In Part One of this series, Spotted Eagle discusses the Principle of Vision, describing how “vision” is different from a goal and how great visionaries see their world.
In Part Two, he discusses how limitation and uncertainty serve our creative vision.
In Part Three, he describes how limitation, uncertainty, purpose and essence are vital to any intention that has the potential to deliver a fulfilling outcome.
In this post,Spotted Eagle shows us how the actualizaiton of our vision depends upon our willingness to detach from the outcome and allow essence and purpose to be the DNA of what we create.
To be a visionary is to be the origin of something unique, original and groundbreaking for society. When any vision is actualized, it is like a birth. There is an emergence, a separation from the originator, and the liberation to exist and serve a purpose, all of which work to bring us an experience that is rich with the essence feeling states we long to experience.
When we are not creating from the foundations of purpose and essence, what we create will instead be given life by our thinking. Thinking is based on the Mind’s fears, which are a sum total of our reactions to what has happened to us during our lives. Most of what we believe to be true is merely a byproduct of these cumulative emotional reactions, beginning with our reaction to our own birth circumstances and early childhood conditioning. When we create from our thinking, there is a strong attachment to a certain outcome, and our lives become a construct of what we are trying to control into being out of fear. Our thinking causes us to invest energy pursuing outcomes that bring us no essence and that cannot be sustained without the sacrifice of our joyfulness. If we do not have the material and energetic resources to achieve the outcome to which we are attached, the effort becomes unsustainable, and it will self-destruct, taking with it whatever we have invested in making it happen.
It may amuse you to learn that the Latin root of the word construct means to pile up. And that is exactly what a Mind-generated life is: it is a pile of stuff! If the essence is not there and our purpose is not served, then it will indeed feel just like a pile of stuff, and supporting it will feel burdensome. However, when our vision brings together purpose and essence in the present moment and joins them together, what we create is thereby inspired, and our energy may then be directed to actualize what is both sustainable and rewarding. Uncertainty can be allowed play its natural role and contribute something spontaneous and unexpected from that which cannot be foreseen or anticipated. Non-attachment to the outcome allows our concept of the outcome to evolve, until what is finally delivered will be rich with essence.
So, how do we create and hold a vision for our personal lives? The first and perhaps most important step is to identify essence qualities, the feeling experiences we treasure because they give our lives meaning. However counterintuitive it may seem, our next step must be to detach from the outcome and focus our attention solely on the essence qualities we hold as heart-felt desires for the feeling experiences that matter most. Among these, joy, creativity, ease, freedom, fun, contribution and unconditional love are usually at or near the top of anyone’s essence list.
When we are able to detach from the outcome and focus on the essence qualities we cherish, we can immediately recognize two very important factors that separate vision from goals and fantasies. When we focus on the essence, we bring our vision into present time where it can be lived now. If our vision is for freedom, fun, contribution and joyfulness, we have something tangible which can be sought now in our daily experience of life in any number of ways. No matter what our circumstances or resources may be, focus on essence allows us to embody our vision now and align our thinking, behavior and choices within the framework of purpose and essence, rather than our attachment to a future outcome turning out a certain way. When the experience of essence is our goal, we cannot fail because there is no outcome against which a perceived failure might be measured. There is only the pursuit of essence in small, achievable ways that can be experienced in our now-moment as we go about the often difficult work of pursuing our dream for a large-scale shift toward a deeply fulfilling life.
Essence and purpose are fundamental elements of any vision. They are the life’s blood of the visionary. They are like DNA which has the power to transform a collection of atoms into a living being. Essence and purpose are structures which inform our efforts to actualize a potential so that its creation occurs according to their design. Through the application of our energy, in alignment with purpose and essence, something comes to fruition which has been structured to be rich and satisfying.