“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to what we all know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” --Albert Einstein
Harry Potter fans finally got their hands on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince four days ago, opened it to chapter one, and read: “It was nearing midnight and the Prime Minister was sitting alone in his office, reading a long memo that was slipping through his brain without leaving the slightest trace of meaning behind.”
Readers of The Sun Singer are opening this magical novel to chapter one to find: “Cold chaos of night and strangled moon, the great old trees drenched in sap’s perfume rise up like gaunt fingers out of the valley gloom seeking stars, any light.”
These opening lines are calling cards to your imagination.
They promise good stories filled with magic and mystery and a smorgasbord of other dangerous and humorous delights. There’s room enough in either book for your imagination to run wild, potentially creating scenes and characters the authors never dreamt of when they were weaving their tapestries of words.
The Sun Singer tells the story of young Robert Adams, an everyday kind of guy with a hidden talent who suddenly finds himself on the mythic hero’s path. He hardly knows himself, and now others are depending on him.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince continues the story of young Harry Potter, an everyday kind of guy with a hidden ancestry who suddenly finds himself on the mythic hero’s path. Like Robert, he hardly knows himself but he, too, finds others depending on him.
While you are reading these novels, you are invited to let your imagination escape from the cage of our rules-based everyday world and fly wherever your new wings will carry you. Perhaps there are hidden talents and hidden ancestries there for you to find; or perhaps you will create your own smorgasbord of delights and sample each one in turn. (They are calorie free!)
While you are immersed in the stories, you may discover that the events of your life have made for you a hero’s path. Great dreams urge you to walk upon it and face the risks and rewards of doing the impossible in service to others—and to transform yourself.
Once these books have been read and then read again and thought about and talked about before being put on shelves to gather dust and/or new readers, you will have received a gentle—but high-impact—charge of energy that refuels your imagination and inspires you to do wonderful things.
Day to day, we encounter projects, challenges, products, the furniture in the house, the cars on the street, the homes and buildings of our cities and towns, and in our science and technology based world, we see everything before us as concrete and real. Almost everything we have been taught reminds us that we live in a logical, nuts-and-bolts world. So it is, that Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and the Western Mountains in The Sun Singer seem very far away along with the magic and the mystery they contain.
But what about this? Suppose that whenever you receive a gentle—but high-impact—charge of energy that refuels your imagination from any source, you suddenly hold a calling card in your hand that invites you to see your day-to-day world as it really is: the product of the imagination.
Every object you see was first imagined, as was every main street and country lane, every job, every course of study, and every journey. The nuts-and-bolts objects and events do not physically appear until they have been selected from the infinite smorgasbords of one or more individuals’ imagination and then displayed before your eyes.
Harry Potter and Robert Adams began as fictional characters in novels. But as you allow your imagination to fly above the clouds, they almost become real as do the magical worlds they inhabit. The gentle—but high-impact—charge of energy that allows you to so easily picture this in your mind’s eye is (truth be told) the very same charge you use to create your life, your world, and the roads you travel.