As a coach and energy worker, I spend a lot of time helping my clients define their vision of what they want to create in their lives. But the secondary part of every vision is that we must let go of the vision and surrender it as we live in the present moment.
I had a great reminder of this while I was in Peru. I woke up the morning we were to head to Machu Picchu and it was raining. No surprise there. It had been raining the day before in Ollantaytambo but I had hoped that the rain would clear. I always had a vision of being on Machu Picchu in the sunshine and finding a small corner of the vast grounds to sit and meditate. As I boarded the train to head to this site that I had dreamed of for years, I said a prayer—“Let the clouds and rain clear while we are there, please.” As we climbed the mountain in the bus from Aguas Calientes, I sensed that my vision was not going to be. We were socked in by clouds and wisps of fog wrapped around the mountains and down into the valley. I took a deep breath and let go of my vision of Machu Picchu in the sunshine and decided to enjoy my day in the rain. Going to Machu Picchu had been on my list for 20 years I wasn’t going to let a little rain stop me from enjoying finally arriving here.
We have this tricky dance to do in life: Visioning our dreams while living in the present moment. It is living both within and outside of time, at the same time. My long held vision of being at Machu Picchu was coming true—it just didn’t look the way I thought it was going to look. But the essence of the vision was available to me. When I thought of my vision of Machu Picchu sitting in the sunshine meditating, the actual vision was connecting with the spiritual nature of the place. It had nothing to do with sunshine or meditating but allowing my spirit to be open to feel the energy of the place. I could do that in the rain. If I held onto my original vision of sunshine, I would spoil the experience I could have in the rain. At Machu Picchu I noticed that mountains looked mystical as the clouds danced around them. Perhaps this was even better than being here in the sun. I know it was magical for me. Because I was willing to let go of the particulars of my original vision, I missed nothing.
I think many of us have been told when we do affirmative prayers to end with, “this or something better that the Divine can see for me.” But I think it is up to us to remember that the Divine is asking us to always look for what is perfect in this moment and how we can find joy in right now. Life is our opportunity to decide what we experience in each moment.
Where have you had a vision of something that didn’t quite work out the way you planned and yet you could see that it was perfect? How can you look for the perfection in what is happening right now? What does the present moment have to teach you about loving your life? After all this moment is the only moment we are guaranteed. We have a choice of how we see it and live it.