Imagining a World Without Fear

Imagine a World Without Fear

Imagining a World Without Fear

“Imagination is more important than knowledge, and knowledge is greater than life.” – Albert Einstein I’ve been reading lots of sci-fi novels lately that includes aliens from other worlds conquering the Earth or someone living on another planet. Most of these stories have the plot of an individual protagonist escaping from a bad situation while having to struggle with being alone in a strange and foreign place. It’s hard to escape the feeling that something is terribly wrong with them and they just don’t know how to survive. Wouldn’t it be great if we could live in a world without fear?

How can we make our imagination work for us? We must first realize that fear is mostly a mental problem. It can also come from our physical side. I’ve often thought about what it would be like to be able to fly or walk through walls. The possibilities are endless but we need to first start with a blank slate.

When I’m working on a writing project or on my brain injury recovery, I often visualize things I am afraid of. In this case, I’m imagining being back in college when I was a young man drinking too much and getting into a bar at closing time. I visualize walking across the street with my friends when I was a teenager. When I am writing, sometimes I will imagine that I’m simply writing down what it is I am trying to get out. By changing the words and replacing them with something more positive and less frightening, I am changing the meaning of the sentences and making my imagination a tremendous amount of strength.