Creating Your Vision and Designing the Life You Want - By Ed McClune
Everything that has ever been created began as an image in someone’s mind. Look around a room — or a garden, or at a career — everything that’s there was imagined first. Creating the life you want is no different — it starts with having a vision, which is essentially your Spiritual self being allowed to explore your deepest desires without constraints.
For many of us, the patterns we learned in childhood have us focusing our energy on supplying others with what they want, rather than looking inside for what we deeply long for. But that can change! Creating a vision involves exercising a muscle that have been used often enough, but before long if can grow and lead you to where you truly want to be.
If you’re not sure where to start, a simple practice is stopping to ask yourself basic questions around small decisions, and then listening for the answers. This will add bulk to your visioning muscle. For example, when considering what to order from a menu, you can trust that you’ll order what’s right for you without considering the price, calories, or what other people are ordering. It’s about asking yourself, “What does all of my Quadrinity want?” then actively honoring the answers that come to you. This can lessen your inner conflict and help you trust yourself to make more life-fulfilling choices.
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Visioning With Dale DeNunzio
Close your eyes, and take a long, deep breath. Be aware of your breathing, coming in and going out…
So begins the Visioning practice. The purpose of keeping up a practice of visioning is to bypass our intellect and to connect with our Spirit in order to live in greater alignment with it. Put simply, visioning helps us to know what we really want in our lives. Albert Einstein, known primarily as a great intellect, said, “I never came upon any of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.”
I’d like to give you a refresher course on visioning. Begin by closing your eyes and envision how you want things to be or to turn out. You do not have to envision every area of your life at once either — picking one area of your life works well too.
For example, let’s assume you are focusing on the type of home you want to live in. Now that you’ve decided on an area for your vision, how do you go about forming that vision? One common obstacle in forming a vision is by focusing on the physical details of the vision, rather than focus on on how you feel in the vision. For instance, you may picture the large size of the rooms in the house. Instead, feel the emotions in your vision. Be at your destination and tap into the emotional sense of being there. Feel how you would want to feel in that house. Through your emotional perspective, your vision of your house becomes your feeling of spaciousness when you are there. It can help to imagine as many of the five senses as possible along with your vision, too. Some find that imagining a scent, or a taste that would be associated with their vision helps anchor their emotions.
It can also be difficult for some to come up with any vision at all, if you really don’t know what you want. I have found that envisioning yourself as having clarity can help. This can help break through the indecision.
The next step is to write out your vision. Describe what you saw in your vision and again, try to avoid the intellectual details. Also, be sure to write as if the vision is happening right now. Instead of writing out, “I want a house that has seven large rooms,” focus on how you are feeling in that house right now, then your vision changes to, “I’m enjoying the feeling of spaciousness of my home.”
During the visioning process, your intellect may have a few limiting things to say. Observe and note the patterns that emerge. For instance, when envisioning the feeling of your spacious home, your intellect may say, “Yeah, but, I can’t afford that.” The remedy of observing the pattern is to bring yourself back to center and back to your vision.
Visioning is a practice. Remember, the practice part is reading the vision over again every day and adjusting it accordingly. When reading it over, bring your vision to live as much as possible. You should be trying on your vision as if you are trying on new clothes. You will know if there is something about it that doesn’t feel right. Then, adjust accordingly!
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"Living in the Strength of Grace and Gratitude", will be taught by Mary Amrita Arden on Monday, November 11, 2013, 5pm PST/8pm EST
Do you want to feel strength, grace, and gratitude in your everyday life? This teleclass will focus on how you can practice appreciation and gratitude while experiencing grace, which comes from your intuitive heart. Living life in grace and gratitude opens the channel of possibility, deep well-being, integrity, and satisfied contentment.
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Gratitude Throughout the Holidays
November is the perfect time of year to remember all of our blessings with gratitude. Gratitude is easier than it may seem, even in a holiday environment that can force our patterns into overdrive.
One of the most powerful exercises in experiencing gratitude can be keeping a gratitude journal. Take any empty notebook and write down five things every day for which you are thankful. On bad days the list may include the basics, such as “I’m thankful I can walk”, “I’m thankful I have a home,” and “I’m thankful I can see.” On other days you may be able to say, “I’m thankful for my connection with my partner,” and “I’m thankful I don’t have to worry about money.” Other days, things like “I’m thankful my co-worker was helpful today” and “I’m thankful my team won” will fit the bill.
I used to assume that keeping a gratitude journal was a nice but ineffective idea. But, I started to keep one to see what would happen. There is value in recognizing the riches in your life by writing in the journal, certainly. However, instead of just reflecting at the end of the day on what to include in the journal, you will begin to look, throughout the day, for items to include in the journal. As a result, your brain actually shifts its focus from noticing the negative to noticing the positive. Wow. A seemingly simple exercise really can have that huge of an impact.
This exercise illustrates how we do not have to wait for something significant in our lives to happen in order for us to have many, many blessings. We can realize that blessings were there all along, but sometimes we need to look in the right direction to see them. Author Eden Phillpotts said, “The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”
This year, see how this new perspective operates in the midst of those negative patterns that can emerge during the holiday season. Who knows, you may even invite friends and family to join in with you!
For what are you thankful for? Once you focus on the question, you will be probably be very happily surrounded by the many answers you find.
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This course blends the transformational learning of the Process with deepened work, and meets you where you are now. Choose to focus on a specific area of your life right now, or remain open to what unfolds. Then, through experiential exercises and visioning, small group sharing, and pattern work, you will:
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Living With Gratitude - by Shawn McAndrew
Gratitude is one of the basic practices that we can do in conjunction with our tools in order to shift negative patterns into positive messages. When we leave the Process, we receive the Path of Integration manual therein we can find several references to and methods of gratitude. Creating a gratitude practice is easy and can have a quick and lasting impact on our every-day lives.
In the Path of Integration, you will find an appreciation and gratitude list. It is a place where you can write down names of people to whom you want to communicate appreciations and gratitude. The Self-Forgiveness/Self-Love Walk provides an opportunity to reflect on things for which you are grateful. Visiting your parents post-Process also affords an opportunity for gratitude, in that you have the chance to review why you love and forgive your parents.
In 1993, a friend gave me a beautiful journal for my birthday. At first I couldn’t think of what it would be good for other than collecting dust. Then one day I took it up and started writing an entry called “Good Things Happen.” I made a vow to myself that every day for a month I would write an entry about something good that had happened. This was a time when I was unemployed, recently single, and very miserable, and at first I thought it would be difficult to think of at least one good thing that had happened in a day. The first day’s entry for November 1st, 1993 was “I got a call for a job interview.” That was it.
Slowly over the next week, I found more and more things for which to be grateful; things that seemed simple, but surely made a difference over the course of the week. My “Good Things Happen” journal was long before Oprah came on the scene with her gratitude journal ideas and mobs, long before anyone intended to make a career out of teaching us how to be grateful. After a couple of weeks, I started to notice how my focus and attitude were shifting away from “this sucks” and “that bad thing happened” to “wow, I feel good about helping this person” and “the day is so beautiful” — small observations, big shifts. By the time I did my Process in 1997, I fully understood the power of gratitude in daily life, and how much it could shift my attitude out of a dark place.
Gratitude is simple, it is powerful, and it is something we can partake in every day — it’s even free! Keep a journal, make a list, or just reflect on things you are grateful for at the end of the day. Any way you do it is beneficial.
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