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BE ENCOURAGED YOUR BLESSING TODAY IS IN YOUR IMAGINATION

BE ENCOURAGED YOUR BLESSING TODAY IS IN YOUR IMAGINATION

Today, we want you to learn to use your imagination and stop living without the desires of your heart and placing limitations on your life.  Yes we understand that in this world today, people are filled with anxious desires to overcome their present lot in life. Anxieties are running deep in their veins, being faced with much lack of everything that this world has to offer and in their heart of hearts not being able to have the basics necessaries that GOD has promised to them that love and believe in the LORD.  Nevertheless, I say to all the people, know that GOD never makes a promise that he will not fulfill.  Just hold onto God’s unchanging hands and your storehouse will never be bare.  You see, God has provided the world with all the necessary things for man’s survival in this world.

Your Imagination is the greatest tool that God has provided to you in order to help you obtain any desire you may have.  Learning to use your imagination properly is the job of each individual.  Therefore, today we set before this video clip as a starting point to help you expand your thought process that it may stir up the many gifts that God has already provided for you.  All you have to do is click on it watch and listen and let it move you into action.  “DO IT NOW!”

We thank you for taking the time to study this valuable lesson with us today, and we seek God for His Blessings over your life, the life of your families and your ministries.  Never give up, never give in, the race is not to the one who can run the fastest, nor the one who is the strongest, but it is won by the one who can endure the trials and tribulations that are set out in front of them by showing love, patience, understanding and always willing to go the extra mile.

Please visit our home page and video channel for more in depth study on this subject and the many subjects we teach here daily.  Just click on any one of the links below or you can email me personally and I will respond back to you personally.  “BE BLESSED AND LIVE IN PEACE!”

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YOU HAVE THE POWER TO TRANSFORM YOUR DREAMS INTO REALITY

YOU HAVE THE POWER TO TRANSFORM YOUR DREAMS INTO REALITY

Shania A. Byars the Dreamer (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Shania A. Byars the Dreamer (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Throughout this year we have discussed with you many times the word transformation.”  We have done so because we realized early on as we begin this teaching ministry that in order for us to be successful at what we were doing, we to needed to be in the flow of the transformation process. 

We have learned a great deal from your many wonderful comments, and as we continue into 2012, we will apply the knowledge and understanding we gleamed from your thoughts and apply them to our teaching methods in hopes that many more of you will gain some valuable lessons from what is being taught here.

The subject of this lesson is:  “YOU HAVE THE POWER TO TRANSFORM YOUR DREAMS INTO REALITY.”  The very first thought in many of your minds will be doubt.  Saying, I don’t have any power.  Others have the power, but I am powerless to transform a single dream I have ever had into reality.  That is truly the kind of negative thinking that hinders you from becoming the genius that God destiny you to become from the very beginning of time.  Now let me encourage you to pause your reading right here for a moment and watch this short video clip as it helps to further engage your mind with great thoughts of manifesting your dreams into reality.  Please continue reading on the other side of this video clip.  After you have completed this message, do not forget to click on the share button and share it on your social networking page as well as with friends and family.

Let us understand this one very important thing in our lives, and that is, our negative thoughts are the seeds we plant in our minds that begins the process of creating lack, poverty and all the things that we have dreamed of having, but have not been able to obtain in our lives thus far.

When your thoughts are always centered on the negative side of life, you set up the conditions which correspondence with the predominant mental attitude in your mind.  Therefore, if we fear disaster, as fear is a powerful form of thought, disaster will be the certain result of our thinking.  It is this form of thought which frequently sweeps away the result of many years of toil and effort.

However, if we begin the process of planting positive seeds in our mind instead of the negative ones and begin to think of some form of material wealth, the results will be that it will show up at the time and place it is most needed.  By concentrated thought the required conditions will be brought about, and the proper effort put forth, which will result in bringing about the circumstances necessary to realize our desires; but we often find that when we secure the things we thought we wanted, they do not have the effect we expected.  That is, the satisfaction is only temporary, or possibly is the reverse of what we expected.

This condition is because, we lack the knowledge of the power and where that power derives from.  Know that God is the source of all power that we have within our physical bodies and spiritual minds.  Therefore, we must learn to lean and depend on God when we are face with the difficult task of the transformation process.  Listen to what God tells us to do, He says, “ Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand).  (Jeremiah 33:3).

