Re: Does the spirit world really exist?
- Hello Sarah,
Welcome to the list (and to the conscious world of Anthroposophy, or
>((...))I think Owen Barfield can do that much better than I, or Coleridge
> Elaine, you mentioned a book that described the differences between
> imagination and fantasy. Could you please explain this difference?
himself, who is Barfield's source. If it's still in print, see
Barfield's amazing book, SAVING THE APPEARANCES (published in
England, and maybe the U.S.). Also, you can read the English Romantic
poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge in his essays on Imagination and
Fantasy. Imagination, I'd say, is the exercise of a more conscious
spiritual activity (Bildung, in German), whereas fantasy is idle
play. But read the above mentioned works for much more detail and
deeper encounter with the terms and ideas.
> is the difference between 'colridgian' imagination and socalled 'normal'
> imagination?"Normal" imagination is often just idle fantasy, something very
immature and dreamy and irresponsible. Imagination, as I said, is a
more spiritual activity, engaged in for the purpose of making a
connection between the known and unknown, seen and unseen, a part
of "original participation" in the creative process (instead of
remaining outside it and coming up with all kinds of idle musings and
To practice this requires much study, I'd say, at least for most of
Then, if you want to go into a related aspect of all this, Steiner
often lectures about what I will call the three I's (with a
capital "I"): Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition--the latter
being the higher of the spiritual activities.
- Hi Sarah,
Colridge used the term 'primary imagination' to point out
that we actually perceive the world through our active
engagment with it- without imagining 'it' there would be no
world. Now, he's not saying we each just make up the world
and that's that. We use our minds to touch reality. Fantasy
is more about the manipulations of inner pictures that we
surf on through the day. Nice to meet ya!
--- Sarah <sarahwh@...> wrote:
> I'm new here. I'm doing the Foundations course and am about
> a quarter of the
> way thru, so I'm just new to it all.
> Elaine, you mentioned a book that described the differences
> imagination and fantasy. Could you please explain this
> difference? Also what
> is the difference between 'colridgian' imagination and so
> called 'normal'
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