2. Imagination Coaching
Imagination is this playful interaction with our muses. It is the ability to move beyond our sensory abilities in order to tap into images that are unknown to our conscious mind. It is through this inner ability of our imaginings that a person can experience a new kind of creativity. When the creative person taps into this stream they are tapping into possibilities that can reinvigorate their creative work.
Imagination Coaching is one of the main focuses within the eight coaching concepts because of its potential to increase the playful side of creating. This coaching process facilitates ease in accessing the person’s imagination. Due to this process the person experiences more flow of their creative ideas. When someone experiences a block, it is often due to hindering visualization and imagination abilities. These things might include concerns about daily life, or worries about things beyond our control, or people around them that do not inspire them, or because of the tension that exists in the creative process. These are just some factors that limit ideas from coming to us with more ease.
There are six key stages that are used within this coaching concept:
The person is taken through a process of these six stages of the imagination leading to the opening of ideas. The first stage includes taking stock of how the person uses their sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell to understand their strengths. Perception has to do with how you interpret sensory information. Visualization is the process of taking perceptive information and creating images from those perceptions. Intention is the commitment to create those visualizations. Play uses wonder and curiosity to mold visualizations. Finally manifestation is the cumulative ability to create the budding idea.