 

When you are ready to put your trust in God, the power of transformation will show up on your front door step.  The power to make this happen is already within you.  God gave this power to you from the very beginning of time.  So when you say you are powerless to make your dreams become a reality, think on this, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.  (Psalms 37:4-5 AMP).

We must transform our thinking in order to realize our dreams.  The old orthodox way of thinking was to be “a worm,” to be satisfied with our portion whatever it is; but the modern idea is to know that we are entitled to the best of everything, that the “Father and I are one” and that the “Father” is the UNIVERSAL MIND, the CREATOR, the ORIGINAL SUBSTANCE from which all things proceed.

Now admitting that to transform your thinking from the negative to the positive and it has been taught to us for more than two thousand years, and it is the essence of every system of Philosophy or Religion, then how are we to make it practical in our lives?  How are we to go get the actual, tangible results here and now that will make our dreams become a reality?

First, let us begin by putting our knowledge into practice.  Nothing can be accomplished in any other way.

The athlete may read books and lessons on physical training all his life, but unless he begins to give out strength by actual work he will never receive any strength; he will eventually get exactly what he gives; but he will have to give it first.  It is exactly the same with us; we will get exactly what we give, but we shall have to give it first.  It will then return to us many fold, and the giving is simply a mental process, because thoughts are causes and conditions are effects; therefore in giving thoughts of courage, inspiration, health or help of any kind we are setting causes in motion which will bring about their effect.

Let us understand that your thoughts are spiritual activity and is therefore creative, but make no mistake, thought will create nothing unless it is consciously, systematically, and constructively directed; and herein is the difference between idle thinking, which is simply a dissipation of effort, and constructive thinking, which means practically unlimited achievement.

Remember, you have the power to make the transition from the old person to the new person.  It all lives in the power of your belief system, your thought process.  Now take advantage of the power that God has given to you, stop giving lip service to who and what you are and become the true creative power that lives within.

We minister to you this day from the position of PEACE, PURPOSE, POWER and PROSPERITY.  Learn to think Globally as you work Locally to make this major transition in your life.  I remain your brother in CHRIST, PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER!

 

WHAT DOES EMPATHY MEAN TO YOU

St. Mary Magdalene in the House of Simon the P...

St. Mary Magdalene in the House of Simon the Pharisee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHAT DOES EMPATHY MEAN TO YOU

OUR CAPACITY FOR EMPATHY IS A RESOURCE OF LIMITLESS POTENTIAL

Here is how the dictionary defines the word EMPATHY.  It says empathy is defined as the identification with and understanding of another’s situation as in; if I put myself in your shoes, I can understand how angry you must be about not getting that promotion.  Empathy is distinguished from sympathy which is defined as the ability to share the feelings of another as in I am so sorry about the death of your co-worker.

My Bishop, who I considered a Prophet that was filled with wisdom once made the wise observation, and he said to me, “That a person wrapped up in his or her own self, makes a very small package.  Such a person is a self-centered individual.  The dimensions of their life are dwarfed and limited.”

This was the situation that Jesus found himself in when he attended a dinner party in his honor at the home of Simon.  Jesus teaches us a real down to earth lesson when a sinful woman enters into his presents; now listen to how Jesus handles the situation:

One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee‘s house and reclined at the table. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”

“A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five-hundred denarius, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?”  And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”  (Luke 7:36-50 ESV)

Now let us example some of the lessons Jesus taught us in this story:

  1. Through empathy a person learns not to judge others in terms of his or her own personal interests, likes and dislikes, but in terms of what life means to them.

 

  1. Through the power of a person’s creative imagination, empathy enables a person to project themselves into the consciousness of others that they may know how the other person may think and how they feel.  Sympathy merely mirrors another person’s trouble, empathy discovers the causes of the trouble with the searchlight of insight.

 

  1. Through empathy a person may closely identify themselves with anyone he or she may wish to understand.  They may seek inspiration from the gifted, the victorious, the happy.  They may develop a deep comprehension of the problems of the blind, the crippled, the sorrowing and the defeated.

 

  1. Empathy helps to create harmony in the home.  Family members may play the roles of each other.  For instance, the father can play the part of the son and the son the part of the father, that each may learn to know and appreciate the feelings of the other.
  2. Practicing the art of empathy will enlarge a person’s life.  It will broaden their humanity, expand their understanding and inspire tolerance and forbearance, compassion and forgiveness.

