To Imagination

“To Imagination” by Emily Brontë

When weary with the long day’s care,
And earthly change from pain to pain,
And lost and ready to despair,
Thy kind voice calls me back again:
Oh, my true friend! I am not lone,
While thou canst speak with such a tone!

So hopeless is the world without;
The world within I doubly prize;
Thy world, where guile, and hate, and doubt,
And cold suspicion never rise;
Where thou, and I, and Liberty,
Have undisputed sovereignty.

What matters it, that, all around,
Danger, and guilt, and darkness lie,
If but within our bosom’s bound
We hold a bright, untroubled sky,
Warm with ten thousand mingled rays
Of suns that know no winter days?

Reason, indeed, may oft complain
For Nature’s sad reality,
And tell the suffering heart, how vain
Its cherished dreams must always be;
And Truth may rudely trample down
The flowers of Fancy, newly-blown:

But, thou art ever there, to bring
The hovering vision back, and breathe
New glories o’er the blighted spring,
And call a lovelier Life from Death,
And whisper, with a voice divine,
Of real worlds, as bright as thine.

I trust not to thy phantom bliss,
Yet, still, in evening’s quiet hour,
With never-failing thankfulness,
I welcome thee, Benignant Power;
Sure solacer of human cares,
And sweeter hope, when hope despairs!

The power of imagination can easily be missed if you are constantly caught up in the cares of the day. Life is not meant to be a game of whack-a-mole! Life is meant to progress by means of a rhythmic oscillation between imagining and doing, or put differently, being and achieving.

Imagination is the child of meditative contemplation; it is the intercourse of heaven and earth, the invisible and the visible. Imagination is the process by which all things new and wonderful are born.

Take time each day to contemplate or to meditate on the most central matters of living: love, truth, and life. Exercise your imagination as you would your body. See the connection between the pure, powerful spirits to the details of your life. Consolidate your most sacred, inner thoughts so that the times of expansion, of doing, are backed by the substance of your soul.

6 thoughts on “To Imagination

  1. David R

    So vital to keep a space for creative imagination, a place characterized by fertility that looks beyond present limitations to vast fields of possibility. So many wonderful things that we now take for granted emerged because at least one person maintained a protected place that could be a womb for the gestation of glorious things.

    The world will discourage if allowed to, but each one is gifted with imagination, and therefore with the capacity to create. Of course, imagination doesn’t necessarily envision exactly how the final form will appear, and even the most imaginative person will be surprised by the ultimate creation, but what a blessing this capacity is!

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  2. Joy

    I loved reading Emily Bronte poem, each verse brought added delight, and gives evidence of how the substance of the soul when allowed to germinate, endurs time.

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    1. Steve

      I also loved reading and considering the words of Emily’s poem. It does touch a depth of soul. I appreciated her words regarding realizing vain cherished fancies and unreal flowers of fancy. Such things serve to divert us from acknowledging and applying what is real and true into our living. With your follow up words we are brought back to the place of origination “warm with ten thousand mingled rays of suns that know no winter days!”

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  3. Coco

    In these times of 24/7 connection to information and inspirations of all sorts, creating the space for your own birth of thoughts has become a deliberate event. I find taking time in the morning to begin my day with appreciation and a mindfulness to really connect with those I am creating with, those who we could easily take for granted; this has enriched my life by thousands fold. In the evening I take the time to look back on my day and interactions with a eye for what I might have done better or deeper measure of thankfulness for what did occur. Our lives were meant to deliver something specific from our creator in this particular time. The only way for an accurate representation from us is to use all the faculties we were blessed with including our imagination.

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  4. Isabelle

    thank you for the reminder not to get so caught up in the to-do’s and tasks of our day that we forget why we’re doing them!

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