Life Visioning: Michael Bernard Beckwith

Life Visioning: Michael Bernard Beckwith

I was just reminded of the Life Visioning project offered as one of the fabulous MindValley courses, and led by the Reverend Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith (founder of Agape International Spiritual Center). Sitting here at the computer, I opened up my day’s emails, and saw a compelling email from Vishen Lakhiani, the founder of Mindvalley. Before I get into the details, here’s a quick look at what’s in this article:

Mindvalley and Life Visioning

In the email, Vishen talks about a podcast about finding our life’s vision – basically, HOW to find our life vision. Vishen offers what I believe are some of the best self-development programs in the world (I group it right alongside Joe Dispenza’s transformative books and meditations, in which I am deeply immersed as well).

I’m pretty sure that in another article here at the site, I mention that if I could work with only ONE group for a career, it would be with Vishen Lakhiani’s Mindvalley. Now, he’s a guy who has taken “life visioning” to a whole new level!

MindValley courses are extremely well-known for their world class quality, and the company itself is an exemplary model of what customer service should be – no matter what the business is.

Anyway, enough about Mindvalley in general. Let’s talk about Dr. Beckwith’s course.

Michael Bernard Beckwith’s Course at Mindvalley

“LVbanner2.jpg"Anyway, all this got me thinking about Dr. Beckwith and his tireless work in helping others do this very thing with finding our life’s vision! In fact, his intuitive Life Visioning Process is now a MindValley Masterclass.

(NOTE – February 2019: As of this update, the class is now available again, and it appears to be open on an on-going basis now.  You can also take Dr. Beckwith’s FREE 5-day course, “5 Days to Discovering Your Purpose” right HERE. )

Note #2: I just added Dr. Beckwith’s video about this masterclass! I put it below this article for you to serve as an introduction.

The Basics of the Program

If you’ve never heard him speak, Dr. Beckwith has a gentle, yet powerful and unique “presence” and method of delivery that has helped a LOT of people realize that not only do they HAVE a divine purpose in this life, but WHAT that purpose is.

Meditation and “Affirmative Prayer”
  • He guides participants in guided meditation so that you aren’t left guessing, “What am I supposed to DO?” He also guides “affirmative prayer” with the intention of helping us to accept ourselves, and to love ourselves so that we will be able to move forward.
From “Thinking” to “Knowing”
  • Dr. Beckwith’s process also helps us to shift from incessant “thinking” to a more intuitive state of mind – “knowing.”
The “Friendly Universe”
  •  Using the premise that we are part of a “friendly universe,” we learn to understand that obstacles and “stuff” that happens are opportunities for us to use for our greater good.
Stages of Spiritual Development and “Life Structures”
  • He talks about the various stages of spiritual development, as well as how to know what stages we are in (which helps clarify a lot about where we are in our lives), and then he teaches us about how to improve our individual experience by addressing the various structures (“Eight Life Structures”) in our lives through meditation.

Agape International Spiritual Center

He practices what he preaches – and if you need proof of this, look no further than what he has created with Agape International Spiritual Center! Since 1986 the Center has been almost a phenomena in its own right, embracing what Dr. Beckwith terms “New Thought-Ancient Wisdom tradition of spirituality.” And where some might consider Agape “non-denominational,” Dr. Beckwith calls it “a trans-denominational movement and community.”

Everywhere you go on his website, you see mention of “visioning.” Agape itself was a product of “visioning.” The spiritual principles and practices you see at his center are the very basis for what Dr. Beckwith teaches in the Life Visioning course. I hope you’ll spend some time on the Agape site to see for yourself the kind of human being is teaching this class.

Also, you will get a true glimpse into his process!

Michael Beckwith – The Secret and Beyond

Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith hit my radar in 2006, when I first saw The Secret, that “teaser” film about the Law of Attraction that featured a number of New Thought teachers and practitioners. I say “teaser” because it really did just “tease” me into learning as much as I could about the Law of Attraction in general, and New Thought more specifically.

It’s been well over 12 years since I first saw The Secret, and was introduced to Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, yet my initial impression of him remains solid. If anything, my respect for him has grown enormously. He passion for teaching people that the Universe IS friendly, and that we all have a divine nature is hard to resist.

Why I admire Dr. Beckwith

There are many reasons I admire Dr. Beckwith so much. Almost every single word out of his mouth is in alignment with my own beliefs. It’s no secret that I love New Thought teachings, and am a fan of Dr. Ernest Holmes. Well, in 1985, Michael Bernard Beckwith graduated from the Ernest Holmes College School of Ministry, and he then became a Center for Spiritual Living minister (it used to be known as the United Church of Religious Science).

