A Powerful Tool for Turning Ideas into FormAs I sat in the fields and watched the moon flowers gently open at night, I was also amazed that, even in the moonlight, their color was beautiful. I remember having the thought that surely our ideas of color come from nature. I thought about how often people look at flowers or a beautiful sunset and want to imitate those colors somehow – in art, in clothing, in many ways. Isn’t it interesting that the purity of nature, its original natural beauty, inspires us to capture it or duplicate it? Certainly, that is one form of visualization – reproducing in representative ways what we see in the world around us. Although ideas seem quite invisible compare to moon flowers or sunsets, they are as real and inspiring. Aren’t you just as excited by a wonderful new idea as you are to experience something rare and beautiful in nature? In the same way that the world of nature inspires us to imitate its beauty, so we are naturally impelled to capture the beauty of true ideas in material form. Remember that the true ideas that come to you are coming from your Silent Master: “Your Silent Master is your real self, your original self. It expresses itself through your thinking, through true ideas and thoughts in your mind.” Those ideas are the primal, original source of everything that manifests in visible form. In fact, the word idea is derived from the Greek root word that means “to see.” So an idea automatically carries with it the concept of visibility. Haven’t you noticed that when you understand an idea, you usually say, “I see.” In our universe, we turn ideas into material form. Visualization is a powerful tool for doing so. Visualization is the process of forming a mental image. The process of forming images in our mind is also called imagining, something most of us do with relative ease. The word image comes from the same Latin root as the word imitate. This means that when we form an image, we are imitating, or creating a likeness of, something else. That something else is an idea. All images, whether those you see outside yourself or those you see in your mind’s eye, are visible duplications of some idea. Visit me online at my school, Jung SuWon or on Vimeo Enjoy some of these recent articles published in Psychology Today, InspireNation and Parabola
Here is an excerpt from my book, SEVEN STEPS TO INNER POWER, where I discuss a healthy mental immune system:
Now that we’ve been exploring what purity means as a step to inner power, you may be wondering where hate, illness, greed, lust, revenge, and all other negatives come from if your real self knows and embodies what is pure – love, health, generosity, compassion, etc. In actuality, negative concepts are not ideas at all. They are the absence of an idea, the unreal shadows of something real. When you see a shadow on the ground, you are not fooled into thinking it has substance. However, you do know there is something of real substance nearby that is casting the shadow. In other words, the shadow tells you that there is something real at hand. Can a shadow of yourself exist without you?
Here, then, is some good news – negative ideas are substantially unreal, like shadows. When you experience them, they are only pointing to a real idea you are not expressing. This means there is really nothing standing in the way of your purity. Truly, there is only one reality, and you can make it your business to express it. You can fill the void of your negatives or anyone else’s by forming the positive idea.
Take greed, for instance, clearly a negative condition that is self-destructive. Greed is the absence of the knowledge that you have the power to create all that you need out of your own ideas. Greed is the absence of the knowledge that you are complete and whole. If you truly know that you can have what you think, that you can have all you need, that you are complete and whole, you do not feel greed.
Hate is the absence of love. That thing you hate so much – isn’t it true that you hate it precisely because it falls so short of what you love? “I hate him” means “I love certain qualities he does not express.” Because you know that hating will only reinforce and perpetuate the negative condition, you can choose to fill this negative void with loving energy that envisions and therefore helps to bring about the positive pictures. Fear is the absence of power. You can fill this void by knowing that in truth you are a powerful being who has the inner strength to overcome any obstacle.