Celeste Smucker Nellysford, VA, United States
Chapter 6 Imagination
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.--Socrates
Much of what Hill teaches is how to focus on an idea and use tools to keep it on track. His advice to develop a Burning Desire, along with the faith to manifest it, is about creating a powerful focus or intention. Specialized knowledge, organized planning and specific, regular self talk are all part of the structure we need to keep our Desire on track. We use these powerful tools to narrow our focus and hone in on an idea, energizing it until it shows up in our lives.
Imagination is different. It is big and broad and works best when there are no boundaries or tracks. Little kids have no problem imagining themselves with wings to fly wherever they want to go or living in a world where animals can talk, or the sky is green. They love books like Green Eggs and Ham and other Dr. Seuss stories full of interesting creatures and made-up words. Their imaginations and their creativity have no limits.
By the time we get to be adults we often lose the ability to imagine a world different from the one we live in. It often becomes a challenge to imagine a new and improved lifestyle or having money flow in even when we don't work every day. While we all say we want change, when we limit our imagination, it is all too easy to stay stuck.
Yet Hill tells us we can create whatever we can imagine. So clearly imagination is critical to bringing about change and it must be big and broad. Plenty of others have demonstrated this. It wasn't that long ago that no one had a smart phone, or lived in a smart house, or consulted an iPad. Yet someone had the courage to imagine these technologies, otherwise they wouldn't be part of our every day lives.
What happens to our imagination...the one that let us look forward to a world with green eggs with our ham? Somewhere along the way we lost our belief in a reality that exists beyond the very narrow confines of our current life. When that happens acceptance sets in and life loses its sparkle. We lose track of who we are and why we're here and wonder "what's the point? I'll just sit here and watch television, living someone else's idea of what life should be."
Recently I started rereading Joseph Murphy's The Power of Your Subconscious Mind in which he explains that what limits our imagination, our ability to create different outcomes, is our negative underlying assumptions. He gave as an example someone who said: "Everything I touch turns out wrong." With that underlying belief, it's no wonder this person was experiencing health and prosperity challenges. And, he was so focused on what was wrong, there was no way he could break out of the boundaries of his present life and imagine something better. His underlying belief killed his imagination and kept him stuck.
Murphy suggested a positive alternative, which was embracing the belief that infinite intelligence is "guiding, directing, and prospering him spiritually, mentally, and materially." The man created self talk along those lines and his life turned around. When he invested in a positive underlying belief, this opened the door allowing him to imagine a new and better life. Instead of fighting what was in his subconscious mind, he created a new belief and flowed with it. The better life he was able to imagine then became a reality.
What are your negative underlying beliefs? Whatever they are, they are imagination killers holding you back, preventing you from manifesting your dreams. Let them go and let your imagination run free. You'll be amazed at what a difference that makes.
Celeste Smucker, Nellysford, VA