How could one detect the subtle difference, if any, between imagining a being and using the imagination to interact with a non-physical being?
To provide some context for this question, I will give a couple examples. I am thinking of an earlier question on this site about the ontological proof that God exists. A distinction is made in Anselm's proof between existence and existence in the mind. Also, I am thinking about dreaming and whether the dream world is contained in the mind or if the imaginative facilities of the mind allow us to enter the a real, though non-physical, dream world.
If non-physical beings exist, or if non-physical aspects of physical beings exist then the only way to interact with them and "see" them is through the mind since our sensory organs will be of no use. But then we may be tempted to say that the being exists ONLY in our minds. But, this line of thinking turns any non-physical thing into a mental concept.
Edit: For this question, by existence I mean existing independent of my mind. In particular, I am wondering about beings independent of my existence which I can only interact with beyond my 5 senses.
Another way of asking the question is: Is the imagination solely for creating objects or beings which don't actually exist except for in the mind, or is the imagination a communication tool to be used to interact with the non-physical world?
I'd be happy to hear your thoughts or a reference to where this has been discussed.