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It is being realized more and more by big corporations, as well as by individuals, the value of a fertile imagination. It is the fountain of all creative thinking. Most men and women in the higher salary brackets are there not because of hard work, but because they have active creative imaginations. One of the primary reasons most people are unsuccessful is because they have never learned to use their imagination. We are all born with very active imaginations. Every child has a very active imagination. In fact most children live in a fantasy world for a number of years. It is a normal phase of personality development. However, as the higher reasoning powers begin to rapidly mature, the child progresses into a world of realism. This is a critical development period as far as the imagination is concerned. Many young people almost completely quit using their imagination at this phase of their lives. Others (i.e., those interested in the arts) begin to make use of their imagination in a constructive way. Parents play an important role at this point. Some will give their children some creative outlet for their imagination; others will stifle or inhibit the child's imagination.
Often the imagination flourishes during the later adolescent years until the individual has a collision with the hard cruel world of adult reality. When this happens, many young people cease using their imagination. If they have been hurt and disillusioned by the realities of the world, they feel if they allow their imagination to function it will create new experiences where they are hurt and discouraged. At least this is what they subconsciously tell themselves.
In reality, every human being has an imagination. It may be repressed, inactive, or distorted, but it exists. When many people are asked if they have a good imagination. Most will reply that they have no imagination (40 to 50 percent). Others claim they have too much imagination; they lost their imagination years ago, or ask, "what do you mean by imagination?" The important question is not if you have an imagination (you do), but what are you doing with it?
If we were to ask you, "What is more powerful, your imagination or your will-power?" what would your answer be? The reality is, your imagination is far more powerful than your will-power. Emile Coue answered this question during the last century (See Rules of the Mind). He demonstrated that when there is a conflict between the imagination and will-power, the imagination wins every time. You can use your will-power all you want to keep on a slimming diet, but when you begin to imagine how good that dessert tastes, all your iron-jawed will-power will not help you.
All the great concepts and inventions of mankind were born in the imagination. Before Beethoven, Bach or any of the great composers wrote a musical composition, they first heard the music in their mind. Rembrandt saw his painting in his imagination before he put them on canvas. Every architect sees his creations in his head before he puts them on the drawing board. Every great writer writes his stories in his imagination before putting them on paper. How can you be a successful inventor without an active imagination? First, in your mind you must see a need for your invention. You must then visualize a way to fulfill that need. You must design the product in your imagination before actually creating it.
The constructive use of the imagination is important to everyone. No matter if you are an artist, engineer, physicist, or businessman, the way you use your imagination will determine the future course of your life. America is still a land where a man can begin with nothing but an idea and turn it into multimillion-dollar corporation.
If you do not use your imagination constructively, it can inhibit you and work against you. If you imagine that something you want to do is too difficult you may not even try to start a project. Most difficulties that people face in life exist more often in their imaginations than in actual fact. These negative thoughts created in your imagination generate fear, and if it is great enough, it will prevent you from even trying to achieve anything.
The improper use of you imagination can undermine you. Probably every one is familiar with the proverbial daydreamer. This is the individual that is always building "pie in the sky." In reality he never produces anything. He spends his time waiting for his ship to come in, but it never does. When your imagination prevents you from engaging in productive activity, it is being misused. People that sit around fantasizing and daydreaming, but who accomplish nothing, are not creative thinkers.
|The instructions presented are from the personal collections and writing library of Mr. Robert E. Cutter, who died December 13, 2001, while in the process of completing the transfer of his work to the internet. These are offered as educational instruction only. The purpose of this instruction is the effective learning and use of hypnotic techniques for vocational or avocational self-improvement. This instruction is not offered as a substitute for, nor as a supplement to, any form of therapy concerned with physical, mental, nervous or emotional illness. Robert E. Cutter served as web consultant for American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association for three years. His hypnosis education came through the training he provided at a school he owned in the 1950's in Los Angeles, California, along with his wife who preceded him in death in 1980. Robert Cutter was not a psychologist and did not practice psychotherapy, but his interest in hypnosis motivated him to provide free resources materials for others who wanted to learn to use the power of their minds to improve well being and health-related issues.|
Michael A. Robinson, R.N.- BC Psychiatry
Licensed Texas State Nursing Board Registered Nurse
Texas State Nursing Board Certified in Psychiatry
In Honor and Memory of Robert E. Cutter, B.S. 1923-d.2001
From the Writings of Robert Cutter's Self Hypnosis Center
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