Imagination is the gateway to the magical reality in our everyday world!
I belong to a couple of forums, and I have been motivated to speak out for the human quality, skill, gift, whatever you wish – of imagination. Someone recently commented on my crystal photos, and mentioned that he’s very interested in the human inclination to see faces in random shapes and objects. He is also a photographer, and asked what my technique is. He ended his post by quoting some of the lyrics from John Lennon’s song, “Imagine”. I am sharing my response to him here, because it expresses what I feel about the Mainstream’s lack of Imagination.
You may say I’m a dreamer.
But I’m not the only one.
I hope some day you’ll join us.
And the world will be as one
I have been experiencing the wonderful energy of John Lennon floating in and out for the last few days, and have found myself humming “Imagine” off and on. And here you are with your reply to this little post of mine!
Pareidolia is the word some use to define the human’s brain’s propensity to create coherent patterns from seeming chaos.
The interpretation of its etymology varies, depending on the interpreter. And its loaded. Eric R Schiller wrote in his blog:
‘Pareidolia comes from the Greek word para, meaning “above,” “beyond,” or “beside of,” and eidolon, which means “representation” or “figure.” So you can understand that pareidolia is seeing something beyond what is actually there.’
Wikipedia has this to say (HERE) “The word is derived from the Greek words para (παρά, “beside, alongside, instead [of]”, in this context meaning something faulty or wrong) and the noun eidōlon (εἴδωλον “image, form, shape”, the diminutive of eidos).”
Notice the following: the word “psychopathology” is part of the Wikipedia URL; the significant differences in translation #1 “seeing something beyond what is actually there” and in translation #2 ”beside, alongside, instead [of]”; that Wikipedia inserts the subtle comment of: “in this context meaning something faulty or wrong” in the same sentence of the translation, so that it appears part of the translation if one isn’t reading carefully. The ability to create coherency is, in my view, part of our “extra-sensory” capabilities; “extra” because we have collectively been trained to tune out the imagination and intuition, which are natural gifts. Nothing paranormal about ‘em. Supra-normal, perhaps, but psychopathological? No way. This so called ‘pareidolia’ is one of the necessary and fundamental tools of the Alchemist.
Imagination is an integral part of the vast Divine within each of us – and to explore that word requires more time than I have right now, sorry to say! It is only in the last decade that I have been seeing more and more people regarding the word ‘imagination’ as something beyond childish silliness. Playfulness, silliness, day-dreaming, fantasizing – all of these come up in a days’ work in the life of any able shaman worth his or her salt! I must say that I am grateful that I had an acting career that required me to utilize these skills in my work.
Language shapes our experience
All of the previous has been my way of underlining the phenomenon of the power of language to shape our experience. Crystals began communicating with me in 2011. I am delighted to report that I had the good sense to pay attention, instead of writing it off as my mind playing tricks on me. They guided me into purchasing my first DSLR camera, and I knew before I ever took my first digital shot that something quite mysterious and wonderful would happen. It did, and is ongoing, and continues to expand into recalling other worlds and experiences.
When I tell you that there are real honest-to-goodness beings of the Mineral World visible in my photos, I’m not fantasizing, and I’m not being silly. The more I pay attention, the more receptive my sensory apparatus is in recognizing what I call “incoming”: communications and transmissions from conscious, intelligent, LIVING non-human energies. Sometimes this goes beyond the terms ‘entity’ and ‘being’ into ‘force’, or ‘energetic structures of intelligent and living consciousness’.
In the past five years, I’ve discovered that I have a facility for scrying, or what is commonly known as ‘crystal gazing’. If I take the time to be still and place my intention and attention on focusing on the crystal I’m holding, I will be rewarded with what I can only describe as watching videos emanating from my crystal (all kinds can project these informational movies to me). Sometimes I’ll hear a child’s voice and wonder for a moment (my kids are grown now),and then realize my Brazilian quartz crystal sphere wants a hug!
Photography As My Portal
As to my technique, it all comes down to the first step: knowing how to use your equipment and technology. And lots and lots of practice to know how light behaves and how the camera behaves with light, and how to focus properly. F-stops and focal distance baby! And enhancing with ‘brought in’ light. I have a Canon EOS 5D Mark III, and I love shooting true macro. I shoot my crystals mostly with Canon’s 180mm f/3.5L Macro lens, and I can tell you this: it is heavy! I also like to shoot with the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM. Would have loved the f/2.8, but I couldn’t swing both… started on a T2i and shot with my Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 – also a fantastic portrait lens. Have become proficient enough to shoot my partner Tom’s headshots for him – he is still an actor. My other love is shooting the Elementals who frequent my garden, mainly the Sylphs, who are beautifully represented by The Hummingbirds.