A Time to be Private
All too many people think of visions as always being a shareable Hollywood moment. Visions are actually quite personal most of the time. Many times visions are actually quite subtle and gently guide you towards your life’s goals. Yes every once in a while you will see an amazing take your breath away vision, but the majority of visions are simple and elegant in how they blend into your life. A person often needs several years of practice to truly learn how to tease information from a vision in a manner that can be shared to others without confusion or mistakes.
I know for myself, some visions might be too large: there is only so much in vision a person can hold. A vision can be so powerful that your first instinct is to share it with another person to help understand it. Yet visions are often larger than words, which also means most visions don’t translate cleanly into words. This means sadly when sharing visions many times the words we share them with -> will create misinterpretations from others.
A Time to be Modest
So a lesson for working with visions is one of modesty. Don’t try to share everything. If it is graceful to do so, share only the drift of vision you have, the hints of which you know will help another live more gracefully. You only need to share the hints not the full vision 99.9% of the time.
Since most people are not in control of their own motion, this also means that person’s motion will drag the vision into direction it wasn’t meant to go. Just because you witness something doesn’t mean you have to repeat it. You are merely a witness, don’t make the mistake to think you are a player. The sage plays no games. In non judgement you simply move with life, with kindness you sometimes nudge things along. Never more than a nudge is required. If you believe or try to go beyond a nudge you will stumble and counter force will shift the visions into something else.
The river was my true and first teacher, so I will share some a lesson from her. Think of a vision as water. Let it flow as water and work with them as water.
People will try to trap water, force it to do work. But in reality you don’t hold the water, you let it move thru your grasp, you drink of it, let it flow thru you and just smile. It’s enough to just remove your thirst and get a touch wet.
In this manner the experience will expand out and you won’t lose your attention in trying to hold it.
A Time to Share
Yet at times we do share more to help expand a vision out also.
The big trap is more. Expand/Share too much, too fast and it all gets corrupted.
Potential and visions are susceptible to corruption since they have yet to manifest. Visions are not physical, rather visions represent potential or spirit. All visions are fluid and not rigid at all. As a result visions are easily shifted and changed by different perspective and interpretations.
I will use the Awakening Dragon Taoist community as a example.
The Awakening Dragon community did start as a vision. While I did share it with people to assist within the flow of the vision. I didn’t initially share all of my vision, in fact I didn’t share it with anyone for 2 or 3 years, because I needed to slowly process the vision first in a modest way myself, to test ideas out, to explore out the nature of what the vision could be or in what manner it should be shaped that would be graceful.
Then only with a very small handful of friends, I tested and tried out ideas of the vision. Only after 7 years did I expand Awakening Dragon to be more open in its format. Without modestly I would have failed in my interpretation of the vision because initial insights to the vision were not polished enough.
Over time I have shared more and more as people have grown within the Awakening Dragon community, Yet I still haven’t shared my entire vision, -> not even with myself < -. I will allow myself to discover the vision over time rather than limit it to only its starting seed vision. Because the actions of a few hundred people will alter it away from my vision also. This is fine, since the whole point of a vision is to follow growth. Initially if I shared too much, had too many people come in at once, that would mean too many varied interpretations would diffuse and undercut the growth process of the community itself before the vision would have had a chance to mature. Too little focus hurts, too much focus hurts… so in the end modesty is usually the initial perfect path of following a vision. Later this can change once a vision is mature, but before that maturity all visions are like children and need proper nurturing.
Additionally in sharing the vision of the dragon community I had lightly, allows for feedback and evolution to come into the process, the vision itself then shifts, adapts, evolves and become more powerful, and in some respects very different than the original vision. or the interpretation of the vision. Here is one trap of sages, to mistake the interpretation to be the vision itself. That is not the case, vision is always merely Potential. Interpretation of any vision is merely an opinion of what it could mean in our more limited physical form.
I have allowed the vision of the Awakening Dragon community to be shared as a small mountain spring, over time it is growing into a smaller stream and now into a little pond and river… In time it will flow into a lake, then a larger river, larger flows and even into a sea, and the ocean of larger community… in this manner of slower shared growth, it will never lost its original flavor of the spring it came from, and yet also grew to be something greater than I could have explained in the first vision.
I hope this sharing of how I worked with a vision within my own life, illustrates how we need to use caution but also must be willing to share is truly the delicate art of visioning itself.
