontal lobe to not only create this book but to offer it in this way with a letter of the alphabet for each chapter. When I got the idea, I just imagined that it would work because of the relationship between kids and the alphabet. Then I just created the topics to suit the letters of the alphabet. While I am doing this my new circuits that I am creating in my neural network are firing and the old ones, that may have told me that I can’t, are not being listened to.
Joe goes on to say that “Nerve cells that fire together, wire together”. Repetition keeps them as the new circuit. “Once they are activated as a new set of circuits and are activated, we are producing mind”. “We have infinite levels of mind that the brain can produce on command”.
A friend of mind, Michelle Tremolada, wrote this in her book to parents about working with children in developing their imagination.
The Dictionary says The Mind is: the element, part, substance, or process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives, and judges.
By this definition we can see that our mind is not just our brain but more of a culmination of our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Yet our thoughts are something we regularly use but rarely put to focused use. We have all dreamt about a desired outcome or congaed up a wild story in our minds when we are in fear of the unknown. We have allowed our minds to run away with thoughts of negativity and yet if we harnessed our thoughts and focused them on the very thing that we desire, with emotion and intent, it is amazing what we can achieve.
I love these three quotes:
- Whatever your mind can conceive and can believe, it can achieve. ~ Napoleon Hill
- Whatever we think about and thank about we bring about. ~ John Demartini
- Whether you think you can or can’t either way you are right. ~ Henry Ford
I am going to talk about the premise that our minds do not know the difference between reality and make believe. You see, when the mind concentrates fully enough on a thought, the body automatically acts as if that idea is true. Let’s take a look at this concept.
Have you ever experienced a dream that felt so real you were sure you lived it? Have you ever thought about something that is not actually happening in your life but you thought about it with so much passion that it feels REAL for you?
Let’s take a quick test…let’s imagine there is a freshly cut lemon slice in your hand. See the way the light glints off the lemon slice and notice the colour. Pretend you can feel the weight of it in your hand – and feel the texture of the bumpy, waxy skin. Now squeeze the lemon a little and let the juice run out of your fingers. You can smell the citrus, slightly sour smell of the lemon as you squeeze the lemon slice. Listen to the sound and feel the juice on your fingers. Now bring the lemon up closer to your mouth, tilt your head back a little and take a big, juicy bite out of it…notice the acid and sourness of the lemon, notice the strange aftertaste it has once you have swallowed. Perhaps you even felt a raspy feeling in your throat as the lemon juice went down. By now, most people will notice they are salivating more. This is happening because the mind is experiencing this lemon juice and yet it is not really happening. This is what we mean we say our mind does not know what is reality and what is not.
Just as our minds can imagine a lemon we can also use our imagination to help create healthier bodies and more positive outcomes in our lives.
We all know that children have a natural ability to use their imagination. They use their imaginations at kindergarten, school and at home when they play.
By teaching them how to actively apply their imaginations they can use this very powerful fun tool to help themselves in other areas too, such as health”.
I remember my son had an amazing imagination. Whilst it may be fostered by some, it may not be appreciated by all. One day I was at his school and I asked his teacher how he was going. His teacher said “The problem with your son Mrs Dyer is that he has a vivid imagination and he thinks outside the square”. I remember saying “that is a problem? Can you give me an example.” The teacher said “Yes, the other day I asked the class how many months of the year have 28 days in them?” The whole class said “February”. Your son said, after time to think it through “every month has 28 days in it sir”. “He was just trying to be smart”. Said the teacher. I said “He was absolutely correct though, every month does have 28 days in it”. I walked over to my son and said “why don’t we go and find a school that appreciates your imagination and thinking outside the square?”
Let’s embrace imagination with children for they are the future of all there is and ever will be.
Later in the book, and in the NEXT Newsletter, in the Visualisation chapter, Michelle and I will give you some steps so you can work with your children on creating positive minds and healthier bodies.