Cultivating imagination as a radical act – reflections on a conversation with Allan Frater author of Waking Dreams.
It’s a privilege to be able to share our recording of the pop-up event we held on the 7th December. Allan – beautifully facilitated by John Higgins – brought his book to life for us, through storytelling and exercises. I came away with a totally new appreciation of the deep place of imagination in everyday life, and an awareness of how to cultivate my ability to imagine more richly, and bring this into all aspects of life and practice.
I love Allan’s stance, that life IS an act of active imagination. When we lose our imagination, life gets flatter, loses possibility. It’s both obvious and radical. Imagination is an act of perception. Flat perception denudes life.
This makes the cultivation of “waking dreams” such an important topic. Developing out perceptual capacity to see what is and what could be. This applies to every field.
As an artist a consultant, a coach and an entrepreneur I can see so many applications of what Allan spoke about.
I’ve come out of this session buzzing with connections and applications and ideas for future events.
I hope you enjoy the recording. I hope you’re moved to get the book or explore further on one of Allan’s courses. And I hope you’ll join us on the next stage of what unfolds from this work.
Watch the recording of the session here
About Allan Fratter
Allan Frater is a psychotherapist, trainer and author of ‘Waking Dreams: Imagination in Psychotherapy and Everyday Life’ published by Transpersonal Press, Sept 2021.