Do not say to yourself, ‘I am going to act this way tomorrow.’ Just say to yourself – ‘I am going to imagine myself acting this way NOW – for 30 minutes – today.’
“Imagination creates reality.”
Can you recall a time when you imagined something you wanted to happen, then worked toward making it become a reality? What was it? How did you feel when you turned your imagination into reality?
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.
Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.
—Attributed to Pedro Arrupe
So much of what we do as artists is a combination of personal experience and imagination, and how that all creeps into your work is not so linear.