Now: The Century of Imagination

Now: The Century of Imagination

by Jon Rappoport

March 9, 2015


The superhighway of history tells a story of the unshackling of imagination.

By the second half the 20th century, it became clear to many people that imagination had become unhooked from ideologies, metaphysical clap-trap, the pretensions of psychology, and the juvenile materialistic philosophy coming out of science.

Finally, after centuries of work, imagination stood alone for all to see.

But few were ready to look.

Instead, they dove back into a jungle of spiritual symbology. They dove into a hodge-podge of resurrected ethnicity. They grasped at “revivals” of ancient cosmologies. They embraced futile and destructive fundamentalisms.


It was apparent that many metaphysical meanderings which had occurred since the dawn of time were CREATIONS OF IMAGINATION, pure and simple.

So why not admit it?

Why not confess that imagination is there for the individual? Infinitely.

Well, people were still obsessed with wrapping the individual in various disguises: “the individual is just one atom in the super-atom of cosmic ding-dong.”

These disguises are like recreational drugs. A thing to imbibe, a lot to talk about.

There it was, imagination, the exposed gold centerpiece of alchemy. Finally. And people said, “Let’s go back to lead.”

But…no matter. Because the mystery is out in the open.

For those who can see it.

They will discover that every longing pointing to cosmos, illumination, enlightenment, transcendence is answered and fulfilled through imagination deployed.

This is a true spiritual tradition of planet Earth. It has been buried, repressed, sidetracked, and misidentified—but now here it is.

In a very real sense, it was always the goal. It was always the thing to be distilled out of the dross of history—and out of the rambling life of an individual.

Exit From the Matrix

When I was 20, I finished studying the history of Western philosophy in college. All the answers I’d been seeking were still missing. I approached one of my professors and said, “Suppose all of this, everything the philosophers have proposed, was created? Created by them?”

Like works of art, I meant.

The professor stared at me, and then shook his head.

“No,” he said.

That was my first inkling that I should have been studying the history of imagination, rather than philosophy.

It was only when my publisher, Bonnie Lange, gave me the green light to write The Secret Behind Secret Societies (*), that I realized I would have a chance to explore this whole area.

(*) (The Secret Behind Secret Societies is included as a bonus in my collection, Exit From The Matrix)

The first part of my work was to strip imagination of useless and distracting accoutrement. The second part of my work is to show people its scope and range and power, and what can happen when you use it intensely, without limits.

And that’s what I’ve been doing for the past 14 years, and what I continue to do, come hell or high water.

It comes under the heading of revealing the obvious… and it also pays homage to untold numbers of artists on this planet who have carried the torch, since the first cave man scratched the first drawing on the wall of a cave and declared: reality is not enough; I make reality.

That’s the secret. It was, then, and it is, now, for those of us willing to know it.

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE 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 or OutsideTheRealityMachine.

9 comments on “Now: The Century of Imagination

  1. From Québec says:

    “That’s the secret. It was, then, and it is, now, for those of us willing to know it.”

    Absolutely, Jon. Everything that was ever created, was created out of imagination. Whether it was from good intentions or bad intentions, it doesn’t matter. The fact is that, there is no other way around it: reality comes out of the imagination.

    So why are people so scared of their own imagination? That’s the big question? And why most people think they have no imagination? That always puzzled me.

    The Elites created a reality to enslave us.
    We can create another one to free ourselves.

  2. SPM says:

    I don’t understand what you mean. Isn’t accoutrement and embellishment of what we know imagination? If we don’t know it we can’t see it or imagine it. Like the Indians of Terra Del Fuego who couldn’t see the ships. When we are confronted with what we don’t know, we see something else

    • Martin Wood says:

      That is the importance of finding out what your truth is and to seek out knowledge and understanding. Make and continue the effort, or, become a figment of imagination in some others’ dream. Go for the gold!

      • SPM says:

        That is even more confusing. When you say ‘your truth’, do you mean the truth or do you mean the consensus of opinion? When truth becomes personalized you enter into sophistry. What I really want to know is, is there a specific technique or techniques makes imagination work? Is this what is driving people to seek answers in ancient religions? The sense that there is something there but they don’t know how to access it?

        • Martin Wood says:

          “Your truth”, if you invest the time and effort in finding out who and what you are by looking within your self, honestly and thoroughly you will find it. And that truth that you find will ultimately enlighten you to the fact that all is connected. You will then understand that there is a balance to maintain and you will have to do a lot of thinking to maintain the balance. It takes a lot of effort and time to attain that balance. That’s where the imagination comes in to play and maybe sophistry as well.

          • SPM says:

            Thank you for your reply. I think we are talking at cross purposes here. I know who and what I am and have experienced gnosis. What I want to know is the mechanics of the imagination. How do I make it work for me in a deliberate fashion. Jon alludes to a technique and I don’t wish to reinvent the wheel.

            • theodorewesson says:

              just to add, in Jon’s audio collection titled “Exit From The Matrix”, Jon presents a myriad of “mechanical techniques” an individual can use to make his imagination work for him in a deliberate fashion.


              From the product description…

              This mega-collection, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, is the realization of a goal I’ve been pursuing for the last 15 years.

              It’s intensely practical. It contains more than 50 new exercises and techniques aimed at expanding the power, range, and scope of the imagination—along with very simple instructions on how to use these exercises.

              Imagination is the buried key that unlocks the door that exits from the Matrix.

              This collection also contains a presentation of the vital philosophy that underpins the limitless power of the individual. This is more than theory. It’s a guide to exiting from the Matrix.


              What has been called The Matrix is a series of layers. These layers compose what we call Reality. Reality is not merely the consensus people accept in their daily lives. It is also a personal and individual conception of limits. It is a perception that these limits are somehow built into existence. But this is not true.

              What I’ve done here is remove the lid on those perceived limits. This isn’t an intellectual undertaking. It’s a way to open up space and step on to a new road.


  3. Sadly, Imagination is often thought of as child’s play…a daydream…a flight of fancy.
    When in Reality it is our
    most powerful tool. The Placebo Effect is one form of proof.

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