Imagination and Spiritual Perception

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Date(s) - 9th March, 2019
All Day

St Albans' Study Centre


At the St Alban’s Study Centre

Imagination is sometimes viewed as fleeting and farfetched, so it can come as a surprise to learn that many of the most inspiring human beings orientated their whole lives around this truth-bearing faculty. Albert Einstein said that whereas knowledge is limited, “imagination encircles the world”. William Blake regarded it as the one indispensable thing for engaging with divine reality. So what is imagination and what has it to do with spiritual perception? We will ask just what imagination is, drawing on the insights of key thinkers and science. We will look at how it fires the work of artists and scientists, focusing particularly on the qualities of life that we can draw on, too. And, we will explore how imagination shapes our relationships with others, expands our inner lives, and connects us with what the Inkling, Owen Barfield, called “the inside of the whole world” .