The Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan

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Thinking is of two kinds: imagination and thought. When the mind works under the direction of the will there is thought, when the mind works automatically without the power of the will there is imagination. The thoughtful person is he who has a rein over the activity of the mind; an imaginative person is the one who indulges in the automatic action of the mind. Both thought and imagination have their place in life. The automatic working of the mind produces a picture, a plan, which is sometimes more beautiful than a plan or an idea carefully thought out under the control of the will. Therefore artists, poets, musicians are very often imaginative, and the beauty they produce in their art is the outcome of their imagination.