imaginary lives  

slightly_sexy8 38F
361 posts
10/9/2005 8:00 am

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

imaginary lives

" The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. - Carl Jung"


I am working my way through the book I bought. I quite enjoy it but I am just not entirely sure that all the bits are for me. Parts of it are what I imagine going into therapy would be like…in one part they want you to write about your old demons like the bully in the 5th grade who teased you about your spelling and set you up for all your “ creative blockages” and things like that. They want you to 'write letters' to them, telling them that yes we can too spell and exorcise them from our creative souls. Maybe I will come back to that but for the moment I am just picking and choosing out the bits I like and working with them. I liked this part for just a bit of reflective thinking on a Sunday afternoon.

A question: “ If you had five other lives to lead, what would you do in each of them? Just jot down whatever occurs to you. Have fun. Do not overthink this exercise.”

The author said he would choose a pilot, a cowhand, a physicist, a psychic and a monk. Those all seem interesting choices.

Off the top of my head my five would be something like:

1. News presenter ‒ a good one, one who asks the tough questions, challenges life and people and goes out on location

2. An artist ‒ perhaps an oil painter, abstract, with endless supplies of autumnal colours

3. Someone spiritual ‒ like a minister almost, not religious but again someone who challenges peoples thinking, solves a problem, soothes a soul, helps a troubled mind at the same time as reflecting on my own spirituality

4. Film producer ‒ working out sets and locations and pulling things together to make them work

5. Bike Hirer ‒ a long term dream, to live by the sea and rent out bicycles to tourists

That would be my five choices. I'm sure if I thought about in any more depth they would be quite different.


Image ‒ Camille at the Window, Claude Monet

Music - None at the moment


rm_being_eros 46M
41 posts
10/9/2005 10:15 am

1. A beggar, a vagabond, poor among the poor
2. A sailor
3. A soldier
4. A doctor
5. The most powerful man in the world

476 posts
10/11/2005 3:17 am

A successful politician - affecting change that would actually benefit people

An artist - left this by the wayside years ago

A film producer - working on this - 6 feature screenplays to my credit one optioned one being shopped - trying to get my life to a point to actually start doing production - just need the right script and no time to write it right now.

A missionary - god has spoken to me three times

1) "You have been arrogant in the face of god." Two weeks later my youngest daughter was hospitalized with a life threatening kidney infection. I repented, said "I'm ready to listen." She got better.

2) "Reveal my truth." Not the truth of any particular dogma but the truth that is found in every faith.

3) "Build me a church without walls." Not sure what that means. Still listening for instructions.

The greatest salesman ever - so that I could sell the world on the idea that violence doesn't bring peace, that poverty is unnecessary, that cities are not safe for human habitation, that alternative energy isn't an alternative anymore, that freedom can't be imposed, that money isn't the route to happiness, that evil men will exist so long as people support them, that god has many faces and all are valid expressions. There is much more.

Thanks for helping me get clear about what is really important.

slightly_sexy8 38F
314 posts
10/11/2005 2:10 pm

i love these answers. i really do.

volcanoinu23 52M

10/31/2005 5:54 am

A foreign ambassador
a successful businessman
a male dancer
An aristocradic frat boy (might turn into the businessman or ambassador).
A casino dealer

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