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Listen to our recent Soul Sessions podcast episode for a deep dive into the imagination – explore its role in our lives and ways to use it for personal growth. 

Unlock the limitless potential of your mind with our deep dive into the transformative power of imagination! In this episode, discover 3 ways to use your imagination for personal growth and how imagination molds our reality.

We explore the practice of “Active Imagination,” first introduced by Carl Jung and how it is different from guided meditation. Learn how to harness your imaginative power, used by legendary thinkers like Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison for innovation and growth.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How to understand the mind and the role of imagination.
  • How your mind has a negative bias and how untamed imagination can cause anxiety. 
  • Tip on how to use active imagination and its role in engaging with the unconscious mind.
  • Why some people find it hard to visualize and how to cultivate that ability. 
  • Practical insights on how to employ active imagination in dream work and personal transformation.

Einstein said, “Imagination is everything.” You will see how everything you experience is a result of your imagination. If you can harness it, you can change your results in life.

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INTRO  00:00

Welcome to CreativeMind Soul Sessions with Debra Berndt Maldonado and Dr. Rob Maldonado, founders of CreativeMind. Explore personal growth with us through Jungian psychology, Eastern spirituality, and social neuroscience in a deep, practical way. Let’s begin. 

Debra Maldonado  00:23 

Hello, everyone. Welcome back to another episode of Soul Sessions. I’m Debra Maldonado, here with Dr. Rob Maldonado of CreativeMind. We’re so excited about the topic today. It’s imagination and how we create with our imagination. The results we get in our life come from our imagination. Before we begin, I do want to remind you, if you’re watching us here on YouTube, click the button in the corner and make sure you subscribe to our channel. We really appreciate it if you can do that, it helps more people follow us and find our work. If you’re listening to us on Spotify, iTunes, or any of the podcast services, again, it’s really helpful for us to reach more people if you subscribe. If you can do us that one favor, we’d really appreciate it. Without further ado, let’s go into today’s topic, active imagination. When I first started personal growth, I heard of guided meditation, guided imagination. We are gonna talk about what imagination is and how we use it and how it’s a little different from the guided.

Robert Maldonado  01:31

In order to understand imagination, we have to understand what the mind is first. Briefly, let’s back up a bit. What is the mind? A lot of people mistake it for the brain, or think it’s thoughts. Unconsciousness is also a misunderstood term often, or, let’s say, there’s different interpretations of it. The way we’re talking about it, so that you guys can follow our logic in talking about imagination, it’s like this. The brain is the hardware, almost like your computer. It’s cased and housed in a solid, metal body. That’s the brain. It’s the nervous system. The mind is the software. If you think about the applications you run on your computer, that’s the mind, we can’t really see it, If you open up somebody’s brain, you won’t find the imagination and the ego, you’ll simply find neurons communicating with electrical, chemical signals. The hardware is the brain, the software is the mind. Consciousness is neither of those. Consciousness is the electricity. If you don’t unplug it, the computer is just a useless piece of furniture.

Debra Maldonado  03:20

It still has the wires, the software is still loaded on the hard drive but there’s nothing to animate it.

Robert Maldonado  03:26

In a nutshell, that’s what we mean by consciousness. It’s neither the hardware nor the software. It’s the animating principle that enlivens, engages, animates the human mind. With that understanding, we can ask: what is imagination? Certainly, it’s part of the software, not the hardware. We need the hardware in order to provide the structure for it. But the software of imagination, in computer terms, it’d be like the computer has enough intelligence to program itself.

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