“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Andre Gide
Imagine the eons worth of brave individuals who have either joined others or struck out on their own in a boat—towards water-inspired destination unknown. Imagine too how incredibly energizing it must have been for those voyagers headed towards the “New World”, leaving Europe and setting off towards…what?
Imagine living a few hundred years ago (only a handful or so of human life times ago), in an era when the world was flat. Monsters lived within the deep and the unknown and misunderstood often took on an image of demon dread. Our contemporary brains still work in this very same fashion. Through our imaginations, we still manifest wolves under our beds and monsters in our closets.
The imagination can paint remarkably frightening circumstances for you to invest in. After all, it knows all of your buttons, your fears, and your weaknesses. It can hop between the conscious mind (what you perceive as reality) and the subconscious and if you allow your imagination full access to the control levers, it will take over in the blink of an eye. Your imagination knows passages leading to the “thought to be locked” rooms of your mind that contain your dark self—or as Dexter, Showtime’s serial killer calls him, his “Dark Passenger” and has a skeletal key, able to unlock nearly any door it chooses.
We are dualistic by nature. If you have not spent any time, really trying to understand that oh so common symbol of Yin Yang, think about it for a while. Pairs of opposites. One “pie piece” or “fish” is black and the other, its opposite—white. But, neither is absolute. There is a drop of each in both. This symbol tells us that there is no such think as “all good” or “all bad”, as such are absolutes.
Our imaginations can be our greatest tools or our most destructive. They can lead us through light or squarely into the dark. It is important to understand how the imagination works, how it can be utilized and how it can be shaped and called upon.
I want to inspire you to charge headlong into the unknown—the unknown of Adventure. No adventurer knows what is going to happen next, just as you do not, right now.
Ever dreamed of what it would be like to skydive?
Are you the type of person who likes to jump into the pool, rather than slither in?
Ever exercised a leap of faith?
Anticipation of what has yet to come typically brings greater fear than the actual experience. Yes?
Adventurers do not strike into forest territory, only to follow the trails. If you are on a trail, it is someone else’s´ trail, as Joseph Campbell would say. He would then go on to say that we must each create our own trails.
Dare to get in a boat and lose sight of the shore.
I like to try to simplify things to their base. What does this translate to mean, to me?
Control fear so it does not control you.
Let go of any desire you have to control the outcome. There are so many factors in place, so many players, so many wheels in motion, each playing their part, things will unfold just as they unfold.
“If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.”
— Joseph Campbell
Jim Hart is the founder of The Hart Technique and The International Theatre Academy Norway.