Imagination is an incorrigible child forever at play with frivolities when reason is doing serious work. Daydreams wander in and out of consciousness, interrupting concentrated thought. As rationality gains exclusive control over our lives we drive out our daydreams. They are flights from reality into fancy, trips taken at the expense of the boss, the job, the problem that has to be solved. All true. Daydreams deliver us into the private world of unfulfilled desire and let us taste forbidden pleasures that are sweeter than work, duty, responsibility, honor, gentility, and moderation. They are disturbers of the peace, but we ignore them at our own peril. Without them the psyche shrivels. The more we know about the kaleidoscopic worlds of desire the more we are likely to be able to make satisfying choices. Paradoxically, when we stay in touch with our most outrageous fantasies our path toward realistic goals is most direct. When we allow the child within us free play it is easier to enjoy our self-chosen responsibilities………S. Keen & A. Valley-Fox
to live creatively may mean to come to the edge of the not-so-pretty edge of oneself…..the deep imagination has its own rewards and our finest moment may be a breakthrough to inner forces not recognizable without jumping off the cliff first…..
The hero must venture forth from the world of commonsense consciousness into a region of supernatural wonder. There he encounters fabulous forces- demons and angels, dragons and helping spirits. After a fierce battle, he wins a decisive victory over the powers of darkness. Then he returns from his mysterious adventure with the gift of knowledge or fire, which he bestows on his fellow man…..Joseph Campbell
Without this playing with fantasy
no creative work has ever yet come to birth.
The debt we owe
to the play of imagination is incalculable.