Peace, and the concept of detaching from the manifest world, can sound so empty and staid that it appears like a torture of boredom and meaninglessness. When one is craving some earthly pleasure, the idea of defeating that temptation through detachment sounds like grueling self-control in which one attempts to feel nothing at all. However, I have come to understand peace and detachment in a different way. In Dreamcraft, peace is as exciting as you want it to be, for it is created through your sense of imagination.
Firstly, when one attempt to detach from the manifest world, complementary duality insists that one is therefore attaching to the non-manifest world. The non-manifest world is not that of spirituality but that of emptiness, which I equate to potential. For in the greatest emptiness lies the greatest potential — and potential is precisely that which is not (yet) manifest. So I believe potential is the only thing that is truly non-manifest. Everything else, physical and spiritual, if it exists is part of the manifest world.
So detachment and peace occurs when one switches one’s focus to potential. And as I have previously discussed, here, imagination is a direct sense of potential. When you use your imagination, you are directly tapping into all-that-could-be, and instantly, as if magically, gaining knowledge about the infinite realm of all-that-could-be. Peace, then, is achieved through some skill of the imagination. In which case peace becomes a thrilling discovery of potential, not a depressing void of emptiness.
Imagine your eternal soul, the god or goddess that is your infinite ideal, having experienced every life possible to yourself and existing beyond the limits of time and space. In other words, imagine a version of yourself that has seen infinite eternity, and has been able to abstract from these experiences the most complete wisdom you are capable of knowing.
When you imagine being your soul-self, you are taking up a potential perspective that will aid you in facing this instance of life, this present moment you are living. Ask yourself, how would your soul-self, your own god-self, deal with whatever circumstance you are in? Think about it as logically as possible, understanding that the soul-self has the enlightenment of timeless eternity and therefore a completely different perspective than your typical, daily experience.
Alternatively, imagine being in a state of complete nirvana. What would it feel like? How would you view the world, in such a state? Imagine this vividly and realize the validity of this perspective.
I find it interesting that children are not usually taught to imagine — but we are all born to do so. Meanwhile, we are taught very quickly that imagination means little; it is “just a fantasy” or a game. I argue the opposite: imagination is the gateway to everything.