Finally, all of you have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.  (1 Peter 3:8 ESV)

IMAGINATION MAY BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN KNOWLEDGE PART 2 OF 2

IMAGINATION MAY BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN KNOWLEDGE PART 2 OF 2

 

Murray Hunter

By Murray Hunter     University Mataysia Perlis

Imagination is a multidimensional concept and encompasses a number of different modes which can be described as follows;

1.     Effectuate imagination combines information together to synergize new concepts and ideas. However these are often incomplete and need to be enhanced, modified, and/or elaborated upon as more information from the environment comes to attention and is reflected upon. Effectuate imagination can be either guided or triggered by random thoughts, usually stimulated by what a person experiences within the framework of their past experience. Effectuate imagination may also incubate from pondering over a specific problem within the occasional attention of a person. Effectuate imagination is extremely flexible and allows for continuous change. This is an important ingredient in entrepreneurial planning, strategy crafting, particularly in opportunity construction, development, and assembling all the necessary resources required to exploit any opportunity.

2.     Intellectual imagination is utilized when considering and developing hypotheses from different pieces of information or pondering over various issues of meaning say in the areas of philosophy, management, or politics, etc. Intellectual imagination originates from a definite idea or plan and thus is guided imagination as it has a distinct purpose which in the end must be articulated after a period of painstaking and sometimes meticulous endeavor. This can be very well illustrated with Charles Darwin’s work which resulted in the development of his hypothesis explained in his book The Origin of Species which took almost two decades to gestate and complete. Darwin collected information, analyzed it, evaluated and criticized the findings, and then reorganized all the information into new knowledge in the form of a hypothesis. Intellectual imagination is a very conscious process.

3.     Imaginative fantasy creates and develops stories, pictures, poems, stage-plays, and the building of the esoteric, etc. This form of imagination may be based upon the inspiration of some fact or semi-autobiographical experiences, extrapolated or analogized into new persona and events that conform to or stretch the realms of reality into magic, supernatural mythology and folklore. Imaginative fantasy may be structural with mythical people in real world settings, past, present, or future, with real people in mythical settings. Fantasy may totally disregard the rules of society, science and nature, or extrapolate them into the future with science fiction. Fantasy can also be based upon human emotions, distorted historical facts, historical times and political issues, take a theme and fantasize it, encapsulate dark fantasy, or evoke urban legend. Imaginative fantasy can be a mixture of guided and unguided imagination and is important to artists, writers, dancers, and musicians, etc.

4.     Empathy is a capacity we have to connect to others and feel what they are feeling. Empathy helps a person know emotionally what others are experiencing from their frame and reference. Empathy allows our mind ‘to detach itself from one’s self’ and see the world from someone else’s feelings, emotions, pain, and reasoning. Empathy links us to the larger community and thus important to human survival in enabling us to understand what is required to socially coexist with others. Besides being extremely important in interpersonal relationships, empathy is an important tool for competitive strategy as it enables one to think about how our competitors would react to our moves and what they would do. Branding can also be considered a result of empathy as marketers try and capture connections with potential customers by appealing to their emotions, self identity and aspirations.

5.     Strategic imagination is concerned about vision of ‘what could be’, the ability to recognize and evaluate opportunities by turning them into mental scenarios, seeing the benefits, identifying the types and quantities of resources required for taking particular actions, and the ability to weigh up all the issues in a strategic manner. A vision helps a person focus upon the types of opportunities suited to their disposition. Vision has varying strengths in different people depending upon their ego characteristics and motivations. Strategic imagination in some cases is a form of wisdom.

6.     Emotional imagination is concerned with manifesting emotional dispositions and extending them into emotional scenarios. Without any imagination, emotion would not be able to emerge from our psych and manifest as feelings, moods, and dispositions. Fear requires the imagination of what is fearful, hate requires imagination about what is repulsive, and worry requires the imaginative generation of scenarios that make one anxious. Through emotional imagination, beliefs are developed through giving weight to imaginative scenarios that generate further sets of higher order emotions. Emotional imagination operates at the unconscious and semi-unconscious level. Emotional imagination is one of the most powerful types of our imagination and can easily dominate our thinking processes.

7.     Dreams are an unconscious form of imagination made up of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur during certain stages of sleep. Dreams show that every concept in our mind has its own psychic associations and that ideas we deal with in everyday life are by no means as precise as we think. Our experiences become sublimed into our memory passing into the unconscious where the factual characteristics can change, and can be reacquired at any time. Some dreams are very straight forward, while others surreal, magical, melancholic, adventurous, and sexual where we are most of the time not in control.

