In the first chapter of his autobiography, Nikola Tesla describes what he considered an ailment as a child, in which images would flash into his vision, and he couldn’t get them out. As a teen, he would follow these to mentally travel the world. Then he learned to use this gift for inventing.
by Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News
For Christmas, my wife gave me the book: “My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla“.
I would imagine that a good number of you have already read this brief book of less than 100 pages and seven chapter. It’s available all over the web for free.
“Chapter 1: My Early Life”, describes how Tesla was bothered as a child by a strange phenomenon of images flashing into his vision that he could not get rid of unless he went with them to their completion; and how he later learned to put this to productive use as an inventor. A flash of inventive inspiration would come into his vision for some new contraption, and he would then work through all the details of the device, turning it over in his mind, until he was fully satisfied that all issues were resolved and it would work. Only then would he commence to build the physical device. And every single time, it worked just as he had conceived of it in his mind. It’s as if his brain was wired with a three-dimensional Auto-CAD program as well as simulation software.
Rather than look at this as a prodigy aberration, he writes as if to urge others to adopt this same methodology as a far superior approach to the inventive process. He says that the approach typically used by others is very inefficient. The idea comes, a crude prototype is built, and modified, with the limitations of the physical device that was built, and the original idea concept is diminished by those limitations. So not only does it take longer, and cost a lot more, but the final outcome is much inferior, compared to his method of using the mind to work through all the problems and finding improvements prior to building.
So fertile was his ability in this regard, that as a child and teen he would travel the world and make acquaintances around the world — all in his mind. And so similar was his complete visionary capability that sometimes he would struggle to differentiate between vision and reality.
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