Day 12: Imagination [31 Days of Possibility]

by Lani Voivod | @LaniVoivod



If you are a dreamer, come in

If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,

A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…

If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire

For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.

Come in!

Come in!

- Shel Silverstein


I’m writing to you tonight from a really lovely B&B up in Whitefield, New Hampshire – way up in the Great North Woods region – called The Lion and the Rose.

Thank you, by the way. I’m here because of YOU and this whole Possibility adventure. You see, the things I’ve been learning and tuning into have been nudging me to consider solutions and opportunities I may not have been open to before.

For example…

If you saw my video from last night about “Following Your Bliss,” you may have noticed I looked a little, er, tired, to say the least. (One old college friend compared me to a zombie, and I’d say he was insulting Zombie Kind with that one.)

I was immersed in this process, these ideas, this journey of expansion from probability to POSSIBILITY, and it is truly fascinating to me…

And yet I still had the noise of the kids, the dishes, the phone calls, and the stuff of life that we all normally do our best to block out, until we can’t anymore.

As luck would have it, I was the guest speaker today at White Mountains Community College – more than two hours North of where I live – for a Launch Box series to help business owners, entrepreneurs, and folks considering new opportunities.

“A-Ha!” A solution presents itself!

Instead of squashing the feeling of needing some true-blue alone time, I decided to take my own advice and say “YES” to Possibilities. Since I knew I just needed a few hours of quiet, of creative space (and perhaps a Jacuzzi, also), I booked a room here and made it happen. (Thanks, Allen!)

I had to.

My job – my joy – tonight is to dive into IMAGINATION. This topic is too rich and wonder-full to treat like any ol’ theme.

And now, I’m flipping out because I’m so excited. I know why I had to have this special time and space.

Drumroll, please…

It is my honor and privilege to present to you Mr. Jason Silva.

Now, I suppose it’s possible you may already know this guy, but just in case…

Not only is he pretty easy on the eyes, he’s a self-proclaimed “Wonder Junkie,” “Epiphany Addict,” and The Atlantic called him “A Timothy Leary for the viral video age.”

He’s been on CNN, CBS, and at SXSWi ‘13, and has been featured in publications as diverse as Forbes, Wired and Vanity Fair. He was also a big hit at TEDGlobal2012, where he shared his passion for (and two-minute video about) “Radical Openness.”

Jason produces what he refers to as “shots of philosophical espresso,” and they are exactly that.

In exquisitely human and PASSION-fueled verbal riffs that are enhanced by cutting-edge filmmaking perfect for our culture’s ADD-primed audience, Jason pours all his contagious awe and ENERGY into bleeding-edge ideas designed to shove us right out of our intellectual comfort zones and into a new realm of thinking, connecting, creating, and IMAGINING POSSIBILITIES.

I may not have time to read all of Stephen Hawking’s or Richard Dawkins’ work (or Timothy Leary’s work, for that matter), but I certainly have 2-3 minutes to gawk at a turbo-quantum-art-infused-mind-bending-neuron-fest that is a Jason Silva production!

So I say all this as an impassioned introduction as I share with YOU a video Jason Silva made about – you guessed it – IMAGINATION.

Please watch it. Then watch it again.

Let it move you, connect with you, affect you, and inspire you.

He’s covering some incredible stuff in here, and I believe it’s the fastest, most fun, and powerful way to convey the power, beauty, magic, might, technology, art, and POSSIBILITY of the human imagination.

YOUR imagination!


Did you catch all that? Are you still thinking the same way as you were three minutes ago? (If you say “Yes,” you’re either lying, or you’re dead!)

“As technology continues to increase our possibilities, what we’re seeing is a shrinking of the lag time between what we dream about and what we create.” – Jason Silva

Here’s the deal about IMAGINATION:

Images made by MRI technology show that remembering (i.e. recalling actual things that have happened in our lives) and IMAGINING (exploring possibilities that have yet to take place!) send blood to identical parts of the brain. In other words, our brains simply cannot (and usually do not) differentiate between our “real” memories, and the dalliances of our imagination.

If we play in our minds long enough, with enough passion, intention, joy, and playfulness, our neurotransmitters cannot differentiate between what actually happened in our lives vs. what we’d like to happen. Thus, they can can – and often will! – create opportunities and make connections where none existed before. IF we choose to play, and take advantage of this mind-blowing situation.

Our imagination is like a muscle…

If we invest time and energy into strengthening it, building it, expanding it, and demanding more of it, we can bring into this world a whole bunch of things that aren’t even on our Radar of Possibility right now.

Think of our imaginations as the ultimate multidimensional workshop or crafting studio, with unlimited amounts of tools, found objects, inspirational delights, and radical resources. We can use them or ignore them, but we have at our disposal the tools and technology necessary to build or create anything we set our minds to build or create.

For whatever reason, most of us have put arbitrary limits onto the power and ability of our imaginations.

We have mistaken what we see in front of us as an accurate representation of all there can be.

This – our “reality,” right now – is not all there can be. Far from it. This is only the beginning.

Start playing games with your mind. Think up crazy alternatives to what’s happening in front of you. Conjure wild, wacky solutions. Consider other possibilities besides the one you’re currently experiencing. Imagine different places you may be living, other passions you may be pursuing, other truths you wish were in front of you.

Fill in the details with lush colors, lusty emotions, and fearless abandon.

It’s almost laughable how resistant we are to just play games with what’s possible, even if it’s just for fun. The naysayers in our minds, our inner critics, our nonbelievers, our joyless judges – they’re LOUD, and they don’t want any ideas trespassing into our hearts and souls that move them out of their comfort zones, into scenes, possibilities, places, or arenas that are unfamiliar to them.

The thing is, there is no limit to our imagination.

The question is, do you believe that to be true?

If you do, then there’s no limit to YOU and your POSSIBILITIES, either.

With that in mind, check out the video for Day 12: Imagination!


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If you’d like a little taste of IMAGINATION Dim Sum, here are some quotes about Imagination to satisfy your creative hunger from some pretty convincing sources:

“Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein

“Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.” – Oscar Wilde

“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.” – John Lennon

“I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of the Imagination.” – John Keats

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.” – Carl Sagan

“Facts are only as interesting as the possibilities they open up to the imagination.” – - Rebecca Elson

Do not – I repeat, DO NOT! – underestimate the power of your IMAGINATION! 


Enjoying this 31 Days of Possibility series? Why not share it with your friends and favorite connections so they can go on this adventure with you and expand their own possibilities! Share on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram – wherever you like to connect and play the most. 

And if you’d like to connect with us on any of these channels, please make it happen! 

You can find us on Twitter at @LaniVoivod@AllenVoivod@EpiphaniesInc@AhaSummit, and @AhaYourself. Plus, you’re always welcome to ask questions, give feedback, and share some of your own experiences (and hopefully your big “A-Ha!” victories along the way), here in the comments, and on the Epiphanies, Inc. Facebook Page. Allen and I love to hear from you. Here’s to you and your vast and wondrous possibilities!

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