New Year, New Vision
Dr. William K. Larkin
We are discovering that it is a “vision” of one’s life that will most heal the negative core beliefs of the past. It is also a wider vision of the future that will grease the passage through a transition. Negative core beliefs and transitions cause us to go into a DownSpiral and to “clutch” at what is, making ourselves the victims of this or that trauma or change. Actually, the brain is simply attempting to conserve glucose (the fuel of the brain) in order to maintain a constant level of synchronicity.
The function of vision is to heal the past and to guide the individual toward the future with eagerness and enthusiasm. Inspiration cannot come and the “how” cannot be created when there is no vision, or a puny vision that really does not move you through a transition in life.
A vision emerges from the deep structures of reasoning that exist within all of us. It is far more than “purpose” and much more still than being “purpose-driven.” A vision is not “driven.”
It unfolds in the truest form of creativity. It doesn’t feel creative at all. It just feels like the beginning of something that goes on to the next thing and the next, inventing itself in the process of its discovering. To everyone else, a vision looks creative and inspired, but as most artists will tell you, creation is a process in which the doors open as you successively knock on them. A true vision blossoms from and is inspired by the stage of reasoning in which you find yourself in life. When it finally emerges, you realize that its essence has been with you for a very long time, waiting to express itself.
A vision doesn’t just pop up as a moment’s inspiration, even though it might seem to. You have been readied for a long time to bring it into being when your reasoning and believing could handle it. Visions start with specificity. Many people don’t believe that. They like the idea of a vision being something like popcorn - put a kernel under a little heat and it just pops. When that does happen, much else has gone before.
A vision is a result of some kind of discipline or strong intentional life. Visions emerge very well from goals. Setting goals is like setting up the brain to let the vision emerge. Goals that are well formed are the precursors to getting your brain to take the vision “leap.” If you have been diligent with your goals and you have really fleshed out your wanting so that you have strong goals that really represent you, your vision is close, if in fact you don’t already know what it is. If you don’t, keep working your goals until they are very clear and precise. This is sometimes difficult because between the stages of reasoning are transitions. It is difficult, in a transition, to get goals in place that lead to a vision.
Clear goals help move transitions along. If you have difficulty being clear and precise with your goals, just keep working on them, changing them and adding to them. The way you reason in a transition isn’t always going to be clear. It will be one way one day and another way another day – a frustrating but necessary part of the process.
We pay little attention to transitions and we know less about them. But they are the stuff of life. We are enthralled by people who keep reinventing themselves because it is the work of all of us. And it is the work to reinvent, sometimes in whole new ways, the visions that once drove us to greatness.
There is an enormous abundance of ideas and this is the time to get the billion dollar idea. This is the time to get the idea that will put you or your organization forward in a way that will speak to a new age with aliveness, vitality and verve. A vision, when it is right, arouses passion and the desire to “belong to it.”
Vision emerges from goals, and these goals change, especially if you are in the midst of a transition. The clearer you can be about what you want, even if it changes a million times, and the less you leave to stumbling along with chance, the more fulfilled you are likely to become. Your brain likes it better that way and cooperates much more.
The bottom line is simply this. You are made to know a sense of personal significance that emerges from the way you make meaning in your life, all of your life. There is always vision for you if you will cooperate with life and not give up living it fully, high in the UpSpiral