the brain's most powerful
...all life is only a set of pictures in the brain, among which there is no
difference betwixt those born of real things and those born of inward dreamings,
and (there is) no cause to value one above the other."
Imagination - The
Brain's Most Powerful Ability
Imagination And Your
"To imagine is
everything, to know is nothing at all." Anatole France 1881,
brain is in fact triune in nature.
brain controls our basic
instincts. Whenever we are stressed
our higher thinking skills shut down and the Reptilian brain takes
Its main concern is our
I avoid this spelling test?" In
this setting enchanted
learning experiences appear as unattainable
as water in a dry and dusty land.
Learning under these circumstances
is impossible. Under such pressure children will never access their creative
The Limbic system or
Mammalian brain controls, among other things, our
All learning should involve the emotions to a greater or lesser
degree. In fact, the most important state for optimum learning to take place is
the emotional state. In some schools work is now being undertaken on the subject
of emotional literacy as a more accurate indicator of a child’s future potential
to succeed and live a fulfilled life than I.Q. Something that is in fact
‘learnable’ and not dependent on where you swam in the gene
When this concept is grasped by educators universally then the
creative imagination of children will be
Neo-cortex controls the intellectual processes and
is divided into two hemispheres often referred to as the right and left
hemisphere has certain abilities associated with it.
is the right brain that houses our creative
society has tended to value the functions of the left brain and
this, historically, has reflected the way children have been taught.
right brain is potentially far more powerful and, in fact, complements the left brain.
If the two halves of the brain
could be made to work together regularly the greater potential exists for
learning and creativity. Children exposed to a system that overemphasizes
analytical thinking is harmful to the brain's development. One psychologist
" Such people's brains are
being systematically damaged. In many ways they are being
imagination is a very powerful ability.
Cuisenaire, at school, Einstein displayed talent as a musician and
artist. How many enchanted learning experiences was Einstein exposed to?
actually failed his math!
theory of relativity was conceived as the result of a daydreamhe had on a summers day alone on the top of a
hill. In essence Einstein created his own enchanted learning experience through
the power of creative imagination.
the power of creative imagination he visualized himself riding on a sunbeam to the end of the universe, returning toward the sun. He reasoned that if his dream were to be
correct then the universe must be curved .
For my part, as I consequence of
the failure and subsequent sense of guilt and shame experienced through my
failure to grasp math in school, I became motivated to develop a math program that
would ensure any and every child could succeed.
It took years of determined and driven research.
going to make absolutely sure no child I taught would experience that shattering
sense of failure and inadequacy.
would engage in enchanted learning experiences
in the subject that is most likely to cause
disillusion and despair. Throughout this
process I drew on the most powerful
resource available - my creative
Your Child Succeeds At Mathitself is highly tactile and visually ( right brain activities) based but also
draws upon logical evaluation of what has been visualized (a left brain
activity). Whole-brain-learning approaches are now being developed to ensure
both right and left hemispheres of the brain are engaged during the learning
process.For example, Brain-Gym is
a universally recognized and practiced method of enhancing whole-brain-learning.
education systems consciously provide for both left and right brain many of our children will remain seriously
disadvantaged, de-motivated and
ultimately disaffected. they will be strangers to the liberating power of creative
imagination. For many children we will have
created an intellectual wasteland where
they are consistently denied the opportunity
to drink from the refreshing streams of
This has serious implications for society as a whole.