Imagination is the wrong tool to uncover who we really are

Vic Shayne
ILLUMINATION-Curated
4 min readJun 10, 2024

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Vic Shayne
author
13 Pillars of Enlightenment: How to realize your true nature and end suffering

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In the never-ending pursuit to uncover the ineffable essence of what we are beyond the egoic self and its phenomenal world, let’s consider whether imagination is a viable a tool.

The dictionary defines imagination as the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality; as well as a fanciful or empty assumption. But can our imaginations bring us to a universal, undeniable truth about existence and who we are at our essence? Or, by using imagination to understand ourselves, are we only fooling ourselves?

Clever quotes about imagination
Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Writer Lewis Carroll wrote, “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” Actress Marilyn Monroe said, “Looking back, I guess I used to play-act all the time. For one thing, it meant I could live in a more interesting world than the one around me.”

Reading the quotes above, and others like them, we can come away with the impression that imagination can be a…

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Vic Shayne
ILLUMINATION-Curated

NY Times bestselling author writing about reality beyond thought, consciousness, and the self to uncover what is fundamental. https://shorturl.at/mrAS6