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One The Power of Imagination

The Eight Powers Within You - Shishir Srivastava1 Understanding the Power of Imagination
2 How to develop your Power of Imagination
3 An empowering exercise to unleash the Power of Imagination within you
4 The powerful symbol of imagination
5 An empowering personality
6 Eight empowering questions
7 Eight empowering affirmations
8 Eight tips to develop your Power of Imagination

Since childhood I have been taught to believe in the oneness of humanity. In school I dreamt of growing up and working for the good of all. One day in 2000, I looked at a photograph of the United Nations Headquarters building in a magazine in my office. I then visualized myself standing in front of it. At that time I had no money and no idea how my imagination or desire would take me there. But I kept visualizing my trip to America and reaching the UN till I was convinced that I would be able to do so one day. Thereafter, I started applying for peace conferences abroad and travel sponsorships. In 2003 I got my first break when I was invited to a peace education seminar in Hamburg, Germany. Thus began a series of trips to various countries, all sponsored by the organizers. The next year I was asked to attend the Parliament of World Religions in Barcelona, Spain. In 2005, I was invited to a convention at the UN Headquarters. And in July of that year I was finally there in front of the UN building. I also got the chance to share my views in the UN General Assembly Hall. Aged twenty-nine years, it was a great achievement for me. I was convinced the Power of Imagination did exist in me. I explored it and soon realized it was present in all the human beings.
‘The source and centre of all man’s creative power is his power of making images, or the power of imagination.’
—Robert Collier

What is the Power of Imagination?

Imagination is the creative ability of your mind that helps you form an image of an object or an experience before you bring it to physical reality. The Power of Imagination helps you visualize things that cannot be seen. Simply put, imagination is seeing through mental images. This power is inherent in all of us and can be developed to a very high level. Figure 1.1
Great achievements are the result of great imagination

Albert Einstein once said, ‘Imagination rules the world.’ Truly it does and Einstein himself proved it. As a sixteen-year-old boy, he imagined what his world would look like if he travelled around the universe at the speed of light. Einstein honed his imagination and ideas for the next nine years, till he shook the world with his theory of special relativity. Scientists have much appreciated Einstein’s ability to imagine travelling around the universe and reveal its laws. And he used his Power of Imagination to visualize the result of his discoveries in his mind, not in a physical laboratory.
‘When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of imagination has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.’ —Albert Einstein
If you study the lives of great entrepreneurs, scientists and inventors, you will find that by using creative visualization they developed a strong mental picture of what they wanted to achieve. They used the Power of Imagination to give a tangible shape to their ‘inside picture’. Mahatma Gandhi visualized achieving independence through non-violent means and forcing the British to quit India. He succeeded. The Wright brothers imagined the flying machine and created it even though they were called ‘schizophrenics’. Arthur C. Clarke conceived that the world would one day be connected through three satellites; he saw something similar happen during his lifetime. Edison conceptualized the electric bulb and created it. Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s, visualized establishing a chain of fast-food restaurants long before he succeeded. All the great inventions, discoveries and business successes have been possible only because their originators used the Power of Imagination to give a clear shape to their ideas on their ‘mental screens’ before ‘bringing them out’. Figure 1.3
The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and an actualizer . . . He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen. —Robert L. Schwartz
You too have the Power of Imagination
It is a myth that only a few people possess the Power of Imagination. Every human has it; you too have this power within you. It is just that you might not have developed it as much as an Einstein or an Edison. But with perseverance and practice, you can enlarge your Power of Imagination to achieve amazing things.