I experienced a moment of wonder on Friday morning when working with a regular mindfulness & meditation group. They were in a lively mood and when we checked in with what they wanted from the online space, they expressed a need for lightness and fun.
So we began by connecting to playful moments of silliness that they’d enjoyed in their lives. Unsurprisingly, we noted that it didn’t quite work to try and fish a memory out of their heads. Instead when they used their body to remember sensations of delight and feelings of playfulness, the memories just sprung to life spontaneously and copiously!
We enhanced and amplified the felt embodied experience of fun, noticing the flood of warmth, lightness and joy – which was especially present in the stomach and chest areas. The energy filled not only the individuals, but the whole group space. So it felt right to keep the energy growing and we set off on a guided inner visualisation.
Journeying into the inner landscape, the group members were invited to participate in an activity they love – perhaps to paint, dance, go walking, swim – or whatever brings a cascade of joy and wellbeing.
Then, a little further on, they were invited to do something that they would never ordinarily do in the everyday world – perhaps because it requires bodily ability, psychological freedom, or other skills they don’t currently possess, or haven’t put to the test. Afterwards, they shared in the circle their various experiences with great hilarity, disbelief and even jubilation at what they had accomplished in their inner imagination.
I too received a gift, as can happen when accompanying others on a journey. I had a flash of inner seeing. I was standing upon the pebbly sand of a wide beach right by a huge cliff. With a cheeky grin, I followed a strong impulse and did one giant leap up onto the very top of the cliff. Instantly, I was struck by the ‘super hero’ nature of the feat.
But then something else deepened in awareness as I noticed two things…
Appreciation again for the endless power of creative imagination – as a wondrous source for overcoming so-called impossibility. It opens up our capacity to imagine things differently than they are and gives a sense of emotional freedom to ‘just have a go’, dissolving the ego’s objections and judgments. Having visualised our desired future, we can then deeply anchor it into sensate awareness – i.e. inhabit and amplify the feeling of new capacity and this future sense of self in cellular memory. Indeed, much systemic coaching happens actually on our feet, moving between states of being, and experiencing the full intelligence of the body.
The massive presence of superhuman in the collective culture – in the sheer number of films and TV series in circulation. We saw a post-war birthing of Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Futuristic universes (Marvel, DC, Asimov et al) in the 1950s & 60s, then developing through the 80s & 90s, which in the last 20 years brought a new wave of superhuman characters, including Iron Man, Supergirl, Thor, Neo (The Matrix), Kahn (Star Trek), new Jedi warriors (Star Wars) and many others.
Beyond just a desire for superpowers to make the world safe and controllable, I sensed the human collective unconscious also expressing a deeper longing – to overcome the limits and boundaries of current reality. We see so many film and TV productions critiquing a broken or militarised governmental system, placing us firmly on the side of freedom fighting heroes who protect citizens, cities, nations and the planet itself.
We know that potential dystopian future trajectory. We know that the old systems are cracked and breaking. Even in the presence of cynicism or despair, we intuitively know that we’re capable of so much more. Hope defies the impossible! Indeed, our recent responses to systemic injustice, and significant global rallying to the #blacklivesmatter call, indicates a growing readiness for change in the collective consciousness of humanity.
We’re each doing our inner work to overcome self-imposed limits and cultural boundaries. And that ‘inner leap’ up onto the cliff top today left me energised and inspired. It reminded me that leaps of consciousness are an innate human capacity and they enable purposeful action.