Interior Worlds––Can You See Inside of Things?
by Juliette Jones
There are those who come to think of imagination, not as though it was an ephemeral-seeming capacity, but rather as something “unreal.” Most of us have heard someone say, “That was just your imagination.” In this case, imagination is brushed aside as an illusion.
On the other hand, imagination becomes an asset when employed by artists, inventors, healers and activities which require the ability to “venture inward” to bring forth what is then praised as a talent or gift. Imagination appears to emerge out of a certain receptive state of consciousness. It is also a powerful creative faculty that can be used for good or ill. In the case of the former, it also has the ability to trigger inspiration.
“Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.”
Thomas Edison created and patented over 1,000 inventions, and is best known for the bright idea of the incandescent electric light bulb. According to Edison, ideas are around “in the air,” and that if he had not received them, someone else would have done so. Needless to say, he was a devotee of practical application, having stated, “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are hard work, stick-to-itiveness and common sense.”
Albert Einstein left behind many clues as to the way he understood his powerful image receiving faculty. He is quoted as saying, “I think 99 times and get nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me.” Einstein created “thought experiments” through which he imagined his own consciousness as experiencing the force, or idea that he was exploring. This led to revolutionary discoveries about time and space.
“The spirit of the depths opened my eyes, and I caught a
glimpse of the inner things––the world of the soul.”
––Carl Gustav Jung
Children are profound creatures. They travel in a land still not entirely separate from the cosmic self. For as long as I can remember I was intrinsically fascinated by the phenomenon of consciousness and “looking within.” As a young child, my outer environment and family life was relaxed, loving and close to nature. I grew up in a world where reflection and imagination were not discouraged. As a result, I had confidence in my inner world, and there were often occasions when I observed or reflected upon the image-making faculty of mind.
One particular “thought experiment” opened a door to dreaming, intuition and the potentials of inner revelation. At the time, I was an only child and spent much time alone or with adults. Like so many children, I resisted the bedtime hour which, in my opinion, should have been later than nine o’clock. No amount of wheedling or resistance would sway my parents to extend my “awake” time.
My mother always did her best to make the bedtime hour pleasant, helping me with my pajamas, reading stories and reciting prayers, but her tender efforts were not always persuasive. One night, I determined that I didn’t have to fall unconscious, but could will myself into staying awake. I closed my eyes (so that my mom wouldn’t notice the effort) and stayed vigilant for any sign of sleep.
Although my efforts were initially fruitless, I persisted for weeks with great resolve––a feature of the Scorpio archetype that is well-known to astrologers and parents alike. Then, one glorious night, something amazing happened. While I was still entirely “awake,” I broke free from my body and had the awesome sensation of flying at a great speed over the surface of a body of water. Eventually, I fell into what appeared to be something like a waterfall and slipped into unconsciousness. This blissful experience only intensified my efforts to continue the experiment. From that point forward, I had the sensation of “being awake” as an entirely different sort of expanded experience.
I persisted in the hopes it would happen again, and it did on quite a few occasions, but the best was yet to come. One night, after going over the waterfall, I found myself abiding in the cosmos itself surrounded by stars. Off in the distance was a “hole” that was emanating light. I desired to approach it, and this desire propelled me towards the opening. As I got closer, I noticed that it looked like what I would now describe as the aperture of an old camera.
Next, the opening enlarged and let me pass through. I found myself in a different body, noticing that my arms and legs were of a different color from the little body I had come to know in my short life on earth. To make a long and detailed story short, I had arrived in a scenario which I much later recognized as holding a powerful resemblance to ancient Egypt. Keep in mind, at the time of the dreaming, I was only about three years old, and hadn’t seen or known anything about ancient Egypt. This dream repeated with exactitude many times, and later gave me insight to what people were talking about as reincarnation.
It might have been this experience that triggered my capacity for dreaming and certainly a great fascination with the potentials of the higher mind. I was left with an unending curiosity to explore the dimensions of who and what we really are or might be in relation to the cosmos.
Made in the Imagination of God?
If you are in alignment with the realizations that have come forth regarding consciousness––as now seen by contemporary high priests of physics, and has always been acknowledged by the mystics of the ages who have use of the “inner eye”––you have likely come to view consciousness as nothing less than a fundamental, invisible aspect of the nature of reality.
Up until recently, the natural world, as seen by physicists, was painted as four forces: gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces. Recently, a new color has been added––consciousness (or Consciousness, with a capital “C”) has turned out to be a missing link in the previous conception of the elemental forces of nature.
Science, like spirituality, has always had to venture inward to the depths of the cosmos in our quest for deeper knowledge, inventiveness and healing. We are fortunate to live at the beginning of an era where we are beginning to breaking free from the limited paradigm of scientific materialism.
“As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear-headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you that as a result of my research about the atoms, this much: There
is no matter as such! All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which
brings the particles of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system
of the atom. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious
and intelligent Spirit. This Spirit is the matrix of all matter.”
––Max Plank, Nobel Laureate and acknowledged Father of Quantum Mechanics.