Early on in our lives we envisioned a life of accomplishment. We carved out our dreams and aspirations from simply doing the things we enjoyed to do in our lives. Back then we believed someday that our dreams would be our realities. Then a terrible thing happened; we were forced to grow up. Still, as young adults we had hope that we would marry the perfect person, produce wonderful children, have a high paying career, a beautiful home and basically drift off into the sunset on our yachts. So how did we deviate from a vision of grandeur to becoming an indentured servant?
It does not take the difficulties in life very long to diminish our spirit, does it? Now that I have you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, please allow me to elaborate a little further on why some of us might lose sight of our vision. Incidentally, there is no need to fret; warm and fuzzy will make its appearance more towards the end of this article. For the time being we are going to investigate the darkness that occasionally prevents us from living our vision.
It is very easy for us to surrender our vision in a society fixed on structure. We live in a society that encourages us to “fit in,” and to be normal just like everyone else. Conformity is hardly the sentiment we need to bring into light our grand designs on life. When we arrive at place in our lives when we are afraid to be diverse, it can pose as a rather ominous disposition for us. Not surprisingly, the story becomes all too familiar as to why many of us seem to fall a little short in reaching our original ideals set before us so many years ago.
Perhaps one reason why living our vision is not all that easy or even attainable at times is because we are not seeing things from the right perspective in our current situations. A good first step for us would be to simply petition our reasoning regarding our environment. In this day and age more people are engaged in a task-oriented environment more than at any time in our past. What is important to note here is that this environment shapes us more then we tend to realize, and the affects on our psyche can leave us misplaced as it pertains to living our vision.
In all likelihood there are those of us who are deeply entrenched in our careers, family issues and the financial burdens. These pressures and constraints alone can make the best of us loose sight of our vision. The situation becomes further complicated when we inadvertently treat our vision as a scheme. We unwittingly allow ourselves to be influenced into believing that the fundamental societal doctrines that we subscribe to in our daily lives can act as a substitute for our spirituality. The confusion is inevitable as we make sacrifices towards the logical instead of the artistry of our own imaginations.
There is a lot of ambiguity surrounding the notion of living our vision. Each individual will have his or her own slant on how a vision should be defined, and how the adventure will turn out. In life we have all been dealt a certain set of cards. The cards we hold offer clues to how we will shape our vision for years to come. What we decide to build off of from this hand that we were dealt will be instrumental in our understanding of what our vision will or will not be. It is all a learning process for all of us with no guarantees.
Our vision is an important part of our spiritual development. In order to maintain our sense of conscious awareness we must be able to have a vision that keeps us spiritually aligned with our authenticity. How we decide to create our vision for ourselves will either provide us with a physical or a spiritual experience in our lives. This is the moment when we must make a conscious decision to allow our vision to come from our heart and soul instead of from our ego-based attachments.
The struggle that we most commonly face is by not trying to confuse our vision with an attachment to a material result. This encounter provides us a landscape to resolve the complications that prevent us from having the ideal vision for ourselves. The temptation of having our lives turn out in accordance with our self-pride can often interfere with what our soul wishes us to experience from a level of vulnerability. To some degree, by not placing specific outcomes into our visionary plan may defy logic or common sense, but with proper understanding this mindset can place us on the right track to having a more meaningful purpose in our lives. This is one of the few times we can get away with” just going with the flow” in our lives.
Decisions we made long ago can cause us to feel trapped, with no plausible expectation of ever realizing our dreams. It will be a testament to our strength and vitality to see if we can overcome the frustration of thinking that we ruined our lives with our decisions of the past. A newly revised vision of ours begins to take on a more meaningful purpose through our divinity when we nurture it. It is when we are ready to convert from the material to the spiritual that living our vision is more apt to be fully realized.
Distinguishing the difference between the physical and spiritual realities of living our vision is our next step in our spiritual evolution. As we all know too well in life, what we envisioned for ourselves in our early twenties has probably not exactly turned out the way we had hoped for. Many of us can enter our later years of life feeling like we failed at some of the basic goals that we set out for ourselves.
Some of us have failed marriages. Other people have not had the opportunity to get married at all or have children. How many of us have had the career success that we always dreamed of? Then some of us have had to endure health concerns and other hardships. Still yet, we have other people who have attained a good marriage partner, great career, lovely home and wake up one day just as disillusioned as any of the aforementioned.
In hindsight perhaps living this vision of ours is more about what we cannot necessarily touch or even see. There is an old saying that “prosperity comes when we follow our heart.” As we create from our heart, our vision expands in accordance with our faith. Faith in us will be a much-needed character trait to carry our vision forward in our lives. The mastery of flexibility will play an important role in living our vision as well. Whether we welcome in the new or not, change in our lives is inevitable. How we handle the intricacies of change will have a direct bearing on our future expansion.
Now that we have come this far in learning what a vision is and is not, how do we know how to create our vision without any attachments? The most natural thing we have learned being human is to work hard towards achieving a result. The logical side of our personalities is wondering how do we compose a vision that is free from attachment?
A more spiritual vision might be to just acquire a sense of purpose. If we can strive to live a life with freedom and self-expression then our vision can flourish in ways that were inconceivable to us. When we are able to sense that everything in our lives has a spiritual meaning and we become free from judgment, then we learn new meanings about who we are.
The key to all of this is being at peace with oneself in the moment of now. Living a vision of purpose is really more than overcoming the daily struggles we incur each and every day. In principal, this would actually be all too one-dimensional to define our purpose. Our one true vision will speak to us from our soul. Perhaps this quote from Dr. Wayne Dyer best summarizes the best way for us to live our vision. “How may I serve?” When our vision reflects this selfless state of mind consistently, then this enables us to rise to a higher state of consciousness. Knowing we are so much more then we can possibly imagine is ultimately all we could ever ask for in our vision.
Until next time fellow spiritualists, Peace out…
Michael Theroux is the author and creator of the web based platform, My SpiritBodyMind.com Soul Searching 4 you! His writing is primarily dedicated to writing free-lance human interest articles that connect people to the subtle signs of spirit.
Michael enjoys writing on relevant subject matter that challenges his readers intellect in a thought provoking manner. His writing is meant to be edgy enough to transform an individuals perspective on life.