Art, imagination, and magic

Art, imagination, and magic

by Jon Rappoport

December 8, 2013

Logic applies to the physical universe.

It applies to statements made about that universe. It applies to factual language.

Many wonderful things can be done with logic. Don’t leave home without it. Don’t analyze information without it.

But art and imagination are of another universe(s). They can deploy logic, but they can also invent in any direction without limit, and they can embrace contradiction. They can build worlds in which space and time and energy are quite different.

Magic is nothing more and nothing less than imagination superseding this universe. People have all sorts of crazy ideas about it, mostly prompted by organized religion, but magic occurs when imagination takes this reality for a ride.

Which brings us to what I call the Is People. The Is People are dedicated with a fervor to insisting that this Continuum and this consensus reality are inviolable, are the end-all and be-all. They may cling to their belief as a result of religion or science, it doesn’t matter. Either way, they bow at the altar of Is.

They strive to fit themselves into Is, and this eventually has some interesting negative consequences. They come to resemble solid matter. They take on the character of matter.

For them, imagination is at least a misdemeanor, if not a felony. It’s a blow to the Is of Is. They tend to view imagination as a form of mental disorder.

Technocrats like to gibber about imagination as if it’s nothing more than just another closed system that hasn’t been mapped yet. But they’re sure it will be, and when that happens, people will apparently give up creating and opt for living in a way that more closely resembles machines.

There are many people who secretly wish they were machines that functioned automatically and without flaws. It’s their wet dream.

Magic eventually comes to the conclusion that imagination creates reality. Any reality. And therefore, one universe, indivisible, is an illusion, a way of trapping one’s self.

What began as the physical universe, a brilliant work of art, ends up as a psychic straitjacket, a mental ward in which the inmates strive for normalcy. Those who fail at even this are labeled and shunted into a special section of the ward.

But the result of imagination, if pursued and deployed long enough and intensely enough, is:

Consensus reality begins to organize itself around you, rather than you organizing yourself around it.

There are various names and labels used to describe this state of affairs, but none of them catches the sensation of it.

Magic is one of those labels.

What I’m describing here isn’t some snap-of-the-fingers trick of manifestation; it’s a life lived.

The old alchemists were working in this area. They were striving for the transformation of consciousness. In true alchemy, one’s past, one’s experience, one’s conflicts all become fuel for the fire of creating new realities. Taken along certain lines, this is called art.

Art is capable of dissolving conflicts because it renders them down into basic energy, which can then be used to create.

One universe, one logic, one Continuum, one role in that Continuum, one all-embracing commitment to that role, one avenue of perception, one Is…this is the delusion.

And eventually, the delusion gives birth to a dedication to what everyone else thinks and supposes and assumes and accepts. This is slavery.

Freeing one’s self, living through and by imagination, is not a mass movement. It’s a choice taken by one person. It’s a new and unique road for each person.

Exit From the Matrix

Societies and civilizations are organized around some concept of the common good. The concept always deteriorates (if it was ever genuine to begin with), and this is because it is employed to lower the ceiling on individual power rather than raise it.

Be less than you are, then we can all come together in a common cause.”

It’s essentially a doctrine of sacrifice—everyone sacrifices to everyone else, and the result is a coagulated mass of denial of self.

It is a theme promoted under a number of guises by men who have one thing in mind: control.

It’s a dictatorship of the soul. It has always existed.

Breaking out of it involves reasserting the power of imagination to invent new and novel realities.

Under a variety of names, this is art.

Promoting the image of the artist as a suffering victim is simply one more way to impose the doctrine of sacrifice.

In 1961, when I began writing and painting in earnest, I had a conversation with the extraordinary healer, Richard Jenkins, whom I write about in my book, The Secret Behind Secret Societies (included in Exit From the Matrix). This is my note from that time about what Richard told me:

Paint what you want to, no matter what anyone else says. You may not always know what you want to create, but that’s good. Keep working, keep painting. You’ll find your way. You’ll invent something new, something unique, if you don’t give in. You’ll see everything in a new light. Reality is a bad joke. It’s nothing more than what everyone assents to, because they’re afraid. They’re afraid of what people will say. They’re afraid they have far more power than they want to discover. They’re afraid that power will lead them away from common and ordinary beliefs. They’re afraid they’ll become a target for all the masses who have surrendered their own lives and don’t want to be reminded of it. They afraid they’ll find out something great about themselves…”

Nothing I’ve experienced in the 50 years since then has diminished what Richard said to me.

These fears are all illusions that disintegrate when a person shoves in his chips on imagination and makes that bet and lives it.

Jon Rappoport

The author of two explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED and EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at

18 comments on “Art, imagination, and magic

  1. gabriel logue says:

    Damn Fine article Sir. I read it with vigour and a heart hunger. I am shedding my old self and learning to live from the inside out, an inside that insists that I live with joy and passion and to accept nothing less, which is still a little surprising for me to realise, but that is the insistence and way I need to live. Thank you, I enjoyed experiencing your article.

  2. Beth says:

    This is a magnificent piece, sir. Thank you so much for it.

  3. Oh, Jon,

    You must have known that I would reply to this… My whole goal is to steer the co-creation of the Now such that even that child, dying of starvation while the buzzards patiently await the death, with nothing to create with, may choose Hume’s creation (“Hume” being a genderless pronoun for a Human).

    Indeed, We can choose to co-create better on this planet.

