A Higher View

03/05/2014

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

~ Albert Einstein

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I have long believed in the power of visualizing what I want to see in my life. This is why I learned to release worry. To participate in worrisome reflections is to contemplate what I do NOT wish to see. Therefore I refuse to worry. I now only look at, and think on, that which I want to experience.

Years ago when my sons were small and went camping with their dad, I permitted the bad mental habit of worry to fester. After waving goodbye I would fight back tears, sometimes outright crying, as I worried about all the dangers lurking in the backcountry.

There were cliffs to fall from, lightning strikes in those high open places, and lions and tigers and BEARS! Oh my! Okay, no real tigers in my part of the world, but worry tore at my mind like claws.

Then the light switch flicked on in my brain as I saw what I was doing: I was visualizing – with emotion! – the worst possible scenarios. A chill ran through me as I suddenly understood I was inadvertently meditating with feeling for an outcome I did NOT want. I immediately began imagining, with great joy, my boys arriving home with happy shouts of “Mommy! Mommy!” I felt their hugs and could hear breathless animated tales of campfires under stars and big fish caught.

Any moment my mind began to wander down a dark pathway about the latest grizzly bear mauling or forest fire started by lightning, I would take a breath, shake off that erroneous use of my creative mind, and replace it with the imagined sounds of happy shouting boys bursting through the front door. And guess which one always came true for me? The young men who are my grown sons now have amazing stories from their youth of the times they hiked and camped in the wild backcountry. And I learned a valuable life lesson to only visualize that which I want to experience. I encourage us all to do the same. Let’s maintain the highest viewpoint possible and create a joyous life.
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Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE

38 responses to A Higher View

  1. 

    This is very true Gina. I don’t think I can stop worrying, but I can try to control it and snip it off at the bud when it comes along. I always talk to myself when I worry and it helps a lot, to get the facts straight in a way. But living in India, I have seen too much suffering and horrible destinies, specially for girls, to not worry. I mean not for myself, but for all those lovely young girls struggling. But I know, me worrying will not help them, so I try to stay strong for them and bring Love and Light into their lives instead:-) And sometimes I give myself permission to have a long good cry 🙂 Lovely, lovely post Gina! Your sons are lucky to have such a caring and loving mother like you! 🙂

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      Oh Line, you share a good point: when our sensitive hearts observe atrocities worry can become a constant companion. Of course I never intend to remain foolishly happy amidst the horrors of life, but for my sensitive soul I’ve learned when I worry I collapse into fear and uselessness. I cannot do any good in the world when I allow worry to run my thinking. I simply MUST hang onto hope, and hang onto images and trains of thought of better times, and of mass healing, and do what I can to remain in a state of wonder… as in ‘I wonder what good may come?’ I send you prayers of light and love to give you strength to battle those worries. For I do believe you can do the most good when you can keep your energy at the highest vibration possible. Keep the highest viewpoint my friend. You are helping! 🙂

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        Thank you so much! yes, I am pretty good at keeping myself happy and calm. And it is important to do so. But it is hard! I have a friend, a girl who is very very young and she is getting forcefully arranged married to someone she has never met, and I can do nothing, absolutely nothing about it! I know I should probably think that the guy will be wonderful and kind and they will fall in love, but it is hard to accept that this is going to happen! But thank you for reminding me that worrying never helps! 🙂 I needed to hear that today! 🙂

  2. 

    Love this post Gina – I try to do just that every day!
    Diana xo

  3. 