8.     Memory reconstruction is the process of retrieving our memory of people, objects, and events. Our memory is made up of prior knowledge consisting of a mix of truth and belief, influenced by emotion. Recurring memory therefore carries attitudes, values, and identity as most of our memory is within the “I” or “me” paradigm. Memory is also reconstructed to fit into our current view of the world, so is very selective.

Imaginative thinking provides the ability to move towards objectives, and travel along selected paths. Imaginative much more divergent than logical thought, as imagination can move freely across fields and disciplines, while logical thinking is orientated along a narrowly focused path. From this perspective imagination is probably more important than knowledge as knowledge without application is useless.

IMAGINATION MAY BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN KNOWLEDGE PART 1 OF 2

IMAGINATION MAY BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN KNOWLEDGE PART 1 OF 2

By Murray Hunter     University Mataysia Perlis

Murray Hunter

Imagination is the ability to form mental images, phonological passages, analogies, or narratives of something that is not perceived through our senses. Imagination is a manifestation of our memory and enables us to scrutinize our past and construct hypothetical future scenarios that do not yet, but could exist. Imagination also gives us the ability to see things from other points of view and empathize with others.

Imagination extends our experience and thoughts, enabling a personal construction of a world view that lowers our sense of uncertainty. In this way our imagination fills in the gaps within our knowledge enabling us to create mental maps that make meaning out of the ambiguities of situations we face where information is lacking, which is an important function of our memory management. Imagination enables us to create new meanings from cognitive cues or stimuli within the environment, which on occasions can lead to new insights.

Our knowledge and personal goals are embedded within our imagination which is at the heart of our existence, a cognitive quality that we would not be human without. Imagination is the means novelists use to create their stories. Imagination is the essence of marketing opportunity that conjures up images and entices fantasy to consumers, allowing them to feel what it would be like to live at Sanctuary Cove in Northern Queensland, Australia, receiving a Citibank loan, driving a Mercedes 500 SLK around town, or holidaying in Bali. Imagination decomposes what already is, replacing it with what could be, and is the source of hope fear, enlightenment, and aspirations.

Imagination is not a totally conscious process. New knowledge may incubate subconsciously when a person has surplus attention to focus on recombining memory and external stimuli into new meanings. Most people tend to spend a great deal of time while they are awake “daydreaming”. This may be enough to activate our default network, a web of autobiographical mental imagery, which may provide new connections and perspectives about a problem we have been concerned with.

Unguided imagination through dreaming and “daydreaming” enables the gathering of information from different parts of our memory, which may not be easy to access consciously. This information may come from a within a narrow domain or a much wider field. The more imagination takes account of the wider field, experience, and prior knowledge, the more likely these ideas created through imagination will have some originality – through complex knowledge restructuring. Creative insight occurs mostly as the result of triggers and slow incubation periods that lead to a revelation.

It is through the imagery of analogies that many breakthroughs in science have been achieved. Einstein developed his insight for the theory of relativity through imagining what would happen if he travelled at the speed of light, Faraday claimed to have visualized force lines from electric and magnetic fields from a wood fire giving insight into the theory of electromagnetic fields and kekulé reported that he gained insight into the shape of the benzene molecule after he imagined a snake coiled up in a circle.

We will conclude part 2 of this lesson in tomorrow’s study session, by describing the 8 multidimensional concepts of Imagination.

 

LEARN HOW TO USE YOUR IMAGINATION

LEARN HOW TO USE YOUR IMAGINATION

CHILDREN ARE THE MASTERS OF IMAGINATION (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Today, we are posting here a link to one of the most important post that you may ever read.  It is up as our home page for the rest of this week.

Click on it,  http://www.vineandbranchworldministries.com/use-your-imagination-to-create-your-own-prosperity/   link to it, re-blog it, email it, and share it in your social media network.  The information that it contains can be a game changer for those that are in need of some revitalization in their lives.

Your IMAGINATION is the workshop of your mind, if you want to TURN YOUR LIFE AROUND, find the right job for yourself, start a brand new business, and travel the world, the list of things you want to do can be endless.  The point here is that no matter what it is that you really want to accomplish, you can do it.  Start thinking outside of the box; in other words, begin to use the most powerful tool that GOD has blessed you to have and that is your imagination.  I cannot use your imagination to create for you the prosperity you desire.  No one can do that but you.  The key is to begin by not living in the past but by grabbing hold of the future, the future is NOW.  It is what your THOUGHT PROCESS can generate for you at this very moment.

