Albert Einstein described imagination as being more important than knowledge, for knowledge, he said, is limited while imagination encircles the world. Those are profound words coming from a mathematician and physicist, but what does it mean? Here are two important things you need to know about imagination.
1. Imagination is governed by no rules or laws either physical or civil.
2. Imagination comes from a place of unlimited energy and capacity. Simply put, it is boundless.
That's pretty amazing when you think about. The fact that we, finite creatures with limited capacities and limited life spans, have the ability to tap into something that is absolutely limitless and follows no physical laws is nothing short of miraculous. To me, it means making a spiritual connection with the universe or whatever creator you believe in. When you are working in the realm of imagination, you are touching God, or at least participating the endless creative process of the universe building and destroying itself into eternity.
A Few More Quotes From Einstein On Imagination
The next important aspect of imagination is to understand that creativity is the physical embodiment of the imagination. That's right, being creative, making things, creating things, etc. is the result of imagination. William Blake once famously stated, What is now proved was once only imagined. Another way to think of that, is that everything mankind has made in all of its existence was once just a portion of someone's imagination. What's even more provocative to consider, is all of the things that were once determined to be impossible that were both imagined and created. Consider the telephone. At one point Alexander Graham Bell had the crazy idea of creating a machine that would transmit a person's voice through an electrical wire. That must have seemed impossible! What must his critics have thought of that idea? However, now we have moved even further. Science Fiction predicted the cellular phone, but it was considered to be just that, a fiction. It is always the creative ones that ride in front of society, laying the imaginative tracks for our future reality.
Even the Star Trek writers could not predict how far the phone would go. It took Steve Jobs to push it to the next level, but then, he knew something about creativity and imagination. Steve Jobs once said, "Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things." Steve Jobs knew how to connect with that boundless energy of imagination and more than that, he knew that energy could be trusted. Creative people go for it. They have an idea and they don't allow others to define or diminish it. They just trust in the creative process and begin to put one thing down, which leads to another and another. Isn't imagination amazing?
In future posts, I will continue to explore imagination and creativity. Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I appreciate you and am glad you have found my website. You can always view and purchase my artwork right here: www.bruceblackart.com
Author: Bruce Black
Welcome to Life Reimagined! I am a professional artist and long time art teacher, over twenty-two years teaching and still going! I have painted all my life and love to inspire others to reach their creative potential. I hope this blog brings you inspiration!