Updated: Aug 5, 2019
by Rev. Gena Gilcrease
Imagination is one of our greatest creative powers. Creation starts with a vision.
In the philosophy of the Law of Attraction, this concept is sometimes called a mental equivalent, a picture of some good that we want.
Everything you see or feel on the material plane is the concrete expression of a mental equivalent that you hold. This belief is the core of mental science: Our thoughts out-picture as our reality. Imagine that!
The Law of attraction concept is that what we tend to think about attracts things of like nature, or “where attention goes, energy flows.”
Believing it as true on the mental plane is a step to its appearance on the physical plane.
To imagine is the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before perceived in reality. Sometimes imagination is seen as fanciful or empty assumption, as “it’s all in your imagination.”
However, according to Einstein – a pretty smart guy – “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
Creative thought is literally using creative power to direct/manifest something in our lives or move our perceptions beyond a present experience.
Change your thinking, change your life.
Feeling is very important in creating. You might speak a rote and bland affirmation: “I am whole perfect and complete.”
But we speak of troubles with great emotion: I HURT ALL OVER! I’M SO TIRED TODAY!
Which has more power? You build a mental equivalent by being truly interested in what you want to create.
What about things we don’t want? Same principle: focusing on them, produces more of them. Instead, think more strongly about what you DO want. Turn away from the negative, replace them with positive images and thoughts and emotions.
Thomas Troward was a British judge who wrote several books on Mental Science.
Troward talks of creating a prototype, or model. Within a seed is the prototype of the tree . Within DNA is the prototype or blueprint for the body and personality.
To build a house, we create a blueprint – a representation with which to build the finished product. He said, “Having seen and felt the end, you have willed the means to the realization of the end.”
As Steven Covey says in 7 Habits of Highly Successful People: “Begin with the end in mind.” We begin by imagining the outcome we want, a vision of the achievement or manifestation.
We might add more details, more feelings, and inspiration for action. This vision is the propellant, the driving force. A model rocket needs a propellant or fuel to push it into the air, or into reality. We need vision to drive us to fulfillment.
Eric Butterworth, in The Creative Life, says that everything is energy moving at a different frequency or rate of vibration. To create something, tune your mind to the frequency of faith, tapping into the creative power that flows from within you.
Butterworth cites a study using 45 mental patients at a VA Hospital. They were given some questions and told to answer them as they imagined a well-adjusted person would answer. The result was that 75% of the patients showed improvements, some dramatically.
We too can imagine ourselves as sane!
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Faith is a mental attitude which is so convinced of its own idea, which so completely accepts it that any contradiction is unthinkable and impossible.
And in our faith and imagining, we know that it is true now, not some state in the future which can never become present.
Einstein said, Problems cannot be solved with the same energy with which they were created. We need to think on a different vibration. Take an opposite stance, go upside down or backwards, anything to get a different energy and perception.
Neville Goddard spoke to packed auditoriums on metaphysical themes from the 1930’s to his death in 1972.
In his book, Awakened Imagination, he emphasized that feeling is the strongest element and that we must really feel the truth of what we’re imagining.
The crucial matter is not thinking OF the end but thinking FROM the end, by centering your imagination in the feeling of the wish fulfilled. He urges moving beyond just repeating affirmations to fully using creative power, fully sensing – seeing, touching, tasting, hearing, smelling.
He also has exercises to change your past!
Looking over the day, if there is something that didn’t go right, or you didn’t like, you can rewrite and visualize it as exactly as you wished it to be.
We can also do that with difficult memories or situations.
You can change the past! By changing your perception of the past, you can change it.
One note: This mental equivalent, this imagining and feeling, is to be done with ease. Stress and effort shows a lack of faith and belief, which blocks the flow of manifestation.
Everything we see or feel on the material plane is the concrete expression of a mental equivalent - a picture that we hold. Life mirrors our thoughts and beliefs.
We don’t have to spend our days watching old re-runs of the past.
Our life is our choice, and we can use our imagination to create a new reality.
Set aside some time every day to imagine and feel what you want to experience.
We can always create a new script, a new program, and act in a new life.