Envisioning Your Future? Start with your Lens!
By: Melissa Mattern, The Psychic Genius
Envision! Such a powerful word. We can imagine anything. We can visualize outcomes. But envision…that implies a little more commitment on our part. We are declaring our commitment to an outcome. There’s some intention there.
One of the most powerful exercises I completed this year was a term paper.
I’ll give you a minute to process that at age 51, I wrote a term paper. I’m still processing it myself.
The term paper was the culmination of 16 weeks of intensive meditation teacher training. Books, lectures, deep meditation, writing, more books, more lectures…that was just the beginning. I found myself basically locked in a beach house in Carlsbad, CA with my mediation master and 25 willing students. That’s the key. Being willing.
The term paper theme was “My Winning Formula.” In this exercise, I was required to ask myself what behaviors and beliefs have brought me to this moment. To this life. In other words, I was face to face with the ultimate question…”What’s workin’ for ya, kid? An assignment to examine how I see myself in the world and how I perceive the world’s view of me. I was required to take a look at my own lens.
My lens is my set of values, experiences, dogma, lessons, presumptions, beliefs, and fears. Experiences including the time I was picked last in dodgeball, shaking hands with my husband for the first time, getting fired and I kind of knew it was coming, confirmation from the doctor that I was pregnant, and the first time I drove a brand new car. They are all a part of my lens. Every thought, impression or memory is a picture taken with my own lens. The ultimate “selfie!”
In the words of Neo in The Matrix…WHOA!
Think about a camera lens. A dirty fingerprint on the lens ruins every picture. A scratch cuts into every potentially great shot. And even a tiny piece of lint is noticeable in every photo. You can Photo Shop or crop all you want, but that little imperfection on the lens persists…and it’s the first place your eye goes. And stays.
Whether the lint or fingerprint comes from good old Mom & Dad, a teacher, an ex-partner, the news, or the most powerful influencer, your own head…it’s on the lens. Big or small, it shows up in every photo.
“Her sister is the smart one!”
“Math is not your thing!”
“I just don’t look good with bangs”
“You’re just big boned!”
“Nice girls don’t do that.”
“She’s such a jock! I could never keep up with her!”
“Boys are better at Chemistry.”
“It’s better to be seen and not heard.”
“Work hard and success will follow.”
“I’m a failure.”
I could take up the whole page with my own lens lint.
Your lens is how you see EVERYTHING.
“Poor me! No one every helps me! No one calls me back!”
“I can’t lose this weight.”
“I always lose a sock in the wash.” (And I really do. My husband says that he never loses a sock in the wash. And he never does. I gotta get that sock lens!)
Through the hours spent agonizing on that term paper, I learned that one of the most powerful pieces of lint I had on my lens is that I’m funny.
On first glance, that doesn’t seem like something linty. Like something I might want to polish off and replace with something more acceptable. Humor saved me from my darkest times. My ability to lighten any situation brought me friends, invitations, and attention. My wicked timing opened doors at work. But it also slammed a few shut. Important stuff, like tuning into my own feelings, really listening and understanding pain, and seeing all sides to a situation. A joke was a quick way out of any situation and I kept a laugh bullet in the chamber and my finger on the joke trigger at all times. I saw almost anything painful as something that I could lighten up. That was my lens. Why deal with pain when you can get out of it with a quick joke? Click! Great photo!
I’ve changed that lens a little. My sense of humor is still there. I’m still funny. But it is less of a “go to.” I make a conscious effort to listen. To feel. To see things a little differently through this newly cleared lens. I like the photos.
Once I began to understand the power of my lens, I could decide what was working for me and where the lint needed to be cleared. And more powerfully, I could use my new lens to set the intention with my relationships, communication, work life, and home life. My new vision of my future is much more intentional. Ahhh…that’s where the Envision Magic comes in!
There will be more smears and more lint down the road, but I have the skill set to clear and reset my powerful future lens. The envision lens.
I invite you to examine your own lens. To ask yourself, “What’s workin’ for ya, kid?” To allow yourself the power to change your own lens, set mindful intentions, and envision your future.
And here comes the bigger vision. The Universe sees you through the lens of love. The lens of perfect. The lens of more than enough. Lint free, Baby!
Take one more step and give THAT lens a try…’cause the lens of the Universe not only envisions your perfection, the Universe sees your perfection NOW!