Imagination. One of the defining variables that makes us a human being. If you dig deeper, you would have to concede that imagination is the ability to take abstract thought and project that into any discipline. But where does it come from? Can a scientist study a brain and define a chemical stimuli that is the invocation of imagination? To the best of my knowledge, that is not possible, even if they know the sector of the brain in which imagination might transpire, I do not believe that there is anything that truly explains or defines how or why it happens. It is very much like the human soul in that regard. Mystical. Spiritual. Undefined.

There is no artificial stimulant that creates imagination, even if some artificial stimulants further facilitate the ability for imagination to proliferate in our consciousness.

So when my friend Doug shared the sentiment in this particular aphorism, I gave it a lot of thought. Does imagination actually glimpse a future? Or does imagination create the stimuli that ultimately gives way to the future coming to life? Chicken and egg syndrome… which came first?

Is imagination a link to something that is much more complex than we might understand?

Is there a break in the space-time continuum that facilitates the ability for imagination to peer into the future? As someone who has spent 42 years making a living based solely upon imagination, it certainly gave me pause to contemplate something that I take for granted. I almost cannot stop imagining. Sometimes it feels like a fire hose that I am trying to drink off of.

I think that imagination is one of the greatest joys in life. All of the art, film, music, television, architecture, science, advanced math and so many other categories were all born in the realm of imagination.

When you view the impact that imagination has had on the human species, you would be hard-pressed to point at almost anything else that was more important in the transformation of humanity from a creature that was hunting and gathering into what we have become currently, good bad or otherwise.

I like Doug’s perspective that perhaps imagination is a hyperlink into the what if. I’m curious what you think.

Hope you have an imaginative and creative Sunday!❤️

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!