In the last few posts we have looked at a few ideas about our thought processes. We have looked at visualization and how all creation starts with our thoughts. Today we will look more closely at how to shape our thoughts.
Be specific but not stifling
Today I will share a few of the tools I have employed to shape my thoughts. These have helped me and I hope they will help you. One of the ways that I have gotten in my own way has been not knowing how to be appropriately specific.
The best way to illustrate this is a painting of a farm scene. Let’s say I decide to paint a picture of a farm. I know I want to show a barn, the sky, some clouds, a hill in the background, and some animals. There are some obvious ways that these items will be placed in my painting. The sky and the clouds will be at the top, the crops will be in the middle or bottom.
What about the barn and the animals? My initial visualization of the barn may be that it is painted red and is on the left. The animals are in the barnyard on the right. As I paint my picture this becomes the wrong placement for these items. I realize that the barn needs to be on the right side of the picture and that it needs to be weathered, not painted red. To balance my barn I put the animals on the left.
Knowing when to be flexible
Let’s look at how specificity worked here. I was specific in that I wanted certain elements in the painting. I also had a specific initial visualization of where those items were going to be placed.
As I painted my picture I realized that I needed a bit of flexibility in a few of the aspects of my visualization. The items were still there, but it did not matter where they were placed or what color they were. By maintaining my initial visualization and keeping a certain flexibility I was able to produce a much more successful painting.
Many times when we visualize the changes we want to make in our life we forget to be flexible. We do not realize that it does not matter if the barn is on the left or the right. It just needs to be in the picture.
Learning this flexibility is a skill. Each one of us will have a different tolerance for the actual amount of flexibility we can accept. Also, many of us learn to be more flexible as we gain the skill. In the end, it becomes a matter for each of us to determine for ourselves.
I may have a degree of flexibility that another person may not understand. They might lose their vision if they were to be as flexible as I am. Another person might be too flexible for me. The important point is that we learn to visualize, and we learn to allow the vision to be adjusted as we work towards our goal. As long as we know that we will get there we can take some unusual paths to achieve that goal.
That is all for today. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Until tomorrow –
Es kava turen hai
We work towards an identical goal.
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