Wayne Rollins comments: “The technique of active imagination has a long-standing relevance for the scriptural interpreter.”1 Christopher Bryant observes that such an approach to the Bible “helps us to focus our attention on God’s presence within, in the soul’s centre… The way to read Scripture is not only to ponder the meaning of words and to recreate in imagination the scenes described but to listen to the Word, to God himself speaking in the heart.”2 Quaker abolitionist and suffragist Lucretia Mott’s (1793-1880) emphasis on self-reflection, meditation, her capacity to recall texts, and her ability to embrace empathy, combined to produce great fruits of Scriptural interpretation, as well as in her life as a social activist.
"Lucretia Mott: Active Imagination and James 1:21,"
Quaker Religious Thought: Vol. 135, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/qrt/vol135/iss1/2