"Imagination, the primary gift of human consciousness, is the ability to bring to mind things that are not present to our senses. Creativity is applied imagination, putting your imagination to work. Innovation is applied creativity, putting new ideas into practice. Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value."
Imagination can be honed or suppressed . . . honing it takes practice, which can begin very early in life as children "pretend" play . . .
(Robinson, Ken, Sir, PhD. Out of Our Minds. P 141-143, 151. NY:Capstone Publishing Ltd, 2001, 2011)