Worlds emerge through our art-making. Though they aren’t necessarily the agreed upon reality, they exist somewhere–perhaps–outside of the conscious in the unconscious, your personal or the greater unconscious.
What an interesting territory to explore and bring into form through writing and art.
For me, it is most accessible through painting. I tap into it when I allow something to show and reveal itself to me. I engage the conversation and follow the lead I receive through inquiry–“what is showing itself to me?”
It is the territory of the imaginal realm…
As defined by Mary Harrell, Ph.D.,
“As a first definition of the imaginal realm, I’ll borrow from Iranologist and scholar Henry Corbin (1997) who said that the imaginal realm is a subtle world, which exists in a field between matter and mind.”
And I like this one from Wikipedia:
“Coleridge distinguished imagination, which expresses realities of an imaginal realm transcending any personal existence, and ‘fancy’, or fantasy, which expresses the creativity of the artistic soul. For him, ‘imagination is the condition for cognitive participation in a sacramental universe’.”
Finally, this one by C. S. Lewis:
C.S. Lewis considered that “reason is the organ of truth, but imagination is the organ of meaning.
Where have you gone lately, in your imagination? Through your writing or through your art-making? What’s your favored vehicle for visiting the imaginal realm?