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What Is Imagination?

When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.
Tuli Kupferberg, poet

Philosophers like to distinguish memory from imagination.

We perceive sounds, smells, tastes, and experiences. We can close our eyes and recall these same sounds, smells, tastes, and experiences. We can remember what we ate yesterday, how we felt the first time we kissed someone, what bioluminescent ocean waves look and sound like.

We call this faculty of the mind “memory.”
We remember the past.

What about the future?

We know we can take past experiences and change them to picture something we haven’t experienced. I can have memories of touching a hot stove, blistering my finger, and also watching a campfire burn.

However, I can imagine putting my hand in a campfire and feeling and seeing my hand burn. It does not matter that I have never experienced actually putting my hand in a campfire. I can picture it. I can imagine it.

We call this faculty of the mind “imagination.”
We can picture what is not real.
Or what we have not yet experienced.

We can imagine bioluminescent ocean waves that are green or yellow, or waves with images of colorful birds in them. We can imagine the ocean waves falling up in curious spirals with the sounds of trumpets and flutes coming out of the shooting spray, and the smell of peaches in the spray.

Even though we have never seen
or heard such things combined.

So imagination is not limited to images or mere memory. All senses can be put into play. And make no mistake, imagination is play. Daydreaming is playful. And the more we know how our mind works, the more we can take advantage of playful daydreaming.

What happens when a girl first sees someone dance on stage and begins imagining that she is the dancer? How is it that creative drive provides the energy for the girl to beg her parents for dance lessons, and in a few years she is dancing onstage herself?

What happens when a boy sees firefighters in a fire truck and begins imagining that he is a firefighter? How is it that creative drive provides the energy for the boy to read all about firefighters, to discover what he needs to be a firefighter, and then someday to find himself bravely running into burning buildings?

How is it that some people build a multimillion dollar business, and when that business fails, they sink into depression? Yet others who fail building a multimillion dollar business turn around and build another one, and another?

Once you have an understanding of how the mind works, and how imagination creates your world, you will have the keys to create and change your life.

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The Creating Your Life Checklist

The Creating Your Life Checklist

The world is but a canvas to the imagination.
Henry David Thoreau

Take charge of your thoughts

__ Imagination is the tool with which you architect your life.

__ What you think, say, and feel creates your life.

__ Don’t focus on the rocks in your life; aim for the ways around the rocks.

__ Let go of negative, angry, sarcastic, cynical, and self-negating thoughts.

__ Think of the end result without being concerned how you will get there.

__ Aim your arrows, relax, let go, and trust they will hit the target better than you can imagine.

__ Exercise choice: Choose your state of consciousness.

Inventory your potential blind spots

__ Pay attention to what makes you emotionally reactive and twitchy.

__ Think about those things you automatically reject as “crazy” or “insane,” especially if you see these things in otherwise sane friends.

__ Note what others seem to see that you can’t see: in religion, politics, business, science, and personal relationships.

Get in the habit of doing affirmations daily

__ Start right now: make your first affirmation “I love writing my affirmations every day.”

__ Write every day, and apply imagination exercises.

__ Remember the Change Formula: Imagining Vividly with Feeling results in Change.

__ Try affirmations for 100 days: Give them a chance to work…if they don’t, you have lost only time…if they do, you will have entered a completely new world.

Download a printable PDF of the 100-Day Imagination Exercise Workbook at MarkAndreAlexander.Com.

__ Focus on the present and write what you are aiming for (not the rocks).

__ Trust that even if what you are trying to change grasps you harder, it will let go and you will be free.

Embrace change and flexibility

__ It’s time to allow your dreams to enter into your life.

__ It’s time to see yourself as worthy of your dreams.

__ Set goals that stretch yourself: Be realistic but challenge yourself.

__ Be the creator; no need anymore to allow others to create your life for their benefit.

__ Every day your goals become a reality.

__ Be an empowering wizard who builds up everyone you meet.

Your success and happiness lies in you.
Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form
an invincible host against difficulties.
Helen Keller

Go to MarkAndreAlexander.Com to access a free 36-day course on Creating Your Life.

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The Entire Series of Books

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