My Brush with Albert Einstein and the Imaginal Realm

Today I want to tell you about my encounter with Albert Einstein…

When I was eight years old, I was attending a school in Manhattan where they felt it was a good idea for students to meet some of the great elders of the time.

One of those elders was Albert Einstein, and one day we trotted across the river over to Princeton University to his house there. He had a lot of hair and was very sweet.

One of my smart-alecky classmates said to him: “Uh, Mr. Einstein, how can we get to be as smart as you?”

He said: “Read fairy tales,” which made no sense to us at all.

So another smart-alecky kid said: “Mr. Einstein, how can we get to be smarter than you?”

He said: “Read more fairy tales!”

We of course didn’t fully understand him at the time, but what he was actually encouraging us to do was to nurture and grow our imaginations.

He understood something that almost all highly creative and successful people do, that the imaginal realm is where the most potent ideas—the ones that can change your life or change the world—are held.

And the more you can nurture your imagination by diving into that imaginal realm, the more often that dive will inspire a stream of creativity when you resurface.

In this way, just as Einstein did, you will be tapping into a deep well of greater possibilities for co-creation with the Universe, and this state of co-creativity is where you can begin to tap into your Quantum Powers.

For many years now, my work has been focused on developing human capacities in several areas: the sensory, the psychological, the mythical, the narrative, the spiritual, and the unitive.

I’ve created countless exercises and practices to develop these capacities, which have formed the basis of my many books, courses and seminars that have touched the lives of millions of people.

As you know from reading the newspapers, this is a time of both grave challenges and great opportunities, and I am more optimistic for our future than ever because we have an option previously unknown in human history.

It is the rising of our collective intelligence created from the “world mind,” unique in its capacity to interact at all levels, and this “mind” is seeking solutions at an incredible rate.

From my decades of work in human development I have concluded that together we can discover the wisdom, the fortitude and the willingness to develop strategies and actions to preserve and enhance our world rather than destroy it.

To facilitate this, I’ve created a process and course of study that can unlock a higher and more powerful internal operating system within you.

It has been latent within all of us, waiting until we reached a time of sufficient consciousness, complexity and crisis before it could be fully activated.

Now is that time.

–Jean Houston (

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