“My God, I heard this day, that none doth build a stately habitation, but he thatmeans to dwell therein. What house more stately hath there been, or can be, than isMan? to whose creation all things are in decay.” —George Herbert
I wish it were true of man’s noble dreams, but unfortunately—perpetual construction,deferred occupancy—is the common fault of man. Why “build a stately habitation,”unless you intend to “dwell therein?” Why build a dream house and not “dwelltherein?”
This is the secret of those who lie in bed awake while they dream things true. Theyknow how to live in their dream until, in fact, they do just that. Man, through themedium of a controlled, waking dream, can predetermine his future. That imaginalactivity, of living in the feeling of the wish fulfilled, leads man across a bridge ofincident to the fulfillment of the dream. If we live in the dream—thinking from it, andnot of it—then the creative power of imagining will answer our adventurous fancy,and the wish fulfilled will break in upon us and take us unawares.
Man is all imagination; therefore, man must be where he is in imagination, for hisimagination is himself. To realize that imagination is not something tied to the sensesor enclosed within the spatial boundary of the body is most important. Although manmoves about in space by movement of his physical body, he need not be so restricted.
He can move by a change in what he is aware of. However real the scene on whichsight rests, man can gaze on one never before witnessed. He can always remove themountain if it upsets his concept of what life ought to be. This ability to mentallymove from things as they are to things as they ought to be, is one of the mostimportant discoveries that man can make. It reveals man as a center of imagining withpowers of intervention which enable him to alter the course of observed events,moving from success to success through a series of mental transformations of nature,of others, and himself.