Bishop Jim Earl Swilley

See and Say (Repost)

Posted on 7+000025. Filed under: 20/20 Vision: Changing Your Life by Changing the Way You See Things, Bishop Jim Earl Swilley, Blogs by Jim Swilley, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, perception is reality, philosophy of life, Positive Affirmations, vision | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Moses’ twelve spies were commissioned to see something and to say something – to translate the visual into the verbal, so that the others waiting back at the camp could unify themselves around a collective vision. This principle of seeing and saying is something that you practice on a regular basis, either intentionally or unintentionally, and it can be your best friend or your worst enemy, depending on how you use it. The combination of positive visualization and verbalization in your life can be a powerfully transformative force, if you are consistent in your practical application of it. You are what you see that you are. You are what you say that you are.

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My thinking today will cause me to be at total peace with myself. (Repost)

Posted on 3+000022. Filed under: 20/20 Vision: Changing Your Life by Changing the Way You See Things, Bishop Jim Earl Swilley, Blogs by Jim Swilley, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Emotional healing, Jim Earl Swilley, perception is reality, philosophy of life, Positive Affirmations, Self-esteem, self-image, Stress | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 

 

If you want to live in the kind of peace that prevents you from developing a stomach ulcer or hypertension – the peace that allows you to really sleep well at night – you must learn how to properly see yourself. Developing the proper self-image includes learning to forgive yourself and making a quality decision to stop blaming yourself and mentally beating yourself up for your mistakes and perceived failures. If you constantly bombard your spirit with negative thoughts of regret and self-accusation, those thoughts will eventually mutate into a kind of self-loathing that is completely counterproductive to your having any real degree of success in your life.

 

 

Low self-esteem is a learned habit that is usually developed by believing in lies and falsehoods. Insecurity and feelings of inferiority are also merit-less mindsets that people acquire and cultivate throughout the course of their lives. The fear of rejection is the result of learned behavior, as well. But the good news is that any learned behavior can be unlearned! When you know who you are, you don’t have to waste time trying to prove to somebody else that you are valuable or talented. You can believe in yourself while being fully aware and accepting of your own limitations.

                                                                   

no stressBeing at peace with yourself comes from a balanced estimate of your self. The more that you are at peace with yourself, the less stress you will have in your life. Guard your heart and never let someone else’s negative words decide the direction of your life. No one should have more power over you than you, and you can determine your own stress level and how much pressure you will allow yourself to feel in a day. If you want peace, you can have peace. You are in the driver’s seat, so determine where you want to go, emotionally, and don’t waver from your intended course. Get a vision of a more confident, more centered you, and become that person.

 

 

peace_mindNo matter what has happened to you in the past, you can get it together if you want to. Being at peace with oneself is something that should be aspired to, treasured and protected. Your peace is stronger than your fluctuating moods or temporary thoughts of discouragement. Being at peace will positively affect your health and could even lengthen your life in the long run. It certainly will make you easier to live with and will condition you to have better relationships and live a more successful life. When your mind is at peace, you see things more clearly and with better perspective; you are less likely to become overwhelmed by your circumstances. You can change your life by changing the way you see things.

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Today I will not be distracted by worrying about things that might not ever happen.

Posted on 2+000016. Filed under: 20/20 Vision: Changing Your Life by Changing the Way You See Things, Bishop Jim Earl Swilley, Blogs by Jim Swilley, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Emotional healing, Jim Earl Swilley, Overcoming worry, perception is reality, Stress | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

worried-manWorry is a pointless and futile exercise that causes the person who engages in it to give way to anxiety and feelings of uneasiness, apprehension and fearful concern.  It is a learned behavior that is basically just meditation on what is negative, or what could potentially be perceived as negative or destructive, and it causes an individual to unnecessarily trouble his/her own mind and spirit.  It can also cause that person to inflict certain things on his/her physical body that can manifest as  dis-ease, better known as disease and, in the long run, worry unchecked can become a slow and miserable kind of suicide.  There are people who literally worry themselves to death.

