Powerful & productive imagination
The imaginative faculties
The power of thought could be considered to be universally recognized as being a prime human faculty. Thought and the imagination are revered in many esoteric and metaphysical traditions. Thoughts are said to produce "thought forms", which are endowed with force and vitality. Because of this, these forms may influence individuals if directed in that particular way. Our minds grow by experiencing their own inherent faculties, not just pertaining to the intellect, reason, rationality, observation and judgement, but by using all of the creative and non-rational aspects. Imagination expands the awareness we have of ourselves and the universe. Imagination can provide insights to problems and issues that transcend the rational view, logical perspectives and objective judgements based upon experiential information.
The imagination can offer many creative insights into problem solving. Often these insights come spontaneously, and at unexpected times. I've found it important to let one's consciousness "digest" a problem or task, before challenging the intellect to rationalizing possible solutions. Sometimes, only fragmented images or sensations may come to mind, and then it is left to the rational mind to make sense of them. There may well be truth to the adage that creativity is "one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration". For me, it is important to be open to all or any sensations that may come to mind, and to document these sensations for future reference and analysis. The best advice I can give is to never place limits on the creative thought process - never try to limit the inspiration that may come - it is too precious for that. But by all means, record your ideas, develop them into a workable form, and save the serious analysis for later. If you experience them in visual form, grab a pen and paper and sketch out the representation. If the experiences are in an aural presentation, write down what is felt, in a sequential arrangement, then go back later to correct and proof read your writings.
Speaking from a personal perspective, one's imagination has worked mostly in the visual domain, though occasionally too - sounds, emotions and feelings. Visual imagination can be applied to images, spatial arrangements and events through time. This is for the architects, sculptors, painters, computer artists, designers and performing artists. Non-visual imagination is for the musicians, writers, academics, theorists, social commentators and many others, but also for for visual artist. The imaginative faculty can operate for any sense, since it appears to transcend the objective world with its space, objective and temporal parameters.
An indispensable life skill
There is no doubt that one's imagination is a fundamental life faculty for all. What is interesting is how it works for the individual in all its manifestations. It is like one's imagination is another part of you - like another aspect of the self.
The outer limits
This is the region where one's imagination may seldom penetrate. Is this the realm open to the prophets, clairvoyants and psychics that try then to encapsulate their experiences in a language that is comprehensible (but inadequate) to the ordinary citizen?
What are the outer limits then?
The future ?
The past ?
Outer space ?
Inner dimensions ?
Parallel worlds ?