What I mean by 'imagination'...Part II

When I use the word Imagination, I use it as one may use apprehension. For it is my opinion that the imagination is at root of all human expression. When we experience data either from within our physio-psyche selves or from the external worlds of both corporeality and the epistic realms of word, idea, and image, there is something within our minds (not understood as the brain) that makes sense of this information. In being made sensible the information is altered into specific forms, such as images, thought, 'language'. implies specific physical actions, including that which ranges between atavistic reactions and artisianship. ('Language' here includes all forms of conscious, deliberate communications - from sign language to music to scientific reports).

In being formed by that 'black box' aspect of the mind, received information is altered in manners similar to the techniques described by Freud's dream work, Jung's archetypes (look at them as imaginal expressions, their point of focus is the existential experiences that all humans must experience as a result of being, being physical, being in the world, being in relationship [self and others], etc.). This is to suggest that the same kinds of activities which are present in the unconscious, dreaming mind are active in the conscious, sometimes rational mind. A further presupposition being that rationality is the not only valid epistemology available to humankind. Rather than monological the mind is polytheistic, it has a religious bent to it which Hillman describes as the "thought of the Heart" or, more academically and suggestive, an aesthetic approach to the world and its images.

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