We are reading a book together in our summer book club called ‘The Journal of a Climber.’ It is a wonderful story about a personal journey of one man climbing the mountains of life. He sort of journals his thoughts out loud. It has been one the best books we have gone through in a long time. There are so many metaphors and allegories for life and spirituality. Last week we were on a group Skype session and the line in book came from one of the teachers on Mount achievement. The teaching was, The Climb is in the Mind.
I am not talking about making a decision or choice. Certainly that has to come into play but the idea of the climb is in the mind is much more than that. Actually the beginning any good endeavour on our part begins with a conscious decision, to say yes. For some this is called choice, but I would like to steer clear of this idea. For those of you that know me well, and or have been tracking with these podcasts for a while know how I feel about choice. I like to think our true essence of choice is more a decision to say ‘YES’ to God.
Let me give you better idea of what I mean. If I find myself in a position to where I feel consciously from my perspective that I have no other choice but to decide on A or B; was that a free choice as much as it was a decision to say yes. Doesn’t really matter to me what your belief system is concerning this, because honestly the early fathers of the faith argued, toiled, and split over this idea. They were much more qualified to argue these points than you and I.
So the Climb in the mind begins with a choice / decision. Whatever the factors that get you to that point are all part of the whole. Whether you are just board where you are at. Whether you are miserable, and or just plain curious adventurous type. The decide to climb or achieve is always seeded with the conscious choice. The Climb in the Mind to means that you must envision the finish line. If you don’t make the committment to finish, then it might be quite possible to give up during the climb.
This internal vision or image within is critical to making it to your goals. Imagination is a God-given gift. The ability to ‘image within’. In Genesis 6 we are told that the people were of one heart and mind, spoke the same language and that nothing could be restrained from them; even building a tower to heaven! There are so many obstacles to nurturing our imagination. Because when we usually imagine things, it is usually from a perspective of what I want to see, instead of what I am seeing now. Sounds a lot like faith to me, the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of that which is not seen. Everything in our natural life is trying to pull us into the carnal world. We have sometimes come to the place to where we think this world of earth, air, water, etc is the real world!
When you bring your decision to life in the mind of your imagination. If we could get in alignment with our hearts, motives, speech and thoughts; then nothing will attempt will be impossible. What I have learned about people is that we are great starters of things. We have learned how to excuse away our powerlessness of quitting. Don’t feel too badly, St. Paul and Jesus were the only two people recorded in the New Testament that actually said, ‘I have finished.’
Michael Phelps won all those gold medals during the olympics. The reality is that he won those gold medals long before he ever jumped in the pool at the olympics. You see at the olympics he merely manifested what he had seen within himself for years. To tell you the truth he received what he had believed for. Micheal Phelps practices internal meditation practices of visualization. Every single day he is going every stroke in his mind’s eye, or spirit. He of course had to train, run, swim countless laps and take care of the body. But to achieve what he did that day to win more gold medals at one olympics is unheard of. You might say for that season he was naturally supernatural. I read an article once that said not only did he know he would win the gold medals, he had his time down to the hundredth of a second for each of the races. He wound up being off just 3 one hundredths of a second total time for all of the races combined.
So before you close the window and say this is hocus pocus, or something not christian. You might want to rethink why this kind of pattern isn’t working for you? I have learned a long time ago that you can not receive what you can not perceive. My latest personal experience goes like this. I have been ‘writing’ manuscripts for really about fifteen years now. I was sort of putting in the work. I have great ideas and material. I knew it was a desire of my heart, and I was hoping for God to bless it and help me. I remember sending in my manuscripts, (they were horrible by the way) to publishers all over the US. But when I sent them, I had done the work, stayed up countless hours typing and writing. This is when windows wasnt even invented yet. You had to use DOS and write script and code. I put in the work, I received a great concept in my mind from God. I followed through submitting the manuscripts to publishers. The only thing I lacked was REAL FAITH, or a finished product in my spirit. I had not completed the process of the creation of it. I could have never come to fulness because it was more like a hoping, or wishful thinking type thing. Not to be crude but it reminds me now, like crossing your fingers in the Holy Ghost. You know those things you pray about, but you have more need and hope than faith and belief? I wonder how many people have experienced this. When I was growing up in the church it seemed everyone’s faith was working and bringing in blessings.
What I now know, is that’s what we do. We search high and low to find testimonies of those who were blessed, attribute that to faith; and the cycle continues. You hardly ever hear about why your faith doesn’t work. What do you do with unanswered prayers. How do you deal with disappointment.
Fast forward fifteen years. I am in the middle of writing still on five manuscripts. One of them is over ten years old. I don’t even know if it is even relevant anymore. I have been slowly searching for my next assignment from God. I want to use the rest of my time efficiently with the most impact. A couple of years ago I began focusing on leadership training, coaching, consulting, and getting serious about writing. I remember going through a bookstore at the airport. I love browsing and picking up new things. I believe I was in the O’Hare Chicago airport one day, and I heard still small voice. It simply said, “You could have a book here too among all of these books.” Immediately my thought was, “among so many who in the world would even want to read it and why would they?” Again I heard, “Why not you? How are you any less interesting or smarter than everyone that has written all of these books?” In my brain I’m thinking, “You really think so?” Once more I hear, “Of course, the choice is yours to decide to have a book on the shelf here.” I remember flying home that night but something got on the inside of me, it was insight to the possibilities and opportunities of God. It was prophetic insight.