The imagination is the freeing up of spiritual life, the liberating principle of consciousness which, going beyond reflection, limits causality, or in some respects, eliminates it altogether and places it in its own time, space, object, etc. This liberating falls within the limits of different grades of imagination of which it aspires to. Causality, which is the object of external perception and determination, adds to reflection a permanent perception, a causal perception, one which follows an object or something outside itself. Therefore the reflection becomes a reflection upon itself caused by the external determinations of what lies outside of it, the external world, the extended world. Imagination is a separate being from reflection. It reduces reflection to a mere utility of memory and, in turn, gives freedom to consciousness. This being of freedom, which imagination is, is consciousness that knows itself outside the determinations external to it. But it can only know what is outside of it at the same time it knows itself, as Ego. The two cannot be separated, but are distinct in themselves. This intention of consciousness, to know itself as it relates to external objects and, also, to contemplate its knowing, is the self-expression and self-contemplation of the mind as it is liberated from the confinement of a causality of external objects to a freedom of knowledge; a knowledge not only of external truths but, also, a knowledge of knowledge itself. It is the preformed, predetermined, faculty of perpetual creation in consciousness and brought to bear as an imposition on, and an op-position to, reflection. Reflection concerns itself with the empirical ego, while the freedom of being posits itself in the super-sensual realm of an unlimited and unpredictable ego that acts through the imagination with the knowledge of itself imagining itself as other-being.
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