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'The trick,' he said, 'is to relax your mind and allow your imagination do its work. A mental phantasm will emerge, configuring whatever pattern you have envisioned. After all, as I keep telling you, reality is just the manifest essence of thought-forms. And so imagine whatever you wish to bring into being. Remember, imagination is the creative god-force that inspires the creation of worlds.'
― NG Meyers, excerpt for Elysium's Passage: Surreal Adventures (Book Two in the series)
In retrospect, I suppose I can now say this is exactly what happened through my imagination: manifesting the unmanifested... just as, Eli, one of the novel's characters so succinctly stated in this quote. I don't know, perhaps it was because I had no intent of writing a novel and so it wasn't necessary to try. I assumed I couldn't... at least until my imagination took over and told me I could. It inspired me... that was the hook.
It emerged when I was having a little fun illustrating what I wanted to say about some philosophical point I was making in my journal. In fact, I told my muses we needed to have a little humor and a few illustrations, because what was being writen was dull and boring. And so Elysium's Passage officially got underway when an illustration came to me that morphed into an allegory which in turn morphed into someone's dream. That's when James, the narrator came to life, and he hasn't stopped yapping yet, now well into the fifth novel.
Unbeknownst to me at the time, I had no idea that he, through my imagination, was about to take me on a surreal adventure into an altered state of consciousness. It may be asked; who's altered state, James or mine? Though his ongoing narrative, I sometimes feel my role was merely to come along side to record all that was happening. So who wrote the story? I would have to say the story wrote itself... through whatever imagines and dialogue was being presented to me.
That was the role of my imagination, to create a reality that seemed to take on a life of its own. As so it has and continues to do just that... manifesting a reality that I could never have imagined doing. Except I did imagine it.
That's why I thought I'd like to examine the topic of the imagination. It is something we all have but generally don't always use as well as we could. How much of our imagination is appropriated to imagine fearful things that do us no good... or anyone esle for that matter? Could we even worry without the imagination?
There are many things I could say on this topic of the imagination which I hope to do in the near future as I update and embellish this post after more reflection. For now though, I'd like to present certain quotes about the imagination. What thinkers like Einstein had to say is truly worth considering and should motivate all of to better employ this wonderful faculty that gives rise to our creative genius.
And perhaps, if you wish, you might share some of your own ideas and experience on this subject just as I have. (See the comment section at the end of this post.)
In the following quote from A Course of Love, you may find much to consider regarding the dynamics of the imagination in conjunction with spirit, inspiration, vision, belief and the resultant manifestation of form. This is worth reading several times over to better understand the natural chain of progression on how the reality of form comes into being:
"Imagination is linked to true vision, for it exercises the combined capabilities of mind and heart. It is in to perception, and can lead the way in changing how you perceive of yourself and the world around you. Beyond the imagination is the spark that allows you to conceive of what never was conceived of before. This spark is inspiration, the infusion of spirit.... Spirit precedes inspiration, inspiration precedes imagination, imagination precedes belief, and belief precedes form."
― Mari Perron, excerpt from 'A Course of Love', Mari Perron
In these next quotes from Einstein, we read his wonderful insights into the imagination:
The following quotes I've found on the imagination are also very interesting:
"This world is but a canvas to our imagination."
― Henry David Thoreau
Imagination is the eye of the soul Joseph Joubert“Imagination governs the world.”
― Napoleon Bonaparte
"Imagination creates reality."
― Richard Wagner
“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”
― John Lennon
"Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures."
― Jessamyn West
"The man who has no imagination has no wings."
― Mohammed Ali
"Imagination should be used not to escape reality, but to create it."
― Collin Wilson
“I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart's affections and the truth of the Imagination.”
― John Keats
“Imagination governs the world.”
― Napoleon Bonaparte
“Imagination means nothing without doing.”
― Charlie Chaplin
“A book is a device to ignite the imagination.”
― Alan Bennett,
“To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.”
― Anatole France
"Adventure is not outside man; it is within.”
― George Eliot
“Live out of your imagination, not your history.”
― Stephen Covey
"Imagination is Everything!”
― Termina Ashton
“So rapid is the flight of dreams upon the wings of imagination.”
― Alexandre Dumas
"Lovers and madmen have such seething brains
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
“The interior of our skulls contains a portal to infinity.”
― Grant Morrison
“Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.”
― George Scialabba
“Love requires imagination more than experience.”
― Simon Van Booy
“Memory is imagination in reverse.”
― Stephen Evans
“I love when truth is stranger than fiction. It authenticates my wild imagination.”
― Joseph DiFrancesco
“I think the willfully unimaginative see more monsters. They are often more afraid.”
― J.K. Rowling
“I have a habit of letting my imagination run away from me. It always comes back though . . . drenched with possibilities.”
― Valaida Fullwood
"To play successfully the game of life we must train the imagining faculty. A person with an imagining faculty trained to imagine only good, brings into his life every righteous desire of his heart – health, wealth, love, friends, perfect self-expression, his highest ideals"
― Florence Scovel Shinn
OVERVIEW OF THE ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE SERIES
The Elysium Passage series involves five novels about a young British philosopher named James Phillips who finds himself living in an altered state of reality while still remaining on earth.
After experiencing a near fatal fall while climbing to the summit of a remote mountain in the Andes, James awakens in a new dimension. He soon encounters two mysterious beings who provide him with a very different perspective on the nature of his existence. Over the next year, before his body recovers from the coma, he is challenged to re-examine his understanding about life’s meaning and purpose far beyond anything he previously believed, or could believe.
An engaging and sometime surreal adventure with intimations of impending romance, the narrative explores the most important questions about life, death, reality and our ultimate destiny.
The Plains of Elysium (Champs-Élysées) was described by Homer, Hesiod, Virgil and many other poets as the paradisiac afterlife realm reserved for heroes. As the title suggests, this is about a journey through a passage that leads towards Elysium’s exciting realm of existence.
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VIDEO INTRODUCTION OF SERIES
To view my first attempt at introducing the series, double click on the picture.
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ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: THE SUMMIT