Title: Your Powerful Imagination Word Count: 597 Summary: It is a common belief that the huma n brain is somehow empty at birth, and as the child begins to grow and receive stimulus, the neurons star t making connections. Science is no w discovering, however, that the re verse may be true. The infant is ac tually born with many more neuron c onnections than most adults have. I t may be that learning does not hap pen by making neuron connections, b ut rather by _weeding out_ those th at are not used. If this is true, t hen we are all, literally... Keywords: Imagination, genius, brain, goals, positive thinking, potential, neuro ns Article Body: It is a common belief that the huma n brain is somehow empty at birth, and as the child begins to grow and receive stimulus, the neurons star t making connections. Science is no w discovering, however, that the re verse may be true. The infant is ac tually born with many more neuron c onnections than most adults have. I t may be that learning does not hap pen by making neuron connections, b ut rather by _weeding out_ those th at are not used. If this is true, t hen we are all, literally, born wit h brilliant minds and we must _use it or lose it._ In the first weeks of life, most ba bies will babble every possible sou nd imaginable. Yet, these children will later lose the ability to crea te sounds that are not a part of th e language they have been trained t o speak. Therefore, the child_s env ironment will play a tremendous rol e in brain development. Scientists claim that in our societ y the average individual uses only 5 - 10% of the brain's potential. I magine what your life could be like if you were able to stimulate your mind into activating even a small portion of that unused potential! Begin by asking yourself: 1. If I could have anything at all, what would it be? 2. What would I need to do to attain it? 3. What stops me from doing those th ings now? 4. How can I overcome those challen ges to attain the life I desire? These questions move us into the re alms of imagination and positive th inking -- the qualities that will a llow you to awaken that other 90% a nd keep those neurons firing! Now y ou might say to yourself, _I alread y have a positive attitude,_ or, pe rhaps _that positive stuff doesn't work -- all I need is willpower!_ But the following demonstration pro ves that the imagination is far mor e powerful than willpower can ever be. Okay, ready for the test? Gather al l of your strength and "willpower." Be sure NOT to do the following & here it comes & DON'T think of a re d firetruck!! What happened? You automatically thought of a red firetruck, right? This is because w hen the _will_ and the _imagination _ are in conflict, the imagination always wins. Most people spend a gr eat deal of time telling themselves what they DON_T want, instead of w hat they DO want. Even with every o unce of willpower they can muster, they somehow end up with more of th e same old thing. That_s because th e mind works in pictures, not words . Imagination is the secret ingredi ent of life. If people imagine them selves _rich,_ regardless of the am ount of money they have, chances ar e they will be healthy and strong a nd live an abundant life. If a rich man imagines himself poor or on th e brink of losing his fortune, it i s likely that trouble and sickness will plague him to the grave. All that we are searching for in li fe is already present within oursel ves. The sooner we come to believe in the power of our own imagination , the easier our lives will become. I challenge you to stretch your mi nd to the possibility of accomplish ment beyond your present aspiration s. What if, in an attempt to reach your goals, you awakened the powerf ul latent genius within? How would you feel if you found the cure for AIDS or cancer? Think of the people who would benefit from your achiev ement. The reality is that until ev eryone on the planet imagines a wor ld of health and vitality for all, there will always be disease and wo e. Take charge of your life now. Im agine your way to health and happin ess and it will be so.
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