Imagineering 101 Exercise: Context and Attention Makes for Serendipity

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I can be anything you want me to be.” – God

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26 February

  • A home-cooked five-star-hotel quality breakfast
  • A car plate number symbolic of God’s presence.
  • Song lyrics taken as message (refer to "Songs and Soul: A Spiritual Experience")from Him: “I can be anything you want me to be.”
  • Two eagles landing in the field of grass, “seen” within city limits
  • Noting the brown-colored animals encountered during the trip

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27 February

  • Winking skull during seashore visualization, after silent sitting meditation
  • Serendipitous arrival of a ride, a friendly, neighbor Pedi cab driver
  • Serendipitous discovery of where Molly, a friendly Siberian husky, lives
  • Serendipitous service at fast food by manager of same name as brother’s
  • Being able to defend myself (even with a personality type of INFJ/HSP) against a moneyed bully*
  • Serendipitous arrival of next ride, a friendly Pedi cab, singing preppy rap music all through the trip

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The point of the exercise is to illustrate the power of choice of context and attentiveness in making for serendipitous situations, these in order to experience the delightful side of the Universe or God (or the Divine or the Tao or whatever word you may be comfortable using in your experience).

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The “undesirable side” is experienced as pain to one who has labeled the Universe as an “unloving” one. Yet the both pain and an unloving Universe are things perceptible to those who choose to experience it from the context of a “beneficent” one but with little or no emotional investment in the pain.

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(This perception of pain is still a necessity to one on the earth plane (i.e., “world of sorrows”), to become aware of the others’ suffering and to have an occasion to choose compassion, as opposed to a more spiritually evolved plane of beings where good deeds are done by everyone as a matter of fact, or without much thought.)

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Context and Attention.

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Context. In the introductory hub “Imagineering 101 … ”, a “positive” context was used to illustrate the exercise of Imagineering the past (3D2), present (3D1) and future (3D3). By establishing as context the concept of my loving Father (God our Father, Father of Mankind), to flesh out the details of the past (e.g., enough money to buy things in childhood wish list aka ‘reframing the past’), present (e.g., double the income I now receive) and future (e.g. being constantly aware that each person or thing in the present moment is a handiwork from my Father’s perfect and loving design), I am able to see what has only been imagined as what actually happens---seeing big and small miracles as stuff of daily life.

Attention. Yet, it would not be enough to have established the right (i.e., the right context is different for every individual) context. Miracles would be happening right under one’s nose without one knowing that one is already and has been blessed and will be … unless we choose to pay attention.

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A helpful practice would be mindfulness, which takes its origin from Eastern philosophy.

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Once one had a taste of this delightful experience, the adventure continues as the serendipity seems to stop whenever we assume the smug stance of Mr./Ms. Know-it-all. The ego self or shadow self could creep up unnoticed if we assume that we have finally arrived.

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“13. Uncertainty

Accept ignorance as the human condition. Accept uncertainty willingly. Be confused. Choose right or wrong, yes or no, true or false and trouble begins. The fool is disguised in certainty.

Be certain, become confident, and the whole world sets out to teach otherwise. Without certainty, the whole world softens and accommodates. Uncertainty is the softening by which a way is found in everything’s changing.

Give up certainty and learning begins. Soften and open and be taught by the Tao.

To understand the world, give up the world. Chase it and it escapes; wait in peaceful emptiness and it reveals itself.

Do not be certain about uncertainty.”

– Ray Grigg, The Tao of Being (Itals are mine.)

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We need to stay open to the moment and avoid dictating to it the shape that the ego wants it to take.

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(Which, as an example, is the same as changing oneself gently: just observe objectively, without forcing oneself to change. The change that is needed comes on its own accord.)

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“Journal your miracles and watch them multiply.”

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In accordance with that, this hub journals what has already transpired in excited anticipation of more delightful, serendipitous experiences to come.

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What It Is Not

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Mystics have tried to convey their experience but only have words. We listeners or readers at best can only guess at what they are pointing at. We have been told it is not by imposing our will on external things, people and situations or self that serendipity happens.

