“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Albert Einstein
With the creation and release of the Children’s Spirit Animal Cards a whole new vista for my work opened up, offering workshops for children and parents. So to introduce these cards I’ve so far taught two workshops on the theme with more scheduled. My wife Jessica joins me for some of these when she can. She’s the mother of two girls, Serena, eight, and Arianna, six, and is a conscientious mother who is currently writing a book on conscious parenting.
I recently completed an hour and a half workshop on the cards. It was a group of five adults and five children ranging in ages from five to thirteen—the children that is. I’m sure they all felt very supported and encouraged that their parent or grandparent was there with them.
There was healing, magic, and some powerful synchronicities. A ten year old boy we’ll call James, who had shared with the group his love for horses shuffles his deck and randomly pulls HORSE from the deck. Later on in the class he further shuffled the cards, had his mother select a card. She also pulled Horse. The message on the card from HORSE spirit said, “Trust your feelings.” Both mother and son agreed that it was a message they needed to hear.
Then there was the thirteen year old girl we’ll call Rebecca, who came with her friend and her friend’s mother. I watched in this workshop and in two subsequent workshops they attended how a spark of light gradually emerged from the expressionless look on her face, an adaptation that betrayed a likely history of childhood trauma. I have no doubt that this workshop and the others provided a strong ray of hope for her healing.
Then there was the little five year old, bright, blue-eyed, blond little girl we’ll call Sara, who came with her grandmother. She had a quiet demeanor and gentleness about her, completely present the entire class, listening intently with a very slight smile on her face the whole time. Sara looked like a very happy child. I asked the group a few minutes into the evening what their favorite animal was. Most everyone, adult and child, shared theirs. Then Sara said something in a very quiet voice I couldn’t understand. I asked her twice to repeat herself, but it still wasn’t clear. Then Grandma translated. “Unicorn,” she said. “She’s been holding the UNICORN card since we started!”
I looked down to her hand and sure enough, there it was. This mythical creature that exists so strongly in our collective consciousness, conveying to us the message, “Use your imagination,” printed boldly across the bottom of the card. This little five year old girl knew the truth of that innately. The presence of an image of a unicorn on the UNICORN card gave her continued reassurance of that truth.
By saying that unicorns are mythical creatures is not saying they aren’t real. It’s a different reality in which unicorns exist, one in which our individual consciousness is intimately connected to the consciousness of our collective human species. Shared cultural and universal myths and stories abound in our collective consciousness. Imagination is the key to tapping into these myths and stories as well as perceiving the non-visible world of Spirit. Children inherently know the truth of this, though we risk losing touch with it as we become “adult-erated.”
Unicorn spirit through the Children’s Spirit Animal Cards, has this to say about imagination: Many people believe in my existence yet these days very few have actually seen me. Whether or not someone has seen me or even believes in me, it doesn’t matter. I know I’m real! I’m not walking around on the Earth any more as I once did, since I decided a while ago that I’d only be available by someone using their imagination. That’s where I mainly live these days—in people’s imaginations—along with other mythical beings like dragons and the phoenix.
Funny thing is, in its own way, imagination is just as real as the world you see around you! Just a different kind of reality. Everything that humans have created started with a thought or a picture in someone’s mind, with what someone first imagined. So no matter how you do so, it’s time now to express your imaginative side in some way, whether through drawing, painting, writing, sculpting, or any other art form, And have fun doing it!
As adults it takes a child-like innocence to dip into the vast well of imagination to access this “different kind of reality.” To do so, you can always call on the spirit of Unicorn.
About The Author: Dr. Steven Farmer is the author of the several best-selling products including Children’s Spirit Animal Cards, Earth Magic, Animal Spirit Guides, Power Animals, Earth Magic Oracle Cards, Power Animal Oracle Cards, Messages from Your Animal Spirit Guides Oracle Cards, and Sacred Ceremony. He is a shamanic practitioner, ordained minister, hypnotherapist, former college professor and retired psychotherapist. Steven offers workshops and presentations on a variety of shamanic healing and earth-centered spirituality topics and also offers private shamanic healing and divination sessions. To learn more about his workshops or to contact him, please visit www.EarthMagic.net.