In this chapter, we learn that imagination is a muscle which just like any muscle will become fat and flabby if not regularly exercised.
In most cases, as children we possessed incredibly strong imaginations, able to turn a box into a spaceship, boat or submarine, give us two boxes and we have a train ready to go anywhere our fancy takes us. So, what happened!! Where did that amazing power to imagine go?
For some, including many ‘realists’, life happened, as they grew older, they somehow convinced themselves imagination was simply fantasy and served no other useful purpose.
There was a period, which lasted until my mid-twenties, when it seemed as if what I could see around and in front of me was all there was, I saw only how people around me lived and assumed that was how everybody lived.
What brought about the change for me was reading Thomas A Harris MD’s book “I’m OK, You’re OK” which although I didn’t properly understand at the time, made me realize I had adopted a ‘position’ as he called it. Unfortunately for me, mine was then a negative position. It also told me it was entirely possible to change ‘positions’ and what needed to happen for me to move to a positive ‘position.
In fact, the changes needed were pretty much reached by my using my imagination ‘muscle’ exactly as I now do with daily self-talk, telling my sub-conscious exactly what I want to achieve AND SEEING MYSELF AS ALREADY HAVING ACHIEVED those desires – it’s the seeing it that put’s my imagination to work.
Hill explains how the creative imagination works automatically, and goes on to explain how the creative faculty becomes more alert, more receptive to vibrations from the sources mentioned, in proportion to its development through USE. In other words, it’s a case of ‘use it or lose it’.
Certainly, reading books on modern ‘names’ Branson, Musk, Mulhally (Ford Motor Co.) and Mandela it becomes obvious all were blessed with incredibly positive imaginations – they ‘saw’, they believed and they never let go.
Continuing to belong and contribute to this incredible Mastermind group, Mentoring for Free, I am easily able to feed my imagination with the positive ideas and experiences shared by other members for which I am eternally grateful.
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