And all I want is to be able to come midpoint, where I understand what imagination is and I also understand what reality is. That I’m not using my imagination to circumvent reality, nor am I ignoring reality to alter my imagination. That’s a very deep statement. Imagination is imagination, but I know that that’s my imagination.
So, you have to be in reality!
Because it’s not the realm of imagination; it has to be the realm of reality. And the same way with you—use your imagination for all imagination is good for, but never lose sight or touch with your reality, with your existence, with your being, with who you are.
What makes your problems so bad before they happen? Imagination. Out of control! Out of control. When we get lost in this imagination, in this…and maybe the extreme part, in the extreme realm of this imagination, you might call it “fantasy.” But sometimes all of that imagination ends up being fantasy. And that’s why you cannot lose touch with what reality is.
So, what is…how do you lose touch with reality? You know, on an everyday basis? How? Breath is coming in and out of you, right? How important is this breath? I mean, just semi-important, kind of important, not so important...?
What does the word “importance” mean to you? No, but, if I gave you an envelope and I said, “This is very, very important. Don’t lose it,” so you would keep good care of it—okay, you would try to be aware of where it is. Right? You would handle it preciously. You wouldn’t just put it at every single counter and go, “Oh yeah, there it is.”
No! You would hold it dear, and be in cognizance of it, where it is all the time, right? As much as—and if, more important it is, the more important that is.
So, that’s why I asked the question, “How important is your breath to you?” I’m just trying to be logical here. So, but are you in…are you, are you in touch with it all the time? Or do you allow yourself to drift off? “Naah, nah, na-nah.... Nah! La-la-la, la-la, la.... La-la, la, la, la, la.”
In fact, so much so that it is a whole lifetime is spent like that, till the very end when it is becoming difficult to take it—and the fireworks begin. “Heeeah! H’aaaah....” And then, every ounce of energy becomes focused on that breath. It’s the last thing. As everything starts to shut down, this remains to be the only feelable movement.
Maybe your heart may be beating, but you don’t really feel your heart—can’t go around waving your arms, going, “Cct, cct, here I go!” No. And then?
But now, if you take acknowledgement, cognizance of this existence—in the midst of no matter what is happening, “I’m alive”—it is the greatest weapon you have against sorrow, sadness, pain, and suffering. “I am alive.” It deters fear! “I am alive!”
And in that moment you allow yourself to be fulfilled by a presence of your being. And when you do, you have then eliminated all barriers between you and the Divine. Because before that, there are the barriers of imaginations, of the ideas, of this and that.
And all those are gone, and you acknowledge that power—that’s what I call “Divine”—the power that makes this whole universe tick, allows the trees to move because of the wind, allows the wind to move because of the pressures, allowed the pressures to vary because of all the different eddies that are happening.
All that is happening because the earth is rotating. The earth is rotating because it is suspended in space, and it has the spin—and Newton’s Law, something must come along to make it move, and once it’s moving, something must come along to stop it—well, there’s nothing that has come along to stop it so here it goes, tschshhhhh....
- Prem Rawat