There have been a few moments in my life during which the vision that my mind was given actually came to pass. Sometimes when it didn’t. Then there have been times during which, no matter how much I tried, I couldn’t “see” anything. I would try to see, but my mind would go blank.
If you haven’t experienced this, having your mind go blank is a scary prospect. Especially true for someone like me, who cultivates their imagination, who relies on vision for direction and confirmation. At first I thought I had done something wrong. Like the gift of vision had been taken away. It’s a horrible feeling. It took a second (read: a while), for me to realize that instead of being punished I was being encouraged to grow.
Visions can be amazing and provide confidence. This is especially true, if you have a practice of making new things – things that haven’t existed outside of your imagination before. The vision allows you to see what you are making before putting your hands to work. But when the mind goes blank, there is another kind of confidence ready to be cultivated.
Like a child who is given direction and then various levels of autonomy, sometimes we get the dream once. And that’s it. And that’s enough. We don’t need step-by-step confirmation, affirmation, or guidance. Maybe we’d like it (I know I have), but we don’t actually need it. We’ve been given the dream. We have all the tools, at least to start. Everything else will come along the way if the dream is to be unveiled.
So, what if going blank meant that we were ready?