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to see how space clears around a man and leaves him room and

freedom. Tanner says: To believe firmly is almost tantamount
in the end to accomplishment. Maudsley says: Aspirations are
often prophecies, the harbingers of what a man shall be in a
condition to perform. Macaulay says: It is related of Warren
Hastings that when only seven years old there arose in his mind
a scheme which through all the turns of his eventful life was
never abandoned. Kay says: When one is engaged in seeking
for a thing, if he keep the image of it clearly before the mind,
he will be very likely to find it, and that too, probably, where
it would otherwise have escaped his notice. Burroughs says:
No one ever found the walking fern who did not have the
walking fern in his mind. A person whose eye is full of Indian
relics picks them up in every field he walks through. They are
quickly recognized because the eye has been commissioned to
find them.
Constructive Imagination differs from the phases of the
faculty of Imagination which are akin to Fancy, in a number of
ways, the chief points of difference being as follows:
The Constructive Imagination is always exercised in the
pursuance of a definite intent and purpose. The person so using
the faculty starts out with the idea of accomplishing certain
purposes, and with the direct intent of thinking and planning in
that particular direction. The fanciful phase of the Imagination,
on the contrary, starts with no definite intent or purpose, but
proceeds along the line of mere idle phantasy or day-dreaming.
The Constructive Imagination selects its material. The person
using the faculty in this manner abstracts from his general stock
of mental images and impressions those particular materials
which fit in with his general intent and purpose. Instead of
allowing his imagination to wander around the entire field of
memory, or representation, he deliberately and voluntarily
selects and sets apart only such objects as seem to be conducive
to his general design or plan, and which are logically associated
with the same.
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The Constructive Imagination operates upon the lines of
logical thought. One so using the faculty subjects his mental
images, or ideas, to his thinking faculties, and proceeds with his
imaginative constructive work along the lines of Logical Thought.
He goes through the processes of Abstraction, Generalization or
Conception, Judgment and the higher phases of Reasoning, in
connection with his general work of Constructive Imagination.
Instead of having the objects of thought before him in material
form, he has them represented to his mind in ideal form, and he
works upon his material in that shape.
The Constructive Imagination is voluntary under the
control and direction of the will. Instead of being in the nature
of a dream depending not upon the will or reason, it is directly
controlled not only by reason but also by the will.
The Constructive Imagination, like every other faculty of the
mind, my be developed and cultivated by Use and Nourishment.
It must be exercised in order to develop its mental muscle; and
it must be supplied with nourishment upon which it may grow.
Drawing, Composing, Designing and Planning along any line is
calculated to give to this faculty the exercise that it requires.
The reading of the right kind of literature is also likely to lead
the faculty into activity by inspiring it with ideals and inciting
it by example.

Give him but three blocks. It thus follows that the active use of the Perceptive faculties will result in storing away a quantity of material. when represented or reproduced by the Memory. If a chi1d has enough blocks. will give to the Constructive Constructive Imagination .The mind should be supplied with the proper material for the exercise of this faculty. which. the first essential thing is to get the proper perceptional material in proper quantity. and his power of combination is painfully limited. when they have only a few accurate ideas. Some persons wonder why their imaginative power is no greater. As Halleck says: Since the imagination has not the miraculous power necessary to create something out of nothing. he can build a castle or a palace.