The truth is, you cannot be a prophet without the utmost, unbelievable, most infinite imagination. A person who has no imagination can never be a prophet. You can be the holiest person in the world, but if you don’t have any imagination, it doesn’t work. Really, what is a holy soul? Someone who has great imagination.
Like Rebbe Nachman; Just to make up the story of the Seven Beggars takes the holiest imagination in the world. Or the story of The Master of Prayer. It takes way out imagination, right?
I’m not knocking it, but what is the difference between the great holy Rabbis who only knew Gemara and those who were the great Kabalists? Imagination. The more your imagination works, the closer you feel to the secrets of the world. The real truth is that to learn Gemara properly you also need imagination, the most way out imagination is in every word of the Gemara. But this is if you are already on the level, because then it also becomes a secret.
The holiness of the soul is really the holiness of imagination. What is a person who is really tied into this world imagining?
What is the whole thing of believing in the Mashiach or not believing in the Mashiach? It is a question of imagination, right? A person says, “Listen, I see the world. People believe in money, people believe in war. You will tell me that suddenly some day the Mashiach is coming on a donkey, he’ll blow a little trumpet, and the whole world will come running, and everybody will say, ich veis, “Shalom Aleichem!” It’s crazy!” It’s a question of imagination. If you have a good imagination, why not? That’s all there is to it. Why not?
Why are we dreaming at night? Because at night the only thing which we have is imagination. And the greatest vessel for dreams is imagination.
Rebbe Nachman says the most way out thing [amazing statement]; the strongest imagination that you need is to believe that G-d created heaven and earth. And to believe that, you really need imagination. You look at the world, and you see a solid world – you need the strongest and holiness imagination to see that G-d created heaven and earth.
Rebbe Nachman says that all the holy Tzadikim, all the holy people, had this strong imagination. And if you have this tremendous imagination, not only can you receive dreams, but you can interpret dreams – and even uplift someone else’s dreams.