Dormant forces, faculties, and talents become alive...
Rev. Michael Beckwith once gave a sermon at his church home, Agape International, in Los Angeles. I was wrapped up in a blanket watching him on their live stream from the comfort of my own living room as I often do on Sunday mornings. Sunday mornings with Agape is always moving, always inspiring, but this particular morning he said something, again and again, that just about made me jump out of my skin. He said, “We’re PULLED by Vision! My friends, we are literally PULLED by our own Vision!”
Why would this simple statement make such an impression, and stick with me for months thereafter?
It’s because I’ve given an enormous amount of thought to the transformative power of creating and living by a potent and current Vision. I wrote a book last year and Envisioning was Chapter One!
The following quote introduces that chapter in my book.
These words have become a point of sincere contemplation for me about the ability of a Vision to transform us both personally and professionally. These words are not by Michael Beckwith, who is a thoroughly modern man, but by Patanjali, the philosopher who wrote the yoga sutras, probably over 2000 years ago.
“When you’re inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” Patanjali
This quote gives us a map to what might otherwise remain a vast mystery – the invisible and unknowable process by which our imaginations transform thoughts into reality.
This is ... something, a force of nature, literally, that's available to us every day.
How does it happen that, just by having a great purpose or project, our thoughts break their bonds? And what does that mean? What happens when our thoughts break their bonds? Do you already know? You may, because this is a description of something, a force of nature, literally, that’s available to us every day. That is, if we choose to dive into our own depths, and make the commitment to see what we really desire, what is actually driving us deep down, on the soul level, we can experience that breaking of the bonds of limitation. Rather than being confined to our habitual, customary, routine thinking — a new way of thinking will become available to us! And we will discover ourselves to be greater than we ever dreamed! Wow! That’s very exciting, don’t you agree?
And there are further promises in Patanjali’s jubilant teaching.
“Your mind will transcend limitations.” By thinking of that which inspires our greatest potential deeds, Patanjali says that our limitations will no longer limit us. Often we’re not even aware that our mind is shackled by limitations because our current state of thinking and being is foundational, it’s our ground of being, like the proverbial fish who’s never noticed the water she perpetually swims in.
“Our consciousness will expand in every direction,” he further says. Does this mean that we become, in a real sense, supernatural? Our consciousness expanding in not only multiple directions, but EVERY direction! What will living feel like when that happens? Maybe that’s what he’s attempting to describe when he promises we’ll find ourselves in a new, great, and wonderful world.
I think we have to agree that, if Patanjali is correct in this entire prophetic statement, Vision is transformative in and of itself, irrespective of its specific content. In other words, he’s not saying, “If you have a vision about animals, or civil rights, or fashion, or church, or the future of mathematics, or how to sustainably feed Southern California…” He’s saying, ‘If you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project…”
In other words, it’s your inspiration that turns on the dormant forces! It’s your own deep commitment to and sense of knowing that you have a Vision that pulls you forward, that’s when your faculties and talents become alive! That’s when the Universe breaks out the champagne!
However, notice that he doesn’t say that having a Vision means there will be no obstacles, no difficulties, no challenges. Rather because of this bursting forth into Life of our dormant faculties and talents, we’ll have what’s needed to continue in our chosen direction.
Moving forward without a vivid, heartfelt Vision may be a form of planning to fail.
Being able to feel and taste your Vision will give you the will to overcome obstacles or difficulties that arise. Your ‘felt’ Vision will give you the motivation to do what’s needed. Ideally, your Vision will become so real to you that it will make you want to do the work required to achieve it. If you don’t have a strong Vision to lean on, it will be easier to give up and settle for less.
Moving forward without a vivid, heartfelt Vision may be a form of planning to fail. Certainly, without a Vision we’re handicapping ourselves unnecessarily. Without it, our dormant forces, faculties and talents may NOT become alive. Our minds may NOT transcend their limitations; our minds may NOT expand in every direction. And, thus, we may lack the fuel needed to project a powerful, clear intention and keep our warrior spirit alive as we craft our Vision from the ethers.
“Vision is transformative.
Having a Vision that thrills you to the marrowbone changes you.” Meriah Kruse, from her book, Life Force Marketing: A Prosperity Guidebook
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