It’s not enough to be alive. You have to live. Being is a verb, an activity. The most profound and deepest act of being we can engage in is imagining. It changes us from objects in a world of things, to subjects in a world of persons. Imagination is not in us—we are in Imagination. The organ of imagination is the heart, but its modes of action are all the senses, all the emotions, all of the intellect. When the heart of imagination is active, everything is fluid, all things shimmer with just a bit of uncertainty. All our secret fundamentalisms dissolve into flesh and into breath. To learn the imagination, we need to know how to pay attention to everything in our world: to flowers, dreams, people, clouds, emotions, the textures of stone, the tastes of spices, the colors in the eyes of animals. Join us for practice in becoming alive, of becoming capable of being in this magnificent world.
Tom Cheetham is an author, teacher, scientist and poet exploring creative imagination and the imaginal in human life and culture. His books include Imaginal Love: The Meanings of Imagination in Henry Corbin and James Hillman, All the World an Icon: Henry Corbin and the Angelic Function of Beings, The World Turned Inside Out: Henry Corbin and the Angel Out Ahead, and Ahead After Prophecy: Opening the Eyes of Fire.