William Blake: his book ‘Songs of Experience’ (1794) includes some of the purest lyrics in the English language, which express his ardent belief in the freedom of the imagination. What he valued above all was imagination and its power to liberate the human spirit from its earthly confinement. Some of his finest work was inspired by visions other than his own, especially those of the Bible and of Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’. He himself said: ‘The imagination is not a State: it is the Human existence itself’. Christian dogma was one of history’s imagination dampers. The measure of a soul is the unlimited activity of the mind and the grandeur of imagination. Chimera: a fire spewing creature with a lion’s head, goat’s body and a dragon’s tail (each part having its own head) and killed by Pegasus. Nowadays it is seen as a vague flight of the imagination. “Must then a Christ perish in torment in every age to save those that have no imagination”.
It is impossible to see the symbolic meaning of myths without using the myth-making faculty, namely the imagination. When men and women’s faculties are working at their optimum they can usually be assumed to work in accordance with each other. Hence it is no wonder that somebody of exceptional abilities and gifts is eventually widely appreciated. Faculties of the mind are much like limbs of the body, in that they wither if not used. Imagination has been variously judged as an appalling deviation of the human intellect, or the mind’s highest and most creative faculty. The imagination must be left quite free. The unconscious expresses itself in images. By understanding the images you are coming to terms with the myth-making part of the mind. Illusion ie: fata morgana. Reality is imagination made real. To develop your power of association link facts with something else in a witty and imaginative way.
Edgar Cayce: the imaginative forces are specifically related to the hormonal activities of the pineal gland. The pineal gland is especially associated with the autonomic nervous system and with it the subconscious mind. The Cells of Leydig is connected with the Kundalini forces within the spiritual centers of the body (higher consciousness).
Cherubim: angels represent idealized projections of positive human imagination. The imagination is one of the most important and active functions of the human mind. It should be developed, regulated and utilized. The human mind has the power to receive inspiration and to reflect such visions in works of true imagination.
The poet’s eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And, as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
Ruth Ross: “All prosperity begins in the mind and is dependent only upon the full use of our creative imagination”.