We had been looking for a home out of town on a few acres for many months. Angus and I had combined two households including two kids and two dogs each and were feeling crowded living in town. We had found the property search disappointing as it seemed every one was looking to purchase houses on a few acres out of town and the prices were rising ridiculously as a result. A few months ago we had resigned ourselves to our cramped urban lifestyle for the time being and had continued to save money for our deposit.
Fortunately, we were the first people to inspect “The Oasis” that Saturday. We knew instantly we had found our new home. As it had been some time since we had talked finance with the bank I told the agent we were keen to purchase the property and would like a couple of days to confirm finance was still good to go. The agent held the property for us even though both of the other parties who had inspected the property later that same day were also keen to purchase it. We ended up having exactly the right amount of funds saved for the deposit and with our finance approved the sale went ahead easily.
After using visioning as a tool for many years now I have learnt that surrendering and trusting the process is essential. When you are desperately searching or trying too hard your energy does not create, it reacts. When we relax, surrender and trust the process the vision unfolds often in even better ways than we could imagine. I have also found that creating a vision helps you to identify opportunities you may otherwise miss as you have spent the time clarifying what it is that you want to be, do and have. With out this clarity you can easily miss an opportunity. With out our vision for our ideal home that we had created months earlier we could have easily failed to inspect “The Oasis” and missed the opportunity simply because it was in an area we had not been considering. Yes, sure another property may have still come along that was perfect, but how would we even know it was perfect or a better choice with out the clarity provided by our vision?
We have continued to use visioning as a tool in our lives at The Oasis to great effect. I was inspired to create a new vision when I completed Holistic Management training and our temporary holistic goal was born. The simple process of clarifying and writing these vision statements is profound. Earlier this year we realised that we needed to create a new vision. The instant we reviewed the previous version we knew that its time was done. We had outgrown it and felt as though it was actually constraining us and not opening us up to the infinite potential and possibilities we wanted beyond our own land. Your vision statement is incredibly powerful and will inspire you and motivate you.
Your vision is a powerful tool that can be used in so many ways. You can create a vision for your life, for your permaculture design, for your farm, for your family, for your business, for an organisation. If you have ever worked in an organisation with out a clearly defined vision you will have felt the lack of direction, the inefficiency and the frustration as you spend time on activities that are pointless due to the lack of cohesion that abounds in these environments.
If you don’t know what you want, chances are someone else will.
Are you happy spending your life creating other people’s visions or would you like to spend your life fulfilling your own vision?
Have you contemplated what it is that would make you fulfilled?
What do you want your life to contribute to the world?
How do you want to live?
How do you want your days to be?
I have created a visioning e-course which is free for a limited time in my online store on The Rural Woman marketplace. This course is designed for you to work at your own pace and includes a short video where I explain the visioning process, a visioning audio exercise and a number of other activities you can pick and choose from (or have fun with them all if you choose!) to help you explore and then create your vision. This course can be applied to any number of visioning purposes including your life, permaculture design, farm & business. As 2017 is drawing to a close and we are on the cusp of a brand new year it is as good a time as any to work on your vision.
If you have any questions on visioning as a tool or if you have an awesome story to share about how visioning has helped you to create your life on your terms please drop us a line we love to hear from our readers.