by Jon Rappoport
January 15, 2015
“…today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups…So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. I ought to know. I do the same thing.” (Philip K Dick, 1978)
“You know, they ask me if I were on a desert island and I knew nobody would ever see what I wrote, would I go on writing. My answer is most emphatically yes. I would go on writing for company. Because I’m creating an imaginary — it’s always imaginary — world in which I would like to live.” (William Burroughs, 1965)
“Plans, such as architects and engineers sweat over, were never my forte. But I could always visualize my dreams in a cosmogonic pattern. Though I could never formulate a plot I could balance and weigh opposing forces, characters, situations, events, distribute them in a sort of heavenly lay-out, always with plenty of space between, always with the certitude that there is no end, only worlds within worlds ad infinitum, and that wherever one left off one had created a world, a world finite, total, complete.” (Henry Miller, 1953)
“Imagination, the real and eternal world, of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow, and in which we shall live in our eternal or imaginative bodies when these vegetable, mortal bodies are no more.” (William Blake, 1804)
Three branches of the future: scientific materialism; a return to fundamentalisms of the tribe, the clan, the blood; and unfettered imagination.
The history of the planet, the heroic struggles of individuals, set the stage for the liberation of imagination, and relived it of its burden and debt to ideologies and external sources of power.
At the dawn of the 20th century, imagination was free.
And so were the individuals who could live through and by it.
Of course, this was too much for most of the population of Earth; so they backed away, retreated, found shelter in counter-reformation.
They refurbished old gods and immersed themselves in a literalness of mind. They resurrected old enemies.
No matter. The open space of potential, the infinite space of imagination is here. Fifty years from now, a hundred years, a thousand, ten thousand, psychically exhausted humans will come out of their tunnels. They will admit they have tried every subterranean passage of the maze, every solution, to no avail.
They will stand at the edge of the pool and drink from the waters of their own spirit and then create and improvise without end.
Some will do it now.
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.