“They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
– Edgar Allan Poe
“Imagination is the spark that ignites the fire of creativity.”
– Richard Laurence Peterson
April 7, 2019
Imagination is an intriguing idea that has resounding implications which rarely get to see the light of day.
In our youth, imagination was the journey we all engaged in every day. In those days there was no mountain to high, no catacomb too dark, no obstacle to impervious to be overcome because we knew at that time that nothing could stop us.
But then we ‘grew up’.
We were told that imagination, like a paper airplane, was a child’s play thing. It’s something “only kids” employ. Adults? They don’t need imagination; ‘let’s talk about reality please,’ or, ‘let’s be real’ soon follows. Imagination is in the past; it’s not needed now.
Such is the brainwashing that we were lathered on with, and it’s worked in spades. This type of mind control puts the subject of imagination beyond the scope of everyday chatter.
The stifling of imagination has dampened individual consciousness and creativity and it’s quite regrettable. One glaring example of this can be seen in the fact that although everyone living today has more information than ever before, many still need help with certain circumstances that others knew how to deal with decades, centuries ago or more. Those individuals can’t imagine solutions, even though (1) information now and solutions are magnitudes greater, (2) imagination is limitless, and what can stem from that is just as so, and finally, (3) the past often offers templates for solutions if the issues have already been tackled in times immemorial.
People can’t imagine solutions like others could in the past because they’re living within a box, instead of living without the box. Imagination is shackled through and through.
Having droves of more knowledge than any civilizations past, in conjunction with the employment endless imagination and creativity, we should be the most self sufficient generation of them all. And yet, the opposite is the case. The more technology grows and evolves, the less and less we know how to employ creativity and thus, the less imaginative we become.
Hearkening back to our youth, imagination played a vital role in how we viewed reality. Obstacles? Those didn’t exist. Obstacles were merely opportunities for growth. Obstacles, like storms, help you realized what you’re made of, and once those circumstances have been conquered, individuals feel like they can take on the world.
That is because there are no limits to imagination. Implication: there are no limits to the amount of solutions you could envision.
A great aspect of imagination is its malleability, even though imagination is in fact shapeless.
Like water, imagination molds into whatever shape it sees fit and even transmutes itself into something more, something greater, but only when unleashed.
Imagination is non linear. It may venture in any direction it sees fit, and goes even beyond the beyond. There is no path imagination won’t take, there’s no venture it won’t embark upon.
Imagination is the road that never ends, offering solutions at every turn.
But without action, imagination, like a starship without a warpdrive, remains stagnant. Explorations must cease until adjustments are made – until imagination is employed.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, what happens with individuals that use imagination? These individuals create. Moreover, they solve, they conquer; ultimately, they grow.
These individuals create, create often, and endlessly. Paintings, poetry, dances, prose, technologies, solutions and MUCH more, are all created by those limitless and imaginative individual minds that chose to employ this tool.
Imagination is so important that Einstein once said:
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”[Bold Emphasis added]
Nikola Tesla ultimately said this of imagination:
“Our first endeavors are purely instinctive prompting of an imagination vivid and undisciplined. As we grow older reason asserts itself and we become more and more systematic and designing. But those early impulses, though not immediately productive, are of the greatest moment and may shape our very destinies. Indeed, I feel now that had I understood and cultivated instead of suppressing them, I would have added substantial value to my bequest to the world. But not until I had attained manhood did I realize that I was an inventor.”[Bold Emphasis added]
Imagination is there for individuals to use at will. If individuals so choose, it will push them; it will drive them. It will free them from the shackles of normality and help erase the imaginary boundaries [dictated by society] that have been hampering their progress and mental state.
And just like the countless individuals that achieve their dreams even though they were told it would be “impossible”, imagination manifests impossible dreams, because it can; it has; and it always will.
Imagination will not be stopped, because it cannot be stopped.
Once the box doesn’t exist, the individual is free. Free to experience or create anything they want, solve anything the need, and ruminate upon the wondrous ceaselessly.
Then, the next chapter begins.
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Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.