The greatest gift we have ever been given is the gift of our imagination. My imagination is mine to be able to do anything I want with. I can put anything in there. Nobody can tell me what can be there or what can’t be there. “Imagination” is one of those words that inspire us.
Imagination, in essence, allows us to explore ideas of things that are not in our present environment, or perhaps not even real. The key is that what is imagined is generated from within not on input from the outside world.
Carl Sagan said, “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.”
Albert Einstein said, “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”
Our story today involves:
- Imagination’s Capability.
- Imagination’s Passion.
- Imagination’s Strength.
- Imagination’s Creativity.
- Imagination’s Magic.
- Imagination’s Best Practice.
Imagination is the ability to form a mental image of something that is not perceived through the five senses i.e. touch, smell, taste, hear and sight. . It is one of our 6 intellectual factors i.e. imagination, intuition, will, memory, reason and perception. It creates 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.
A developed and strong imagination strengthens your creative abilities, and is a great tool for recreating and remodeling your world and life. The imagination stimulates creativity and innovation. Imagination is the most important ingredient to the expansion and advancement of the world. Some of the most innovative creations have come from an imagination imagining something bigger, easier, or better.
Imagination allows the freedom to grow our thoughts creating products that change the way we live. Without this creative power we may never have had airplanes, shipping, i phones, the computer plus other technology we use every day.
Imagination has a great role and value in each one’s life. It is much more than just idle daydreaming. We all use it, whether consciously or unconsciously, in most of our daily affairs. We use our imagination whenever we plan a party, a trip, our work or a meeting. We use it when we describe an event, explain how to arrive to a certain street, write, tell a story or cook a cake.
The imagination is passionate. Most of us, one way or another, live in a world where responsibility drives us. Money, bills, and jobs dictate how we live and experience the world. Dreams allows us to tap into our imaginations, reminding us what it feels like to be passionate about something. Somewhere along the lines we have lost that connection to passion and purpose in life and replaced it with survival and responsibility. Survival does not allow growth. Passion does.
What we imagine with faith and feelings comes into being. Our faith and feelings are the important ingredient of creative visualization, positive thinking and affirmations. Visualizing an object or a situation, and repeating often the mental image, attracts the object or situation we visualize into our lives. This opens for us new, vast and fascinating opportunities. This means that we should think only in a positive manner about our desires, otherwise, we might attract into our lives events, situations and people that we don’t really want.
Imagination is the key to innovation. There is nothing childish or shameful about making imagination a vital part of your makeup. The more you use your imagination the stronger your ‘imagination muscle’ will become. You will be pleasantly surprised as you use this and tap into this rich source of infinite possibilities. Choosing to use our imaginative muscle as a means of creation provides hope. And where there is hope there is ultimately an opportunity for transformation and change.
Our imagination and thoughts create our future. Our imaginative muscle allows thoughts to become things. When we continue to indulge the same things every day i.e. our daily routine we continually create the same challenges, problems, and experiences. When we venture into our imagination to focus on what we really want to experience, wonderful changes can occur
Creative imagination together with empathetic imagination is a very powerful combination. If you look back at some great leaders of the past, most of them had a purpose; something bigger than what they wanted to achieve for themselves. Often a passion that addressed the plight of people other than what they want for themselves. Even if they had experienced hardship, they were able to imagine what it would be like for people in worse conditions. Just think of people like Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa – they were very much driven by their empathetic imagination.
It is much easier to discourage than to encourage people’s imagination, especially if it is not part of the work culture. Sometimes it might take some courage to go against a restrictive way of thinking. The belief that imagination is somehow inferior shows a lack of understanding about the important role that imagination plays in human life. I have seen people looking worried and even embarrassed when asked to use their imagination – as if imagining that this was something only children or creative people can do.
Creative thought is a magical experience. Illusionists and magicians illustrate the use of the imagination. So to do children as they grow. They can turn a broom into a horse, a simple box into a powerful rocket or a laundry basket into a pirate ship. This is the joy that imagination brings. What an awesome world this would be to experience imagination on a day-to-day basis. This is a wonderful power that can change your whole life.
Reality is merely an outward expression of what we have chosen to accept and focus on in the world. With imagination, the possibilities are endless.
Lack of understanding of the power of the imagination is responsible for the suffering, incompetence, difficulties, failures and unhappiness people experience. For some reason, most people are inclined to think in a negative way. They do not expect success. They expect the worst, and when they fail, they believe that fate is against them.
This attitude can be changed, and life will improve accordingly. The ability to imagine things pervades our entire existence. It influences everything we do, think about and create. It leads to elaborate theories, dreams and inventions in any profession from the realms of academia to engineering and the arts.
One secret ingredient that nearly all successful people share is how to use imagination in their favor. Both Bill Gates and Steve Jobs used their imagination, envisaging how personal computers could change the world, the way we work, how we could educate our children and how we would entertain ourselves. They were certainly right!
Imagination’s Best Practice.
You firstly need to know your goal and have a vision of what you want to achieve. This is where your imagination is at its best. It is important then to create a clear vision of what the end result looks like. While it might sound rather obvious to begin with the end in mind, you would be surprised how many people don’t have a clear vision of what they would like to achieve, let alone how to get there. You need to have a strong, clear vision and most importantly, know why your vision is so important to you. Your imagination will do the rest.
Ultimately, imagination influences everything we do regardless of our profession. It is the creator of circumstances and events. Everyone possesses a certain degree of imagination ability. Imagination makes it possible to look at any situation from a different point of view, to mentally explore the past and the future and experience a whole new world.
Albert Einstein said “Your imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
Jamie Paolinetti said “Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.”
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