09 June 2015

Teaming up with your future self: don't cheat yourself!

Teaming up with your future self is in manifestation terms learning to rely and trust your hidden resources, those events of providence that reward commitment. This text, partly by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, says it:

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back-- Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now." 

Rational people don't typically do this, or rather you and I, when we are behaving rationally don't naturally do this because it is an affront to our sense of cause and effect. Cause and effect is something that we learn early, and most of the time it is a good thing. Learning about cause and effect keeps us out of lots of trouble. "That hot stove is going to burn my hand if I touch it." Cutting the line between cause and effect causes a cognitive dissonance. To get from point A to point D, one will logically need to go through points B and C.

This is a short-sighted view of how things work, however. When we gauge our future worth on how we generate worth or value today, we have not taken into account all of the ways in which providence will help if we are willing to step over the line of rationality and take a leap of faith.  When we set goals instead of create vision, we do so in error because we haven't taken into the account the accelerating effect that faith in a vision will have.

Any economist will tell you that looking into the future is impossible, but we can in certain ways forecast what an investment today will be worth in 5 or 10 years, but using the Net Present Value formula, that gives us an idea of the effect time has on value. In the same way, if you are counting on a 1:1 value ratio between what you are able to accomplish today and what you will be able to accomplish over the course of ten years of vision-driven living, you are vastly underestimating all of the wonderful things that you can accomplish.

Goal-setting is good, but goal-setting at its best is a practice of our instrumental intelligence. Vision is based on our intuitive intelligence. They are both important, but mistaking goal-setting for vision writing is forgetting the accelerator of providence. It is a pessimistic and small version of your future self, and is quite simply inaccurate.

Team up with your future self by employing your ability to create a vision based on what you would love. It sounds like a leap of faith, but in actuality it is a much more accurate way of moving yourself towards that which you would love. Love is the greatest power we know, and failing to use it to your advantage is akin to rowing instead of sailing.

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