December 14, 2015
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For those who do inhabit their imaginations, the following should be clear: what you imagine raises the ceiling on what is possible, and at the same time sets a new limit.
In other words, until you imagine something wider, deeper, you’ve produced the outer boundary.
That is how it works.
If you want an analogy in physical terms, inventing an engine that can take you 10 light years into space is both an improvement and a new end point. You’ll need to come up with a better engine to take you farther.
A painter friend once expressed it to me this way: “I can make 500 paintings that fill up the same space with different things. But what I really need to do is make a new space, a new kind of space.”
Adventuresome artists and inventors bog down when they sense repetition is setting in. They get bored. Last year’s innovation isn’t enough.
Imagination knows the difference between yesterday and today.
The Reality Machine thrives on repetition and familiarity. It offers a sense of comfort in exchange for endless re-runs.
The frontier is that place where a person leaves the Reality Machine. It’s the jump-off point. If the jump is made, the future is open. He will invent it.
Jack True, the brilliant hypnotherapist with whom I collaborated in the late 1980s and early 1990s, wrote me this note: “Hypnosis is a process of making a better machine, which will provoke new responses. That’s why I abandoned it. In the long run, it’s an illusion of freedom.”
I like the metaphor of the newspaper, which runs new stories every day. But all the stories have a similar pattern, a similar feel. What we need is a newspaper or even one story that cracks the pattern and destroys it.
Here is another metaphor: let’s say you’re a runner. You run on the same track every day. As you train and work, your times get better. You’re running the race faster and faster. There will come a point where your time is so fast it makes the track obsolete. You’re no longer satisfied to run on it. You want a new space. The old space itself has worn out. You want a space in which you can fly.
You’ll have to invent it.
The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.