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and begins to rely entirely upon the faculty of Creative Imagination. When asked
why he closed his eyes just before the climaxes of his oratory, he replied, “I do it,
because, then I speak through ideas which come to me from within.”
One of America’s most successful and best known ﬁnanciers followed the habit of
closing his eyes for two or three minutes before making a decision.
When asked why he did this, he replied, “With my eyes closed, I am able to draw
upon a source of superior intelligence.”
The late Dr. Elmer R. Gates, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, created more than 200
useful patents, many of them basic, through the process of cultivating and using
the creative faculty. His method is both signiﬁcant and interesting to one interested in attaining to the status of genius, in which category Dr. Gates, unquestionably belonged. Dr. Gates was one of the really great, though less publicized
scientists of the world.
In his laboratory, he had what he called his “personal communication room.” It
was practically sound proof, and so arranged that all light could be shut out. It
was equipped with a small table, on which he kept a pad of writing paper. In front
of the table, on the wall, was an electric pushbutton, which controlled the lights.
When Dr. Gates desired to draw upon the forces available to him through his
Creative Imagination, he would go into this room, seat himself at the table, shut
off the lights, and CONCENTRATE upon the KNOWN factors of the invention on
which he was working, remaining in that position until ideas began to “ﬂash” into
his mind in connection with the UNKNOWN factors of the invention.
On one occasion, ideas came through so fast that he was forced to write for almost
three hours. When the thoughts stopped ﬂowing, and he examined his notes, he
found they contained a minute description of principles which bad not a parallel
among the known data of the scientiﬁc world.
Moreover, the answer to his problem was intelligently presented in those notes.
In this manner Dr. Gates completed over 200 patents, which had been begun, but
not completed, by “half-baked” brains. Evidence of the truth of this statement is
in the United States Patent Ofﬁce.
Dr. Gates earned his living by “sitting for ideas” for individuals and corporations.
Some of the largest corporations in America paid him substantial fees, by the
hour, for “sitting for ideas.” 165 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH The reasoning faculty is often faulty, because it is largely guided by one’s accumulated experience. Not all knowledge, which one accumulates through “experience,” is accurate. Ideas received through the creative faculty are much more
reliable, for the reason that they come from sources more reliable than any which
are available to the reasoning faculty of the mind.
The major difference between the genius and the ordinary “crank” inventor, may
be found in the fact that the genius works through his faculty of creative imagination, while the “crank” k...
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