Thursday, August 23, 2012

Imagination: Power for the Taking


By

Chris Newcomb, M.Div. 

I've always wondering what it would look like if we all walked around with 'thought bubbles' over our heads like they have in cartoon strips.  You know what I'm talking about?  The little bubbles coming from Lucy's mouth telling Linus giving up his blanket is the best thing he can do for himself.  Can you imagine if everything we thought was broadcast to the greater world around us?  I think many of us would feel a little embarrassed if we're honest with ourselves.  Fortunately, our thoughts are safe and bubble-free!

However, that doesn't mean we shouldn't dream using our imagination!  For example, the Orville brothers had to see in their mind's eye what a plane would look like.  They had to know deep inside through their imagination that flying was possible.  It all started with a dream, an idea, a hunger for something new.  Voila!  They created a plane that flew.  

Imagination is the seed of destiny.  It is what gives us power to move forward.  This applies in recovery as well.  Imagination can give a recovery person an incredible amount of power, belief, and optimissim and thus increase the breadth and depth and length of their sobriety.  

Imagine this:  Living your life completely sober.  No drink.  No drugs.  No hiding.  No fighting.  No police.  No drug deals gone bad.  Just completely living sober and receiving the gifts it has to offer.  Sound too good to be true?  It's not!  Believe and it and go do all you must too to make it happen!

Imagine this:  The desire to use is completely lifted.  You wake up in the morning and no longer want to use or drink.  You feel free on the inside.  You'd rather paint.  Or go to work.  Or go to school.  Imagine it.  Believe it.  You can do it!

Imagine this:  Spreading your experience, strength, and hope with the greater community in your area about the miracle of recovery and encouraging them to embrace their imagination to cultivate the belief that they deserve recovery and can experience it too! 

A famous saying states that, "Imagination has always had powers of resurrection that no science can match" - (Anonymous).  I believe that is very true.  With imagination, anything is possible.  The most long-forgotten, ill-conceived notion can be resurrected through imagination.  The possibilities are endless.  Imagine being clean.  Imagine being sober.  Imagine living the best life you can live.  Imagine.  Imagine.  Imagine.  Now.  Go do it!  

At The Coleman Institute, we specialize in helping people get clean and stay clean from alcohol and drugs.  If you have imagined being clean, let us help you turn that into a reality.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiatesalcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitant to call Jennifer Pius at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869).  Help, hope and healing begin here!














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