Imagineering 101 Exercise: Finding Good, A Very Personal God

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“I understood that life is lived most fully in the imagination---that, ironically, imagination is the key to reality.”

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Even not quite yet being priority senior citizen, I ended up getting the choicest seat despite being a very ordinary, aka lowly, citizen.

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This seems to be what happens when one uses the power of our God-given imagination to find Him, to find good, to be happy, which is what He wants us to be.

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Something seemed to have happened the day before the trip. I had a very strange sensation in my head, causing me to fear I might be experiencing a stroke. For some reason, I received an insight that it was not one. I relaxed. But no explanation was it seems forthcoming. I just knew that strange feeling of being in my body yet floating above it, floating above the body’s experiences I was going through in the humdrum of my day.

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I had planned on going to the mountains the following day, to seek physical, emotional and spiritual renewal.

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I remember the teaching about planning cum visualizing (or imagining) how you would like your day to turn out so its events may flow more smoothly. Thus, while packing stuff (or being busy with other house chores), I went into the visualization mode while keeping the chore in the foreground of my attention.

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(This surprises me to notice just now that we can actually use to advantage the infamous busy-thinking mode of modern day man, which distracts him from being present to the NOW, for purposes of exercising the imagination or Imagineering. We can imagineer while doing simple, routine tasks that do not require our full attention.)

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The Imagineering seemed to have paid off the following day, day 1, of the trip to the mountains with the following incidents materializing:

  • The housekeeper arrived promptly so I could leave the house on time
  • Was able to chance on a courteous Pedi cab driver
  • Comfortable seat in the car-pooled UV
  • In the nick of time, was able to change decisions to pick a better stop
  • Was able to chance on a good cabbie, who despite the traffic jam was able to maneuver to the drive-through for some packed lunch for my long trip out of town

(Was subtly impressed that God had arranged my lunch for me even before I was aware of the need, without having to lug my baggage on foot to a food vendor’s place.)

  • Was able to get second-row seat ticket on an early-enough departure schedule (ETD) of 11:00 a.m.
  • Had 75 minutes to spare before ETD, giving ample time for coffee and sharing a sandwich with a stray cat, whom I christened Manny Catty Cat
  • By “loafing” around the terminal, a thought struck that I might be able to get a better seat if I went as a chance passenger.
  • 10:30 trip bus conductor offering me to take the trip, offering me seat #1. Who am I to resist?

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“… Others use their imaginations in positive ways, to the betterment of those around them. These people truly create joy and are blessed. There is a literal power in the creations of the mind. Thoughts are deeds.

I understood that life is lived most fully in the imagination---that, ironically, imagination is the key to reality. … We are sent here [on earth] to live life fully, to live it abundantly, to find joy in our own creations, whether they are new thoughts or things or emotions or experiences. … ”

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- “Embraced by the Light” by Betty J. Eaddie

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God wants us to be happy.

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Aka God’s will is for us to be happy.

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God will not will something that we are not capable of doing, achieving.

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It seems then that it is up to us to cooperate with God’s will for us to be happy.

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The world is a world of sorrows, based on the perspective of its illusion, which presents itself to be what is “solid” and “real”.

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That is why it is not advisable for us to base our perception entirely on our five senses alone.

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We need to see beyond the veil of the world’s illusion.

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“To see is to be blinded by colors;

to hear is to be deafened by sounds;

to taste is to be dulled by flavors.

Precious things are distracting.”

- “Inner Depth” by Ray Grigg

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“Experiencing the world in which you live requires your heart;

you cannot grasp it with your intellect and five senses

because they provide you with only part of the picture.”

- “Thoughts from the Heart of the Soul: Meditations for Emotional Awareness by Gary Zukav and Linda Francis

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Day 1 of the trip, upon arrival, I went straight to the Pink Sisters’ convent to verify whether I could request for an appointment for spiritual direction, which seems to be the main purpose of my mountain trip. I sensed my own disappointment when I was told that 1) the place was already closed and that 2) the Sisters do not provide consultations or spiritual direction.

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Day 2 breakfast of a canned good nature. Then off to the convent to catch up with the 6:30 a.m. mass. Being a highly sensitive person made me aware of the subtle, stares from the regular visitors inside the chapel as I arrived.

After the mass, I noticed people going to the prayer requests boxes, one on each side, on the leftmost and the rightmost aisle. I thought that maybe they also dropped their offerings along with the prayer request based on the rustling noises that I heard from those who approached the boxes.

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Just being inside the church makes one want to stay, doing nothing, just being there.

