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Module #10. A Vision for My Life
Video One: Defining Mission, Goals and Vision

Now, as I mentioned in the previous module, one of the main difficulties people have with the manifestation process is deciding exactly what they want to manifest. I made it clear then that the manifestation process is about bringing into form that which is concrete and tangible and is not in itself a process for setting goals.
However, in addition to manifesting things for their own sake and for self-gratification, we can use the process to manifest those things which support our spiritual mission for being here. The question then arises, what is our mission?

This module, then, following on from our discussion of the manifestation process is all about discovering your purpose, your mission, and your goals. This makes this a project-based module since you are required to come up with a vision for your life that will inspire you and pull you towards it, and then to define for
yourself a purpose for your life.

Before we launch into this, though, let’s define some terms that are often used interchangeably and causes a lot of confusion. Now, I’m not saying that my definitions are the right ones, but just so we are all on the same page, let me give you my definitions of the words mission, vision, purpose, objectives, and goals insofar as they refer to our spiritual journey.

Starting at the top then, let me give you my definition of mission. This is a term often used by firms to create a statement that inspires the workforce and the other stakeholders in the company to be committed to something that the company stands for. Since it seldom ever has a spiritual component, I think the word ‘vision,’ which I shall define in a moment, is more appropriate for that kind of thing.

That said, I use the term mission to mean that which gives purpose and meaning to your soul’s incarnation. Your mission is what you came into the human experience to do and to achieve. It was decided prior to your incarnation and is not likely to be part of your awareness while in your human body and certainly not prior to
your awakening. It is way beyond your comprehension and conscious awareness and occurs at the level of soul agreement.

It might be to balance a karmic debt or to help bring some aspect of the shadow material of humanity to the surface in order that it might be healed, (that is to say things like greed, cruelty, pedophilia, cancer, etc.). In my book, Radical Forgiveness I suggest that Princess Diana’s mission was to open the heart chakra of England.

Next, down the list comes the term vision. This is what we feel, at a very deep level, what our life here on this planet is to be all about. But whereas our mission is unconscious, our vision is something we consciously develop and draw upon throughout our whole life. Our vision is what sources our life and is there to be discovered, consciously embraced, and fully expressed.

When you have a vision for your life, it draws you towards it, pulls you into it and, through the Law of Attraction, magnetizes what is required in order to fulfill it. This is why having a vision is so important. Without a vision, you’re likely to just drift.

Your vision is something you bring up from deep within you, and it is, to a large extent, a reflection of who you are. It’s an expression of your true nature.

So, does that mean it never changes? Not necessarily. It might well change or become further reinforced when you begin the awakening process. But, having said that it is likely to remain much the same throughout your life, as opposed to your purpose which is likely to change from time to time especially after your awakening.

The biggest mistake people make is to confuse vision with goals. These are two entirely different concepts. Let me make clear the distinction.

Goals are always set in time. They are measurable — you know when and if they are reached. They are aimed towards specific and well-defined targets. Goals require action and effort which is male energy — (Yang in the Chinese system).

A vision is not set in time. It is neither measurable nor objective. It has no target or endpoint. It just is. Your vision is what sources your life, your work, and your actions. Your vision is your source of potential fulfillment.

It is constant and ongoing. It is your inspiration, and it is what juices you to set goals and be in motion. It is magnetic and receptive, so it is feminine energy (Yin energy).

Now having made that distinction, now let me come to the concept of purpose. This is similar to vision, but whereas vision is about how you BE in your life, your purpose gets more specific in terms of what you choose to DO with your life.

That being the case, your purpose is likely to change a few times over your lifetime as you move into doing new things or creating a new life in some significant way. It’s still not a goal, but it does give direction to your life when needed. However, it should be in alignment with your vision. If it is not, then you may be heading in
a direction that is not quite right for you and needs to be re-assessed. More on this in the next video when you come to create a statement of your own purpose.

Objectives and Goals are more or less the same except that an objective tends to be long term and a goal short term. Both are target oriented and time specific. They put you in motion. But again, they do need to be in tune with the purpose for your life if they’re not to take you down blind alleys.

Having said that, though, there are times when going down a blind alley might have a purpose — albeit known only to your Higher Self at the beginning. Let me explain by reference to a short piece from Part 3 of my book Radical Manifestation which is included as one of the resources for this course.

Goal Setting
A certain conundrum arises whenever we talk about goal setting in the context of Radical Empowerment and Radical Manifestation. The conundrum is this: If everything is perfect just the way it is, what is the point of setting a goal? If I am at point A, and I set a goal to get to point B, then am I not making an assumption that
A is not OK and that B is more OK than A? Otherwise, why bother?
By this logic, goal-setting is going against one of the principles of the metaphysical paradigm. However, there is another aspect to the paradigm that says that human beings will always engage in activities like goal-setting simply in order to learn that B is no better than A and that the only point of making the journey from A to B is what one learns (C) on the way.

The great scientist, philosopher and renowned genius, Buckminster Fuller, used a scientific word to describe this situation. The word was precession.

Precession
Now, this is not an easy concept to explain but just imagine that you’re sitting on a chair that very easily swivels and you are holding between your two hands in front of you a spinning bicycle wheel. If you try to tilt the wheel to the left or right while it is spinning, it will cause you to begin to swivel the chair that you are sitting in. In other words, the force you apply to the axis of the wheel is resisted, but the reaction is delayed such that it occurs at a point 90 degrees later in its rotation. Similarly, if you push a spinning top to the right,
it will move forward (assuming the top is spinning counter-clockwise). Gyroscopes use the same principle and are used as compasses in aircraft.

