Imagination Leads to Creation: MKE Week 21

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Imagination is the Beginning of Creation

Imagination is my word for this week of the Franklin Makeover.

I’m a voracious reader and love reading books that take me to other worlds, to share the hopes, joys, emotions and trials of imagined people.

I’ve long been a fan of fantasy novels; perhaps because they always take me to places I would never be able to visit in this world. They are created in the author’s imagination, and in reading them; my imagination is called on to visualize the people, events and happenings within them.

All artists and authors work by using their imagination – whether it’s a fantasy novel, a how-to book on building a shed, a painting, or a musical score. They must visualize the end result they desire.



For some, this visualization is composed with musical notes and sound. Perhaps motion – dance – gives you the impetus to see beyond the ordinary. For others it is in using words to paint a vivid mental picture. And for yet others visualization is pictorial, made up of shapes and colours in wondrous and coherent combinations. Each has to find the particular type of visualization that works for them.

The Importance of Imagination

J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, was asked to give the commencement address at Harvard in 2008. She gave a brilliant speech, one that you can either listen to or read here.

Two sections of her excellent speech caught my attention, since they correspond so closely to my word of the week, and to all we are learning within the Master Keys:

“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathise with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”

Imagination is what enables us to empathise!

That one statement makes imagination one of the most important human qualities to become conscious of and to exercise every day. Imagination leads to visualization, which can be transformed into constructive and creative thought.

Haanel and Imagination

This brings me to my own feelings and understanding as I read Haanel this week. In sections 20 & 21, we read:

Haanel says that we have an ongoing battle in society – on one side are the people who use constructive and creative thought to bring forth ideals, aspiring to the most beneficial achievements.

On the other are those who prefer to use destructive and negative thought, doing things by rote, believing in might, not power; looking to preserve a status quo that benefits them at the expense of others.

He goes on to say that we must go forward or go back – there is no standing still in a world where all is motion. We are in a period of transition (and although he writes this in 1912, it is very applicable today) evidenced with the unrest, which is everywhere apparent.

And in Part 25:

The issue between the old regime and the new, the crux of the social problem, is entirely a question of conviction in the minds of the people as to the nature of the Universe. When they realize that the transcendent force of spirit or mind of the Cosmos is within each individual, it will be possible to frame laws that shall consider the liberties and rights of the many instead of the privileges of the few.

Exercising Imagination

Ms. Rowling is in agreement with this, as she states:

“And many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are…. Choosing to live in narrow spaces leads to a form of mental agoraphobia, and that brings its own terrors. I think the wilfully unimaginative see more monsters. They are often more afraid.”


Silent thought concentration is the pathway to imagination and visualization. Use your imagination to lead you to empathy and freedom – freedom to think for yourself, freedom to express the ideals you espouse, free from fear, and the freedom to grow into the person you are meant to be.

Nicolette Goff


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Rob Dunn says March 16, 2017

Absolutely, Nicki! The imaginings of millions of people before us have given us what we have today. And it’s only our imagination that will give the future whatever happens. But, like Haanel says, we must use imagination wisely and constructively.

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