“to imagine is to transform yourself into the world of someone else.”
<<Imagination: Living in a World of Stranger>>, Grace Wu ¹
With the acceptance of everything you owns came from your previous imagination. Where does a newborn baby come from? Doesn’t or does the power of imagination already exists as particles before it forms the flesh and cells? Does imagination jump from time to time or it flow along time? Can we imagine from the future of what we have right now like <<The Curious Case of Benjamin Button>> that Benjamin imagined himself to be younger and started foreseeing him as a little baby? Besides analyzing scientifically how a baby is born, we see our imagination travels beyond time.
Love and hate also comes from someone’s imagination. You can keep spreading Baobab seeds all over the world as a love spell to catch your little man. But at the same time you man can also pray to Baobab trees to keep you. The common stand of “true-love” then comes from the same level of imagination between two, so as hate.
The concept “Anattā” from Buddhism eliminate the existence of “self” from us. On a general ground Anattā is opposing the idea of magic. A magician makes things happen from thinking of themselves.² “I want fire.” Anattā and magic can be described as the realization of unconsciousness versus the realization of desire.
To transform oneself to what we desire, instead of realizing what is our desire one can undesire his own desires. This is also a process of weaving imagination through time. We have been brain-washed by all education system to treat imagination as an accumulative process. We start from an initial idea and we elaborate it further and further. The possibility of imagination grows with time. If we understood self or life as a process of growth, thus to eliminate “time” in imagination is also another form of Anattā. Think like Benjamin Button, imagine the earlier, imagine the decreasing time.
In reality we still have no methods to eliminate or decrease time in absolute sense. “I am so busy, I have no time” This misconception of shrinking time is in relative sense. Time is filled up with materiality so it seems to be shrunk, indeed time isn’t shrunk until we start to imagine beyond time.
1. Grace Wu. Imagination: Living in a World of Stranger , http://www.pecha-kucha.org, last modified Oct 21, 2012. http://www.pecha-kucha.org/presentations/625
2. Daniel M. Wegner. Self is Magic. Psychology and Free will. New York: Oxford University Press. 2006. PDF e-book.