The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


I remember reading this quote at a very young age and it made perfect sense to me. Ever since I was the tender age of six, I learned that whatever I could see within my mind, crystal clear…I could draw it onto a piece of paper. At the age of nine in the fourth grade, living in Madrid, Spain I entered my very first art contest and drew an elaborate painting of a Japanese garden w/ two beautiful goddesses adorned in kimonos and following them was this intricate Japanese carriage. Later that week- the art teacher and the principal who questioned me about my drawing called me in. They didn’t believe in my creation and had me sit down with pencil and paper and sketch up the entire painting to prove my father did not assist in my masterpiece. From that day forward I escaped into my mind, my own world, realizing I had the power to visualize mostly anything good or bad and manifest it into reality.

The mind is a very powerful thing. When nourished with faith and belief boosted with determination extraordinary things can come to be. If you allow the mind to be taken over by fear, pain, and all thoughts negative you will definitely recognize that the destructive life you imagine surrounds you. I experienced this throughout my adolescent years until I left home.

Today, living with a spinal cord injury for almost twelve years I have learned many things about the power of the mind from its weaknesses to its strength. I am thankful every day that when I flew thirty feet out of the automobile during my accident, I did not sustain a brain injury. My body at the moment may not be able to receive full communication signals from my spinal cord and my brain to operate completely but what I can do with my mind on a manifestation level is boundless.

Have trust and faith in the dynamism of your mind. That is your power. Use it. Don’t let it use you.

Angela Rockwood - Official Website