Medicine of the Imagination: Dwelling in Possibility
Inner work as activism: changing the world through skilled and fearless use of the human imagination.
Inner work as activism: changing the world through skilled and fearless use of the human imagination.
The human imagination gives rise to the most beautiful man-made structures and creations on Earth: architecture, literature, theatre, music, art, humanitarian initiatives, moon landings and space exploration, mythology, science, they all require a large dose of imagination. We all live surrounded by the results of the imagination of our peers, and the creations of our ancestors. Without imagination there is no compassion, no moral compass and no progress.
But without imagination there is also no fear of death. There are no premeditated murders or terrorist attacks; these rely on the human ability to imagine, to call up images and test-drive possible scenarios in the human mind. Once we get out the magnifying glass, we discover that the imagination is a double-edged sword. All of us together, humanity as a collective, are creating very confused and mixed outcomes: world peace remains elusive, wars rage and children starve. Addictions and pollution proliferate.
Medicine of the Imagination: Dwelling in Possibility examines these issues and suggests that if we are to transcend religious wars, homophobia and medical “cures” worse than the diseases we face then it that it is our moral duty to engage our imagination in service to other people.
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I am in awe of Imelda Almqvist’s work. She is certainly making a powerful contribution to our global community through her books and workshops. If there was one teacher’s work on the topic of “imagination” that I would choose to read it would be anything written by Imelda. Her passion, her wealth of knowledge, and ability as a story teller is unparalleled. Medicine of the Imagination is such an important book for our time as we must harness our imaginations as well as fearlessly explore our shadow to bring harmony back into our lives. This “inner activism” also brings healing and balancing to our world. ~ Sandra Ingerman, MA, award winning author of twelve books including Walking in Light
Imelda Almqvist is one of the most creative people I have ever met. A talent artist, writer, teacher andshe lives in the heart of the creative imagination. Her medicine is her creativity! Not only is she a gift withher outpouring of creative expression, now she is teaching us how to tap into our own creative genius... - Michael Stone, Consultant, Teacher, Author, Radio Host and Producer of The Shift Network’s Global Shamanism Summits, www.welloflight.com ~ Michael Stone
"Who better than Imelda Almqvist to remind us that without the imagination, nothing could possibly be real?" -Todd Wiggins, author of Zeitgeist and Professor of English, Paris ~ Todd Wiggins
When you meet teachers so full of knowledge usually they are dead, so you can only read their books! When you can work with someone like Imelda in person, you should grab the opportunity! -Katharine Lucy Haworth, shamanic practitioner, UK ~ Katharine Lucy Haworth
For me, “imagination” is well symbolized by a flame. In that sense, Imelda Almqvist’s book is a torch, a spark, a lightning flash, a glowing hearth. She presents a spiral of embers leading into the heart of what fuels our creativity... and, conversely, the shadow-energies that can thwart it. But light and shadow exist together - a bright danse macabre - and we need to engage both to fully access our own creative depths. Step-by-step, with clear exercises in each chapter, Almqvist leads her reader into and through this dance, so we can each step into our own true creative heart-places. What an accomplishment! I love this book! -Renna Shesso, shamanic practitioner/teacher, author of “Math for Mystics” and “Planets for Pagans: Sacred Sites, Ancient Lore, and Magical Stargazing” ~ Renna Shesso
“Human life is changing. We conduct much of our activity and communication a digital space. Yet, my work with people and organisations points to a yearning for human connection, for spirituality and for deeper meaning. Look no further than this thought provoking and intelligently written book to discover what is possible, in yourself and in your connections with others” -Professor Almuth McDowall Birkbeck University of London ~ Professor Almuth McDowall
I like Imelda’s style, it’s intimate and witty, enabling me to begin to know her as a person as I read her books; I feel connected with her and so gain more from her words. Medicine of the Imagination is about getting intimate with the natural and spirit worlds, and Life, the Universe and Everything. She has vast experience and shares it in this book through her light style and deep words to explore life’s interconnectedness through lenses of architecture, literature, theatre, music, art, mythology, and science. She shows us how they all weave with each other so nothing stands alone. It’s mind-opening. -Elen Sentier: author of The Celtic Chakras, Merlin, Elen of the Ways, http://elensentier.co.uk/ ~ Elen Sentier
In her new book, Imelda Almqvist puts us in touch with transcendence. She takes us on a tour of the deeper part of human experience – illness, ethics, evil, compassion and death – and gives us “simple” exercises with which to explore how these constructs and experiences reside within us. I diligently followed several of these “simple” directions and had a profound “AHA moment,” finally truly “getting” how we are creating ourselves in each moment through our interactions with everything that comes our way, whether from inside or outside of us. We are shapers of intention and the life force which follows that intention second by second – every perception, every thought, every action we experience or make is a creation which shapes and influences the events that follow. Imelda’s book is a vehicle for understanding our true power. She shares a teaching from her son: “Everything is medicine!” She has given us a template that shows us how to use our lives to dance with all of that medicine with awareness and in the best possible way. -Susan Rossi, Open Channel Astrology. U.S. ~ Susan Rossi
