Think & Grow Rich – CHAPTER 6 – IMAGINATION: THE WORKSHOP OF THE MIND – The Fifth Step toward Riches

Each time I read this Chapter I am reminded how often we do not apply our Synthetic & Creative Imagination to our desires. In fact in many cases we have lost the ability to use either or both. These are my present thoughts after reading the Chapter. Do they stimulate you to Day Dream and let your Imagination paint pictures for you?



The Fifth Step toward Riches

We are not born with imagination but it develops very early in our childhood and needs to be stimulated for Hill tells us that if it is not used it will become dulled or inactive. Hill goes on to say that the Imagination is the Workshop of the Mind.

Impulses, Dreams and thoughts are transformed by the Imagination into Passionate Desires, are given shape, form and action.

Remember from the previous chapters that the Brain is both a Transmitting and Receiving Station for thoughts and the initiation of ‘hunches’ and inspirations, the communication path between the Mind of Man and the Ether, also other human brains.

The Imagination is divided into two distinct sections, Synthetic and Creative, they both need continuous use otherwise one or both become quiescent through inactivity. It does not however die and can be revived and made alert by stimulation and use.

SYNTHETIC IMAGINATION:—T his faculty allows the arrangement of old concepts, ideas, or plans into new combinations. This faculty creates nothing. It merely works with the material of experience, education, and observation with which it is fed. It is the faculty used most by the inventor, with the exception of the one who draws upon the creative imagination, when he cannot solve his problem through synthetic imagination.

CREATIVE IMAGINATION:—Through the faculty of creative imagination, the finite mind of man has direct communication with Infinite Intelligence.  It is the faculty through which “hunches” and “inspirations” are received. It is by this faculty that new ideas are handed over to man. Thought vibrations from the minds of others are received thus we may “tune in,” or communicate with the subconscious minds of other men, hence the conclusion in a previous chapter that output from two or more brains (Master Mind Group) is exponential and more productive overall.

The creative imagination works automatically but requires the conscious mind to be vibrating at an extremely rapid rate, as for example, when the conscious mind is stimulated through the emotion of a strong desire.

The transformation of our desires into plans and finally action is based on the use of the Synthetic Imagination, it is only when we encounter problems which can’t be solved and cause a staling of to our plan or actions that the Creative Imagination is called upon to play its part and provide a solution.

Small children seem to be blessed with vivid Imaginations, cardboard boxes become castles, cars, trucks, dolls houses, etc.. Hill tells us that whatever the Imagination can conceive man can create. Hill gives a number of examples, but I think that a further good example is Ford’s desire for a single casting of an engine block. It started as a hunch, but Fords passionate desire to have it was the driving force for the engineers to exhaust the available  Synthetic Imagination and then have to call upon Creative Imagination and possible increase of the Master Mind Group.

What was the secret ingredient added in the case of the Enchanted Kettle, was it achieved at the first attempt. How does a chef change a tried and tested recipe and produce a new and appealing dish for his public, creative imagination. There are so many examples of the use of both types of Imagination but we must always strive to keep both stimulated to obtain the maximum output for our business.

We have to be creative in our marketing and advertising but we also have to be creative in how we develop our relationships with our potential clients as well as our existing.

Thank you Michael and Linda for believing in us and what we are able create through the study of TGR as a Master Mind Group which stimulates both parts of our Imagination.


Mervyn Drury

Canberra ACT Australia


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