HOW TO USE THE CREATIVE POWER OF YOUR IMAGINATION IN MEDITATION (PART 3 of 3)

Saint Padre Pio stated: "Through the stud...

Saint Padre Pio stated: “Through the study of books one seeks God; by meditation one finds him”. The Rosary: A Path Into Prayer by Liz Kelly 2004 ISBN 082942024X pages 79 and 86 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HOW TO USE THE CREATIVE POWER OF YOUR IMAGINATION IN MEDITATION (PART 3 of 3)

EXPERIENCING THE THINGS THAT WE PRAY FOR

Many of us fail to understand that even though we are eager to experience that for which we pray,even desperate about it, we are not yet receptive to the good or we would have it.  The purpose of meditation is to develop a consciousness of receptivity to the good that God is, and the portion of the divine goodness that we have so far conceived.  The importance of regular, disciplined meditation cannot be overemphasized.

A child who is given the opportunity to take piano lessons finds it difficult to understand the importance of daily practice.  The child in us often has the difficulty in understanding the importance of daily meditation.  Sometimes it is not easy to discern the progress we are making as a result of the daily discipline, and it becomes easy to rationalize the importance of other things that need to be done by us.  In considering meditation, we must realize that our consciousness is not only filled with not knowing from eons of time, but it is constantly being subjected to tremendous pressures of negative thought.

Newspapers are filled with graphic reports of violence on every hand.  Television dramatically and artistically portrays all the fear and hatred to be found on the surface of the consciousness of our civilization.  In order to give that portrayal the greatest amount of viewer appeal, the “reality” of ugliness is portrayed in living (and dying) color.

prayer..

prayer.. (Photo credit: aronki)

The majority of idle conversation seems to be directed to the support and maintenance of negativity. An acquaintance passes you on the street and says: “Good morning! How are you today?”  If you are not a disciplined individual, you may tell him.  In reality, he is not seeking a physiological evaluation or a financial report or a marital-status bulletin; he is simply trying to be courteous and friendly.  We get caught up in this kind of experience and we not only listen to the “organ recital” of our ailing friend, but we find ourselves seeing if we can outdo him in his misfortune. Even though the conscious part of our mind is eager to attain growth and overcoming, there is a part of us that does find satisfaction and fulfillment in the nature or degree of our discomfort.  It is difficult for us to appreciate the subtle power of guilt, frustration, and self-recrimination that may be at the bottom of our suffering.

After all, it must be remembered that the limitations we experience did not come to us by virtue of some power or force outside of ourselves.  We are the artificer of our soul and of our life. We must be alert to the deduction we have made here.  We are stating that the conditions or circumstances out of which we are struggling are of our own making.  This is not an easy thought to embrace.

Therefore, we probably have an elaborate rationalization that lays the blame for what we experience at another’s feet.  It is the fault of our parents, our education or lack of it, the race into which we were born, not having been born with any kind of spoon in our mouth (let alone a silver one), or the government, the system.  Not knowing that we are in a position of dominion and authority, whether we have understood this or not, we have created all sorts of obstacles in the way of productive meditation.

As a result we have not been really receptive to the good for which we have begged and prayed and cried for.  A consciousness of receptivity not only must be developed, it can be developed here and now. Whether or not you feel that you understand how meditation can create a consciousness of receptivity through which your mind energy can mold and fashion a new world for you, set aside time each day, several times a day, and begin the practice of meditation.  You may want to work at it for brief periods of time at first, and then gradually extend the time period until you can experience this time of peace and poise and receptivity for ten or fifteen minutes at a sitting.  Many persons find that it is best to have specific times each day so that a constructive habit can be developed.

Remember, prayer is a conditioned state of readiness, it is an affirmation, and it is receptivity…and you bear responsibility for it, and when you do so, you will, “EXPERIENCING THE THINGS THAT WE PRAY FOR!. It is our prayer that this series title, “HOW TO USE THE CREATIVE POWER OF YOUR IMAGINATION IN MEDITATION, has been a blessing to your soul, you have conceived it, you believed in it, and now you are really to achieve all your dreams and desired goals.  So remember, whatever the mind can conceive, and believe, it can achieve.  It can and will do this   In the name of Jesus, AMEN!

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