Week 5: Imagination
“You Can Do It if You Believe You Can!”
I imagine that yes is the only living thing.
e. e. cummings
“Imagination is more important than knowledge… Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
“All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.”
“Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.”
“Everything you can imagine is real.”
Lesson Five is Imagination. Hill states that imagination is the key to mastering all of the other lessons in the course (i.e., Definite Chief Aim, Self-confidence, Leadership, etc.). He debunks the notion that daydreaming is useless, and gives several examples of how daydreaming led directly to concrete actions and results.
After reading this lesson, it appears that virtually all great accomplishments began in someone’s imagination-imagination can do the impossible. The key idea of this lesson is this-use your imagination to rearrange old ideas into new combinations. For maximum achievement, you must mix effort with imagination. This is an area where your master mind group is especially helpful.
Lesson 5 – Imagination
- The greatest and most profitable thing that you can do with your imagination.
- Why you need imagination to guarantee your success.
- The two natures of imagination and how you can use them to create your future.
- Why your thoughts ‘give you away’ … and what you can do about it.
- The two main causes of failure.
- “Mob psychology” … and why you should be aware of it.
- Why being an employee can be more profitable than being a leader.
- Why you will never sell yourself to others unless you do this one thing.
- How to use the power of “planting the seed” to your advantage.
- How you can turn your great ideas into reality.
- The secret of getting what you want from other people.
- Why the battle for your success is only half-won unless you do this.
IMAGINATION is the workshop of the human mind wherein old ideas and established facts may be reassembled into new combinations and put to new uses.
Imagination has been called the creative power of the soul.
This lesson on imagination might be called the “hub” of this Reading Course, because every lesson of the course leads to this lesson and makes use of the principle upon which it is based, just as all the telephone wires lead to the exchange office for their source of power. You will never have a definite purpose in life, you will never have self-confidence, you will never have initiative and leadership unless you first create these qualities in your imagination and see yourself in possession of them.
The imagination is both interpretative and creative in nature. It can examine facts, concepts and ideas, and it can create new combinations and plans out of these.
Through its interpretative capacity the imagination has one power not generally attributed to it; namely, the power to register vibrations and thought waves that are put into motion from outside sources, just as the radio-receiving apparatus picks up the vibrations of sound.
The principle through which this interpretative capacity of the imagination functions is called telepathy; the communication of thought from one mind to another.
The principle of telepathy has been so well established, through psychological research, that we have abundance of proof that two minds which are properly attuned and in harmony with each other may send and receive thought at long distances.
The principle of telepathy and the law of attraction, through which like attracts like, explain many a failure. If the mind has a tendency to attract from the ether those thought vibrations which harmonize with the dominating thoughts of a given mind, you can easily understand why a negative mind that dwells upon failure and lacks the vitalizing force of self-confidence would not attract a positive mind that is dominated by thoughts of success.
Discover a truth known only to those who use their imagination; namely, that the greatest reverses and misfortunes of life often open the door to golden opportunities.
You will never know what is your capacity for achievement until you learn how to mix your efforts with imagination.
There are endless millions of approaches to every problem, but there is only one best approach. Find this one bestapproach and your problem is easily solved. Your imagination will assist you in finding the right way.
Remember that which was said about the Law of Attraction through the operation of which “like attracts like:” If you look and act the part of a failure (or success), you will attract nothing but failures (or success).
The selection of a definite chief aim calls for the use of both imagination and decision! The power of decision grows with use.
Adversities and temporary defeat are generally blessings in disguise, for the reason that they force one to use both imagination and decision.
Whatever your life-work may be, it calls for the use of imagination.
1. What’s your Vision?
Create a vision and image-nation of yourself that is beyond your wildest dreams! Allow yourself to stretch your imagination to include all your hopes, dreams, and wishes. Have fun with it.
2. What would I do if I had a million dollars? How about 10 million? How about 100 million dollars??
Relish in all the delicious and juicy details of your powerful manifestations.
Levels II & III: Read Lesson 6 on Enthusiasm in The Law of Success Book for next week. Note these are big chapters so pace yourself and make a commitment to read every day. Take notes as you go along, and STICK WITH IT!
Level III: Listen to the Your Wish Is Your Command CD Series: sample of disc4
Your mind is capable of creating many new and useful combinations of old ideas, but the most important thing it can create is a definite chief aim that will give you that which you most desire. Your definite chief aim can be speedily translated into reality after you have fashioned it in the cradle of your imagination.
You will see how important is the subject of imagination when you stop to realize that it is the only thing in the world over which you have absolute control.
Reflect a shadow of confidence and good cheer and optimism and harmony, that these qualities may, in turn, reflect themselves in all who are connected with the business.
We have stated that the imagination is both interpretative and creative in its nature. It can receive impressions or ideas and out of these it can form new combinations.
“If your imagination is the mirror of your soul, then you have a perfect right to stand before that mirror and see yourself as you wish to be. You have the right to see reflected in that magic mirror the mansion you intend to own, the factory you intend to manage, the bank of which you intend to be president, the station in life you intend to occupy. Your imagination belongs to you! Use it! The more you use it the more efficiently it will serve you.”
I hold it true that thoughts are things;
They’re endowed with bodies and breath and wings;
And that we send them forth to fill
The world with good results or ill.
That which we call our secret thought
Speeds forth to earth’s remotest spot,
Leaving its blessings or its woes,
Like tracks behind it as it goes.
We build our future, thought by thought,
For good or ill, yet know it not,
Yet so the universe was wrought.
Thought is another name for fate;
Choose, then, thy destiny and wait,
For love brings love and hate brings hate.
Our Imagination is one of the most important gifts we have as creative human beings. Use it well, and develop its magic with a sense of mastery. Enjoy.