Planting the seeds of imagination is critical to manifesting our Dharma.
Without a clear mental picture, we are leaving our creative mind to drifting with no clear direction. The sit for week 9 helps us focus on building up mastery of using our imagination.
It is really interesting to be the observer and to go back and see where I was and how far I have come on this journey to my future self. This week I am including my blog for week 9 from 2 years ago. The exercise to plant and grow a flower within our minds eye during our sits is one of my favorite sits throughout the course. It amazes me how much I learned from this exercise the first time through the course. I hope you enjoy reading about it and would love to hear how your experience with this exercise was as well.
This weeks sit exercise is to visualize a plant, a sunflower for instance, and bring it from the unseen into the seen.
Visualization is the mechanism of the attachment which you require. Visualization is a very different process from seeing; seeing is physical, and it is therefore related to the objective world, the “world without,” but Visualization is a product of the imagination, and is therefore a product of the subjective mind, the “world within.” It therefore possess vitality; it will grow. The thing visualized will manifest itself in form. The mechanism is perfect; it was created by the Master Architect who “doeth all things well.’ Master Key 9:15
I really like this exercise as it lets me think of warm spring days with the sun beaming down and gentle breezes blowing. I could feel the warm soft dirt on my hands as I planted the seed and smell the earth. It was very vivid to me. I plant a garden every year and I could relate to the exercise very easily.
I decided to visualize my spirit as the seed I was planting. I dug a hole in the dirt and placed my seed in the fertile soil and covered the seed of me with dirt. I saw the water that was soaking into the dirt around me as nourishment, the master keys. As the outer layers of the seed coat softened and let in the water, I realized it was the cement from my cement Buddha falling away and letting in the concepts to nourish my subconscious. The water was these concepts and as the seed filled with the good thoughts it swelled and sprouted my roots and stem. The roots were my subconscious lengthening and reaching for more, going to work to help grow this seed into the wonderful flower it was destined to be.
As I took in more water, my stem finally burst through the soil into the bright, warm sunlight, the Master Creator. He was looking down on me and radiating his love onto me. I was being fed from below the ground by the water and above from the Master Creator. I continued to stretch toward the sun, growing my first sets of leaves and climbing ever closer to my destination. I could feel the sun soaking into every cell of me and nourishing me as well as the water rising through my stem to reinforce the nourishment. I kept climbing and developing. Now I have many branches with leaves and buds are beginning to form. My roots dig deeper and my foundation is firmly set in the ground. Soon the buds begin to increase in size and the blossom burst forth in all its glory. The sunflower, my spirit, has made its appearance in the world and I look on the Master Creator for the first time. For the rest of my days, my gaze stays steadfast on the Master Creator, following His perfect plan for me. I can feel the energy flow through me from the Creator to my roots. I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.
This was a very powerful visualization or me. It made Master Key 9:33 alive for me
When you are enabled to make your vision clear and complete you will be enabled to enter into the spirit of the thing.
I truly could feel my spirit in the seed and feel the energy flow through me as that seed grew into the sunflower.
Embrace these exercises and let your mind go to work for you.