In his classic 1937 book Think and Grow Rich (download pdf of entire book), Napoleon Hill contrasts creative imagination with synthetic imagination:

SYNTHETIC IMAGINATION: Through the faculty of synthetic imagination, one may arrange old concepts, ideas, or plans into new combinations1. This faculty creates nothing. It merely works with the material of experience, education, and observation with which it is fed. It is the faculty used most by the inventor, with the exception of he who draws upon the creative imagination, when he cannot solve his problem through synthetic imagination.

CREATIVE IMAGINATION: Through the faculty of creative imagination, the finite mind of man has direct communication with Infinite Intelligence2. It is the faculty through which ‘hunches’ and ‘inspirations’ are received. It is by this faculty that all basic, or new ideas are handed over to man.

1. Today, this is known as combinatorial creativity.
2. Napoleon Hill’s Infinite Intelligence is similar in meaning to Edward Matchett’s media (see other terms he used) and Carlos Castaneda’s intent | Read more
Synthetic imagination is a function of Leftside awareness and mundane world. Creative imagination is a function of Rightside awareness and primal world.

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How Newcreators use mind, body and spirit to create the new and enrich the world

Imagination — the creative kind —is one of the Newcreator’s seven creative powers. This faculty enables you to foresee, in the immediate or more distant future, possibilities for enriching the world or a particular piece of it with value, meaning and joy.

In order to activate the creative power of Imagination, you must first activate the superpower Transcend the Mundane — a synthesis of the creative powers Openness, Faith and Groundedness.

 Faith is a precondition for activating the three superpowers
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Seven creative powers and three superpowers

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External websites

The Epistemic Value of Imagination, by Eshaan Agrawal, on The Classic Journal website

Imagination and Creativity in Organizations (pdf; 22 pages), by Neil A. Thompson, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands

Imagination — Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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Creative imagination at work

How does Newcreate compare with design thinking?

How to put Newcreate into practice

The Newcreate way of conceiving breakthrough ideas

Selected quotes about the power of creative imagination

Seven creative powers and three superpowers

Think and Grow Rich!

Transcend the mundane, enter primal world and channel intent

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