    This is a link to the 2009 version of My novella, The Abundance Paradigm:

    And My latest article which is a lot of which You may recognise from a previous comment of Mine.

    As for magic… [smile] If You’re right, I WILL succeed.

  4. zenshaman says:

    Indeed.thanks for your writing Jon.

  5. bleak says:

    Great article, Jon. You got me thinking again as usual.

    It’s so great when something “magical” happens. There’s no explaining it and there’s nothing like it. It can happen through experiencing art or music, or just a small incident that occurs which changes ones outlook and perception. I believe Jung called that synchronicity. While all magic doesn’t fall under the category of synchronicity, synchronicity is very magical; at least to me anyway. And I love your reference to the alchemists because, yes, they are trying to label all occultists and students of the esoteric arts and knowledge as “satan worshippers” and therefore “terrorists.” Actually, they (the “elite”) are the satan worshippers (Luciferians/Left Hand Pathers) and it’s a case of gatekeeping themselves from the view of the public. What better way to do that then accuse someone else of the wrong doing when you’re the guilty party?

    While I realize that their slogans like “united we stand” and “we’re all in this together” are at best, empty rhetoric, and at worst, deceptions, lies and socialist mind control, what about the entity who has empathy for his fellow man and tries to be of service? What about the entity who genuinely “sacrifices” his or her life (even a small part of it) for the betterment of someone else? I know that ultimately we are not here to live selfishly and I don’t think that is what you’re talking about either. Your awareness of the difference between a selfish “seeker” and an “individual” is obvious. But I know that almost everyone needs a helping hand sometimes. I guess ones ulterior motives come into play here.

    There is another use of “we” that I believe in. What about “We the People…?” I’m a huge defender of the Constitution. I believe it was written to protect us from tyrannical government. So many people think it failed and I’m talking about people who are fully aware of the NWO agenda and who have now became, or are working toward becoming, “sovereigns” which empowers them to literally fight the controlling “non-positive” laws concocted to control the population of the US. I try telling them it (the Constitution) failed because YOU and I failed. We failed to stay vigilant. The mind control is so cunning and multifarious, we have been overcome by it because it is not in the nature of most benevolent people to think they are being deceived. I believe in the re-establishment of the C; not some new “plan” that would lead to anarchy and therefore chaos. Just throwing that out here. Probably a total different subject than this article, LOL.

    • bleak says:

      Did I really use “divided we stand, (divided we fall)” as an example of socialist propaganda? Yes, I did and that was a mistake. My bad!

      Here is the origin of it…

      “The phrase has been attributed to Aesop, both directly in his fable The Four Oxen and the Lion[1] and indirectly in The Bundle of Sticks.[2]
      The first attributed use in modern times is to John Dickinson in his revolutionary war song The Liberty Song. In the song, first published in the Boston Gazette in July 1768, he wrote: “Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall!”
      Patrick Henry used the phrase in his last public speech, given in March 1799, in which he denounced The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions. Clasping his hands and swaying unsteadily, Henry declaimed, “Let us trust God, and our better judgment to set us right hereafter. United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs.” At the end of his oration, Henry fell into the arms of bystanders and was carried almost lifeless into a nearby tavern. Two months afterward, he died.
      The phrase also appears in the New Testament, albeit in slightly different language. Mark 3:25, “A house divided against itself cannot stand””,_divided_we_fall

  6. kunjabihari says:

    I have always wondered what would be the result if parents declined to spoon feed their child(ren) so-called ‘reality’ and instead gave them free reign to perceive the universe(s) according to their own personal bias.

  7. urkeramik says:

    Jon, I appreciate your work very much, but always feel that I was somewhat missing. So in this piece also.
    I can fly with my bed through the space in my dreams, but it without exchanging my experience with others in such kind, that it would change our behavior, it will not affect reality. This exchange is the point where phantasy becomes reality and where all “mind control” hooks in. In one of your texts you wrote “reality is the matter of an ongoing disput”. I would go further, saying reality is the ongoing disput. 20 years ago I wrote this so: das All sind du, ich und / was wir einander geben… (the univers are you, I and / what we give each other…) That is also the meaning of Heraklitos “πόλεμος πάντων μὲν πατήρ ἐστι.”
    I think you know better than I, that Mindcontrolers very well understand to use creativity and phantasy for there sake. So it’s not enough to point the people to their creativity, but more to point them to use their creativity for the very other to change reality in a good way.

    Another point I miss Jon, is “time”. I wonder what do you think whats time is and how was contructed what time means today in the consensus reality.
    Thanks for your work!

  8. Avi says:

    Excellent !!
    Each one of us is a whole world to be discovered and nurtured beyond the lowest common denominator. That’s liberty. When accepted and respected, we would all get together with a bright smile joking at the ones who seek external power and those retarded souls would dry up on their feet. The only power we should seek is over one self and then, freedom would appear to us as an avenue broader than the Champs Elysees.

  9. OzzieThinker says:

    Jon, a subtle and clever piece, but there is real magic. You only need to know where to look. However, don’t expect science to “verify” anything.

    Here’s a few ideas, with an *ahem* overt plug

  10. brad says:

    Your articles rarely fail to spur my own thinking to new or forgotten places. Thanks!

  11. brad says:

    BTW – Sent this article to an artist friend of mine; brought her to tears (of recognition and joy). Again, thanks!

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