Certain words have several connotations.
“Imagination” is such a word.
People use this word to convey various ideas; some of them are directly opposed to one another.
For example, we may ask a person to ‘use their imagination’ when we think their current viewpoint is too restricted and not equal to the task. Then, we might tell another person that their ideas are ‘pure imagination,’ thereby implying that their concept is unsound.
When we use a word this broadly, it can cease to mean anything at all. However, that’s a big mistake when it comes to a term that’s as consequential as “imagination.”
After all, Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
That’s a shocking statement coming from one of the most intelligent people in history.
So, I think it’s worth taking some time to understand what imagination is and what it can do for us when we use it properly.
The Truth Shall Set You Free
Imagination is not just a whimsical activity that we engage in as children. And it’s not something we should shy away from as adults. It is the very gateway to reality.
You see, through our imagination, we have the power to be anything we desire to be. That’s because, even if it’s false, any belief, assumption, or idea that is persisted in or repeated often enough will become fact.
When you let your physical senses control you, you see and focus on what is—a low bank balance, an illness, a business that’s struggling. However, you can see a high bank balance, perfect health, and a thriving business when you engage your imagination.
As we awaken to the power of the imaginative life, we discover that to imagine a thing repeatedly makes it so. We also realize our lives’ circumstances are the fruit bearing witness to the use or misuse of the imagination.
Escape the Jail that Ignorance Built
To understand how the imagination works, we must explore the conscious and subconscious mind.
The conscious mind is the part of you that thinks and reasons. It’s also where your free will lies—where you decide what you want to do and what you want to focus on.
Sensory factors are how you correspond with the outside world through sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste. When you allow external stimuli to direct your thoughts, you focus on your current results or your current reality.
On the other hand, your mental faculties, such as your imagination, allow you to direct the energy that is always flowing to and through you inward. By focusing there, you can build any idea or thought you want.
This is important because the thoughts you choose—whether they come from outside or inside—will eventually determine your life results. As you accept and emotionalize an idea, it is impressed upon your subconscious mind.
The conscious mind accepts or creates ideas and impresses those ideas on the subconscious mind. The subconscious does not originate ideas. It simply gives form and expression to each idea that is impressed on it.
The subconscious mind is not concerned with the truth or falsity of your thoughts or ideas. It accepts as true every idea that the conscious mind feeds to it. Anything we think, believe, or feel is true, the subconscious can and must produce the exact likeness of that idea in the outer or objective world.
Therefore, through our freedom and power to choose and create the ideas we will entertain, we control creation. This is how everything that is manmade is made.