For those of us who are spiritual, we often think about thoughts (pun intended) as if they were energy.
Today I read a message from a pal in a forum which reads :
"Just a though Suko. You may want to touch on those of us who are spiritual plushophiles and expand a bit on animism. I noticed you kinda skimmed over it and incorrectly attributed it to imagination, which has nothing to do with it. There's several of us here that fall into that category and, while I only speak for myself, gladly discuss that aspect with you if you need help with it."
I really sympathize with this comment for a very strong reason. We spiritual people feel offended when others attribute our spiritual experiences to imagination. We feel looked down upon, and sometimes, some people, give spirituality up for that reason.
In my life (19 years... wow) I have read several books on occultism and magic, which often deal with imagination and its relationship to reality. Occultism states that mind creates reality. thats the reason why magic works, and why thinking in a positive way is going to attract good things to you.
This is an exerpt on the concept of "tulpas" from wikipedia. According to Evans-Wentz:
"In as much as the mind creates the world of appearances, it can create any particular object desired. The process consists of giving palpable being to a visualization, in very much the same manner as an architect gives concrete expression in three dimensions to his abstract concepts after first having given them expression in the two-dimensions of his blue-print. The Tibetans call the One Mind's concretized visualization the Khorva (Hkhorva), equivalent to the Sanskrit Sangsara; that of an incarnate deity, like the Dalai or Tashi Lama, they call a Tul-ku (Sprul-sku), and that of a magician a Tul-pa (Sprul-pa), meaning a magically produced illusion or creation. A master of yoga can dissolve a Tul-pa as readily as he can create it; and his own illusory human body, or Tul-ku, he can likewise dissolve, and thus outwit Death. Sometimes, by means of this magic, one human form can be amalgamated with another, as in the instance of the wife of Marpa, guru of Milarepa, who ended her life by incorporating herself in the body of Marpa."
It is that first sentence which sums it all up. Mind can manipulate reality in many awesome ways. A good example is how people can send thoughts to other minds, and how some can bend spoons or manipulate probabilities.
So right now you might be thinking: "well, these are interesting concepts, but what the bleep does this has to do with plush??!!
Well this thread is dedicated to those of us who see spirit in our plushes. A lot of us have a spiritual component to our collecting, we give it the energy it needs so it gets to be alive. One might be reminded of "The velveteen rabbit" where the love given to the bunny plush makes it be alive.
Our heart is the one that produces the magic, and by heart I mean our feelings and soul. Even in you dont believe in a soul, you need to admit that our feelings often give magic to reality. They are the ones that create the beautiful poems we read, our great books, and all the entretainment we see.
So next time that someone stares at you badly for talking to your stuffed friend, just remember that there is something higher out there and it is tied to everyone. We are part of that something and we have the power to make our world a world of magic.
Last, I want to give one more quote from a book by Mark Booth called "The Secret History of the World" :
"But the secret societies hold an especially exalted view of the imagination. Each individual mind is a protrusion into the material world of one vast cosmic mind, and we must use the imagination to reach back into it and to engage with it.
It was using the imagination in this way that made Leonardo, Shakespeare and Mozart god-like.
Imagination is the key."