Imagination or Knowledge
once said, "Imagination is stronger than knowledge. Knowledge is limited,
imagination encircles the world." Mr Einstein was famous for his discoveries
in science. His theories of relativity are the most famous. Here is a man
who was very knowledgeable and intelligent, yet his imagination allowed
him to see things that others had not considered.
is defined as: "the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or
images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses;
the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful; the power to create in
one's mind." Whereas, knowledge
is defined as: "facts, information, and skills
acquired by a person through experience or education;
the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject."
Reading the two definitions you could say that knowledge is things we know,
the facts as they are; and imagination is seeing things that are not or seeing
Watch A Child
As children, we have lots of imagination. Sit and watch a small child as they
play, it is amazing to see them. I recently was watching my 2-year-old
granddaughter. She had a tea set and she was pouring her tea and pretending
to drink it. She had some type of food on a plate that she was pretending
to eat. She played with that tea set for over an hour. She was feeding
her doll and me. She imagined the tea and the food and
when she drank from her cup
she actually looked like she was drinking. Two year olds have imagination
that we need to capture. They can see and feel things that we don't see.
But as we grow older, we come to believe knowledge is more important.
And, yes, while knowledge is important we still need to use that creative
side of our minds. If we take our knowledge and allow our imagination to
see what is not then it is amazing what can be done or created. Some of the
greatest inventions of our time was due to someone doing just that.
Simon Foster, in his book Manifesting Change states:
"Remember that children's imaginations are usually stronger than those of adults;
as we get older, we learn (too well, for the most part!) to be 'realistic.'
If you want to learn to manifest, you have to regain some of that childlike
belief that anything is possible."
allows you to see things in a non-traditional, non-restrictive manner.
Your imagination is your picture of what tomorrow may bring.
What about the first person who imagined flying a plane? The only thing that
occupied the skies in those days were the birds. It sounded absurd to think
that someone could actually build a machine that would allow people to fly!
Yet, Orville and Wilbur Wright's imagination saw that plane. Imagine what
knowledgeable people of the day thought when the Wright brothers discussed
their idea, what they had in their head. They probably thought they were
crazy, that is was just a fantasy, because at that time it was unheard of and some
people considered it impossible for man to fly in the sky in a machine. To quote the
said by Orville Wright, "If we all worked on the assumption that what is
accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance."
Now today imagine not being able to fly in a plane. That sounds even more
absurd. It would be hard to think about not having access to airplanes to get
from one place to another. Because it is now our knowledge we don't
imagine that it could be impossible.
A Great Example
Another example of imagination is Disneyland. Today millions of people
enjoy the excitement and joy of this wonderful place. But when
Disney first talked about it people laughed and did not have the insight
to see it. The people who laughed at him did not have the vision that Disney
had. Disney was inspired by his vision - his imagination of what could be.
And he once said, "Disneyland will never be completed. It will
continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world."
Can you see what is and imagine what is not. Think about the words
of Walt Disney, "I first saw the site for Disneyland back in 1953, In those
days it was all flat land - no rivers, no mountains, no castles or rocket ships -
just orange groves, and a few acres of walnut trees." Disney had an idea, he
and image in his mind of what he wanted to create. And, the
observation and expertise of some of the people he approached to help him
could not see beyond the facts - a piece of flat land.
Use all of your
knowledge and resources to see things not as they are but as they
could be - turn things imagined, into reality. When you look at people like
the Wright brothers and Walt Disney they had that picture in their mind. They
had imagination. They moved forward with their idea, and they faced
challenge after challenge, they were ridiculed by people, but that did not stop
them. They demonstrated determination
and created what
was once only imagined!
"Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our
possibilities become limitless."
We don't have to invent the airplane or create a Disneyland, but we all
have the capability to imagine. It can be as simple as seeing your goals
completed. Let your mind see the success that you don't yet have and
let that be motivation
to keep moving you forward even when you face
challenges and disappointments. Imagine what could be!
Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"Imagine what we could accomplish if we had the attitude of children. They are not limited by the thoughts I can't do that."
"The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination. But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer."
Charles F. Kettering
"First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination."
"Because of their courage, their lack of fear, they (creative people) are willing
to make silly mistakes. The truly creative person is one who can think crazy;
such a person knows full well that many of his great ideas will prove to be
worthless. The creative person is flexible; he is able to change as the situation
changes, to break habits, to face indecision and changes in conditions without
undue stress. He is not threatened by the unexpected as rigid, inflexible people
"Opening up the mind, exposing yourself to something you have not done before will increase your skill sets and access parts of your brain that perhaps are rarely accessed."
"If you want to get somewhere you have to know where you want to go and how to get there. Then never, never, never give up."
Norman Vincent Peale
"Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning."
"Within each of us is a hidden store of determination. Determination to keep us in the race when all seems lost."
"All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination. Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth."
"Why we are here is important, but to know where we are going is imperative. It's not what you've got, it's what you use, that makes a difference in how your life turns out."
"The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones."
John Maynard Keynes
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