Shakti Gawain's Being-Doing-Having Model
- Being is “the basic experience of being alive…the experience of being totally complete and at rest within ourselves.”
- Doing is “movement and activity. It stems from natural creative energy.”
- Having is “the state of being in relationship with other people and things in the universe…the ability to allow and accept things and people into our lives; to comfortably occupy the same space with them.”
being –> doing –> having
“ Often people attempt to live their lives backward: They try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.”—Shakti Gawain, Creative Visualization
“Physically, we are all energy, and everything within and around us is made up of energy. We are all part of one great energy field. Things which we perceive to be solid and separate are in reality just various forms of our essential energy which is common to all. We are all one, even in a literal, physical sense.”—Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain
Creating Your Vision For Your Ideal Life
After you’ve set some goals for yourself, the next step is to create your vision for how your life is going to be. Creating your vision is a crucial part of the creative process, and shouldn’t be skipped. Goal-setting isn’t always enough. The goals you’ve chosen paint a picture of your new life – now it’s your job to depict what that picture looks like, in a way that you can look at it every day.
There’s quite a few ways to do this, and guess what? It doesn’t have to feel like work. There are tons of fun and creative ways to create your vision, and you get to choose the one that works best for you.
Creative Visualization Tools:
The Vision Board
The Vision Board, a term coined by visionary John Assaraf, is a great tool to use for any age. It’s fun, creative, and gets you thinking about what your goals look like. A Vision Board can be on anything – a bulletin board, poster board, or you can even glue or tape pieces of construction paper together to make your own. It doesn’t matter, as long as you’re happy with the end result and had fun doing it.
Next you’ll want to take a look at that list of goals and find images that correspond to them. Surf the internet and print pictures to cut out and post on your vision board, cut pictures out of magazines, or draw. You can put scraps of colored paper or Post-It notes behind your pictures to spice it up, use glitter or virtually anything else you can think of. Once you’ve finished, put your Vision Board in a place where you’ll see it every day. Look at it and think about what it feels like to have those things that you’ve put on your Vision Board, and really feel it. It’s the emotion attached to your vision that’s really going to bring it to you.
Mind Movies! This is one of my favorite tools. It really works. Mind Movies was created by Ryan Higgins and Natalie Ledwell, and enables people all over the world to reach their goals through motivational, customizable movies. They have the software to make these movies online, and let me tell you – you don’t have to be a video editor or any sort of computer wiz in order to make this work for you. They make it easy on the user.
Mind Movies consist of photos that you either choose from their database or upload from your own computer, backed with music of your choosing and any number of present tense, positive affirmations. There’s a wide variety of ones to choose from, but an example of these affirmations is “I am completely content” or “I have more than enough money.” Just watch your Mind Movie a few times a day and watch as your dreams come true.
If you don’t want to pay the membership price, we suggest you try your hand at making your own. There’s simple, user friendly video editing software that comes with most computers. If you’re using Windows, you should have Windows Movie Maker already installed. If you’re a Mac user, iMovie is a simple program to use and you should have your very own visualization movie in no time. We do suggest signing up for the mailing list at Mind Movies, as they provide you with 6 free, already made Mind Movies for your personal use. They also send a number of cool and inspiring videos, and sometimes they even have online seminars which are extremely beneficial.
Lifebook is a personal development tool created by Jon Butcher, and is a book that depicts the way you want your life to be, in all aspects of your life. This is particularly powerful for some people because it is based on their individual values, beliefs, goals, needs, and desires and encompasses twelve categories of life, so it is a very straightforward tool which allows for a clearer vision of your ideal life. These categories include your vision for your health and fitness, intellectual life, emotional life, character (characteristics/traits you want to have), spiritual life, love relationship, parenting, social life, financial life, career, quality of life, and your life vision (what it’s all supposed to look like).
Jon has a program you can follow, or you can make your own, much in the same way you would make a Vision Board. Just get yourself a journal, notebook or scrap-booking book and you’ll be set and ready to make your own Lifebook. Use pictures, words, and anything else you might think of to make this picture of your life-to-be.
The last tool we’re going to talk about is journaling. This is definitely an option most enjoyed by the writers of our world. Basically you write the story of your life, much like you would write a fictional story, but here’s the best part – it’s your story for your dream that’s going to come true! The key is to write everything in the present tense, and be as positive with your wording as you can. Write it how you want your life to be. Read that story every day and feel the feelings of having the life of your dreams.
Check out these websites and what they have to offer:
Vision Board – www.johnassaraf.com/events-attractions/the-complete-vision-board-kit-is-here
Mind Movies – www.mindmovies.com
Lifebook – www.mylifebook.com
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working on learning to do a kip pull-up - i’m getting pretty close and i think if i just work on it every time i go to crossfit then i’ll get there pretty soon.
darrick thinks i should get that down and the double under (one of my nemisis’) and then do the open. i did do a double under once - i think, i’m pretty sure, but no one saw it so i’m not 100% sure…i guess i have a couple of weeks to figure out how to do both and then register for the open if i want. we shall see how the progress goes.
other than that
3 RM Thrusters from the ground
started @ 45# bar
ended with 70#
i got close to 75#
death by 10m
made it to 15 minutes clean - missed 16 by like 2 seconds.
in non-workout news: I started reading this book called Creative Visualization - it’s about how you can visualize what you want in your life and make it happen…yeah, yeah i know i’m a bit of a hippie - but it’s pretty interesting and i do believe if you want something bad enough so bad that you believe it with every fiber of your being then you can make it happen. so i’m working on creatively visualizing things in my life…
“Don't fear that the power of creative visualization can be used for harmful ends. Creative visualization is a mean of unblocking or dissolving the barriers we ourselves have created to the naturally harmonious, abundant and loving flow of the universe. It is only truly effective when it is used in alignment with our highest goals and purposes, for the highest good of all beings. If someone should attempt to use this powerful technique for a harmful or destructively selfish end, he would only be demonstrating his ignorance of the law of karma. This is the same basic principle as the law of radiation and attraction, "as you sow, so shall you reap." Whatever you try to create for another will always boomerang back to you. This includes both loving, helpful, or healing actions and negative, destructive ones.”—Shakti Gawain, Creative Visualization
We always attract into our lives whatever we think about the most, believe in most strongly, expect on the deepest levels, and imagine most vividly.
The more positive energy we put into imagining what we want, the more it begins to manifest in our lives.
Creative Visualization - Shakti Gawain
Im trying really hard to use some creative visualization to achieve my goals. Every night before bed I imagine the pup I want romping in my yard, begging for people food, snuggling on the couch. Lets see if this works out as smoothly as I’m trying to make it. Please wish me luck and send me some good vibes. Only 4 weeks until I’m done being pregnant! Im so excited and crapping my pants though.