John Lennon penned some incredible lyrics to his song, Imagine. At the time, I didn’t appreciate them the way I do today. These are the words of a prophet.
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one
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We do not give credit to the power of our own thoughts to bring about change. And maybe there’s a reason for that. Does it have to do with the tendency to resist change? To resist stepping into the unknown? Staying back where what is safe is what you already think you know?
Is that why institutional religion hasn’t changed much in five hundred years, or fifteen hundred years? Do we cling to past beliefs and traditions because it’s comfortable? Because it’s the known? Except if it isn’t the truth, then it’s not really “known.” And maybe that’s why religion is waning.
Imagination appealed to me at one point in my late twenties as an effective way to change one’s behavior. I was so motivated by it that I wrote a book about how to use your imagination to look like the person you wanted to be and lose weight. That was my first step into the writing process. I wrote the book but never tried to have it published. It would have been a blockbuster though. Can you image how many books I could have sold with a title like The One Minute Diet? I imagined myself tagging along behind the success of the One Minute Manager.
Little did I know imagination would end up being the vehicle I used twenty years later to fall in love with God. Literally. Wholeheartedly. And that helped me break through the walls of restrictive religious teaching to come closer to what I understand as the Power behind harmony and order in the universe. Who can understand God? Religion has failed to teach the unfathomable nature of God.
So I wrote a book to try to help others grow in their understanding of the true nature of the Inconceivable. It’s based on the premise that witnesses who wrote the New Testament say Jesus reveals God to us. For thousands of years, God was only a figment of the imagination. Then someone arrived who showed the fullness of God in human form. A perfect human being, full of grace and truth, and I might add, full of unconditional love.
If you can vividly imagine God expressed in and through Jesus, the Son of Man, you can know the truth and the truth will set you free. This book has been several years in the writing, and I hope it will enhance your understanding of God, and make your love real and personal.
O Taste and See: Discovering God Through Imaginative Meditations is available online now, but if you wait until Tuesday (15th), for four days you can get it at a reduced price on Amazon. I think you’ll see the power of imagination is truly a gift of God.