Here’s How Imagination Unlocks Reality

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I couldn’t spend the rest of my life imagining I had magical powers that would let me walk through walls or that my best friend was an invisible unicorn that could fly

…when I became a man, I put away childish things

— Paul, 1st Corinthians 13

Moreover, as I increased in my faith and religious knowledge, I found I didn’t want to exist in a world of childhood imaginations. I wanted to see things as they really were.

Beyond College

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The Return of Imagination to Science

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Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

— Albert Einstein

At this point, I began to understand better the importance of imagination. I learned that to progress beyond the limits of current knowledge, you have to hypothesize about possibilities that do not yet exist.

The Return of Imagination to Faith

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Can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying…Come unto me ye blessed

— Alma, Book of Mormon

Similarly, in religious, faith-filled thought, imagination is needed to live by faith. For the faithful, there is a limit to what one knows about God and eternity in this life.

Imagination to Knowledge

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Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are there.

I now use imagination to picture how my future self would act and behave. I use imagination to see how I can get from my current state to my future state. I use imagination to help myself draw closer to God, to understand the world that he lives in, and how I can learn to be more like him.

Postscript

If you haven’t heard of Alma (quoted above) or ever read the Book of Mormon, you should check out this article to find 6 reasons the Book of Mormon can add power to your life.

PhD Chemist, father of six kids, and local bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.