Books by Bishop Jim Swilley

Forgive Yourself (Again)

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treeoflife4If 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.

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Yes, You Can!

Posted on 5+000009. Filed under: 20/20 Vision: Changing Your Life by Changing the Way You See Things, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, perception is reality, self-image, vision | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Free your mind, open the eyes of your heart, and prepare to change your life for the better. You can be happy. You can succeed. You can stop second guessing your life-choices, living in regret, or blaming others. You can break all the limitations of your own mind and tap into an inner power that will enable you to do things that you never thought you could do before. And you can do it all by simply choosing to change your viewpoint and perception of the things pertaining to your life. As you begin to realize personal transformation, let these words take on new meaning for you: I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see!

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What Do You See?

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perception1You can, in fact, change your life by changing the way that you see things. It has been theorized that there is no such thing as reality, there is only perception – a premise that can be argued, ad infinitum, by philosophers and physicists, alike. Whether or not it is actually and completely true, the fact remains that your perception of things really does determine how you think, feel and function every single day of your life. It is a fact that God is, but it is also a fact that God is to you how you see that He is. The world around you is, but that world is to you how you see that it is. Life is what it is, but for you, your life is how you really see that it is.

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WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA?!

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big_idea_Claustrophobia is the abnormal fear of confined spaces, and it is a very negative and debilitating thing that can greatly disrupt the lives of people who suffer from it. But there is a type of this phobia that is actually quite positive and useful – a mental claustrophobia, if you will – that manifests itself as the absolute aversion and revulsion to small, confined ways of thinking. To break out of the restrictions of a mindset that continues to put limitations on your life, you actually have to develop a phobic repugnance for any line of thought that doesn’t allow your brain to breathe. Mental claustrophobia will cause you to avoid such thinking.

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Created To Create!

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man_on_beach_praising_god_The Creator brilliantly designed you with both the desire and the ability to unveil and reveal His nature within yourself through a continual process of self-discovery, and every new day is filled with fresh opportunities for you to do just that. You can’t afford to allow yourself to be so blinded by your own perceived fear of the potential for incompetence that you begin to doubt your credentials as a creator in your own right. That blindness so colors your perception of believability that it renders you unable to recognize God within yourself, and so you miss the beauty of the process because you don’t trust your own God-given creativity.

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I Dare You!

Posted on 4+000007. Filed under: 20/20 Vision: Changing Your Life by Changing the Way You See Things, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, perception is reality, self-image, vision | Tags: , , , |

Conventional wisdom says that seeing is believing, but, in fact, believing is seeing. When you begin to see what you already have inside you, you can really start to believe in yourself from the depths of your being. You were designed for success, so you have been equipped with the skills to live your life successfully. Instead of allowing yourself to give in to artificial thoughts of inadequacy that can cause you to feel overwhelmed by your problems, begin to see yourself as a capable individual who is inventive enough to create imaginative solutions to those problems. Dig down deep until you discover that vision, then doggedly hold to it.

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Perception is Everything

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day_and_nightThe cover art for 20/20 VISION: Changing Your Life by Changing the Way You See Things is Day and Night by M.C. Escher…

 

“The light for your earthly life is perception. Therefore, if your perception is without fault, your whole life shall be enlightened.” 

 (Matthew 6:22 – Khaboris Manuscript)

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The Earth is Round, After All!

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The earth is round, but to the people of the ancient world it was flat, even after Christopher Columbus returned from the Americas on the other side of the globe. The false perception of the earth’s flatness did not change the fact that the earth is and always has been round, but the fact of its roundness did not change the world’s collective perception that it was flat. The reality and the perceived reality continued to coexist for another generation after Columbus. In the same way, there are things you believe about your world that are undeniably and universally true, and there are things you believe that are only true in your own mind.

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See and Say

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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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Perception is Everything

Posted on 5+000004. Filed under: 20/20 Vision: Changing Your Life by Changing the Way You See Things, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, perception is reality | Tags: , , , , |


Two people observe the same glass of water. One sees the glass as half full, the other sees the glass as being half empty. Of course, this illustration has been overused to the point of becoming cliché, but if you think about it, it really is the perfect way to explain the concept of perception. The glass is half full, and it is half empty. Both realities exist simultaneously, but two different people see two completely different pictures of the exact same thing. They hold to opposing concepts because they have conflicting paradigms and, therefore, have different perceptions of the truth. The most remarkable thing is that neither person is wrong!

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