James Lombard Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
“The imagination is literally the workshop wherein are fashioned all plans created by man. The impulse, the desire is given shape, form and action through the aid of the imaginative faculty of the mind.” The synthetic imagination works on and elaborates on ideas created by others, while the creative imagination relies on the sparks of inspiration received from Infinite Intelligence (that is God, the author of life and nature).
The mind is like a piece of pottery being fashioned on a potter’s wheel by the potter. Through the creative imagination, plans are created in the mind, in the same way that the pot is moulded into shape. However, plans are of no use unless they are put into action, in the same way that the pot is fired and made solid in the fire of the kiln. The individual will be tried and tested just like the pot is tested in the fire of the kiln. Just as in life, the potter’s workshop can be littered with failed pottery which didn’t survive the testing in the kiln.
Let’s review how the imagination receives the sparks of inspiration through the sixth sense. The individual develops a life-purpose which is written down and read with enthusiasm and feeling twice daily. A supporting self-talk is then developed and recited with feeling and with as much faith and enthusiasm as the individual can muster, many times daily. This causes the subconscious mind to enlist the help of Infinite Intelligence to provide the imaginative faculty with the sparks of inspiration needed to plan for the achievement of the purpose.
Three things must be borne in mind. Firstly, the purpose must be definite and all-consuming, like an obsession. Hill says: “……definiteness of purpose takes on animation, life and power when backed by a burning desire to translate that purpose into its material equivalent”. Secondly, the purpose and self-talk must be said with feeling and enthusiasm. Hill puts it this way: “This faculty (the creative imagination) functions only when the conscious mind is working at an exceedingly rapid rate, as, for example, when the conscious mind is stimulated through the emotion of a strong desire”. Lastly, as the imaginative faculty can become, in Hill’s words, “quiescent through lack of use,” the self-talk needs to be repeated many times daily, “just as any muscle or organ of the body develops through use”.
As previously mentioned, the plan inspired by creative imagination, must be carried out, otherwise, the obsessive desire which brought it into being may wither and die. Don’t let your mind and your life, which depends on it, become like the failed pottery which didn’t survive testing in the kiln.
Regards and best wishes to all.
James Lombard, Dublin, Ireland.