What is the point of imagination, its purpose? How is it possible that we “perceive” things that are not immediately available to our sense? In neuroscience they say “The mind is what the brain does,” but how are we able to experience that which is not a part of our sentient awareness? These and countless other questions have confounded scholars for centuries, millennia perhaps, and to this day we cannot answer them with one hundred percent certainty.
In science consciousness itself has been a rather touchy subject over the last few years, some claiming that it “is what the mind does” and nothing more, while others claiming it to be a universal intelligence, a sort of omnipresent omniscience, if you will. Why don’t we examine these two statement?
Clearly the mind is what the brain does, and our consciousness is a result of the activity in the brain, but what about consciousness itself as something beyond our minds? Quantum physics have determined that elementary particles are conscious in that they make conscious decisions based on the assumption of the individual observing them. That being said, if consciousness is reserved for beings with brains, how can these tiny particles have the will of choice?
Which leads us to the idea that consciousness is a universal intelligence that governs everything in the physical realm.
This statement was made around 70 years ago, before quantum physics had made any kind of progress as it has today in the direction of providing us with countless evidence that intelligence is ubiquitous.
So, what does this all mean in regards to imagination? Well, with the understanding that consciousness is not limited to the electrochemical reaction within our nervous system but present everywhere simultaneously comes the realization that our conscious minds are connected to what some call the universal subconscious mind, the governing mind behind all matter and energy, that which is responsive to the suggestions of our conscious minds.
By this I mean that what you hold in your imagination, whether it’s some creative idea or the assumption that your life will always be the way it is now without ever improving, you are suggesting to this universal intelligence what you would like to occur based on what you choose to focus on in your life, so be conscious of your decisions because, as Tony Robbins says, “Energy goes where attention flows.”