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The Power of Your Imagination
The Power of Imagination
Imagination is the ability to form or create a mental image or picture of something that is not perceived through the five senses. It is the ability of the mind to build mental scenes, objects or events that do not exist, are not present, or have happened in the past. The ability to create future events in the present in your heart.

Everyone possesses a certain degree of imaginative ability. The imagination manifests in various degrees in various people. In some, it is highly developed, and in others, it manifests in a weaker form.

Imagination makes it possible to experience a whole world inside the mind. It gives the ability to look at any situation from a different point of view, and to mentally explore the past and the future in the present.

Napoleon Hill in his book, Think and Grow Rich, did not only points out the role of imagination in human development, but also makes the clear distinction between the two main types of imagination, which he calls "synthetic imagination" and "creative imagination".

This distinction is of critical importance. Others may have chosen to label and explain these distinctions in different ways, but the labels do not matter. Most people, who claim to use their imagination, are actually using the type Hill called "synthetic imagination".

It is of little use, save for personal entertainment. The great humanistic psychologist, William James, had this to say about the same subject: "Many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." Synthetic imagination is the manipulation of effects. Creative imagination is causal that creates effects.

All things, from the invention of writing to the invention of the Internet came about because of the use of creative imagination. Synthetic imagination merely, at best, can improve upon what already exists.

The bringing of new things into existence requires the use of creative imagination. The creation of wealth can be obtained, with diligence, through the informed and practical use of synthetic imagination (e.g. creating a better mouse trap), but most wealth and most advancement in human technology comes about through the use of creative imagination.

Succinctly put, your imagination is the workshop in which you, mostly without conscious recognition, create the results that show up in your life. What you hold as an image in your mind is what shows up in your life. If what you are imagining is simply a rehash of what has already occurred or been created by others, then your results shall be limited to what has been, not what can be.

The sad, sad, sad thing that we inflict upon our children and ourselves is the dampening of imagination. "It is only in your imagination," is the common refrain. We neglect to tell them or reinforce that all great and wonderful things that exist in our world had their genesis "only in imagination". What is not recognized, honored and amplified is that it is the dreamers, the imaginers, who go on to produce the new, the wonderful, the unique advancements that end up creating, not only personal wealth, but greater wealth and well-being for all humankind.

Know this: that which you imagine, expect and visualize in your internal world is that which gets produced in your external world. This is now been proven by the science of quantum mechanics. As has been so expertly described by the scientific genius, David Bohm, the explicate (or external physical reality) is, not only best understood by, but is brought into being by, the implicate (or internal reality) of pure consciousness and its imaginings of what is and what can be.

The real key to turning imagination into reality is acting as if the imagined scene were real and already accomplished. Instead of pretending it is a scene from the future, imagine it as though you are truly experiencing it in the present. It is a real event in the now.

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