Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Imagined Wings

The man who has no imagination has no wings.
Muhammad Ali

The real power behind imagination is a mostly underestimated, untapped resource. There is a magic surrounding all it touches, everything from the mundane to the weighty is altered by the fingers of fantasy. Seers and statesmen throughout history have pondered its fabric and written of its influence upon time and space.

Norman Vincent Peale, 1898 - 1993, American legend and founder of the Peale Center, the Positive Thinking Foundation and Guideposts called it, "The true magic carpet."

Elbert Hubbard, American philosopher and writer 1856-1915, viewed it as "A ladder to the fourth dimension."

Ambrose Bierce (June 24,1842 -- ??) the Ohio-born writer and journalist who vanished in 1913 while attempting to join Pancho Villa in Mexico, defined it as, "A warehouse of facts, with poet and liar in joint ownership."

Our imaginations are like fingerprints of the mind, none the same in what is created, although they basically function in a similar fashion. The direction and distance we travel there is only limited by whatever restraints we enforce. The magic of creation is at our fingertips, but many are unaware of how to use it to their best advantage. Some simply let it drift where it will and then moan about the mischief it gets into.
Every creation begins first in the mind of the creator. The imagination draws the blueprint then the hands just follow directions. Any subject can be placed there for consideration. Simple or complex the end result is the same. We limit its capacity to help us create by limiting it only to the creation of things outside of us.
Try using it to recreate a reality in you life. Hand it a problem that rests deep inside and it will draw a perfect blueprint to guide you toward a positive lasting change. Any echo of doubt that creeps in is only a shadow of fear produced by an imagination used to drifting where it will, so simply silence it with the belief in your ability to do whatever actions are necessary.
Imagine you cannot do something and you cannot, but see yourself as capable and the power will be there. Fantasize of failure and success will be impossible. Do not waste such a powerful tool by letting it run away with you, channel its power to create a life worthy of fantasy status. See who and where you want to be, look clearly at the present day reality then let your imagination draw the map that will surely lead to getting you from here to there. Use it wisely and it will serve you well.