Imagination, Creation, and Heart: Personal Reality
(Mike DePung — Post II.18)
Imagination creates. Imagination creates reality. Who cares? Anyone who has come to know Self and follow Heart. Imagination manifests and shapes the Universe. I care.
These metaphysical, existential ideas integrate into our everyday reality when we acknowledge core Self, when we hear our own Heart and listen and simply allow — allow Heart to power our minds and souls and bodies, allow Ego to dissolve, allow love to flow. When this occurs, imagination becomes reality.
How much time do we spend in imagination, visualizing what could be, what we will reality to be? Do we visualize what life energies we are transmitting and attracting to us? Visualization requires effort, focus, and repetition in order to create, because Ego has been wired so deeply into us and works contrary to Heart. It’s part of the amazing package with which humans are equipped. And while Ego and Heart seem, and are, contradictory, that contradiction works miracles.
One of the most enigmatic and talented British Romantic poets is William Blake. During his life, he was not widely known and only regarded as somewhat talented by other artists. His brilliance became more evident as his total collection of work has been studied. Along with his Romantic poetry and prose, he created incredible paintings and prints, all demonstrating the Romantic fascination with youth, nature, and questioning authority and prevailing norms of society. Oh, and imagination. Imagination used to forge new reality.
Blake sees that imagination can create reality because Ego and Heart are part of our composition: “Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.” Understanding Ego impulse and movement in opposition to Heart exposes the limitations of Ego in living a full significant life. This revelation allows us to choose, to peel away Ego, and dissolve it, which allows us to continue to learn core Self and our relationship to every bit of the Universe. Epiphany and process.
Without recognizing Ego and shedding it, we would be stagnant, uncreative, and self-absorbed — dull and passionless. Heart gives us the creative spark through our interests and passions. Without recognizing the contraries of Ego and Heart and without nurturing fellowship with our Heart, we would, perhaps worst of all, be unimaginative.
Blake says, “Imagination is not a state: it is the human existence itself.” And again, “What is now proved was once only imagined.”
The Romantic philosophy has often been criticized as being unrealistic idealism. Romantics helped effect social change by raising sensibilities about human potential and Ego ills in their world. They created solutions. We are creators through our imagination. While it is possible to create without Heart being used as the primary operating system, such creative abilities will not be sustained, extended, or grow without living through Heart. And that is because the spark for this creative imagination is pure Heart.
Progress, growth, this propensity to imagine, emerges from Heart desire in us to connect with the Universe. A hundred years after Blake, Albert Einstein 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.”
Did Einstein understand Blake or did Blake reincarnate as Einstein? Listen to another line from Blake: “Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow.” Other dimensions. Greater possibilities. Wonderful visions to manifest.
Living Heart-truth and creating our own reality is no small potatoes. It’s a joyful occupation, one requiring faith to shed Ego and to grow in Heart-truth. Even as I write these words, I’m creating a reality borne of imagination. It isn’t great or earth-shaking or Blake-ish, but it’s a product of my imagination.
Wm. Blake was a multi-talented man, but his talent created because of Heart. He lived his own truth: “I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s. I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.” And so is mine — if I live through the Heart operating system. And so should it be yours. If you don’t want to feel enslaved to others, if you feel trapped, get in touch with your Heart and start that creative imagination cranking.
Just imagine — and create!