How powerful is your imagination?

 

Your imagination is so powerful that it can change your day, your finances and even the world. 

The trouble with all of this is that your imagination and the power it possesses is a bit like lightening.  That is to say that when the power is harnessed and placed in a device it is as useful and practical as putting a battery into a flashlight.  When it is not harnessed its power can be somewhat unpredictable.  Harnessing the energyallows us to focus the power and energy in a more predictable way.

There was a time in the history of Western Civilisation that people used candles as the source of light.  There was a booming candle making industry and thousands of people’s livelihoods were focused on the design, production, distribution and sale of candles.  Today, our society is dependent upon electrical power for light and energy.

Just think of the millions of ideas, drawings, inventions that have been created under the lights of electrically powered bulbs and the phenomenal acceleration of innovation that resulted from the invention and use of the electronic computer.  All of these advancements were based upon our ability to harness and direct electrical energy. Can you imagine what would happen to our world if the use of electrical energy was taken away?  Not a good thought.

Similar advances are possible in the bodies, lives and environments of people who develop the skill of harnessing the power of imagination.  What are these skills? Well, let’s start by saying that the skills are simple and the skills are accessible to anyone reading these words.  The skills are;

  • Planting a positive seed (idea)
  • Nurturing the seed with positive thoughts and hopes
  • Documenting the growth and fruit of the idea
  • Sharing the idea.

Some of the people who have been successful at doing this include;

  • JK Rowling
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Bill Gates
  • Gene Roddenbury (Star Trek)
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Stephen King – just to keep it real and to acknowledge that even the ‘dark side’ of imagination can be useful. 

This is not to say that you should try to ‘control’ your imagination.  By its very nature it is something that can and should be allowed to run free.  What I am saying is that, like lightning, the power can be harnessed and used to power some of the tools that can help you find your way in the dark.

I say all of that to say this…

If you are walking through unfamiliar territory littered with hazards, pitfalls and traps.  You could wait for a burst of lightning to get a quick snapshot of your surroundings or you could use the harnessed energy to power a flashlight to see your way through.

Puzzle me this, puzzle me that….

When was the last time that you allowed your imagination to run wild on positive, creative and joyful things?  Take to time to do this and recognise the way it makes you feel.  Now imagine that you were able to harness or capture some of this energy.