Vision is vital. It is the fuel that motivates action. It gives meaning to our lives, the aspiration to reach beyond our limits. Vision tells us where to put our energy, allows us to push through unforeseen obstacles, and, when a group of people work together, it is the cohesive force that keeps them motivated and connected.
Human beings have an innate capacity to sense their own, and life’s, potential, without any outside help. We are born with a sense of wonder and awe that is untouched by the limitations of the constructed world. The capacity to rest in this innocence is what makes childhood a time of wonder, for many the only time of wonder that they ever know. Although unaware of the stresses and disappointments of the adult world, this vision of our true heart is full of wisdom. It knows something about what is ultimately real.
This wisdom of the heart is worth investigating. If we examine the assumptions we make when embarking on anything new — a romantic relationship, a business venture, even a spiritual practice — they can be very telling. These assumptions reveal something simple that the heart never forgets, even if the mind no longer dares to believe. This vision feels clearer, more authentic, even if it is constantly sabotaged by forces we never anticipate. If we pay close attention to how we feel and act when we are initiating something new, we can discover a great deal about our natural state, and, indeed, about the natural state of life.
Happiness. Whenever we make plans, we assume happiness to be the starting and resting point of our actions. Don’t we always expect our time to be relaxed, infused with happiness?
Contentment. Although we may desire things we could get in the future, aren’t our dreams of that future always desire-free? You are sitting on a beach, watching the sunset, hearing the waves with that special someone; you can smell the sea air. Do you imagine your mind as being distracted with desires for something else? In our imaginings, we are content.
Being fully present. None of our fantasies, whether of the perfect date, quality time with our children, or an effective business presentation, includes time spent worrying about other things. We plan to be fully present, to feel alive, empowered, and capable of anything.
Harmony. In our imagination, we anticipate being attuned to others. Arguments come as a surprise and ruin our desire to meet in an atmosphere of love. Since harmony and conflict exist more or less equally in life, why should we constantly anticipate the former, and feel so surprised by the latter?
Fulfillment. We expect any new experience to bring us fulfillment, to feel whole. We don’t expect dissatisfaction. We naturally anticipate feeling complete before, during, and after the activity.
Success. None of us plans on failure. We imagine the actions we take will bring us the results we want. We believe we will be the exceptions, the ones who make it.
Ease. In our original vision we do not anticipate having to make a lot of effort. Each time I sit down at my laptop, I expect the words to flow like honey. It is always a surprise, even after all these years, when they don’t.
Honesty. When we connect with our innocent, open heart, we don’t plan to lie. As one seminar participant in Germany said, “When I feel into it, I would say honesty is who I am in my essence, more than something I do or say.”
Other qualities of original vision include being centered, loving, patient, and generous and acting with integrity and social responsibility.
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