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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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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Changing Your Life by Changing the Way You See Things

Posted on 5+000011. Filed under: 20/20 Vision: Changing Your Life by Changing the Way You See Things, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, laws of attraction, order @ www.churchinthenow.org, perception is reality, philosophy of life, Positive Affirmations, Self-esteem, self-image, vision | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

20-20-visionYou 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.

 

You can determine your own happiness by learning how to properly view and discern the circumstances of your past and present.  By learning how to see yourself correctly, you can become the person you’ve always really wanted to be or, better yet, you can reveal the best “you” that you already are.  You have the ability to choose an attitude and vision for each day with the same confidence and ease that you have when choosing what to have for breakfast in the morning or what clothes to wear for the day.  The more you are able to see how inner sight creates daily realities, the better skilled you will become in using it to your advantage.

 

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!

 

[A separate 20/20 VISION Workbook is also available.]

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Keep Looking Up! (from 20/20 VISION by Bishop Jim Swilley)

Posted on 1+000011. Filed under: 20/20 Vision: Changing Your Life by Changing the Way You See Things, philosophy of life | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Even if I am the only optimistic person

that I know, I will not compromise

my optimism today.

 

 

Optimism as a characteristic is the inclination to hopefulness and confidence.  The individual who exhibits this characteristic is usually someone who was raised in a very secure home environment, surrounded by nurturing and supportive people.  Optimism as a philosophy is the theory that good must ultimately prevail over evil.  The person who subscribes to this philosophy is typically someone who has had a sufficient amount of positive reinforcement to shape within them a particular world view.  But optimism as a lifestyle is something that can be learned, cultivated and perfected in those who are willing to exercise their unique, visionary ability, regardless of how they were raised or what they have experienced.

 

Optimism is not naïveté.  Those who are naïve are that way simply because they lack the necessary sophistication or required worldliness to utilize any critical ability or analytical insight.  You can, without a doubt, be totally optimistic about life without ever being naïve to the harsh realities of the world around you.  Optimism is not denial, either.  Those who are in denial refuse to acknowledge certain irrefutable truths and are either so out of touch that they can’t see reality or are so fearful of the reality they see that they just ignore it altogether.  When you are fully optimistic, your perception of reality will change but you will still be able to exist and function in the real world.

 

But remember that you live in an age when it can seem that the majority of people in the world are absolutely prone to be negative and pessimistic.  In some circles today, optimism is considered to be a sign of insensitivity to the plight of oppressed people or an indication of political incorrectness.  Certain intellectuals regard optimism as evidence of limited intelligence, while others think that it is corny or a sign of immaturity.  But the root of the word itself is connected with sight and vision, as is indicated by other similar words such as optical or optometrist.  Optimists are just people who have tapped into the power of positive perception and have chosen to make it work for them.

 

The point is that you have to maintain your good vision and perception regardless of what anyone else says or thinks of you, even if you are the only optimist that you know!  The world is never going to be perfect, but one thing is for sure – being optimistic will get you a lot closer to perfection in your world than being pessimistic ever can or will, so you must never compromise your optimism.  Continue to believe in and embrace the good, and good will come to you.  “Optimists enrich the present, enhance the future, challenge the improbable and attain the impossible.” – William Arthur Ward.  You can change your life by changing the way you see things.

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What Do You See?

Posted on 1+000009. Filed under: 20/20 Vision: Changing Your Life by Changing the Way You See Things, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, perception is reality, vision | Tags: , , , , |

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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Perception is Everything

Posted on 6+000006. Filed under: 20/20 Vision: Changing Your Life by Changing the Way You See Things, Books by Bishop Jim Swilley, Khaboris Manuscript, perception is reality | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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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