I’m a firm believer in setting goals for my writing business.
Several years ago, however, I was introduced to Visioning. Developed by Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith, founder of Agape International Spiritual Center. Visioning goes beyond goal setting. It helps you open up to that still small voice within, that numinous other, to Spirit, to the Divine, however you want to define that. You’re listening deeply and letting Spirit bring it’s gifts to you rather than telling Spirit what you want.
And, if you’re not comfortable with spiritual terms, you can think of Visioning as a way to get in touch with the real you or the deeper you.
The Visioning Process
Visioning is simply getting quiet then asking yourself a series of questions you ask yourself. At the end of each question, you pause for awhile so you can see what surfaces in your mind. Up to a point, the longer you’re quiet the richer the Vision is likely to be.
It’s ideal if you go through the questions twice, the first time just letting each question settle and the second time with paper and pen to capture what you learned.
The questions I tend to use are these:
- What is the highest vision or perfect idea for (my writing business, a particular project, etc.)?
- What must I become to empower this vision?
- What must I release to empower this vision?
- What must I embrace to empower this vision?
- What is my specific roll in this vision?
- Who else will be involved in the unfolding of this vision?
- How will I grow, deepen and expand as this Vision unfolds?
- Is there any other information I need in this moment?
What You MIght Expect From A Visioning
What surfaces in your mind may surprise you. You may actually get a picture or series of pictures, or you may hear a sound or be reminded of a song. Phrases and ideas may appear. Some people report a fragrance. Sometimes nothing seems to come. Any and all of these things is totally OK.
Keep a notebook and pen with you to jot down any ideas that come… but don’t feel like you’ve got to write anything at this point. Stay in the silence as much as you can.
When you’re finished, review the questions and your responses. Get clear on what your answers mean to you.
If you got something that doesn’t make any sense, write it down, return to the silence and ask “What does this mean?” You may have to ask over several days. Chances are, something additional will surface that clarifies the issue.
Visioning is powerful when done alone; it’s even more powerful if you have someone who can ask you the questions. Visioning can also be used by groups for group projects.
Try visioning your writing business or your current writing project. My experience tells me than when I vision, the goals become much more obvious and doable.
From time-to-time I lead a Visioning teleclass for people who want to finally get their book written, Visioning works as a solo practice too. And you certainly aren’t limited to Visioning about writing. It works for anything you care deeply about.
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