While many of us may say or feel as if we have a vision for our life, it’s usually more of a vague story that we keep running through our mind about what we want to do or what we’d rather be doing instead of what we’re doing now, or as a kind of fantasy that we treat more as a leisurely thought that provides us with a kind of coping mechanism or escape from our present situation. It’s hardly ever formulated into a precise idea with vivid details, or formed into a strategy as a plan of action that we then take consistent action towards. And while we can certainly say that a goal written down is far more likely to be accomplished than one that not, we can go a step further and say that a goal that’s turned into a vision as a reality or “well-formed outcome” that’s imagined as if it’s real and actual, then acted on in a consistent manner, is nearly always accomplished.
Many of us get into our life through random situations and relationships that we engage in spontaneously and then weave together in as congruent a manner as possible, and we just kind of end up somewhere in life through a form of default, or we start off with a dream as a kind of vision for our life, and get side tracked or pulled into other things that lead us away from it altogether, sometimes into a situation that we like even better, or sometimes as a means of sacrificing our dream for others and putting it on the back burner for “someday”, or giving it up all together, only to end up unhappy and feeling unfulfilled where resentment and regret sets in and begin eating at us little by little. Still others get pulled into the currents of their life early on and never really had a dream, or looked for who they are in a relationship that they then built their identity around, only to have it shattered at some point along the way when the relationship ran its course, began changing in the fundamental sense, or ended altogether, throwing them into an identity crisis of some form.
We are all born with some kind of dream for our life that’s a part of our essential nature, and exists as the most basic form of spiritual guidance there is that’s meant to lead us into our destiny. Every soul has an energetic composition as what forms our personality, basic character, and identity. Out of our character comes a natural form of story as ideas, situations, and activities that we naturally “see ourselves” engaged in and doing somehow. We have various forms of desire for certain ideas that we feel a natural connection to. Ideas that we have a kind of innate love for, interest in, and curiosity regarding, and we’re always moving towards and into them in a completely natural way. We picture ourselves in those types of situations doing those types of things, and it feels completely natural to us.
When we participate in certain types of ideas and activities, we enter into a state of rapport and sympathy with them, uniting with them in body and mind, and have a heightened sense of being fully present in our own life as a form of natural concentration. We enter into an energetic current as a flow of consciousness where we lose all awareness of ourselves as separate and apart from our experience, and we literally have the experience of becoming one with something that’s greater than ourselves. What we dream of and desire to become one with as a means of experiencing ourselves through the feeling it gives us, we have an internal longing for that always keeps us dreaming of it and actively seeking it out in some manner. This dream as a sense of our life purpose, is relentless in nature and never really goes away, no matter how deep we bury it or how hard we try to ignore it.
To create a vision for our life means to recognize what our dream for our life is, embody that fully as an actual reality that we create in our imagination “as if” we’re actually experiencing it. As we imagine the idea as a situation or scenario, we imbue it with sensory information that brings it to life as an actual experience of it. We create details and crystalize it by asking questions like . . . what am I seeing? Then enhance the visual aspects in full vivid Technicolor. Then, what am I hearing? And create any sounds involved, no matter how small. Then, what am I touching and feeling? What am I smelling or tasting? What am I telling myself about my experience as my internal dialogue? Once we have a full sensory experience that’s sensuous and life-like, then we form a feeling of love for it, we infuse it with very positive emotions that make it desirable and extremely compelling. Then we allow it to take on a life of its own while noticing how we’re feeling and “being” in that situation. What parts of us are being brought out and expressed that make us become a certain “type” of person, and how we relate and associate with the experience. Who and how we become by way of the experience that’s different from the way we normally feel.
Once we’ve created it just as we want to experience it as an initial idea, we then incorporate it into other areas of our life to see how it will affect the other areas of our life, and we make whatever alterations and adjustments we need to in order to incorporate it in as congruent and harmonious way as possible. We keep reforming ourselves and the vision itself until it becomes a fully integrated idea that will work well in all areas of our life. If we can’t integrate it into a specific area or relationship in our life as it currently exists, then we know what decisions and changes we need to make, and what we need to give up or let go of in order to do it. Conflict and inharmonious ideas will only act to sabotage, contradict, or oppose the idea we’re going for and prevent us from achieving it. In order to truly manifest a new reality and way of being, we have to form an alignment with all areas of our life in a sympathetic and harmonious fashion, or they’ll act as emotional blocks and internal conflict, which may prevent our ability to create it or leave us filled with guilt of some kind.
Once we have a fully integrated vision for our life, we play that vision like a movie over and over in our mind as various experiences within that life, until we create it as a “thought-form” that acts as a virtual memory or actual experience of reality, that the subconscious mind can use as if it were an actual memory, and uses it to connect us emotionally and energetically with that same idea in our outer environment. Concentrated thought as an idea brought into form as an imagined reality married to its emotional equivalent, literally becomes infused with our life-force energy which generates an electromagnetic field and takes on a life of its own as a separate entity, and both projects and stimulates that same frequency as an idea all around us, and magnetizes or attracts and draws to us, and us to it, that same idea as a set of circumstances or situation necessary for acting out that idea as an experience of that type of reality.
