From Vision to Action Series- By Mosline Farawu
Do you think you have a vision, received a vision or got called into a vision. It does not matter how the vision came about. Understanding the issue of vision can be a daunting task, let alone trying to follow through that vison. What is a vision? Who is a visionary? What do you do with a vision? These are crucial questions that beg to be answered before you can even begin to follow that vision effectively.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, vision is the faculty or state of being able to see with the natural eyes, seeing in the dream, trance or supernatural apparition. Dictionary.com goes further to expand the word to the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be e.g
prophetic vision; the vision of an entrepreneur.
a vivid, imaginative conception or anticipation e.g
visions of wealth and glory.
In these definitions the eyes are involved and these could be our natural eyes or supernatural eyes or our inner vision through the 3rd eye , that is, imaginative or intuitive.
However, it is clear that this foresight may or may not come to be. Why? Because action in some form is required to trigger the sequence of events that lead to it. Our lives are like a game of chess where one move leads to the next in order to get a particular result. Whereas one wrong move can also lead to disappointing results, we still have to step out and follow through and act on what we have envisioned. It may be in our personal lives, profession or business or in the global sphere. A vision could encompass a world where there is peace and harmony; that is a global vision. It involves a professional or business vision where one engages in activities that bring about this global impact and yet create prosperity for the individual. This further trickles down to the personal vision , that is to have a healthy body, be blossoming, knowledgeable and in harmony with nature and the world.
A visionary therefore is one who can envision the future. For some groups this can involve the supernatural (Wikipedia). So it is clear that one can actively imagine the future and create through their mind, intelligence and wisdom and yet for others it can come supernaturally without actively seeking it. A supernatural download of a vision is usually referred to as a calling and this can come through dreams, imagery or prophesy. Some claim to hear voices or a voice instructing them. Whichever method the vision presents does not really matter as in all cases one is made to see into the future what could come about with their involvement.
Faced with two possibilities, that the envisioned future may or may not be- it is apparent that some action is required here. Alternatively, no action just kills the vision instantly. This is where purpose comes in as “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists” -Oxford Dictionary.
So let’s say, one is endowed with the ability to envision an end result or state of affairs supernaturally, this would also involve that person being called to participate in actions that bring about the desired result. In other words purpose does not show up without a vision. So when one says, my purpose is to take care of orphans, there has to be an end result that is envisioned e.g to bring about a harmonious world in which the poor and marginalized are nourished.
Even where the vision comes intellectually or through one’s wisdom , there is purpose for the one envisioning. If you are a visionary in business, you are able to see future possibilities and in order to actualise them, you have to take certain actions and put together structures and that is your purpose.
Where does desire come in? Desire is a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen,( Oxford Dictionary). Hence desire accompanies purpose since the desire leads to action toward a certain goal. If one is called to act in a certain way but they do not desire to do it, a conflict arises and this is when they abandon the calling. However, in most cases a purpose is accompanied by a desire to see a vision materialize in the natural. So you hear many people saying, my desire is to put smiles on people’s faces or my desire is to make you happy. What they mean is that their purpose is to do things or act in a way that makes you happy, that is what they were created for. At the end of the day it fulfils the happy world vision or happy relationships vision.
Does it mean that some are part of a bigger vision without knowing it? Yes, not everyone knows their purpose and not all are conscious of why they were created. Knowing requires a process of waking up and remembering the mission and this is a topic worth discussing on its own. Yet some people, are born fully aware or with a strong sense of what they have to do. They only need a little nudge and they take off. An example is when someone reads an inspiring article, attends a seminar, listen to a speaker, preacher or takes a course which opens their mind to full consciousness. But still some require a big push like experiencing a disaster, crisis etc before they wake up to their purpose. We usually hear of someone surviving a fatal accident, losing a child or experiencing a rare illness of a loved one and then starting a cause or movement. Therefore it is also possible for some people to die without embracing their purpose or run away from it until they are too old to do anything about it. In these cases, one thing is common and that is, these people may claim to be happy but inner joy eludes them as they do not experience real success through accomplishing what they were really created for. Imagine buying a car and parking it in the garage until all parts are consumed by rust and it breaks down without being driven. What a waste!
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Mosline Farawu is a writer of spiritual and intellectual articles that interrogate and shed light on women's issues . She lives in Zimbabwe, Africa and is a mother, life coach and entrepreneur.