Category Archives: Imagination

Wonder, #wciw 2015 Day Four

You do not have to journey into the abyss of the Dark Night of the Soul to be graced by wonder. You have to unplug from the disenchanted world and be open to it, to make a space for it and to welcome it.

Arising in your senses, coming alive in your imagination, like a child, wonder arises from your innate curiosity about the impossibility, implausibility and awesome adventure of life. As you open yourself to the possibility, you experience the opening to an inexplicable vastness, an overwhelming profundity, an utter miracle and magic of life, of yourself, and of all that is. In the words of Jack Haas, “Wonder’ is the open freedom of the pure mind – the first and last pillar upon which the castle of the Spirit is built. It is the beginning and the end, the home and the journey there. (The Way of Wonder, Jack Haas)

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Wonder is a state of being, the spark of spirit within life. That spark awakens, ensouls and vivifies everything. Once experienced, life is never the same. It grasps anything and transforms perception. 

The experience of Wonder 

As you journey deep into its ever emerging possibilities, your eyes are renewed with experience and soul awash with curiosity. 

You recognize and appreciate the mystery of your own being. Space within is opened and gratitude is nurtured, as you invite the wonderful and awaken to the sacredness of life. It prepares you to witness the transformation of the ordinary to the extraordinary as you remember what it was like to stand in childlike innocence and awe in the presence of sheer beauty, mystery and sacramental majesty of the world. To know wisdom is to be drawn you out of your ego mind and self-preoccupation, as your soul deepens and softens.

You can invoke this state by shutting down your rational mind and allowing yourself simply be at one with your actions and experiences. Impassioned, honest, straightforward, simplicity is the key to unlock this experience within you. The setting can be wherever you find yourself. There is no need to go somewhere special since wonder is not the exclusive right of religious spirituality. It is present in the most banal and ordinary things in life. Going for a slow, contemplative walk, or gazing into the numinosity of heaven’s inky carpet, can open the door to Wonder. 

Adapted from http://www.cosmicintelligenceagency.com/

The Importance of Tackling Hopelessness

Why can’t we demand better of ourselves and of our communities to create a place where all life is respected?

What if, by using creativity, along with an openness to express and consider new ideas, new decisions, new actions, new outcomes, hopelessness can be overcome?

Source: www.huffingtonpost.ca

Looking forward to participating in #hopedecoded on March 27 @banffcentre

Let’s inspire hope during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21.

See what you can do.

Innovation Is Vital for Your Organization’s Survival: 10 Must-Learn Lessons From Sir Ken Robinson

Innovation is critical to both the success and the survival of organizations, and imagination is the spark that fuels it, Sir Ken argues.

Source: www.marketingprofs.com

A good list of reasons to engage in World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 this year. Thank you Sir Ken.  The link leads to his 90-minute presentation to marketing professors on the nature of innovation in organizations.

Scientists Discover Source of Imagination in Human Brain


Do you remember playing pretend when you were a child? A stick became a sword while a playground became a castle. This ability to use your imagination persists when people create art, invent tools and think scientifically.

Marci Segal, MS‘s insight:

The purpose of this research is to program machines. Will our creative freedoms be further restricted or enabled by this?

“Our findings move us closer to understanding how the organization of our brains sets us apart from other species and provides such a rich internal playground for us to think freely and creatively,” said Alex Schlegel, the lead author of the paper, in a news release. “Understanding these differences will give us insight into where human creativity comes from and possibly allow us to recreate those same creative processes in machines.”

See on www.scienceworldreport.com

Why are ideas important? Economist Alex Tabarrok’s Ted Talk

Economists, when they talk about creativity, people listen.

Here’s one for you to pay attention to

My key takeaways?

  • Ideas drive growth
  • An apple can feed a man, an idea can feed the world

What are yours?

World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 and Week, April 15 – 21 are intended to feed the world with inspiration, hope, opportunity to make the world a better place and to make your place in the world better too.

That being said, which ideas would you like to celebrate this WCI (World Creativity and Innovation) season?