Here’s How Imagination Unlocks Reality

Source: Johannes Plenio,

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.

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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.


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.