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Soon I knew it was time to go and to drop my own prayer request. Although I had come for spiritual direction, I thought that maybe the unplanned prayer request might be really what I needed. I approached the request box and read through, followed the instructions to write and drop the prayer request and offering, if any.

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The afternoon of the same day saw me pay another visit to the chapel. This time around, the sisters were doing their afternoon of the 24-hour vigil over the exposed Blessed Sacrament. The atmosphere seemed to be even more solemn than it was in the morning. I somehow noticed the detail on the sister’s veil. For some reason it seemed to taken on a more three-dimensional quality than I had noticed before. I observed that the other sisters’ veils did not look quite the same way. I wondered why the difference. I ventured to think that maybe this sister has been able to establish a more profound connection to the Spiritual.

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Since I had said to myself to offer the amount I had earlier earmarked for a friend whom I was not able to meet up with despite seeking him out a third time, I did as I had planned, I made a second offering.

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All in all, having the main purpose of the trip accomplished, so it seems, I made a conscious effort of having a fun time---I took myself out to lunch to a favorite all-you-can-eat restaurant (not found in the lowlands) and, for dinner, went on an adventure of looking for a place where I have never dined before but having the view of the delicate pine needles on old trees above the view of the city.

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Fun, too, accomplished.

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I think I have never felt so peaceful and happy, just knowing. I felt His presence everywhere I went.

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No tangible proofs, nothing. Just the knowing.

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I’m not sure which came first. Feeling blessed or being blessed.

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Do we first need to feel blessed to indeed have all these blessings?

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I think what it is is that we are always already blessed, except that we are usually unaware.

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Gratitude is a powerful tool for getting in touch with that blessedness or what others call luck.

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Sometime in our lives, we would have had something to be thankful for.

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God did not say we need to have a fat bank account to feel blessed.

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Neither does he judge by physical beauty or the society’s accolades, for sure.

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It seems that those with the least are in the best position to appreciate even the least of His blessings:

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Thank God for another day.

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Thank God for the sun not judging between rich and poor, ‘good’ and ‘bad.’

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The importance then of mindfulness or mindful awareness is indispensable to feeling blessed.

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Feeling blessed is prerequisite to seeing the blessings. (To feel/believe is to see.)

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Graces, God, first reaching out to us, gives us our chance to feel blessed.

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The world and its illusion can insist that we are less than a blessed being.

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We can always go back to feeling happy, feeling good, feeling God by counting our blessings and using our gratitude tool.

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We can also use our God-given power of imagination to visualize our preferred day. Having ‘planned’ it more consciously gets us connected with God, lets God know what our preferences are so that He can pave the way for the day to turn out smoothly.

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We can use the same power for living our vision and creating a reality based on our highest ideal.

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We can begin with such basic questions as what do I need for this day?

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Follow through step by step, eventually leading to the bigger question, who do I want God to be in my life?

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Be prepared for the answer with an open-mind. The open-mind puts us in a position to define how much God can work wonders for us in our daily lives.

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Put as much detail, in this Imagineering exercise, as exactly who God is in your daily life. How does God relate to you? How do you relate to God? He needs and wants to be your personal companion, more than just a personal god.

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He needs and wants me to be happy. I just need to trust in Him and my needs will be answered even before I become aware of them.

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Everybody has this power. Maybe it’s in the excited anticipation of God’s help that make us different from each other. We have become so dependent on our intellect, thinking that we know all the answers and don’t need a god. Maybe it’s in looking inward to our childlike heart that we will find the personal God that we have been searching for deep in our soul.

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Maybe it’s faith. And it has been said that faith is like a physical muscle. The more you use it the more developed it becomes. The more powerful it gets so that what once started as a mustard seed grows to a tree so big as to shelter all the birds in its branches.

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We are to live by faith, not by sight. Sight is involved with the cognitive, the analytical mind. It rationalizes and justifies. Faith is governed by the spirit. The spirit is emotional, accepting, and internalizes. And, as with every other attribute, the way to gain faith is to practice the use of it. If we learn to use what we have, we will receive more. This is a spiritual law.

Developing faith is like planting seeds. Even if some of our seeds fall by the wayside, we will still receive some harvest. … Any act of faith will bless us. … ”

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“I understood that he [God] actually wants us to draw on the powers of heaven, and that by believing that we are capable of doing so, we can.”

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– Betty J. Eadie, in the same book

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“If you believe you have the power, then you are creating the reality that you have the power.

If you believe you don’t have the power, then you are creating the reality that you don’t have the power.”

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- Neale Donald Walsh

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