Tom Cheetham is an author, teacher, scientist and poet exploring creative imagination and the imaginal in human life and culture.
Why I do what I do
My work is to help people wake up. Most of us live, most of the time, in a world invented by others, or in cages we make for ourselves. We have more control than we think we do over our experience, over our thoughts, feelings and emotions, and even our sensations. There is an open field of reality accessible to us through the imagination, but precious few know how to use it. I'm not a Master myself, but I know where some of the doors are.
We don’t have to live in someone else’s dream.
All of us have to learn how to invent our lives, make them up, imagine them. We need to be taught these skills; we need guides to show us how. If we don’t, our lives get made up for us by other people.
Ursula K. LeGuin
Philosophers are still reluctant to admit that the poetic imagination sets the bounds for human thought. At the heart of philosophy's quarrel with poetry is the fear that the imagination goes all the way down.
Our production of the world, our interpretation of it, what we've been told to experience and what we've been told we have to do, both bore and distress me. I don't want to live in someone else's dream.