Sunday, January 14, 2007


"Every material incarnation, or immaterial idea, are clothing worn by Psyche, adorning the characters of the Archetypal Realms. And there is an Organ in us, perhaps the Heart-Brain, which can dematerialize or deliteralize, and see through the clothing into Soul that is beneath all that is."

"We’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.’" Rod Serling ----------> Click here


Some random ideas about Imagination:

  1. The usual psychological description of imagination goes something like this, "Imagination is accepted as the innate ability and process to invent partial or complete personal realms within the mind from elements derived from sense perceptions of the shared world. The term is technically used in psychology for the process of reviving in the mind percepts of objects formerly given in sense perception."

  2. The Catholic Encyclopedia says, "Imagination is the faculty of representing to oneself sensible objects independently of an actual impression of those objects on our senses."

  3. Notice that these descriptions assume all information for imagination arrives via the five senses, is innate and arises from 'realms within the mind'.

  4. Perhaps there is another way of viewing imagination.

  5. Imagination is a sensory organ; seeing into the abyss from whence dreams arise, drawing from the chasm where authors extract their stories, the well from which artists draw their visions.

  6. Think of imagination as an unrecognized sense organ that can “see” into the Realm of invisible particles before they are assembled. These images that are conjured up in dreams and fantasies have substance of some kind. They are the sub-atomic Legos waiting to be assembled.

  7. Remember that bacteria and other microscopic elements went unseen for centuries, until the microscope was discovered. Remember that countless objects in Space were invisible before the invention of telescopes. Perhaps one day, we will invent a scope that can peer into the realm of Imagination - until then we will just have to use dreams and fantasies.

  8. There have always been those who posited the existence of these unseen realms or Realities, beginning with the Greek philosophers who fantasized about atoms long before they were 'proved'.

  9. Image-ination is every bit as much a sensory organ as seeing and hearing; imagination sees into what we have named infinity , into a realm that exists behind the eyelids.

  10. Joseph Joubert said , "Imagination is the eye of the soul."

  11. Samuel Taylor Coleridge said , "My eyes make pictures when they are shut."

  12. When Jesus said, “Let him who has eyes to see, see. He, like all 'spiritual' teachers, was referring to the organ of imagination and the realm where perceptions cannot be explained except in metaphors, similies and myths. And it is not just "in your head", or the mind or brain.

  13. The brain is more like a monitor that receives the images, not the studio that produces them. Soul-making draws from this Realm, and we are guided by Invisible and Intelligent Archetypal Energies.

  14. Modern psychology has ignored the imagination, mistaking it for childish fiction or the world of madmen, as opposed to rational and empirical fact. Hence, modern psychologists gather statistics and data from study groups and rats in mazes. These are interesting facts, and doubtless good for something, but it is not psyche-ology (science of soul) and has nothing to do with soul making.

  15. Imagination is the magna boiling and pressing upward beneath the psychic surface; writing is the eruption that transforms the whole landscape, expanding soul, shifting character - bringing the Invisible selves into sight.

  16. Imagination stretches soul like new wine stretches a wineskin. Soul-making occurs when imagination pours into the heart like wine into new leather pouches; initiation, fermentation and expansion. This is not the imagination of the western kind, of fiction as opposed to rational fact.

  17. This is the imagination Einstein had as a young boy when he would stare at a candle wick being lit, and wondering how long it would take a surfer to cross the room if he were on the beam of light. Those who heard young Albert speak of his fantasy thought he was a mental defective or ‘just making things up.’ He was - that is the source of all physics.

  18. This is the imagination of all scientists who have wondered and theorized before they had 'evidence'.

  19. This is the imagination William Blake was referring to when he said, "What is now proved was once imagined."

  20. This is the imagination James Dewey spoke of, "Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination."

  21. Those of us educated in the west have a difficult time with this version of imagination; for we have a mental block or prejudice against the word itself.

  22. We hear the word “fiction” as synonymous with “false information” or “those things which cannot be."

  23. Perhaps the ‘objective’, empirical manifestations are qualitatively different than the 'subjective' fictional or imaginative, yet the realm from which both originate are identical, like light which shows up as both ethereal waves and objective particles.

  24. When we hear the word 'fiction', we think in terms of unicorns, tooth fairies and Santa Claus. With that mindset, you can’t blame us for not taking imagination seriously. But the first cartoon of a rocket ship that took people to the moon was fiction. Imagination is as real, the origin of the Real, the Sears Catlogue of Infinity.

  25. Break down the world 'Imagination'. Think of images fished out of a Sea of Soul, the Ocean of Anima – of a mind receiving images of possibilities and potentialities from the Realm from which everything we now see around us began.

  26. Imagination is not seeing the literal or material, but seeing the bits and pieces of images that float up behind the eyelids. Most people don't take the time to see what's playing on the screen of their own eyelids.

  27. Every dreamer that has struggled to communicate the complexity and depth of his or her dreams knows the frustration of finding language to describe the dream; dreams are from the realm of Imagination.

  28. When Picasso said, "Everything you can imagine is real”, he was referring to real in a sense slightly or maybe drastically different than real as referring to a stone or cabbage. Picasso meant real in the realm where imagination can see, the things actually exist like a sketch preceding the material form.

  29. "In the world of words, the imagination is one of the forces of nature." Wallace Stevens

  30. "There is a notion adrift everywhere that imagination, especially mystical imagination, is dangerous to man's mental balance. Poets are commonly spoken of as psychologically unreliable; and generally there is a vague association between wreathing laurels in your hair and sticking straws in it. Facts and history utterly contradict this view. Most of the very great poets have been not only sane, but extremely business-like; and if Shakespeare ever really held horses, it was because he was much the safest man to hold them. Imagination does not breed insanity. Exactly what does breed insanity is reason. Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do. Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists very seldom. I am not, as will be seen, in any sense attacking logic: I only say that this danger does lie in logic, not in imagination." GK Chesterton, Orthodoxy

  31. "Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere." Carl Sagan

  32. "Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice." Arnold Toynbee

  33. "The world is but a canvas to the imagination." Henry David Thoreau

  34. "Probably the difference between man and the monkeys is that the monkeys are merely bored, while man has boredom plus imagination." Lin Yutang

  35. "A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming." Ralph Waldo Emerson

  36. "I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities." ~Dr. Theodore Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss

  37. "Some stories are true that never happened." ~Elie Weisel

  38. "It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards." ~Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

  39. "My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz. It's the letter I use to spell yuzz-a-ma-tuzz. You'll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond 'Z' and start poking around!" ~Dr. Seuss

  40. "They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea." ~Francis Bacon
41. “Thinking… is no more and no less an organ of perception than the eye or ear. Just as the eye perceives colours and the ear sounds, so thinking perceives ideas." Rudolf Steiner, from Goethean Science

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