Judging Our Visions
Part of keeping a vision modest is to not judge your visions.
The simple truth is: the future is neutral. It isn’t bad nor good.
The future is what people make it to be.
Think about this for a moment. The future is never a vision, the future is based on your actions. Visions exist to help guide our actions but never have the power to force our actions. We have free will and its our free will that shapes any future.
It is much easier to have visions than people realize, it is harder to let visions guide us and most difficult of all to accept that it is our actions that fulfill any vision.
So work at that which is harder, Focus on what you truly want to become, put effort into making the future better. Doing nothing means not having a future. To only stare at a vision ironically also stops a person from doing anything.
It is all too easy to have visions of crazy possibilities which then paralyze a person. Turn that around to use any vision to guide you to more graceful options.
The challenge isn’t what we face: We face ourselves.
Rather the challenge is what we decide to make the future into.
Are you up to making your life better tomorrow? If so, you are ready to explore your visions.
People often ask me to share what I see. What I see is… you… standing alone, thinking your are alone, thinking you have no power, that you cannot shift a vision… and how ironically, your future is dependent on the choices you now make, in how you do shift your visions and slowly step into each day to grow into being a better person.
We always have a choice in how we use our visions. They can be used to bring us closer together and help teach us new ways to work together. Or sadly they often isolate us when we judge them, since judgement just imprisons one into doing nothing.
The times will shape us, direct us and teach us. Our visions are moments of inspiration to help us grow and move ahead.
The future is what we make it to be, not what is given to us nor even what the vision shows to us.
We can reflect upon a vision, learn from it, watch it unfold. Yet it is always up to our actions to create our future. Always hold visions modestly so you have room left for your actions to create a better future.
Visions are flexible, Actions are powerful… Blended together empowers a person to shape a future.
Working with your Visions
Overall the first step is patience, awareness and practice. Initially working with visions is about imagination and being willing to accept you can have a vision at all. At first you don’t do anything other than accept the occasional vision you may have.
Pause. That’s right the first step to learning how to work with a vision is simply to pause. You cannot listen to your heart if you cannot pause. Visions require centering and patience. Without pause you will not truly connect to any deeper to your vision. Yes you may have visions or have intuitive hints, but you will miss any deeper experience without pausing into the vision in the first place.
Don’t make a vision bigger than life. All too many people blow out of proportion a vision they experience.
Practice just watching life flow around you. Visions are patterns of the world unfolding around you. As a result the more you understand the patterns of nature, the easier it is to understand what a vision can represent.
We can spot Trends, and often our mind will clue us into a trend with simple insights and flashes of inspiration. So many visions can just represent a simple pattern unfolding. To force a vision to mean more than it does will side track a person from the simple pattern you just saw being revealed.
So keep the interpretations as simple as possible and then grow out expanding the meaning as you get better at interpreting any vision experience.
Back to Pause.
You pause when receiving an intuition. Visions do not use the logical thinking part of the mind, rather they form from other sections of our mind. As a result if you rationally think the very moment a vision begins to appear it disrupts the the full process. It’s like shouting at a person the first moment they are forming an idea: hearing the shout distracts a person. So you pause to prevent the logical part of your mind from interrupting the overall process of the vision.
Visions are a wonderful way to see more of the world. They expand how a person connects to the world, adds another dimension to how we connect to everything. But it’s never the full picture either. People tend to focus a bit too much only on one sense, and that limits a person quite a bit then. So you have to be patient and learn to use all of the senses together, or you are missing the larger world.
After you get a vision you check all your other senses, even use your logic, you poke about and add in other pieces of information to create a even more complete picture if possible.
If your other senses and information return contradictory information. Then you slow down and process more carefully in how you use your intuition. If other information extends and validates what you sense, then you move ahead with a bit more surety.
Visions of the Future
Being able to foresee the future is not what people think it is:
Nothing can change, if you truly foretell the future. Simply because that measurement of the future fixes it into being so.
If you want to change the future then don’t know it.
Oracles look ahead to only fix points in time.
You don’t have to know what is in the future, rather use visions of the future to help guide you to learn more about yourself.
Seers look ahead to only learn about stories of what might be. To be a Seer is about having a vision of the future to explore your own possibilities.
If you want the future to be a certain way, then be true to knowing your own nature!