This morning I spent time with a friend hearing her insights into what I am here in this lifetime to accomplish. She gave me her vision, which was not dissimilar from my own. But the confirmation firmed up the big-picture view I have of where I am going and how I will get there.
This is so important for all of us. We forget who we are and where we are going. We get caught up in the moment…in the struggle and the issues of the day…and we lose direction.
Just after this, I sat down and read this week’s Torah (Old Testament) portion, Numbers 13:1-15:41. I was struck by the lesson: Knowledge and vision of the future helps us prepare in the present to arrive at our destination (or our destiny).
Scouting the Future
In this Torah portion, scouts are sent out to survey the Land of Canaan, and their report, which contains mixed messages, causes Moses to decide the people should wander in the desert for another 40 years to prepare to enter the Land. The portion ends with the instruction to wear blue fringes as a reminder of holiness.
Visualization is a well-accepted tool for goal achievement and manifestation. It’s used by coaches of all types as well as by many spiritual, human potential, mystical, and metaphysical teachers to access higher realms and to manifest all types of things. We’ve been told that visualization works because our conscious mind can’t tell the difference between thoughts and reality. Our body reacts to thoughts in the same way as it does to actual commands to perform actions. And energetically we can attract into our experience that which we focus upon; after all, everything is energy.
Consider this as well: Each time we venture into the “Land,” the future we want to create or we need to fulfill, by visualizing the possibilities it holds or what it would be like to achieve our goals, we are like those scouts in the Old Testament. We expand our consciousness by getting a taste of what is to come and opening ourselves to something different, something bigger than ourselves at this moment. We return to the present moment with more information we can use to decide how to prepare ourselves for that future. We can use that experience to inform the present so we know what inspired actions to take, which makes us able to enter the Land more quickly.
Just as Moses realizes the people need to stay in the desert until they no longer have a mindset of slavery, we often need to rid ourselves of limiting beliefs before we can achieve our goals or manifest our dreams. A glimpse of the Promised Land creates tension within us that makes us want to change. It increases our will power. It brings us insight into our next inspired actions. This helps us move much more quickly toward our destination.
Living in the Present Moment
Which brings us to the fringes—the reminders of holiness.
Each time we get a glimpse of the Land, the future, we see it more clearly in the present. It allows us to remember where we want to go, our destination, as we take action toward arriving there. And that’s necessary. We need to be constantly reminded of our destination.
Of course, if we live in this vision of the future, that doesn’t work. That’s the challenge. We have to live in the present but remember where we are going—to the Land. We have to be present so we can continue to learn, to change, to prepare, to move forward, and to manifest our future. That is done in the Now, in the present.
The fringes, which religious Jews wear at all times, remind us that we are holy, we are spiritual beings having a human experience, we were created in the image of God and have a creative ability. We can call upon our Source—both inside us and outside us—to arrive at the Land. The reminded us that, even though we are still here, in this place, Now—not yet at our destination, we have glimpsed it. We will get there. It is part of who we are and what we are meant to do with our lives….to travel to and enter the Land we imagined for ourselves or that was destined for us.
If you aren’t Jewish, or you are Jewish but not observant, you can find any object to use as a reminder of holiness. Or buy a tassel of some sort…
I’m grateful today for that glimpse I received into my future, for the clearer vision I have of my purpose.
Have you glimpsed your future? Does this vision carry you forward and help you achieve your purpose?
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