The power of Imagination

November 25, 2023by Editorial Team
Colours of Imagination

The workings of the human imagination forms the basis of our progress, growth and aspirations. This makes a closer look at its workings worth the effort. Over centuries, humanists have given us insights into this realm. Here, let us explore this realm with young learners.

Decoding Imagination

Imagination is a powerful tool that allows us to create, innovate and dream. It has been used by artists, writers, scientists, and inventors to create new ideas, concepts, and works of art that inspire and move people. Imagination works as as a catalyst for perception and understanding thus interconnecting these facets of human cognition. It fuels our creativity; influences our perception of the world.It is fueled by curiosity, sparking questions that drive us to explore the unknown.Einstein had aptly summed it up, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”

Imagination and Knowledge

Imagination holds the power to push boundaries and see beyond the surface. It has also been likened to a muscle that can be exercised and strengthened through use.Imagination and Knowledge are like yin and yang, perfectly complementing each other. Knowledge without imagination might limit innovation and hinder progress. Imagination prompts us to question like “What if?” while knowledge equips us to find answers based on what we know.

The process of Imagination

How one imagines things depends on the knowledge they have acquired, their field of interests and hobbies, their experiences and explorations, their mindset, beliefs and perception. It is harder to understand and perceive things we aren’t familiar with than to understand and perceive things we are familiar with. This is because our brain relies on our previous experiences to make quick judgements about the situations we face.Imagination, perception and understanding are deeply interconnected. They interact and shape one another, contributing to our ability to perceive, interpret and construct the idea behind things.Imagination works in the way our muscles do and like any muscle, it needs to be exercised. Just as how our muscles would weaken if we didn’t use them, our imaginative potential also declines if we don’t put it to work often. Therefore, the more we make use of our imagination, in as many fields as possible, the stronger it gets.

Imagination in action

Imagination permeates and affects our daily interactions in life.This is wonderfully exemplified by the Surrealist painter Salvador Dali’s famous work“The Persistence of Memory” that is both thought-provoking and visually stunning. Scientific discoveries such as the Law of Gravitation by Newton or Dalton’s Atomic Theory were all outcomes of constructive imagination.

There are many ways we can harness our imagination and put it to work.By solving problems, we can unlock our creativity and put imagination to work. Keeping our mind relaxed and enjoying what we do helps to spring forth the juices of imagination.Imagination can find an active expression as we improve our skills through more practise, sharpening our physical and mental abilities.

Looking ahead, it is worth envisioning a future where we continue to nurture our imaginative capacities. Let us strive for an environment that encourage creative thinking, where diverse perspectives converge to generate solutions that transcend the ordinary.

About the authors

The article has been contributed by the following students from Our Lady Queen of the Missions School, Park Circus, Kolkata: Sarah Sajjad, Angela Singh, Aditi Kolay and Aamna Aslam Parvez.

Get free advice from Global Experts on how your institution can be Future Ready with Experiential Education through S.T.E.A.M.

Get free advice from Global Experts on how your institution can be Future Ready with Experiential Education through S.T.E.A.M.

Contact us
+91 983 148 0116
Global Presence


© 2020 ISTEAM Research Private Limited | GDPR Privacy Policy | Child Protection Policy

× How can I help you?