 

Worry distracts you and hijacks your all-important powers of focus, rendering you incapable of seeing certain important and essential things that can only be perceived by taking in the fullness of the big picture.  It narrows down your visual field until your perception of reality is limited to nothing but tunnel vision.  And when all you have is tunnel vision, you are unable to pay attention to the totality of any given situation, so that when you need to take action you are unable to do it in a rational manner.  Worry forces you to act on impulse as you react to artificial feelings and emotions.  It always causes you to miss the main point of any situation.

 

Worry is a heartless and dangerous thief.  It is heartless because it insidiously disguises itself as care and concern, exploiting the thoughtfulness of well-meaning people in doing so.  It is dangerous, because it can so easily creep in and take over someone’s mind that they become comfortable with the familiarity of its presence, and thereby regard it as an acceptable way of thinking and way of life.  Ultimately, they yield to its authority and allow it to rob years of creativity and productivity from them, as they waste most of their mental potential on fretting about things that more than likely are never even going to happen.  Worry shapes their perception into seeing every smokescreen as reality.

 

In the same way that regret causes you to miss the beauty of the now by sentencing you to live in the past, worry causes you to miss it by negatively projecting you into the future.  But there is hope for worriers.  As was stated earlier, prayer is a powerfully effective perception-changer:  “Don’t fret or worry.  Instead of worrying, pray.  Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.  Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down.  It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life” (Philippians 4:6, 7 – The Message).  You can change your life by changing the way you see things.


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I will accept the reality today that I may not be expecting enough from myself.

Posted on 1+000015. Filed under: 20/20 Vision: Changing Your Life by Changing the Way You See Things, Bishop Jim Earl Swilley, Blogs by Jim Swilley, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Jim Earl Swilley, perception is reality, Positive Affirmations | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

clark-kent3Taking responsibility for your life is the ultimate confirmation and indicator of your own maturity.  It can certainly be sobering to recognize and have to admit to yourself that the largest part of your life is basically what you alone have made it, and that you can’t blame anyone else for what you don’t like about it.  But, it is also quite liberating and empowering to do so.  The admission of your own answerability is a testimonial to your own authority.  When you say yes to a state of mind that makes no excuses for what it has produced, you break the cycle of denial and clear the way for a greater reality and a greater expectation of yourself.

 

The bottom line is that there is much, much more in you than you have realized or have utilized up until now.  You’re bigger on the inside than you are on the outside and, as you become more keenly aware of what you have and what you can do, you will discover the strength and confidence to make a greater demand on your inner resources.  If you really think about it, you’ll realize that you’ve already triumphantly come through so many things that, at the time, seemed potentially overwhelming and impossible to survive.  But when you needed to step up to the plate, you rose to the occasion because you possessed the raw materials of success.

 

 

All that you need to do now is practice perfecting the process that develops those raw materials, namely, the process of involvement.  Real involvement in your life means getting off the sidelines and playing the game without any fear of injury.  It means taking the chance of making your own choices and refusing to limit those choices only to what seems possible at the moment.  If you don’t get in the game, it’s assured that you’ll never win.  And if your choices never challenge the boundaries of the reasonable, you have no reason to expect more from yourself and so you disconnect yourself from the true desires of your own heart.

 

 

 

Anything less than the highest expectations from your inner self is a compromise, and life is too short and precious to be compromised in any way.  The heart that willingly takes responsibility for its own quality of life knows that the most essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail.  You can expect yourself not to fail and can forgive yourself even if you do.  But, more importantly, you can respect yourself for trying.  Things can start getting better for you right now if you simply start expecting more from yourself and stop waiting for something outside of yourself to improve your life.  You can change your life by changing the way you see things.

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Today I will put closure to the pain of my past by being aware of how blessed I am today.

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 People who never make peace with their past never find the grace to move successfully into their future.  If you want to change your life for the better, you must settle this fact in your mind, once and for all: it’s all about the now!  Begin to see yourself as a person who has the ability to let things go and to move on.  See yourself as someone who has the maturity to forgive, the perception to rightly discern what has happened to you in the past, and the vision to embrace the future.  See yourself as one who can look back over the course of events of his/her life – both the good and the bad ones – and not want to change anything.  See yourself thankful for your life.

