“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.”
-Edgar Allan Poe
Dreams can provide shelter from the mundane daily realities that may otherwise influence our choices, direction or momentum. They are a roof that protects us from the shifting seasons of our lives through rich and luscious personal clarity and the ebb and flow of exchanging value within our social spheres. Dreams spring forth from the well of our creative imagination, for which there is no ceiling. Within this shelter we are not contained, our capacity for ideas is limitless. A roof without a ceiling.
A creative imagination has proven to be a more valuable resource than knowledge. Heck, even Albert Einstein said so;
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
The latent potential of every human being lies within your capacity to imagine, to play images and visualize dreamscapes on the screen of your own private theater. There is no limit to what can be played as you are the producer, the director and all other supporting roles. In this private place, YOU are the Creator.
You have been given a powerful creative imagination to use for your benefit and possibly the benefit of all mankind. Everything mankind has achieved throughout its existence is a result of imagination. Imagination is the drawing board for every innovation, invention and direction in the evolution of our great species. It is our inner eye. Our inner voice. It is the extra sense that has no true physical connection like the five senses we all know of that keep us in contact with the outside world.
Somewhere in history, and for reasons we can only speculate on, the Human Mind took a quantum leap into an entirely new dimension. Although our creativity is derived from the input from the five animal senses (playing images, sounds and such upon our private screen), it is elevated, incorporating some or all of the five senses input ‘data’ into a lush tapestry upon which we can continue to build limitlessly and without depleting any type of resource.
Our thirst for knowledge and uncovering the secrets of the world around us lead to imagining ways and means to investigate the macrocosm of space and the microcosm of organic life. This desire to explore the world without and the world within in greater depth and detail ignited human imagination to develop the telescope and the microscope to further develop our awareness and supply even more sense data to our imagination resource.
Our imagination continues to drive our species to accomplish more than ever before at exponentially increasing rates. Just look around at the successful entrepreneurs, writers, artists, inventors, who have started new businesses, wrote novels, songs, movies, invented new machines and other products. Its not easy. The prolific inventor Thomas Edison said; “Inventing is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”. No matter what type of career you follow having a powerful creative imagination at your disposal will help you innovate and solve problems that you may encounter along the way. If you want to develop your creative imagination you must open your mind to new unexplored paths, think of offbeat ways to tackle a problem, make something difficult easier to do. All people have the potential to be creative, it is our special gift, but most never develop this unique human capability.
Here are some ways to develop your imagination;
Is it not curiosity that lead a Neanderthal to strike flint and stone together? Being curious is the seed of an idea. Absorb all of the rich beauty of the world around you with your innate sense of curiosity.
- Multiply Your Perspectives
Any situation you are in has many possible perspectives. Open your mind to how someone else may see a problem, anthropomorphize objects, consider the humor in a disappointment, don’t accept the status quo.
- Consistently Create
Don’t stop creating. This may seem tiring but creation is at our very core and the process of creating is revitalizing. If you feel you’ve exhausted original ideas then look at how you could improve upon something. Never dismiss a creative idea, no matter how outlandish it may seem. Write it down for later or see how it might be useful in another application.
- Associate with Creative People
Help others with their creative projects, invite them to help you, discuss perspectives and developments. It is particularly important to observe whether people talk about things, people or ideas. Make a point to corner the market on the latter. Heck, why not even spend time with some imaginary friends. Then you can make them as creative as you want!
You are never too old to play. If you have children, you have them for a reason. Don`t be afraid or too proud to get on your hands and knees and join in on their world of creativity. Children can be the greatest inspiration to the imagination.
Remember that you are powerful beyond measure and that your power lies in your connection to your authentic self that yearns for the creative expression of the Universe. This creative expression begins with releasing your imagination.
Abandon doubt, fear and worry shackling this wonderful power.