imagination Writing

What is the difference between imagination and illusion?

Returning to Webster’s dictionary, we note that illusion is “perception of something objectively existing in such a way as to cause misinterpretation of its actual nature.” It’s important to note that illusion is also a byproduct of imagination, and we need to guard against this side of imagination. We make the best decisions in life when misinterpretation is absent.

The energy that shows up in the wake of imagination is the clue to understanding how imagination is manifesting in our lives. This dance can be had to decipher when emotions take hold of our journey Negative feelings and fear are the results of imagination gone rogue, linked to delusion and unhealthy aspects of Being. This dark energy is the opposite of what we are looking to manifest, it is important to sense when we are spiraling through this maze.

Imagination that sparks creativity, positive emotion, and feelings of gratitude is the superpower side of imagination. This superpower requires training and intentionality.

Our goal is to get to a place where we are using imagination for creative expression that acts as a building block in our lives to live more freely and fully. Creativity, intuition and flow are direct results of this energy. Nonetheless, we need to be diligently on the lookout for the dark side of imagination and guard against sliding into delusion, and its debilitating and destructive energies.

There is a subtle line between fiction for good and fiction that pulls energies toward an unhealthy expression of what could be. Keven Kelly, the founder of Wired Magazine, made a post titled 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice that launches us into this discussion, he states, “Anything real begins with the fiction of what could be.”

We note here the creative power of imagination and feel its potential; however, this fork in the imaginative road may manifest in numerous ways. We could equally state that anything unreal begins with the fiction of what could be. Real and unreal thoughts are thus born in an equal womb of the mind.

Clearly more is needed than just fictional thoughts to get to the magical side of imagination. Kelly continues, “Imagination is, therefore, the most potent force in the universe, and a skill you can get better at.”

It is here that we get a glimpse at the possible difference between creation and delusion. Could it be that one movement is intentional, even skillful, as Kelly points out, and the other is unconscious and rooted in those aspects of ourselves that gravitate toward fear and insecurity? The ingredients appear to be an important element of how we get to the superpower of imagination.

This juncture requires courage; it necessitates that we move to the edge of what we know about life and ourselves. It requires that we ignore the world around us and remove the crutches we lean against to help prop up the things we and others believe. Fear and insecurities need to be absent from the recipe, and a willingness to move toward the unknown. Kelley edges us even further into the abyss, “It’s the one skill in life that benefits from ignoring what everyone else knows.”