Shortly thereafter, there appears to have been a somewhat hurtful incident that blocked the way for him to have possibly become a senior minister of a certain church or other spiritual community. In the book I read, he didn’t go into great detail about it; however, it was clearly a time of great change.

And, beginning at a point where he “surrendered” the wondrous process that you are going to learn was born! It was during that and the following year that Dr. Beckwith used his visioning methods and meditation practices that helped pave the way for the manifestation of Agape International Spiritual Center!

Life Visioning Course

The actual course will take you through a 6-week journey where everything is broken down into steps and methods to help you unlock what your OWN gifts are, and to help you discover your potential. If you’ve read through some of my articles here on the site, it won’t come as a surprise to you to understand why I’m so delighted that Dr. Beckwith includes teachings about your subconscious mind!

NOTE: Sign up for his Life Visioning 6-week course here or to get an introduction to his process, access his FREE 5 Days to Discovering Your Purpose Course HERE.

Do I have to be a member or follower of Agape?

Now, you do not have to be a follower of Agape – nor do you need to follow ANY spiritual practice to discover your own purpose and vision for your life.

Frankly, any teacher who claims that he or she can only help you if you join a particular movement or center is one I would personally avoid.

Try Michael Beckwith’s Life Visioning Course

All you have to do is be willing to try Dr. Beckwith’s methods. One of the things about MindValley, is that they have a stellar satisfaction guarantee. If you decide to buy this course and you try it and don’t like it, you have 30 days to request a refund.

Anyway, have a look at this free course. You have absolutely NOTHING to lose! You’re obviously here because you’re looking for a way to figure out your own life’s purpose and vision. I don’t know anyone I’d rather have teach me this than the Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith!

Enjoy the ride!

Video Introduction to Dr. Beckwith’s Power of Visioning Program

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Is the Law of Attraction a Bunch of Hoopla?

Is the Law of Attraction a Bunch of Hoopla?

Commit - Act - SucceedWelcome to CASedge.com a site for Personal Transformation! Here’s an Introduction…

I want to put this introduction here because every single thing that I have mentioned below is something that I have personally felt and gone through. Every single thing. So, at the risk of putting my heart entirely on my sleeve, I’m sharing this with you just in case you may feel  the same in one or more areas. Here goes…

Overall Curiosity about the Law of Attraction etc…

You’re here at CASedge.com because you want a better life, or more to your life than you currently experience. Perhaps you have heard about the “Law of Attraction,” and you’re wondering if it’s for real (for one thing) or how it could possibly work (for another thing).

Maybe you’re curious about various visualization and/or manifestation techniques so that you can do more, get the things you want, and get more out of life in general.

It is possible that you are feeling “stuck” as though you aren’t moving forward. Maybe you are in a bad relationship and want it to be better. Maybe you want a different relationship altogether. Or maybe you don’t have any relationship at all and really want one.

Maybe you think it’s time for a new, different, better job. Maybe you looked in the mirror this morning and didn’t like what you saw, and wanted to change it.

Or, you thought you were overweight and feeling helpless about it.

Perhaps someone said something unkind to you yesterday, and you didn’t feel confident about how to respond. Maybe your feelings were hurt, and you feel the need to be stronger and less sensitive. (BTW – I’ve felt those things in my past, so I figure maybe others have felt that way too…)

Just Cannot Be a “Lemming” or Follower Anymore

Maybe you feel like a lemming… a follower… just doing what everyone else is doing and that’s just not good enough for you anymore! You KNOW… somewhere deep, deep down that there is more to life! You just KNOW it! You could practically SCREAM because you are so darned frustrated that you MUST FIND A WAY out of this rut. Out of this mediocre existence.

Because YOU KNOW THERE IS MORE!

But HOW??? How to get that SOMETHING MORE? What do you do? Who do you talk to? Where do you go? What book or books or movies or tools should you use? What’s good to use and what’s garbage? What is real, and what is snake oil?

When Frustration Leads to Looking for Help

People keep talking about “visualizing” your desired outcome; but, you’re practically yelling now: I don’t even know WHAT I want for my desired outcome!!” You may be yelling, “For the love of all that is Holy, will SOMEONE please help me???”

So, what does this have to do with the Law of Attraction?

What IS Law of Attraction anyway?

Ok. Let’s switch gears. That last rant was a little louder than I expected it to be. Sorry… but this is stuff I really, really care about.

So, as I mentioned earlier, maybe you’ve heard of the Law of Attraction, and you liked the way it sounded. But it sounded a little bit too … uh… “foo foo fluffy” or “pop culture-ish” – not really for real.

