Imagination and Spiritual Sight with Mark Vernon (3 Sessions)
“The primary imagination I hold to be the living power and prime agent of all human perception, and as a repetition in the finite mind of the eternal act of creation in the infinite I AM.” So wrote Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Along with other philosophers and poets in the Romantic tradition, Coleridge recognised the centrality of the imagination as a key human faculty. As William Blake put it: “I rest not from my great task to open the eternal worlds, to open the immortal eyes of the human imagination.”
So what is the imagination? How does it work? How can it be discerned and distinguished from fantasy and error?
During this 3-session course – part talk, part conversation – Mark Vernon will look at the imagination from the perspectives of three key advocates: Blake, Jung and Owen Barfield, and consider how the faculty of imagination might be made active in our lives.
Dr Mark Vernon is a writer, psychotherapist and Associate with Perspectiva. His work has appeared in The Guardian, Aeon, Philosophy Now and The Church Times. He regularly contributes to programmes on the BBC and posts blogs, podcasts and YouTubes online..
This is a 3-session weekly course (using Zoom)
Tuesdays 21st, 28th July & 4th August 2020
19.30 – 20.30 BST