Imagination is important
Some of us use our imagination more consciously and easily than others, depending on our personality type. The truth is we are all using our imagination in equal measure because we live in a world of images. So we are either seeing the past, the present or the future. When we constantly remember the past, we are conjuring up images of past experiences, people and places. Those images are not physically in front of us. They are in our memory. Or they are in the imagination of our past.
When we live in the present, it is harder to consider the fact we are using our imagination. But we are. The images we see have less to do with the world about us, but more what we believe about the world. It has been proven we filter out information we don’t believe in. So for example, two people with different beliefs can see a boatful of people trying to gain entry to our country by sea. We can probably agree on some of the facts. The journey is a treacherous one. The attempt to gain entry to our country is a desperate one.
The filter of beliefs
Depending on beliefs, however, one person can see those people as desperate people who are in fear of their lives in their own country. Their situation so bad they felt they had no option but to risk their own and their families lives to reach a place of safety. They, therefore, view them with compassion. Others believe that this is a routeway for illegal immigrants and that if they were truly desperate they would have not risked the journey, but chosen a country which did not involve such a hazardous routeway. They, therefore, view them with suspicion.
The reality is there could be truth in both versions. Our beliefs colour our imagination. Helpful use of imagination is when we view past, present and future events, people and situations in our lives through the lens of love. Less helpful is when we view them through the lens of fear.
Creativity arises when we use imagination positively to anticipate our future. A negative imagination about our future at best can create risk management, and at worst create worry and stress.