“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become.
Your Vision is the promise of what you shall one day be.
Your Ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.”
– James Allen (1864-1912)
I have a very strong imagination, and I also have many feelings about the future. These facts are the reason why I’m so interested to divination obtained though omens and this is also why I’ll choose the Seer Path program when I’ll have completed my Dedicant Path. I have a strong capacity to visualize things to come. I learned last year that all my weird feelings where based on the fact that I am a clairsentient, also called empath. The visions I have from others are based on their feelings, and it’s not something I can associate with images, but these made me aware of their emotions and I can foreseen what they goes through in life, and I find myself imagining what is coming in the very near future for them and me.
The ADF Dedicant Manual defines ‘vision’ as follows:
VISION: The ability to broaden one’s perspective to have a greater understanding of our place/role in the cosmos, relating to the past, present and future.
That definition seems adequate. That definition is not about the vision made possible with our eyes, but a spiritual vision of our world. It’s not only seeing and understanding, but also to know our place or our purpose in the cosmos. Because I like doing comparisons, here is the definition from the Oxford Dictionary:
VISION noun. – The ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom; a mental image of what the future will or could be like.
This one sounds also right, but I prefer the definition by ADF which not only include the future, but also the past and the present. Here is my own definition:
VISION: The ability to foresee the future, to broaden one’s perspective, and to know our purpose in the world, based on our own understanding of the past and present using our experiences, our wisdom and our capacity to imagine.
I combined both definitions, and replaced some words, like world instead of cosmos, simply based on my preferences. I liked the ‘imagination’ part from the Oxford Dictionary, and I added it to my final definition. I truly think we need to have at least a minimum of imagination to be able to think about all the possibility that could occur in a situation. I prepare contingency plans for anything! Vision is an important virtue to have. Without vision, people could easily think that a catastrophic day is the pessimistic end of it and that nothing good will follow. Vision gives us hope of what is coming for us.
Word Count: 373 words (excluding the introductory, the Oxford and the ADF quotes)
- Corrigan, Ian. Our Own Druidry. Tucson: ADF Publishing, 2009.
- Oxford Dictionary – “Vision“