By Shawn McAndrew
You may have heard or read the famous quote by Mary Oliver, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” This is a key question. And how do we figure out the answer? What do we want out of life?
Throughout my life I have been guided how to “do” my life by my parents, siblings, teachers, friends, and the occasional “guru” who wafted by. In retrospect, the things I’ve done in my life because I wanted to do them have turned out to be the most rewarding and joyful events and journeys.
I have to ask myself why this is true. I think when I have listened to Spirit, been guided by my inner radar and resources rather than others’ agendas, the rewards have been greater. I’m not saying that others have given me bad advice or guidance. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my loved ones. It’s just that when I am true to my self (Spirit), I am following my needs, my wants, rather than others’ needs and wants.
In the Process, we do a lot of visioning. We vision to connect to our Spiritual Self, intellect, emotional self, and body. We have visioning exercises in order to unmask the Dark Side, and reveal patterns that keep us locked in pain, unhappiness, and old ways of being. Visioning is a way to release ourselves from the old and enter into the new.
Hoffman visioning is from a Be-Do-Have perspective: “Be” (the embodied qualities of my Spiritual Self) lets me respond rather than react to life; “Do” allows me to make informed choices; subsequently I will “Have” whatever comes from my authentic presence and responsiveness. Everything exists in potential, in every moment. Imagining yourself loving your life and living with self-love, gratitude, and joy has tremendous creative power.
Having Spirit lead the way in visioning, rather than from the intellect or emotional self, allows us to circumvent dark side machinations, or desires from the intellect or emotional self – all of which are subject to outside influences rather than coming from inner authenticity.
Spirit-Guided Visioning Program
There are many ways to think about the future, and what we want out of it, no matter the circumstances. Starting in October 2020, the Hoffman Institute will offer the new Spirit-Guided Visioning program, a 2-day virtual course for Process graduates and Essentials participants.
Led by Hoffman teachers, participants will learn powerful visioning techniques in order to create an authentic life. The program’s primary focus will be on visioning for the next year. Each person will do a life assessment, look at and transform patterns that might get in the way of their vision, create an action plan, and be part of a supportive community.
Who Do You Plan to Be
I’m nearing the age of retirement. I’m not looking to envision a better, grander career. I want to enjoy life more as I get older. It’s not so much what I want to do as how I want to be. I want to be in good health, and better physical condition. I want to ensure I have good relationships. All of these are worth pursuing and embodying by creating a vision for my future.
Let me rephrase Mary Oliver’s quote: “Who do you plan to be in your one wild and precious life?” If you’re ready to experience high-powered visioning for a better, more authentic life, find out more here. Let’s start being now!