continue to receive so many questions regarding our use of our
divine imagination. I call it "divine" because our imagination
is probably that part of our nature that is closest to being
defined as the "kingdom of G-d within." Our imagination contains
infinite possibilities and power providing we take deliberate
control of it. Using our imagination in sync with our "feelings"
we can realize the power within us. However, just as I caution
people about prayer, we are never to attempt to take the freedom
of choice away from another in our spiritual work. In other
words, we cannot make our boss give us a raise, but we can
imagine and experience the feelings of receiving a raise and we
will get it. This is an immutable spiritual law.
From Neville's "The Power of Awareness" we can read: "The great
secret is controlled imagination and a well sustained attention
firmly and repeatedly focused on the object to be accomplished.
It cannot be emphasized too much that, by creating an ideal
within your mental sphere, by "assuming" that you are already
that ideal, you identify yourself with it and thereby transform
yourself into its image. ... When you understand the redemptive
function of imagination, you hold in your hands the key to the
solution of all your problems. ... You are limited only by your
uncontrolled imagination and lack of attention to the feeling of
your wish fulfilled. When the imagination is not controlled and
the attention is not steadied on the feeling of the wish
fulfilled, then no amount of prayer or piety or invocation will
produce the desired result. When you can call up at will
whatsoever image you please, when the forms of your imagination
are as vivid to you as the forms of nature, you are master of
What is the one thing that you want more than anything else? Can
you name it and claim it? If you can, then this is the thing you
can bring into your imagination and your feeling nature will
come naturally in alignment with the imagined thing. The
imagination is always at work in our mind but it is not the
uncontrolled imaginings that manifest but those that are
controlled and registered in our consciousness as ours.
Keep the Faith!
(Reverend Dr. Henry Lee Bates)
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