I see no problem in what you have described here.A preschool kid came home and found her teddy bear not on her bed. she had an imagination that her bear is on the sofa in the living room. she went to the living room and the bear is not there, then she had another imagination about where her bear is at....
Direct sensory perception based on 'Here and now' has huge limitation.
Sensory perception is sensory perception. Imagination is natural. There is no problem in imagining a location of the bear and finding yourself acting to find it. The problem comes from attaching to a belief of where the bear should be to the point of suffering based upon it's location in reality.
This entire statement is itself a story born in imagination. Is this like an imagined teddy bear at a future location to be pursued and found? The only thing that matters is the degree to which this is believed to be real and how much one is attached to the outcome. If it is found to be a dream that causes suffering, it can be questioned, because stories can be recognized as delusion when compared to what is.Mind projection greatly expands human capacity. Enlightenment is not about restricting ourselves with direct sensory limitation, but join force with science so that our mind projection (with help of science and technology) help us to get closer to truth.
"All experience is born of imagination." - Maharaj (I Am That, 262)