Beyond “The Secret”

THE-SECRETRemember “The Secret?”

In 2006, a movie made headlines around the globe – you may have heard of “The Secret,” which was created and produced by Rhonda Byrne. Perhaps you have seen it. I’ve seen it. I own more than one copy, plus the book on CD. For millions of people, The Secret introduced the concept, or principle of the Law of Attraction for the first time.

We’ll explore this topic in depth on other pages in this site; but as a quick “caption,” the Law of Attraction is a universal principle that “like attracts like.”

For a very brief example, and this is the primary example used throughout the film: If you focus on what you desire, and put that desire “out there” into the “Universe,” you will “attract” the circumstances through which your desire will come true.

Oooh! Sounds good, doesn’t it? 🙂 Sign me right up! Here’s my list of stuff I want….

Uh… I think there’s more to Universal Laws than “The Secret” described

As you probably have guessed, there’s quite a bit more to it than that, and true and lasting personal transformation is about more than “stuff.” And while The Secret did a nice job bringing this whole idea into the mainstream, it really does take more than a movie to fully understand, absorb, and then apply the nuances of the Law of Attraction.

And, there are more “laws” governing our Universe than just the Law of Attraction (for example, remember the “Law of Gravity?” You can focus on being able to fly all you want, but if you jump out of a tree and flap your arms – no matter what you have “focused” on – the Law of Gravity is still going to pull you down. I used to try this off my parents front steps all the time when I was a kid; so I know all about gravity…)

Universal principles cannot be changed.

All we, as humans, can do is learn how to correctly use the laws that govern our universe. The laws work the same way for everyone, and the Divine Consciousness that created these laws does not differentiate between or favor one person over another. We are all completely equal as far as the Universe (or Divine Consciousness, or God, or whatever you prefer to call It) is concerned.

It is how we, as individuals, use the laws that will determine our outcomes.

One of my favorite sources on the topic of the Law of Attraction is the work of Ernest Holmes, whose books “The Science of Mind” and “Living the Science of Mind” are my constant companions. I will be citing frequently from these, and other works, that will definitely help you understand the concept of the Law of Attraction.

Anyway, we’ll explore this topic in detail here on this site.

So, what about all this “visualization” stuff I hear about?

dream of music successI’ve gotten pretty good about visualization – and, you may not know it consciously, but so are you! Most of us think in “pictures.” Whenever you think about something, say, like “going out to dinner at that great little restaurant on the corner,” you “see” that restaurant in your mind’s eye.

So far so good?

Ok, now let’s take that idea and expand upon it. What if you could learn to consciously summon up and maintain “pictures” in your mind of the life you really want?

Remember “Creative Visualization” by the late Shakti Gawain?

In 1978, the world was given an amazing little book called “Creative Visualization” by the late Shakti Gawain (1948 – 2018), who became quite well-known in the personal development field as a result of this book. After spending a lot of time studying eastern philosophy and various “New Thought” concepts, she condensed much of what she learned into what became the best-seller, “Creative Visualization” which continues to be a favorite among students of personal development  to this day.

So, what is visualization?

Or, for our purposes, what is creative visualization? While you will learn a great deal more about creative visualization techniques  in the pages here at CASedge.com, Shakti Gawain puts it best in this concise sentence: “Creative visualization is the technique of using your imagination to create what you want in your life“ (Gawain, 2).

As you will see as you continue to explore the pages on visualization techniques, you will be encouraged to use your imagination! And that’s quite a lot of fun!

Thoughts are Things (So they say)

One of the oft-repeated “mantras” for using Law of Attraction and creative visualization techniques is that “thoughts are things.” Every thought you think emits a frequency – or “vibration,” or “energy.”

Just as when you actually speak a word, you send it from your physical body, out into the ether, where your spoken word is received by your companion’s ears, where he or she absorbs your word, and then responds to it, your actual thoughts behave in a similar fashion.

Obviously, you don’t see or hear your thought, but you have put it “out there” nonetheless.

Every “thing” that is currently here on earth began with a “thought.” All inventions begin with someone thinking about a concept or idea of how to do or make something. For example, have you seen some of the infomercials on TV where you saw some gadget and thought to yourself, “Gee… why didn’t I think of that?”

the idea!You’ll notice that you used the word “think.” Someone, somewhere, was doing a job, and thought something like, “there has to be a better or easier way to do this…” and then somehow an idea came to him or her… and one thing (commitment to the idea) led to another (taking action) which led to the invention and selling a gajillion of them from a TV infomercial (success)

To put a spiritual bent on this, one of my favorite examples of this is from Ernest Holmes’ “The Science of Mind.” Here he writes that “when we conceive new ideas, it is an act of the Divine projecting Itself into Creation.” He goes on to use the example of the invention of the airplane: “There were no flying machines until man make them. The Spirit did not have a lot of little flying machine models put away in a cosmic cupboard somewhere…” (Holmes, 273).

