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vision2How powerful is vision casting? How important is it to see ourselves doing and being all that God has in His mind for us? Can our thoughts really shape our future? Recently, Marie Hendrix emailed an interesting piece on the power of imagery and how visualizing a thing can cause it to actually come to pass. We share it here to provoke some thoughts for you. ~The C

Our bodies contain approximately 100 million sensory receptors that allow us to see, hear, taste, touch and smell physical reality. But the brain contains 10 thousand billion synapses. This means we’re roughly 100,000 times better equipped to experience a world that does not exist, than a world that does.

The first step in persuasion 
is to entice your target 
to imagine doing the thing you want them to do.

For example, in the summer of 2004, a screenwriter named Eli Attie began creating a persona for a new fictional character that would appear on The West Wing. Matt Santos (played by Jimmy Smits) would be a young congressman, new to Washington, a working-class member of an ethnic minority. Prior to running for public office, our fictional character Santos had been a community organizer in a major city (Houston.)

Screenwriter Eli Attie admitted to The Guardian, a British newspaper, that he was inspired in 2004 by a young Illinois politician – not yet even a US senator – by the name of Barack Obama, a community organizer from Chicago. 

As a result of Attie’s attraction to Obama, the 2006 television season showed us a glittering, fictional candidate for the presidency, a happily married, young minority male with 2 children who would run against a moderate Republican opponent from a western state. The imaginary Republican senator, Arnie Vinick (played by Alan Alda,) was unpopular with his conservative base due to his moderate views. His principal opponent in the fictional Republican primary was the Rev. Don Butler, a Christian preacher. Keep in mind these West Wing episodes aired 18 months before America ever heard of Mike Huckabee. But wait, it gets weirder.

Ten years ago, Aaron Sorkin admitted that he based The West Wing’s Josh Lyman on Rahm Emanuel, who served in Bill Clinton’s White House. Both Lyman and Emanuel are Jewish. Both are brilliant. Both mail dead fish to opponents who make them angry.

In the 2006 season of The West Wing, seasoned White House staffer Josh Lyman serves as campaign manager for the long-shot, minority candidate. When his candidate wins, Lyman is named Chief of Staff.
 Two years later Rahm Emanuel, the real Josh Lyman, became Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff.
 Was it all a plot? Don’t be ridiculous.

Maybe not a plot, but definitely a powerful reminder that what we imagine, we will act on. What God vision are you connected to? The more you meditate on that vision, the more you will act it out. God’s vision can become reality for your life!

~From The MondayMorningMemo© of Roy H. Williams


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