Now it doesn’t matter if you don’t understand the theory of precession. The point is that when things are put into motion in one direction, and certain forces are applied to the moving object, other (perhaps unexpected) movements occur. In this case, the results come at 90 degrees to the direction of motion.

 

Fuller used this analogy to point out that it’s necessary to be in motion — proceeding from point A to point B — for there to be any unexpected spiritual outcome (C) that enters in 90 degrees to the direction being traveled. Furthermore, it is necessary that some force be applied of a kind that is intended to upset the equilibrium of the moving object (which is to say you) before the change can occur.

Begin the Journey
So, the idea is that you set an intention to go from A to B, simply to be in motion or to be on a journey. You aim for B because that’s all you know. Your awareness of the big picture is too limited to be aware of C which is really what the journey is all about. It then comes in at 90 degrees to the direction of your travel and
occurs only when you experience some kind of disturbance to your equilibrium.

In my own example, at the age of 42 I decided to leave a secure job (A) teaching at an English University with full tenure until I was 65 in order to go to America (B) to join a colleague in a very risky venture, teaching woodworking at a private school and writing a series of books on the subject. Everyone said I was crazy. I
left all my friends and my children back in England but felt at the time that it was the right thing to do. It was a disaster, but I had burned my bridges and couldn’t go back. I struggled for 15 years to make it in America until I hit rock bottom. At that point, in 1997, I felt compelled to write my book Radical Forgiveness, which turned out, of course, to be (C). Then everything worked. I had found my purpose by setting a goal that was seemingly stupid but was necessary to follow in order to fulfill my life’s purpose which was to bring Radical Forgiveness to the world. I feel absolutely certain that had I not come to America I would never have done it.

So, the question arises, how do you distinguish between setting an objective that is out of alignment with your vision and purpose, as opposed to one that seems to be crazy but will lead you to your (C) if you follow it? Well, the only advice I can give you is follow your gut. Trust your intuition and listen to your guidance.

Anyway, here’s the first project for this module: Creating Your Life’s Vision. As I mentioned above, having done the program, Who the **Bleep** Am I, and Where the **Bleep** Am I Going? you should know yourself well enough to begin crafting a vision for your life. If you came directly to this course without first doing that program, I suggest you do it now before going ahead with this project.

So, here is Step #1: Look over this list of words and intuitively check any and all that you identify with and have some meaning to you personally; any that might spark ideas of what might be included in your vision.

Don’t over-think or dwell on each one too long and don’t censor any of them at this stage. Just be intuitive about it and trust the process. Fulfillment, attainment, contentedness, peace, excitement, travel, humor, change, pleasure, activity, rebel, indulgence, joy, continuity, regularity, creativity, entrepreneurial, honor, duty, affluence, relationship, talent, ideals, family, safety, freedom, business, predictable, gratification, dream, achievement, luxury, affluence, property, complexity, alone, caring, social, loyalty, mobility, self-realization, children, political, sex, simple, nature, monogamy, love, ideal, enjoyment, polyamorous, feelings, values, prosperity, extreme, marriage, wealthy, gender, skills, minimalist, risk, ties, security, artist, career, vocation, stressful, independent, success, inspiration, and passion.

1. Take each one of the words that you picked and, to give it more meaning or value, use it in a phrase or a very short sentence about how you see your future and how that fits. Use the data in your Who the Bleep Am I report as well. Remember it’s not about what you DO in your life; it is how you want to BE.

For example.
I see myself having a vocation not a job.
Family is important to me.
I am happiest when there is continuity and security in my life.
Change is stressful to me.
Owning my own house (property) seems like a good idea.
My dream is to be the owner of my own business.
I think having children makes for a fulfilled life.
Success to me is being fulfilled and free.
Now, obviously, your sentences will depend on where you are in your life already, but they need to relate to the future, not the past.

2. You do the same things that you know you don’t want to have in your future. It is just as important to know what is not or no longer to be included in your vision for your life.
Here are some other questions you might give some consideration to:
a) What am I really passionate about?
b) What are my priorities in life? (Work, family, hobby, spiritual growth, friends.)
c) Who are my heroes and role models?
d) How much money do I need to be happy?
e) What are my top three values?
f) What are my biggest challenges?

3. Begin making a rough draft of a vision based on what the above steps have brought to the forefront of your mind. Remember, your vision is what sources your life and gives it direction. It is likely to be very long at first, but that’s OK. Get everything in it that you feel is required at this time. You’ll have a chance to refine it down to the essence of what it means later on.

4. After you’ve been with your rough draft for a while, begin to refine it and reduce it to a statement, somewhere in the region of 500 – 1,000 words, that takes in more or less everything important that you have identified as a necessary aspect of how your life will be going forward. Don’t limit it or censure any ideas that might seem out of reach or even grandiose. Think of it as being a rocket on the launch pad, full of fuel, just waiting to be launched into the unknown, with you onboard.

5. And, finally, the next step is to boil it down to a very brief and memorable statement, say 50 words or less, beginning with, “My vision for my life is . . . .”
And, there you have it. And, I hope that it will be something you’ll be happy with and proud of, at least for a while. You can always go on changing and modifying it until it really personifies your vision for your life.

In the next video, we’ll look at how to discover your purpose.