Unity Spiritual Tool: Visioning

By Rev. Bronte Colbert
from Unity.org

Visioning allows us to get clarity and guidance regarding the subject or topic we are visioning about.

What Is Visioning?

Visioning is a mental picturing process in which we allow ourselves to be able to hear, feel, and imagine a plan for our life, or for a particular area or part of our life.

What Is an Example of Visioning?

Whenever we are picturing how we want our day to go or daydreaming about an upcoming vacation, we are combining two important aspects of the powerful spiritual tool called visioning: positive imagining and intention.

Visioning is similar to the physical process of cutting images of what you'd like to see in your life and pasting them onto vision boards. Mentally picturing what we wish to experience helps us focus and attract positive energy to create our desires.

Visioning can be done alone or with others. There are many styles and techniques.

The Basics for Meditative Visioning

Focus on what you'd like to experience or create in your life.

Rather than thinking about what you don't want, ask yourself: What do I want? What would you love? Whether it's something physical or intangible, allow yourself to think big, to add delightful details.

Ask: How will having this make me feel?

That feeling defines the important essence of your desire. What would that career success, or your perfect health, or a harmonious relationship—whatever you are envisioning—feel like?

Get comfortable, centering yourself in mind and body.

Close your eyes; connect with the rhythm of your breath. Choose a desire to focus on and picture yourself in the details. Bring in the essence you noted. Feel the joy in doing work you love. Or see yourself smiling in the loving relationship, the energetic body, whatever you are visioning.

If random thoughts wander in, sweep them aside.

Breathe easily and accept your worthiness to receive. Affirm your power to create. Know that what you want is at hand—or something even better. Expect it. Watch for it.

Give thanks.

Consider keeping a journal of your successes, a positive reminder of your visioning power!


"Finding Wisdom"
By Rev. Bronte Colbert
from Unity.org

The power of wisdom is always available to you, even when you feel disconnected or lost

A while back, I allowed an interaction with another person to upset me. Their comments felt harsh, criticism of me unnecessary, and opinions biased.

The incident seemed caught in replay mode in my mind. I couldn’t shake it off. I felt distracted and caught up by negative emotion.

I prayed and asked for guidance to move forward. But if it came, I couldn‘t hear it as my mind busily chewed on replays and defensiveness.

Where was my usual calm nature? My centeredness? Why was my brain replaying something I did not like nor want? What if the Law of Attraction brought me more of the same! Eek!

Where was wisdom in all this? I wanted its serenity, clarity, and certainty. I needed to call on that spiritual faculty to access discernment, right judgment, and intuitive knowledge. I wanted to stand in my power and leave anything unwanted behind.

In his book The Twelve Powers of Man, Charles Fillmore said that to call on one of our spiritual faculties is “mentally to recognize that power,” to identify with it, align with it.

Wisdom is all around us.

Rereading his words helped open my consciousness to the wisdom right around me, including a framed quote from Paramahansa Yogananda: “Steer the ship of concentration calmly to the shores of blessedness.”

Stuck on my mirror was a card from teacher Edwene Gaines: “I act on the guidance, intuition, good impulses, and inspiration I receive.”

And in H. Emilie Cady’s book Lessons in Truth: “God is in everything that happens to you. There are no ‘second causes.’” As I sat with these truths, dwelled upon them, I repeated: Every life experience blesses me. I felt a shift, a welcome letting-go.

“God is in everything that happens to you. There are no ‘second causes." H. Emilie Cady

Wisdom is in the midst of us.

I asked, Who do I know who demonstrates calm, unwavering wisdom despite circumstances? What does that look like?

One of my mentors, author Jean Brannon, came to mind. She is steadfast in her centeredness and in the way she views life as a sacred experience.

If someone mentions any seeming drama, her response is nonreactive, calming, and based on the truth that all paths are sacred and good is in everything. Her wisdom is quiet and deep.

Wisdom is within us.

In meditation, we find peace and realize our constant connection to Source. We remember our alignment, and as we do, we may feel a shift in us at our core.

All the “outer” fades as we stay in the moment, focusing on our breath. We drop into our heart space, our innate divinity, that Christ, Spirit, God-light within us.

Take a breath right now, if you will. Hold it, and let it go. Breathe in the recognition of all that you are: wise, discerning, balanced, filled with the light of the Divine.

Know that what you are is wonderful. Within you are the resources, powers, capabilities, wisdom, and more to live a vibrant life, to handle any circumstance, and to shine.

You make a beautiful difference in this world.

How to Call Forth Your Wisdom

When things around us feel overwhelming, when we feel out of sync with wisdom, here are some other ways to remember its presence within us:

  • Create time for prayer and meditation to restore a feeling of alignment.

  • Practice mindfulness—be in the moment.

  • Breathe in the knowing that all is truly well in your life.

  • Intentionally call on the faculty of wisdom, which is part of your divine nature.

  • Know that you are wise and powerful.

  • Ask for guidance and be open to nudges.

  • Reflect on your accomplishments, your achievements, small and large.

  • Practice self-appreciation and step away from self-judgment.