Sunday, September 15, 2013

Virtues Essay: Vision

  • the ability to see; the area that you can see from a particular position
  • an idea or a picture in your imagination
  • a dream or similar experience, especially of a religious kind
  • the ability to think about or plan the future with great imagination and intelligence
                                                  --Oxford American English Dictionary   

Vision, as a pagan virtue, is a multifaceted concept that seems to transcend time.

On one hand, an individual might experience a vision - a deep awareness and understanding of surroundings or a situation - that informs his/her decision concerning a present action.  This could be a personal vision about family or employment, or such a vision could influence a group's actions (particularly if one is interpreting the situation within a religious context).  In this capacity, vision has the ability to influence our present.

However, one may also have a vision - perhaps a revelation during meditation or a dream - that illuminates a connection to the Kindreds. If this vision concerns the ancestors it can serve as a link to the past and increase our bond and understanding of those who have gone before.

On the flip side, it is not unheard of in religious communities for such visions to influence personal practices and infuse individuals with a desire for change and action. Plans for the future are made based upon such visions, laying the foundation of a path that begins with the vision and moves forward towards the future.

This, again, bring us back to the present.  What we do today may be a manifestation from the past, that of a distant ancestor's vision, which could provide a catalyst for future activities.

The circle goes on and on.

"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.  Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes."        --Carl Jung

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