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It is not something that happens by doing but by letting go. In Western religion, “Let go. Let God.” In terms of Eastern philosophy, I’ve heard the principle of ‘non-interference’ with the way of things.

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Easy does it.

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This does not mean we leave all cares or planning to the wind. We establish our plans in the light of the context that we choose, then let the Universe flesh out the details.

For example, for 3D3, I used a picture of 5-star hotel dining, just for the feeling I get when I look at it and imagine I’m already there. Little did I know that I would experience it a few days hence.

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John Assaraf mentions about his visualization board in The Secret. He put pictures of his “wish list” on an illustration board that he could look at every day. Perhaps this is something we could all make use of in the exercise of Imagineering to flesh out past, present and future.

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We need to see everything from a trusting, childlike heart to go through these exercises and actually see them happen in tangible reality.

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What It is Not

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Definitely, you know it’s not going to happen when your observe your ego self in competition with God. But it helps when we objectively see our ego-self arising and imposing control on the situation, it as if being almighty because it already knows the ins and out of life’s mysteries. We can only truly let go once we cease to identify our true self with our ego self and understand that all is well because God is in command. Because He is in command, all the details have been taken care of.

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What we need to decide is how we will perceive and behave in the moment. If we perceive it as from the hands of a loving Father, we experience delicious serendipity as if “He sent angels before us.” Perceiving so has the snowball effect of making us happy and making those around us happy.

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What it is not about is using the power of our context, attention and imagination in a “negative” manner. If we establish the context from an unhappy childhood that caused for us to believe it is an unloving Universe, we have to observe our thoughts or blurts objectively and, for example, project love and compassion towards our inner child (i.e., parenting the inner child) without forcing it to change.

“There is a way between the opposites of things. Follow these principles: return to simplicity; moderate desires; diminish the importance of self; look to the heart of things.

The way between is a delicate balancing of doing and not-doing, learning and unlearning, finding and losing, filling and emptying.”

- Ray Grigg

Forcing ourselves to change will only make matters worse because this is somewhat like aggression towards self. As mentioned above, objectively observing (e.g., without judgment or acting out the negative feeling, etc.) our own ego self or personality allows us to detach from it and see its weaknesses and strengths from the soul’s perspective, which is all love and compassion. A good exercise would be silent sitting meditation, where you get to be aware of your breathing and any stray thoughts that you then can let go, without judgment.

Unconditional Positive Regard

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Carl Rogers has mentioned the importance of having experienced unconditional positive regard for the innately self-actualizing human being to reach one’s full potential.

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If we, in the past have been unwitting victims of conditional positive regard, the present moment is the perfect time to turn things around. Using Imagineering, reframe the past, accept the moment and with a childlike trust, be hopeful for the future.

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Since the only tangible reality to most of us is the present, we begin the journey towards unconditional positive self-regard by learning to accept the present moment. Different practices are available, depending one’s spiritual or religious orientation. Prayer, silent sitting meditation and mindfulness are among the tools available to us.

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“I can be anything you want me to be.” – God

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If I choose God/the Universe to be a beneficent God/Universe, in my thoughts, words and deeds, God/the Universe becomes a loving, beneficent God/Universe.

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Serendipitous experiences come in abundance.

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If I choose otherwise, so will it be done unto me.

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“If we believe we have the power, then we are using the power to create the reality that we have the power.

If we believe we don’t have the power, then we are using the power to create the reality that we don’t have the power.”

~ Neale Donald Walsh

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The skull winked back at me a split second, from the seashore visualization, after the question rose in my mind, i.e., why the skull?

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Split second then “Looks are deceiving”. Even a skull can represent what one wants God to be for one or for what one needs to hear from Him.

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A split second in time, in unconditional positive regard or better yet,

One split second in Stillness may be all that God needs from us.

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“… Wait in peaceful emptiness and it reveals itself.”

- Ray Grigg

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*Big-boned ‘Goliath’ in physical stature; of ‘superior’ demographical affiliation

“I can be anything you want me to be.”

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