Sep 04, 2006 10:01 PM
The great trouble with the human race is that its members do not
rightly value the imagination with which they are blessed. It is
imagination, recognized as a liberating power, that produces the
gems of poetry and art which we so much admire, and it is the mind
properly guided by this power which will elevate us all.
I do not believe in miracles, but I hold that the imagination has a
wonderful and creative power. I hold that if we let it soar in the
world of spiritual and creative thought -- and are not afraid to let
it soar -- it can create what truly seem to be miraculous things.
Yet the imagination, like all things, is dual. Along lower lines it
is as disintegrative in its power as it is creative and constructive
on higher lines.
Visualize! Visualize! You touch a mystic law when you create in
imagination the picture of mighty things, for you open a door to new
powers within yourself. Something in the way of potent energies is
awakened and called into life and strength both without you and
within. If you aspire, visualize your aspirations. Make a mind-
picture of your spiritual ideals, a picture of the spiritual life as
you know it to be, and carry that picture with you day by day.
Cherish it as a companion. Carry it with you for breakfast, dinner
and supper, and before you know it a new life has been born. Before
you know it the ideal has become the real and you have taken your
place as a creator, truly, in the great, divine scheme of life.
I thought it would be interesting to post this quote WITHOUT stating
who wrote it in order to evaluate it on its own merits within the
current discussion. (of course it is written by an historically well
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