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1 "The invisible replies and materializes in the form in which it is summoned and imagined." Gerald Heard (1889-1971), English author and philosopher, 'The Third Morality' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

2 "The image is a principle of our knowledge. It is that from which our intellectual activity begins, not as a passing stimulus, but as an enduring foundation…An image implies the idea of origin." Thomas Aquinas, 'Commentary on Boethius's The Trinity', vi, 2, ad 5, & I, q. 35, a. 1 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

3 "According to University of Georgia educational psychologist E. Paul Torrance, scientists have accumulated evidence that our image of the future determines our motivations. What we make an effort to learn and what we achieve is based on what we think is possible for ourselves. 'In fact', Torrance wrote in 'The Creative Child and Adult Quarterly' (VIII, 1983), 'a person's image of the future may be a better predictor of future attainment than his past performances.'" Marilyn Ferguson's Book of PragMagic (Marilyn Ferguson)

4 "This planet is going to make some decisions soon…..As you go about your life, for a thousand moments every day, hold this planet in your awareness. See it glowing with wonder, power, love, peace, harmony and wholeness. See it safe beyond the limitations and chaos the mind of man has created. See all the boundaries dissolving and see nothing but a sphere of energy, unified, beautiful, clear, joined, uplifted. The planet needs your help." Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

5 "If a man imagines in his thought that he has a certain quality, he is half way to possessing that quality; if he imagines himself free from a certain failing, he is half way to being free from that failing." The Mental Body (Arthur E. Powell)

6 "Our imaginations are holy, the Holy Spirit works through us when we create and participate in the ongoing Creation of self, society, universe, and mind." One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

7 "Imagination is the universal and indispensable instrument of all levels of living in the human world. Our daily lives are dependent on it….In fact, the principal function of the imagination is to enable the human being constantly to build thought models of the real world." Imagination (Harold Rugg)

8 "Vision or imagination is a Representation of what Eternally Exists, Really and Unchangeably." William Blake (1757-1827), English poet, 'A Vision of the Last Judgment in MS Note-Book p. 95 Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, 4th edition (Angela Partington, editor)

9 "The Imagination is not a State: it is the Human Existence itself." William Blake (1757-1827) Wisdom for Life (Lynette Evans, editor)

10 "You know, the imagination is also a place of reality. That may sound ridiculous, but it is. I think the imagination is where we create the future. It's where we begin to know ourselves, and it's the place of creativity and knowledge." Terry Lynn Taylor Angels: The Mysterious Messengers (Rex Hauck, editor)

11 "The word disappears, the poetry is gone, but the imaginal form persists within the mind and works on the soul." Shamanic Voices, A Survey of Visionary Narratives (Joan Halifax, Ph.D.)

12 "Imagine people awakening at last, under the influence of the ever-tightening planetary embrace, to a sense of universal solidarity based on their profound community, evolutionary in its nature and purpose." Let Me Explain (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

13 "Mental images, attitudes, and emotions help determine sickness and well-being. Life-giving exercises of the imagination, for example, were described in Egyptian books of the dead, the Vedas, and other religious scriptures. In the Phaedrus, Phaedo, and Symposium, Plato celebrated the power of images to stimulate health. Aristotle recognized the intimate connections between mental pictures, volition, sensation, and other bodily functions…Renaissance physicians believed that images were connected to impulses that travel through the nerves from the brain, stirring up humors that lead to changes in cognitive, emotional, and somatic functioning." The Future of the Body, Explorations Into the Further Evolution of Human Nature (Michael Murphy)

14 "Images bridge the gap between the verbal and non-verbal modes of awareness; they allow the two sides of the brain to communicate, arousing the emotions as well as the intellect." The Spiral Dance, A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (Starhawk (Miriam Simos))

15 "Every imagination of humanity comes through the heart, for this is the sun of the microcosm, and out of the microcosm proceeds the imagination into the great world….the imagination of humanity is a seed." Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

16 "Imagination is the instrument of discovery. The poet and the scientist agree. Discovery is conceiving in imagination, or, more succinctly, discovery IS imagined conception." Imagination (Harold Rugg)

17 "Imagination is a kind of 'organ of the soul' by means of which a person can establish cognitive and visionary rapport with an intermediary world, with a mesocosm – with the world which Henry Corbin proposed to call the 'mundus imaginalis'." Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

18 "Imagination is the star in man, the celestial or supercelestial body." Ruland's 'Lexicon Alchemiae' (1612) Alchemy, The Medieval Alchemists and their Royal Art (Johannes Fabricius)

19 "The imagination, that reconciling and mediatory power, which incorporating the reason in images of the sense and organizing the flux of the senses by the permanence and self-circling energies of the reason, gives birth to a system of symbols, harmonious in themselves, and consubstantial with the truths of which they are the conductors." Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), 'The Statesman's Manual' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

20 "The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope." Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887), American journalist and preacher The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

21 "The extremest resources of the imagination are called in to lay open the deepest movements of the heart." William Hazlitt The Empathic Imagination (Alfred Margulies, M.D.)

22 "The activity of the imagination does not resemble a static picture but rather it is closer to a kind of 'play' that includes a subtle orchestration of feelings, as well as a sense of intention and will. Imagination is thus the beginning of the entry of creative perception into the domain of the manifest. Moreover, since form is defined by proportion and ratio, the imagination must also possess these in some implicit or enfolded sense. Intuitive or perceptive reason is the act, then, of making explicit the ratio or proportion that is already implicit in creative imagination." Science, Order, and Creativity, A Dramatic New Look at the Creative Roots of Science and Life (David Bohm and F. David Peat)

23 "We are fish caught in a magic net – imagenetic – because our genes remember, our cells remember, the source, the origin, the beginning – imagenesis – creation out of image – creation of the image – from the image all is born – all is magic – imagnosis – this, through what we imagine, we know." The Spiral Dance, A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (Starhawk (Miriam Simos))

24 "Images are the compelling source of morality and religion as well as the conscientiousness of art." A Blue Fire (James Hillman)

25 "The image a society has of itself can play a crucial role in the shaping of its future. If we fill our minds with images of gloom and destruction, then that is likely to be the way we are headed. Conversely, more optimistic attitudes can actually help promote a better world. A positive vision is like the light at the end of a tunnel, which, even though dimly glimpsed, encourages us to step on in that direction." The Global Brain, Speculations on the Evolutionary Leap to Planetary Consciousness (Peter Russell)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite