Great Vision

You may be experiencing extreme pain and mental depression and it is demoralizing you to the point that your situation leads you to wish for death. Something happens and you reconsider, maybe because you are told that your next action will cause someone else to have more life. Or, not so drastic a circumstance makes you think twice. Your life is not your own. I’ll repeat that; your life is not your own. You are life itself. And you may do what you will with it, to the point of planning on going to the movies tomorrow afternoon but you may end up in North Carolina instead. You don’t know what you will do next really. Unless you have great vision.

However, great vision does not require great eyesight. What’s required for great vision is great insight. That’s right inner vision is the key to success. There are quite a few individuals who have walked among us and many in the past who through great vision have shown the way but few hear. And fewer listen. What is required for the message to resonate within is simply inner vision on the part of the recipient. You must be ready to receive it. Check out the dynamics of a tuning fork; check out the principle of entrainment when two similar clocks with equal length pendulums are back to back on opposite sides of the same wall. Notice that they are not touching each other. No matter how you start them, both pendulums will eventually become entrained and move in unison. A similar occurrence happens when you come into the presence of, or encounter a great sage. There is a dynamic feeling which radiates within the immediate vicinity. You may not know why you feel good, you just do. Let me change that. If you are on the correct wavelength you will feel really good, and if not you may feel slightly uncomfortable.

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3 thoughts on “Great Vision”

  1. I can relate this message to my experiences very closely. It is interesting though, that through the hardships, I sought to understand why it is so painful to cope. Then, I understood that the reason why is because I am seeking so strongly to cure myself, and thinking so little about what I can do for others. Therefore, ironically, through the pain of loss and near-death, I discovered what made my life so difficult was the emphasis on helping myself rather than using my experiences to help others.

    By looking inward and using my own inner insight I’ve discovered how little there is to worry about. I understand more than I have ever before that when people, times, places are ready for a change, it will occur. And in a more dramatic light, it is a natural order of how things occur and change. I share what I’ve learned with those that care to listen, often family members and close friends. When they make mistakes, even large ones, I don’t worry because I know when they are ready, they will understand what I tell them, or have their own inner insight to know what is best for themselves. I also notice that when a person is not ready for change, then forcing an idea upon them when they’re not ready only causes them to lose trust in your ability to help them decide what is best for them. I compare it to a principle in Aikido.

    It is particularly interesting to me that my friends similarly phrase your description of meeting a great sage to what it’s like to be around me, and though I understand, I believe if a sage is great than he or she should at least understand that even the greatest of sages are human too, and that though they are wise, they are human and so is everyone else just as capable of attaining the same inner insight if the intention and effort is made. I suppose what I’m trying to say is that being humble is one of the best ways to encourage a student that their goal to reach the same level of experience is attainable.

    I also find it interesting that many people I’ve met feel slightly uncomfortable around me not because of something I do, but the feeling of calm and understanding that people have said I am capable of resonating. It seems that some people take this as a feeling of challenge, though in truth I believe it is merely their insecurities acting upon the question “How can he be so confident? What does he know that I do not? I know just as much as he does and I am just as great!” Typically these people are self-centered and self-destructive, often times towards others. Though when I encounter someone who notices my composure, and they feel the readiness to change and learn, we often bcome friends and enrich eachother’s lives. It’s interesting, because those that care to know and improve themselves, rather than challenge and intimidate me, end up being the smartest and kindest people I’ve ever known. I believe this to be another occurance of what you said (paraphrasing) “giving the universe and the universe giving back”.

    I feel it is a shame that over the years, to avoid unnecessary volatile confrontations with fellow students and teachers that I’ve had to suppress this calm resonation and even decrease the acuity of my vocabulary and grammar because some feel so challenged by me that they take offense. I do not equate being calm and confident to arrogant or smug, because the intention is not to make others feel less about themselves but rather accomplish the great inner insight you are talking about. It amazes me how easily an insecure soul can construe calmness and security as a threat.

  2. Nick,
    The biggest lesson I’ve learned through the years is to be careful in giving unsolicited advice. It takes a very wise man to know the difference between caring and being helpful and interfering with the natural evolutionary process. Remember that obstacles can strengthen as well as restrict individuals. Your last few comments are wonderful and show how much you’ve grown over the last year. You have probably helped many by your works. Keep up the good work.

    For me personally, life works like this: It is often better to set examples by simply “being” rather than “saying.”

  3. Thank you for your advice, Sensei, I will keep that in mind.

    Slowly, I believe, I am beginning to recognize how to do that. I do my best not to give advice, but aid someone in their own understanding. That is, I don’t like to give answers, I like to ask questions. I think I learned that from you, as a matter of fact.

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