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.
Nevertheless, IMAGINATION HAD EMERGED AS THE NORTH STAR.
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.
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.
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 NoMoreFakeNews.com or OutsideTheRealityMachine.