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                   "Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein, Physicist, Philosopher

     "We did not make Life and we cannot change It, but we can use It, and the use of Life is through the imagination; because this faculty has, at its roots, the very well-spring of life and action.  Imagination carries with it feeling and conviction, which means life and action.  It awakens within us all the inner forces of nature and stirs into action latent powers which otherwise would never come to surface.  Will power may be necessary in its place, as a directive agency, but as a creative agency, it is non-existent.  Imagination brought the world forth from chaos.  "The worlds were framed by the Word of God."  Imagination is the power of the word, while will is the directive agency, denoting the purpose for which the word is spoken.  Man reproduces the power to create, and in his own life, controls his destiny through the activity of his word.  This word cannot be willed, but it can be imagined or imaged forth into expression."
- Dr. Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind

     
Our imagination is a wonderful faculty of mind that allows us to truly realize what we want in life.  Dr. O. C. Smith told me personally that when he decided to build a new lobby for the City of Angels Church, every time he drove into the parking lot of the church, he would pause and mentally imagine the lobby built.  And, the lobby was built and it was magnificent.  It was a striking example of architecture that impressed the mind with abundance and beauty.  It was a symbol of the consciousness that Dr. O. C. Smith developed at the City of Angels Church.  It was "first class" all the way and Dr. Robbie Smith decorated the interior to match the magnificence of the exterior.

     We are always using our imagination, but we are not always using it effectively to bring into expression that which we desire to experience.  Too often, we begin to use our imagination, but we don't expand on what we are imagining.  I believe this has something to do with the idea that imagining is sometimes thought to be the same as day-dreaming.  It is not.  Day-dreaming is "thinking of something" while imagination is allowing something that has caught our attention; an idea, a thought, or a desire, to be fully realized in our mind.  In other words, we allow our mind to image that which we are directing it to imagine.  As we consciously allow our imagination to expand upon the idea, the thought, or the desire, we can image the thing from something better, to the best.  As we use our imagination to bring forth the best about something, we can consciously choose what it will be by dismissing the images that do not appeal to us and strengthening within our mind a conviction for the images that really appeal to us.  


   
I have found that using the imagination as part of affirmative prayer or spiritual treatment, gives me the advantage of having a greater conviction that the thing that I desire is mine.  In spiritual treatment, we always speak our word as though we have what it is that we desire, and our effective use of imagination works in the same way.  Don't imagine that you "will have" or "will be" or "will do" something ... but imagine what it looks like and feels like when as you "have it" or "be it" or "doing it" ... now.  When we have created the perfect image in our mind and are completely satisfied with what we see, then we speak the words that describe what we see and feel, perfectly as though it is true for us right in this moment.  What we see in our mind and affirm with our words, expresses in our outer world of affairs according to our belief that it is so. Our words have power, even without using our imagination, but what we imagine requires our word to be powerful.

     I believe that the Master Mind Jesus imagined the multiplication of the loaves and fishes before they were multiplied.  Einstein tells us that "imagination is more important than knowledge" ... knowledge gives us what is already known, imagination takes us into the realm of the unknown ... even that which has been believed to be impossible.  Jesus was not moved by the impossible, for he declared and demonstrated that "... for G-d, all things are possible."  

     Everything proceeds from "what is" ... we can increase the good we have, or we can create something new from what we have gained knowledge or awareness of.  As you can note from the examples of Dr. O. C. Smith and the Master Mind Jesus, each increased what he had.  Dr. O. C. Smith already had a church ... but he increased its size and beauty tremendously.  The Master Mind Jesus did the same with the 5 loaves and 2 fish ... he multiplied them to feed a crowd reported to be 5,000 people.  Now, I wasn't there, so I don't know if there were 5,000, but, I would believe there were more than a few, otherwise the story would not have lasted through the ages.


    
Imagine for a moment that your imagination is powerful ... then realize within your mind that since G-d is All-Power, our imagination is aligned with the One Mind, which is G-d ... and this is what makes it so very powerful.  From Dr. Frank Richelieu:  "Say to yourself right now:  I use my imagination in a constructive manner.  I do not let myself indulge in idle, negative thinking.  I let any hurts that come to me act as stepping stones to a higher good.  I know life is always blessing me and that by the right use of my imagination I can create a better tomorrow."  Right now, right where I am.

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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