    “but for my sensitive soul I’ve learned when I worry I collapse into fear and uselessness”
    Boy Gina, you really summed me up with this sentence you wrote to Line above. The timing of your subject today couldn’t be more perfect. I‘ve been worrying myself into fear and uselessness about my mother’s unhappiness since I’ve returned home from my visit. There’s nothing I can do to help her but somehow I feel that if I don’t worry myself sick I’m not a good daughter. Wow, there’s some crazy thinking. Thank you Sister for summing this up so beautifully and bringing me clarity. Hugs, SS Lorlinda

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      Thank you for sharing this part of your journey my sister! I can share because I’ve been there. I’ve seen how worry makes me ‘useless’ because I cannot help when I’ve made myself sick with tears and anxiety. As I’ve heard said, if worrying fixed things we’d have no problems. But it doesn’t. It only lowers our energy and makes things worse. Luckily we have the power to change our minds, and I choose to view life from the highest vantage point I can reach. Faith gets me there! So glad this post was timely for you Lorlinda! Big hugs, SS Gina

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        “if worrying fixed things we’d have no problems.”
        I like that line. It made me laugh. I think you’ve given me a new motto. Maybe I should tattoo it to my forehead. (LOL) Have a super day, and I will too. I know it’s cold where you are so I’m sending you some toasty, warm hugs, Lorlinda

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          Or perhaps a Post-it Note! LOL 😀 I really appreciate your toasty hugs my sweet friend. Thinking of you makes me think of California sunshine, and it brightens my day! hugs back, G

  4. 

    Haha….i can identify with your entire journey!! That jump from fear to gratitude can be the greatest leap we’ll ever make. So glad you are now an inspiration to so many!! Blessings to you sweet sister!!

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      Thanks so much Alania! And I love that phrase: Jump from Fear to Gratitude. So important, and freeing! Blessings to you my soul sister, for your kindness and encouragement. Hugs! xo Gina

  5. 

    oh yes 🙂 I also used to be a worrier, with the idea that if i went through all the worst case scenarios in my mind it would always turn out better than I thought. Well, that’s one way of looking at it :). I dropped that after a while when i got sick of being a nervous wreck all the time and decided to only deal with what is actually happening, rather than morbid fantasies. It made all the difference 🙂

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      Sara what a wonderful comment. Thank you! It’s so valuable – that choice to finally cease ‘being a nervous wreck all the time’. Good for you! And me, and all of us who finally decide there’s a better way to live, and release the ‘worry habit’. Big hugs, Gina xo

  6. 

    You are so right. Worrying does never change the situation but rather makes it worse. I try very hard to live in the now as that is all we really have, everything else is not there. 😊

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      Hello dear Ute! Thanks for this great comment. Yes that’s the key point isn’t it? To ‘live in the now as that is all we really have’. OH the freedom in that very concept. It helps lighten our load and brighten our hearts. It frees us to share more smiles! 😀 Hugs, GIna

  7. 

    Hello Gina,

    Yes – the worrying habit, and indeed it does become a habit so easily and often it’s a pattern and way of being we absorb in childhood – that life is to be worried about and if you don’t worry you somehow ‘don’t truly care’. And how much joy that takes from each day, each moment! I know I’ve been in that pattern too but now know that to care for yourself and others does not involve dropping into the worrying pit.

    Thank you for your thought provoking words of wisdom, Gina. Always a joy to visit with you.

    With gratitude
    Lucy 🙂

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      Beautifully put, my dear friend. Thank you Lucy! Yes it is a habit, a bad habit, that so many of us acquire at a young age. Even thinking we’re helping, or as you said, that we ‘truly care’. However it drains happiness and joy right out of our lives, and pulls us far from the present moment. I love how you wrote that caring for ourselves and others no longer involves falling into the ‘worry pit’. So true! I’m so glad you enjoyed this post. With hugs of gratitude for you and your blog’s wisdom too.
      With joy, Gina 🙂

  8. 