More on this later.

Thought and Thought Frequencies

Now, the idea behind using thought, and law of attraction techniques to manifest those things that you desire is largely based in creating the right “thoughts” at the right “frequency” that will be received and responded to at a corresponding level in the Universe, which will return to you the “guidance,” if you will, that will spur you toward the right action which will in turn help you to realize your goal.

If you think about how radio works, it will help you to understand this concept better – and I’ll share with you some interesting passages from some of my favorite books which will help you along our journey together here.

But, using our invention/infomercial example from above, you can bet that the person behind that gadget was not wishy-washy about the idea of creating the gadget. That person had a very, very strong feeling about the idea. I will guarantee you that emotions were highly charged as he or she went about making that product. (Remember this point, because it’s one of the keys to success.)

So, where do the problems lie for most people?

Now, the problem often occurs when someone says, “Well, I DID think those good thoughts! I DID picture what I wanted! And nothing happens! This just doesn’t work for me! So much for MY personal transformation!”

My friend, I am going to reveal something here that may surprise you, but guess what? If that is truly how you feel, then it DID work!

Is it THOUGHTS or FEELINGS that “Become Things?”

You see, one thing that many people fail to understand as they begin the process of applying various law of attraction tools and techniques, or various creative visualization tools or techniques, is that they need to raise their emotional vibration and put the right emotion into the thought.

Did you read that last sentence? If you read nothing else on this entire website, I urge you to re-read that last sentence. It’s important, and will be an integral part of all the tools and techniques we discuss from here on in (for example, you’ll learn a great deal about the conscious vs subconscious mind, along with other concepts).

This is because how you feel, deep in your heart, is directly related to the type of energy or frequency you are emitting. If you keep affirming, “I AM earning $100 per day… I AM earning $100 per day” over and over, but in your heart you are fearing the day’s mail and bills, then your feelings and emotions just aren’t in it.

Your feelings and emotions will trump your words every time.

Because in the “back of your mind” you still have fear rather than confidence and faith.

And since you have the fear of the debt or financial difficulty winning the emotional battle, life will continue to bring that which you fear.

So, in that sense, the “law” DID respond. It responded to your emotions and feelings.

We will discuss all of this, as well as what you can do to turn this around, inside these pages. You will also discover some of the tools that I have personally used successfully, which can help you as well.

COMMIT – ACT – SUCCEED

My COMMITMENT to ACT and SUCCEEDNow that I have introduced you to some of the concepts we’re going to be covering on this website, I’d like to talk about one more thing that I touched on earlier, when I discussed the inventor and the infomercial gadget: Commitment, Action, and THEN Success! (And remember, it was backed by strong emotion!) 

Besides not thinking correctly, what else seems to stop most people from getting those things they want? One of the things that comes up over and over again in conversations with people who have come to me in the past (especially as it related to career advice, which was a specialty of mine at the time) was feeling like they didn’t know WHAT to do to begin with.

Then, if they DID know what to do, they felt like they couldn’t follow through – lack of commitment because of a lack of inspired motivation in many cases.

Naturally, if they couldn’t commit to going forward, they couldn’t take any sustained action. And, if they had no commitment, followed by no action, doesn’t it follow that they wouldn’t see the success that they wanted?

Whether it was about their jobs or career progress, or about their relationships (which I’ve heard plenty about… believe me), or their health or whatever was their biggest sticking point, it almost always seemed to boil down to a confusion over what they want to begin with, and a lack of commitment and follow through.

It is my goal that the information presented throughout this website will:

1)      help inspire you to commit to finding out what it is you really want, and commit to taking appropriate and hopefully inspired action,

2)      help guide you towards the practices and tools that are the right fit for you regarding moving you forward to what you want,

3)      help you understand that if you can allow the Universe to do its part while you work in harmony with it (that is, without trying to force results the way you think they should come), that  you will then see and feel the success that can truly be yours.

Thank you for visiting CASedge.com! Now it’s time to dive in!

PS: If you want to see a small log of law of attraction manifestation stories, I’m compiling them HERE.

Works Cited:

Gawain, Shakti. Creative Visualization. New  York: Bantam Books, 1982. Print.

Holmes, Ernest. The Science of Mind.  New York: Penguin Putnam Inc. 1997. Print.