Celeste Smucker Nellysford, VA, United States
Chapter 6 Imagination
The imagination is literally the workshop wherein are fashioned all plans created by man.-- Napoleon Hill
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.-- Albert Einstein
Imagination takes us beyond what is, so that we can see and experience what could be. Without it we would be stuck in what is already here, unable to progress or ever experience something different.
It goes without saying then that to use imagination we must step out of our default routine, our box, our regular way of viewing things and try something new and different, unexplored. Hill tells us that we can go about this two ways. One is to take things, concepts, ideas that we already know and put them to work in a different way. The other is to tap into universal intelligence or the minds of others and create something entirely new and different. Ideas received this way come in the form of hunches or perhaps a gentle nudge in a particular direction.
Imagination is a very powerful tool and individuals who use it regularly, who don't stifle their urges or give in to the status quo, can change the world.
On a small scale this could look like sharing a new thought on Facebook, writing a post for this forum and speaking up when inspiration hits, or taking an idea and running with it. For example, a few months ago a self help book I was reading by Martha Beck suggested finding one spot in my home that I don't like and making a commitment to improve it. I zeroed in on an old dresser/storage unit in what was then my office that was always messy, piled with paper and other "stuff."
When I started to imagine how much nicer it would be if I put everything away, I got a hunch to redo the whole space, moving my office into another room. I painted the old dresser which I always thought was ugly and now use the top to display items meaningful to me. The walls show off some of my favorite pictures and pieces of art that previously were stuck away in a back bedroom. I then filled the room with many of my favorite plants. The whole area is now a lovely space where I like to sit and meditate or just relax. And that sense of peace fills the whole house.
I am so grateful that I paid attention to the small hunch that pushed me in that direction, and that I took action.
We can use this process to create whatever we want big or small. First dig deep and look beyond "needs" like "I need to have money to pay my bills," or "I need to have a bigger house," or "I need to travel more," and find what really moves you. Then open yourself to possibilities. And most importantly, don't censor the ideas that come. Most of us are already surrounded by people who are ready to tell us why our ideas won't work or why we will never realize our greatest dreams.
What if Bill Gates had talked himself out of creating Microsoft? Or what if Mohandas Gandhi decided freeing India from British rule was just too big a task? What if J.K. Rowling had given up on writing Harry Potter books after 12 publishers rejected the first one?
Instead of saying no to ideas your imagination creates, try them out, live them in your mind. Then act on hunches as they arrive.
Are you totally in love with your life exactly as it is now? If not, your imagination will show you the way to something more. And the other good news is Hill says: "The creative faculty becomes more alert in proportion to its development through use." In other words, the more you use imagination, pay attention to and act on the results, the stronger it becomes.
Celeste Smucker, Nellysford, VA