 

Remember, it’s not what has happened to you, but what has happened in you, that has shaped you into the person that you now are.  You may have been victimized, but you don’t have to be a victim – or at least you don’t have to live like one.  You may have been betrayed, but you don’t have to be bitter.  Betrayal is what someone did to you.  Bitterness is what you do to yourself.  You may be alone, but you don’t have to be lonely.  Your vision determines the effect of your circumstances on your life.  One thing is for sure, you really can put closure on any pain from your past by seeing how blessed you are now.  Whatever may have happened didn’t kill you – you’re still here, so you might as well live!

 

Counting your blessings is truly an exercise in empowerment.  You should make a mental list every day of the things for which you are grateful and review that list when you are tempted to start seeing things in a negative light.  Self-pity is a useless emotion.  It doesn’t make you feel better about yourself, it doesn’t make someone else see the error of their ways, it doesn’t change anything, and it doesn’t glorify God.  Feeling sorry for yourself, even if you have good reason to do so, is utterly pointless.  Nothing good or important or constructive ever comes from it.  Giving in to it just causes you to spin your wheels on the road of life.

If you are nursing old wounds from the past that should have healed years ago, it’s time to move on.  Some things may leave a scar, but they don’t have to stay infected.  They don’t have to hurt anymore if you don’t want them to.  You can stop talking about the pain and can begin to see the good and positive.  You can embrace the strength and wisdom that you have acquired and can even help someone else through their healing process.  The more thankful you become, the more you will have for which to be thankful and the less you will want to concentrate on past hurts.  You can change your focus.  You can change your life by changing the way you see things.

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There is a great awakening taking place within my thinking today.

Posted on 1+000012. Filed under: 20/20 Vision: Changing Your Life by Changing the Way You See Things, Bishop Jim Earl Swilley, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, creativity, Imagination, Jim Earl Swilley, vision | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Your mind is capable of experiencing moments of profound insight repeatedly throughout the course of your everyday existence.  An epiphany is such a moment of insight that usually happens once, or very rarely, in someone’s life, and it serves as a significant touchstone or turning point for them.  But having an epiphany is not something that has to be rare or limited to a singular, once-in-a-lifetime experience.  A virtually continual state of renaissance can take place in your thinking if you keep exposing yourself to the stimuli of new information and deliberately enlist yourself into environments that are conducive to inspiration.

 

Being around creative people on a regular basis is very healthy for your state of mind and can help secure a place for you, mentally and emotionally, where constant revival, rebirth and renewal of your thought processes can occur.  “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend” – Proverb 27:17.  Great ideas are often birthed out of invigorating dialogue between people who are on the same page in matters of vision.  Interacting with people who have different paradigms keeps things interesting and keeps you awake, mentally, so that you can be receptive to new concepts and can continue to grow personally.

When you finally begin to realize that your imagination and thought-life are the only things that can limit your possibilities in any way, you will see the importance of always keeping your mind awake and ready for renewal.  Buried deep within you are sleeping powers that can potentially revolutionize your life if they are properly aroused.  A resurgence of visionary thinking can energize every aspect of your life, including the physical.  As any professional athlete will tell you, excelling in competition is infinitely more of a mental thing than it is a physical thing.  Being strong and fit in your mind is ultimately what makes you strong and fit in your body.

Nothing is more empowering day by day than a continual flow of powerful thoughts.  And you have constant access to that flow – a flow that leads to untapped reservoirs of power in your mind that have never even been explored.  You don’t have to ride down the road of life asleep at the wheel.  Visionary thinking can enable you to grow more alert, more awake, and more alive with age as your senses grow sharper and sharper.  When you think correctly, you discover that there is so much more to enjoy and celebrate in the world than you ever imagined or thought possible before.  You can change your life by changing the way you see things.

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