My dears A&M,
First let me define imagination. The imagination is a mind process which allows to create, in the mind, constructions which do not exist in the real world or to take real things from the real world and change their perception. Imagination is one of the most powerful tools of our mind, and, like any other tools one must learn how to use it. Also like any other tool most people will first try to use it without using the manual. Unfortunately, in this case, there is no manual. This leads to either wonderful or sad results.
At this point let’s separate the imagination used to create objects which might then be put to practice by creating them in the real word, from the imagination used to create or compliment emotions. The first one can help you greatly improve the world around you, construct things, solve real things. I will not discuss it. The second is trickier.
Imagine you are alone and already mastering the imagination tool to some degree. How complicated would it be to imagine a friend which talks to you, plays with you and keeps you company? This would be a good thing but it can also lead to you not needing any real company since your imaginary friend will always be better. Can this be good?
Imagine you met someone you liked and then you imagine how you would talk, how you would do things together. Then, for you there will be 2 instances of this person, the real one and the one you imagined. At first the difference will be little but they can grow enormously in time. As a rule I think it’s safe to assume a control: imagine only one step and then try to implement it in the real world. Then merge the results. This way the difference will be small. Even better, let the world surprise you. This is the safest way as otherwise you will always be deceived by reality compared to your plan and in thus it will be much harder to let your imaginary instance go away. And bit by bit the difference will be greater. In this way you will probably completely lose any chance of something real with the real instance. I think this example is one of the worst uses of imagination especially if the feelings involved get more complex or they involve more people.
The imagination is a perfect place to hide and be safe but the real world can offer interesting developments too. Mix the two!
Imagine that you lost someone, imagine walking alone in the park, as you always walked. How difficult would it be to create a virtual instance by combining the memories you have? It would be so easy and this is what happens to many old people as they start living in a completely different world.
Depending on your nature and how much your imagination is to you at some point you might remember memories of dreams instead of real events, or the difference will be so blurred that it will practically be no difference. At that point you would already be lost.
It is also important to say that imagination and the mind might be separated from the real world but they are not separated from your real body. As a result you can imagine yourself sick of healthy, strong or weak so be careful what you are imagining about. Also be careful who you share your imagination with, someone might use it to make you sick or weak or in some cases tarnishing it would be enough without even the original intent of evil. Keep your imagination locked in your safest place.