We give life to ideas through concentrated thought imagined as a sensory reality that invokes its complementary emotion as the electromagnetic force of the material plane. All matter as subtle energy is formed and arranged into structured patterns by the mind through the creative use of the imagination. A desire for something acts as a unifying, self-seeking force. We only desire what we love, and we can only love what we understand, and we only come to know and therefore understand by uniting (sympathetic induction) and becoming one with it (forming coherence). What we love we desire to become one with, and in union with it we gain knowledge of it by being it. Love and desire are the attractive, unifying force as the most natural use of the will, both higher will and lower will. We always know what we’re meant to do by what we have a natural connection and desire for.
A fully imagined idea as a feeling, sensory, and emotional reality, creates the pattern of an idea as a vibratory frequency that possesses electromagnetic properties. Thought shapes light as essence into archetypal forms that become prototypes for producing an equivalent or corresponding reality. An idea or archetype that’s dwelled upon, concentrated on, and infused with feelings and emotion, is the most basic form of prayer as a request, or as providing a template for the experience desired that serves to organize the natural forces of the material world, drawing us into the same type of reality in our immediate environment (through resonance).
Whatever we focus on and give our attention to, we move towards and interact with. Attention is an active force that stimulates whatever it is we’re thinking about. As we form a vision as a desired experience that will make us feel a certain way, we can also realize what’s involved in creating that reality, and we can form a kind of process or strategy as a step-by-step process for producing it by connecting to it and interacting with it. All creation works by way of laws as processes that grow, generate, and produce living forms as thematic (archetypal) realities. So all forms as a reality has a growth process involved for creating it, as well as a state-of-mind as the “quality of being” necessary to exist within it in a harmonious and natural fashion as a part of it, and ultimately the creator of it.
As our vision becomes a reality for us and we can see the components involved that make up its structure, we can form the strategy as a progressive process necessary to grow, formulate, and produce it. Once this process becomes evident, we can form a series of smaller goals that need to be accomplished in order to lay the foundation necessary for it to spontaneously occur as a creation, and more importantly, maintain it as a new lifestyle and way of being. Out of these goals we organize priorities and which ones need to come first in order to produce the other ones as a form of growth process or systematic emergence and unfolding. Ideas grow, mature, and blossom. Once our process is laid out in a hierarchical format, we commit and discipline ourselves to consistently take action to achieve each goal, while cultivating an attitude of perseverance and mental fortitude that presses through fears and challenges, overcoming all that acts to prevent it, until each step is accomplished providing the basis for the next step.
As we begin executing our strategy, we’ll begin getting feedback as to the effectiveness of our methods, allowing us to make whatever adjustments we need to along the way. The initial plan as a strategy simply provides us with an organized process for beginning, and is not meant as a rigid set of rules that we adhere to even when they’re clearly not working. The implementation of any plan is always a “work in progress” that we allow to take on a life of its own as we begin manifesting it, and we modify and tweak it based on feedback, new information, or better ideas for doing the same thing.
A goal is always about producing a desired outcome, not defining the process necessary to create it. We have to remain flexible and able to go with situations as they arise, because a vision is a form of thematic idea that may not come about in the exact way we imagined it, but rather by using whatever is available and of the same idea in our immediate environment, and so the elements used may appear different, though they’ll be of the same idea and create the same type of feeling as the experience of our imagined one. The imagined idea acts as a prototype or thematic template for organizing and ordering ideas of the same nature. So they may not show up the way we think they will, but we can recognize them by how they make us feel and what they seem to be about as a type of reality.
So in order to create a vision for your life as a means of willfully creating and becoming self-determined, start formulating an idea about “who you really are”, what feeling you want to acquire, and what kind of life you would be living as a result, into a detailed, sensory reality that you feel a deep sense of love and soul connection to. Make it into an actual experience internally as a form of virtual memory that will serve as a program for your subconscious mind to connect with externally while also bringing to your attention anything that pertains to it as a form of coincidence or synchronicity. Integrate this idea into all areas of your life in a congruent and harmonious fashion, forming an alignment. Notice how it feels to be in this desired situation, and concentrate heavily on that feeling so you can recognize it in any situation.
As you live out this vision internally, notice the elements involved and what type of things are a part of it and build a creative process as a strategy for producing it in the practical sense of action steps or goals. Then commit to taking consistent action on each of these goals until they are accomplished and become real. Remember your vision is more of a “theme for your life”, and remain flexible through the whole process as it may not come about in quite the way you had imagined, though it will hold true to the theme of your vision and give you the same feeling as the one you fabricated in your imagination. Recognize any fears or inhibitions that may arise around what it takes to fulfill your goals, and be willing to push through them without letting them stop you. Avoid the tendency to make excuses for things that make you uncomfortable. Tweak your plan based on feedback and discovering new information that you hadn’t anticipated in the beginning. Adapt and adjust as you go along, and always keep moving towards it with a sense of love and determination, until it becomes an actual reality as a part of your everyday life.
Transpersonal Psychologist, Integrative Health Consultant and Spiritual Mentor
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