I’m reading John Philip Newell’s delightful book ‘Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul’ at the moment.
The most recent chapter I read explored the role of the imagination in Celtic spirituality.
I found this quote, talking about C.S. Lewis, sagacious:
He saw that the world of the imaginal is not simply fantasy, that it can be a pathway into deeper knowing.
This brought to memory how for years I never read fiction. There were too many ‘important’ books to learn from to waste my time in novels, I foolishly thought.
Thankfully, I came to my senses and rediscovered the wonder of fiction. The truth is that fiction can open us up to new ways of seeing and understanding that a non-fiction book might never accomplish.
And, as Lewis understood, fantasy and the imagination can lead to deeper insight.