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This study will not mean much to you unless you realize that an idea differs from a mental image, and unless you discriminate between process of "thinking-in-ideas" and that of "thinking-in-vivid-images."
Your mind is a living consciousness, but you often permit greater part of its content to die. The content is usually a colony of corpses of images which were once alive. That is difference between ideas and vivid images. Ideas are dead corpses of images which were once living and vivid.
In his mind, successful inventive genius forms vivid images of every part of machine which he is constructing. Before it is made, he mentally sees each part separately, and all parts assembled and working together. After examining a new machine he is able at any time to re-image a picture of machine. He re-sees image when physical object is no longer present. That is thinking in vivid images.
You look at same machine; but, after leaving it, you are able "only to think about it." That is thinking in ideas. Vividness is a quality of mind which makes geniuses, and it can be developed. When you read "the iron is hot," you think of idea of heat. When you accidentally put your finger tip on red hot iron, your mind thinks in vivid images of special heat, because an image is immediate result of sense impressions. A vivid image is formed by sense impressions. So, you can develop vividness in thinking by use of your special senses-by use of all of them. There are more than five special senses. There are twelve. They are color, sound, smell, taste, balance, motion, direction, heat, cold, weight, tactility, and pressure. Images formed by using only a few senses may lead to mistakes. Vivid images formed by using all senses are infallible.
Success begins by testing every factor of your plan by vivid sense images. That means testing what you plan to do by mental pictures formed by use of all of senses. If you are testing a thing, use special senses themselves. If you are testing plans or propositions, use sense images.
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