: the ability to imagine things that are not real: the ability to form a picture in your mind of something that you have not seen or experienced
: the ability to think of new things
: something that only exists or happens in your mind




Imagination (n.): “faculty of the mind which forms and manipulates images,” mid-14th century, ymaginacion, from Old French imaginacionconcept, mental picture; hallucination,” from Latin imaginationem a fancy,” noun of action from past participle stem of imaginary.




“Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.”

Jonathan Swift (1967-1745, Anglo-Irish clergyman and author who was the foremost prose satirist in the English language; best known for the novel, “Gulliver’s Travels”)

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“Everything you can imagine is real.”

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, prolific artist who “impacted the development of modern and contemporary with unparalleled magnitude,” producing over 20,000 paintings, prints, sculptors, ceramics, theater sets and costumes)

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Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.”

Maria Montessori (1870-1952, Maria Tecla Artemisia Montessori, Italian physician and pioneer of theories in early childhood education, which still are implanted in Montessori schools all over the globe)

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“Children see magic because they look for it.”

Christopher Moore (b. 1957, American writer of comic fantasy)

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“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”

Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born theoretical physicist)

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“Reason is intelligence taking exercise. Imagination is intelligence with an erection.”

Victor Hugo (1802-1885, celebrated French Romantic author best known for his poetry and novels, including “Les Misérables”)

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Imagination is the golden-eyed monster that never sleeps. It must be fed; it cannot be ignored.”

Patricia A. McKillip (b. 1948, award-winning American author of fantasy and science fiction novels)

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“Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.”

— Jonathan Swift


Imagination give us the abilities to see beyond our prison walls, those limitations we constructed ourselves, or those that were imposed by others.  Imagination zaps our minds and provides the road maps to evolve and create.

Ken Wilber wrote in his book, “A Theory of Everything”:

“G. Spencer Brown, in his remarkable book, Laws of Form, said that new knowledge comes when you simply bear in mind what you need to know. Keep holding the problem in mind, and it will yield. The history of human beings is certainly testament to that fact. An individual runs into a problem, and simply obsesses about that problem until he or she solves it. And the funny thing is: the problem is always solved. Sooner or later, it yields… For a million years, human looked at the moon and wanted to walk on it. . . .

“I believe any competent person is capable of bearing problems in mind until they yield their secrets; what not everybody possesses is the requisite will, passion, or insane obsession that will let them hold the problem long enough or fiercely enough.”

As a former qualified professional researcher, pieces of needed information I needed in order to complete a profile would show up, as if magic.

Imagination can jolt our desires to create our lives beyond your wildest dreams.

After getting married at the age of 22 and before having children, I used to take long bus rides home along the Upper Westside.  I enjoyed looking at the city from a slow vantage point.  One of the neighborhoods that intrigued me the most was from 72nd Street to 122nd Street on Riverside Drive near Union Seminary and the Riverside Church.

I loved not only looking at the architecture of those pre-war building, but also the ambiance of well-lit lobbies and charming apartment living through open windows.  Those buildings also had doormen who seem to greet those who arrived and exited with professional courtesy.  I imagined such a life of wellbeing for myself and for my children.

Eventually after seventeen years, that Harlem pre-war renovated building apartment I lived and invested in transformed into the buildings I admired downtown.  But, I along with many others neighbors, including t the state police, we had to do the hard work to turn the neighborhood around.  We all had to imagine and sign on to a community that was drug- and crime-free.  Once we did, waves of such promises came true.

Sojourners, let us continue to imagine, work for, and expect lives beyond our wildest dreams, and it will be so!

Miraculously Yours, Tonya









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