In this current offering, Imelda takes us into the depths of the human imagination; a powerful aspect of our humanity, which may allow for our creating chaos or peace. This divine gift may hold a prescription for our growth, medicines for our wellbeing or a formula for destruction. Imelda escorts us deep into Wonderland, where magic and medicine is unearthed as we tunnel deeply into understanding the expansive possibilities of our imagination. -Dr. Janet Elizabeth Gale, Msc. D, author of The Rush Hour Shaman: Shamanic Practices for Urban Living, Shamanic Practitioner and Teacher, www.sulishealing.com ~ Dr. Janet Elizabeth Gale
After 25 years as a therapist I took a sabbatical and embarked on a Diploma in oil painting. Somehow it unlocked my imagination in such a way that I was led to Shamanism, and it’s changing my life. Along this path I found Imelda, and I count that a blessing. Never has the world needed a call for us to reconnect with our true nature than now, and our creativity is the key to it that all too often has been lost in the hamster wheel of modern life. Imagination is our route to the divine, and in this wonderful book Imelda guides us toward how we can utilise it to heal ourselves, and the planet. It is truly a book for our time. -Trevor Silvester, Founder of Cognitive Hypnotherapy, Author of six books including Grow! Personal Development for Parents, www.questinstitute.co.uk ~ Trevor Silvester
When most people hear the word "imagination," they think of children playing or adults daydreaming when they should be working. In other words, a waste of time. But properly harnessed and focused, imagination is one of humanity's oldest and most powerful tools for healing and growth. If we can imagine a world in which people fly into space and walk on the Moon, then we can also imagine a world in which we treat each other with compassion, accept our own inner darkness, and work together for a better future for everyone. This is no daydream, nor is it a waste of time. It is vital spiritual work that is more urgent than ever. Imelda Almqvist is offering us a powerful toolbox with which to do this work. I suggest we take her up on that offer. -Laura Perry, author of Ariadne’s Thread, Labrys and Horns, and the magical Witch Lit novel The Bed. ~ Laura Perry
We are living in times where we need a different approach to health, health care and medicine. Imelda has been steadily providing such an empowering focus in her previous books, and Medicine of the Imagination continues this pioneering approach. When more of us are able to dwell in possibility, we will begin to realise the potential of truly creating a world that we wish to live within, and that we wish our children and grandchildren inherit. If you are asking yourself how you can make a difference in your life, in your community and in your world, then this book is a great start. -Prune Harris, Founder of Imaginal Health, www.imaginalhealth.com ~ Prune Harris
“Imelda has given us a gem of a thought provoking guide here. As responsible shamanic practitioners and healers, these are the issues we are grappling with daily. Each chapter invites you to explore and re-imagine what it means to be a practitioner of ancient methods in a modern context and ends with practical self-reflection exercises. Imelda shares the accumulated wisdom of her experiences of teaching and healing, and while clearly defining her own historical context and influences, you are invited into the dialogue to define, and hopefully refine, your own. As Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living”. Thank you Imelda for jump starting this essential dialogue and providing a steering light as we unravel our subterranean influences and choose to consciously re-imagine the best possible for ourselves and the worlds, evolving and moving forward.” - Chetna Lawless, Co-founder and Etheric Director of the Laughing Rainbow Mystery School, Composer of Metamorphoseme: an active meditation with the Elements. www.vision-voyages.com ~ Chetna Lawless
Imelda Almqvist has a deeply curious, free roving mind and in her new book Medicine of the Imagination she is showing us how she explores, so we can do it too. There is an open ended generosity in the essence of Imelda’s writing that in the reading of it, we can gift back to ourselves. Totally infectious! There is plenty of dark and plenty of light in these pages to satisfy the owl or the eagle (or both) in us all. In this current paradigm how easy it is to lose ourselves in human miasma and forget our richness, our heritage and spiritual potential. This is writing to inspire treasure seekers, it’s a book for those who want to cherish and help our world bring a new dream into being. – Jill Hunter, healer, London UK ~ Jill Hunter
Imelda's work is beyond necessary at this time. It empowers us to reach beyond our limitations and guides us gently into a higher octave of our lives. Having the privilege of attending her workshops, I am blown away by the presence of truth, passion and love that comes through this woman. And now here is the third installation of what is to become an integral part of everyone's library - a book that reminds us of the power and responsibility of living our lives intently; to be present, stand in truth and engage with life with the full force of your imagination and dedication. I am super excited to see this work circling the globe and liberating people everywhere! -Manca Geberl, art therapist in training, Ljubljana ~ Manca Geberl
"Imelda’s brave new book steps into the world to stir the cauldron of care and volition in each of us. If you are feeling the need for inspiration, or simply long to feel the drumming of the beat of a fellow imaginative peace-bringer in this world, then this book might give you comfort and potent seeds for thought and activity at just the right moment. Prepare to be impassioned by possibility!” -Carol Day, visionary and educator, author of "Wheel" and "Drum", https://www.thecentreforcreativevision.com/ ~ Carol Day