Visionmaking is pragmatic and practical. It is a system that demands that we apply spiritual principles to everyday living. That's tough work given the current state of the world. But Visionmakers love rigor.
Beware of those who ponitificate and theorize but who do not practice what they preach. They have their heads in the clouds but their feet never quite touch the ground. I call these types "Bliss Ninnies."
Bliss Ninnies are sure that they have achieved pure transcendence when in fact they have accomplished nothing more than a cleverly avoiding real issues and concerns in their own lives. They have theories and concepts that they can expound upon for hours. Often, they are spell-binding orators.
But when you really listen to what a Bliss Ninnie is saying, it often makes no sense or is filled with such sweeping generalizations and examples of magical thinking that you are astonished by the audacity of the claims being made.
Furthermore, you can meditate eighteen hours a day but if it does not result in real change and continuous improvement in the conditions of your life something is wrong!
Let me be clear. There is absolutely nothing wrong with reflection and contemplation. I advocate it. Reflection is the beginning point of Visionmaking. Spending quiet time to turn the eyes toward the heart and examine what is most meaningful for self, relationships and community is fundamental.
What I object to is the failure to take action on the guidance received through meditation. Reflection without action is impotent. It brings nothing new into our world. No dream can manifest without action. When words and actions are in alignment the status quo must give way to a generative force for postive change. And positive change is what our world needs. Urgently.
Of course action without reflection is equally flawed. It gives rise to the old adage "We don't know where we are going but we're making great time."
You will find Bliss Ninnies everywhere but be especially alert when you are in spiritual communities, self-improvement programs, "New Age" events, or in therapy groups. Most Bliss Ninnies are disguised narcissists. They will suck your energy dry.
Remember the Gospel of Thomas:
"If you bring forth what is within you, What you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, What you do not bring forth will destroy you."
And on that happy note, rant over. Have a nice day.
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