15 Jan The True Nature of Reality: Celebrating Imagination – 8

In this part of the contemplation series, we have dedicated ourselves to gaining a clearer understanding of the true nature of reality. So far, we have looked at some of the basic ideas that make up reality and defined three different types of experience. One of those types of experience was a form of non-reality called “the imaginary”.

Oftentimes, the imaginary seems to get labeled as an obstacle that needs to be overcome in order to find reality, as if it was some weed that needed to be uprooted out of the garden of our mind. While non-reality can become an enemy to truth, not all forms of imagination are bad. On the contrary, imagination is a very important (and fun) aspect of human thought.

We have journaled about the unknown, and how it is made up of both non-reality and reality. Imagination is precisely the tool that helps us explore the unknown, creating ideas full of possibility and ways of discovering more of what we do not yet know. In this sense, the creative use of imagination becomes a crucial component for discovering more about the world and ourselves.

Even the part of our thinking that is purely imaginary is a vital part of human expression, something that brings balance to the overly critical mind. We must have science and art, reason and expression; structure and freedom. Imagination gives us this balance.

Use today’s journaling session to celebrate human imagination. Take a moment to acknowledge its usefulness, whether it comes in the form of a genius solution to a problem or as a form of pure artistic expression. The imagination has a purposeful use, but it does not need a purpose to be useful. The expression of imagination is in itself something beneficial and necessary for all human beings.

Exercises:

What role does imagination play in finding non-conventional solutions to human problems?

Who are some of the innovative and imaginative thinkers in history that have been an inspiration to you?

Who are some of your favorite artists? Painters, writers, poets, singers, musicians, sculptors, actors, etc.

What is your favorite sculpture?

What is your favorite painting?

What is your favorite song?

Who is your favorite actor / actress?

Who is your favorite author? Poet?

What is your favorite art form?

What roles do imagination and structure play in human expression?

What activities do you personally do that help you exercise your imagination and creativity?

 

Michael Ken
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