From Latin imaginari "to form an image of, represent", from imago "an image, a likeness."

"There is too much confusion concerning the meaning of the word imagination; hence, many are those who mistake imagination for fantasy.

"Certain sages state that there are two types of imagination. The first is called mechanical imagination, and the second, intentional imagination. The first type of imagination is constituted by the scraps of the mind, yet the second type of imagination corresponds to the most worthy and decent elements that we have within.

"Nevertheless, we have been able to verify through our observation and experience that another mechanical, morbid, infraconscious and subjective type of sub-imagination exists; this type of automatic, sub-imagination functions below the intellectual zone.

"Erotic images, morbid movies, naughty stories of double meaning, morbid jokes, etc., often place this unconscious, mechanical type of sub-imagination into activity. Therefore, several in depth analyses have taken us to the logical conclusion that this mechanical sub-imagination is the source of all erotic dreams and wet dreams. Thus, absolute chastity is impossible as long as this mechanical sub-imagination continues to exist.

"Consequently, by all means, let it be perfectly clear that cognizant imagination is radically different from infraconscious, subconscious, subjective, mechanical imagination." - Samael Aun Weor, Fundamentals of Gnostic Education

"We have learned that imagination is translucent. It is the mirror of the soul ; it is divine clairvoyance. In order for the devotee to see, he must use his imagination. When the chakra of the forehead begins to rotate, then the images that are seen with translucent imagination become more brilliant, splendorous and luminous. The devotee must distinguish between imagination and fantasy. Conscious imagination is positive, yet fantasy is negative and harmful for the mind because it could lead us to have hallucinations or to reach madness." - Samael Aun Weor, The Yellow Book

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