    Chronic worrier right here. I often go through the worst-case scenarios in my head thinking that if I can at least prepare for all of them, then I could worry less. Trouble is, I spend so much time analyzing all the various ways things can go wrong and how to solve them that I often end up losing perspective on the whole situation and spiral into an emotional wreck. I’m learning to deal with my inner worrywart but she certainly likes to pop by just when something big or significant happens. I’m so glad you wrote about this and it’s good to know I’m not the only person with this worry problem. 😉

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      Lillian you described my old habits perfectly! And my own inner worrywart keeps poking her head up every so often to see if I’ve let my guard down and will allow her to take up residence again. I work to not allow the worry ‘loop’ to even begin. Yes I too know that attempt to over-analyze a situation (or even possible outcome) with the hopes of having everything figured out so I can be prepared. Oh how much of my life I have lost in those wasted hours of worrying and analyzing. Developing a deeper trust and faith in a Higher Power helps me let go of trying to ‘have everything figured out’ and be in control, and how much more free and light I feel now. We’re getting there, right? Bless your heart for your lovely comment my friend. Hugs, Gina

  9. 

    Haha – when I was 5 I used to write my secret worry list in the back of my school notebook.

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      Julie! I can imagine you as a child making those lists 😉 but hopefully now you focus on the good over ‘what if’. Making lists of things to be thankful for rather than what might go wrong. Warm hugs, Gina

  10. 

    I love it, Gina! I heard a teacher say one time that worrying is the act of taking all of our magnificent, creative power and pointing it at what we don’t want! You both are so wise!

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      😀 Cathy! Thank you my friend, what a lovely compliment. Yes I agree that worry IS pointing at what we don’t want. Let’s look at what we DO want, right? Great big hugs, Gina

  11. 

    This is a wonderful post – thanks Gina x

  12. 

    I love this!! you started me down this path of envisioning myself in a different job and it’s helped me so much! I too have been a worrywart and you’re absolutely right about the things that we worry about seem to never transpire. I hope to some day stop worrying completely….I have started but have a ways to go. thanks again for the reminder 😉

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      Hooray! Around here, in my house, we like to cheer each other on – so I say, Go Toby Go!! Yay! Yes you are creating a new and even better life, including a new and better job where your skills and abilities can be utilized and appreciated, working with and for people whom you admire, while earning a good income! Those are affirmations I memorized from Louise Hay many years ago, and am happy to pass them along. They work! Your friend and always cheerleader, Gina

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        you are so kind! I love those affirmations and that is indeed exactly what I seek. I don’t know Louise Hay but I think I better look her up 😉 oh and btw? I got yet another call today! my worst “fear” is coming to fruition. that I will have too many to choose from. a nice problem to have to be sure 🙂 thanks for being my cheerleader!

  13. 

    This is such a wonderful post!!! Very timely for me, as I have been struggling with this, lately. I’ve been tackling it by trying to stay in the present, but your post takes this to the next level. Thank you! Marvelous! 🙂

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      How wonderful! I’m so glad you enjoyed. Thank you for this encouraging comment, because it’s so heartening to know my higher viewpoint can inspire others to come up to ‘the next level’. We’re worth it! 😀 Cheers, Gina

  14. 

    what a great post and blog!!! on the right track to lasting happiness!!!
    thank you very much for subscribing to me! Eddie

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      Thank YOU Eddie, for your encouraging comments and for Following me too! Lovely energy exchange between kindred spirits! Helps us Lightworkers to stay in touch, be inspired, and cheer each other on! Namaste. Gina

  15. 

    Wonderful post.. which outlines how our thoughts race and how we can if not careful manifest those worries.. Much better to focus upon the beauty and happiness of being… Thank you dear Gina for these wise words.. Sue xox

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      Thank you so kindly Sue for your sweet words of encouragement. Yes, unfocused thoughts can race on into wild and frightening territory, but with focus we can choose to steer them back to lands of beauty and happiness. Thank you for being such a dear friend! Gina xox

  16. 

    Powerful and truthful message.Worrying shortens lives.The American thinker Dale Carnigi wrote a book about the subject.”stop worrying and start living.” Best regards,.Jalal Michael

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      Hello Jalal Michael and thank you for this kind comment! I agree, worrying shortens lives, and certainly lessens joy as well. I do enjoy the works of Dale Carnegie; thanks for reminding me of that great book. Kind regards, Gina