For me imagination is a vital tool in Vitki work. It helps bridge the gap between this realm and the other worlds. It is a key in learning how to journey in seidr. Imagination is a key to many aspects of the Vitki work.
I took an unscientific survey on whether other Vitkis considered imagination a tool or a crutch. The results were interesting to me. Most Vitkis consider it a tool. I had expected the opposite even though that is not my view. I expected to be in the minority on this matter. Thankfully I found I was not.
Imagination serves as a way to transcend the confines of life in Midgard. It offers a way to get started in authentic journeying. If we can imagine another realm it offers us valuable clues on what we may expect when we actually journey to that realm. It gives us a chance to preview what is to come. This can serve as a powerful aide in fleshing out a rather bare bones idea of what a certain realm may be like.
How do we know if an experience is a valid trip to a world or just an exercise in imagination? In my experience a valid journey is much more vivid and three dimensional. In authentic journeying I experience and can recall things like temperature and smells of scents. It just feels different. But my use of imagination helps get me there. Before the rhythmic breathing and drumming and incense burning that are my personal cues to travel there is a meditation in which I simply imagine. It’s like a test run for an actual trance session.
So for me imagination has always been a tool used to achieve greater results. I am always aware not to let it become a crutch in which it serves as a replacement for true trance work. In other words I’m always on guard not to become lazy and just daydream my way through. The work is where it’s at for me!