The Law of Visualization

By Eric Butterworth
The Law of Visualization

One of the most important aspects of the study of Truth is training the eyes to see properly. Since infancy we have been using our eyes in progressive degrees of perceptiveness. However, a person is never really mature until he or she understands the basic process of visualization. We have been conditioned to believe that life is lived from outside-in. We see things "out there," and we react with attitudes and feelings about them. Without question, what we see is as it is. Seeing is believing! This may give rise to defeatist comments, such as, "What are you going to do? It's just the way things are!"

Sight is an interesting phenomenon. Things seen fall on the retina of the eye upside down, as in a camera. Through the nerve endings that are sensitive to light, we get the picture distributed over several recording points. However, by the miracle of vision, we do not see all the points; they are all transformed into one solid view. Even more, what the mind sees is not this solid picture that is communicated to the brain, but what your awareness has conditioned you to see. In other words, seeing is not believing; believing is seeing! You see things, not as they are, but as you are. Your perception is shaped according to your previous experiences, according to your faith, according to where you are in consciousness. ...

What Jesus calls right judgment is "concentrical seeing," seeing from within. It is not settling on things as "just the way they are," but visualizing them as they can be. Of course you read the papers and are aware of conditions as they are. But it is important to keep a clear perspective of who you are. You are not simply an unthinking reactor to conditions. You are a creative person with your own unique relationship with the divine flow.You are always one with the source of boundless ideas, creativity, and success.

Now, let's be clear on what we mean by visualization. We do not suggest that you sit around imaging bags of gold. There is a widespread practice of what is called "treasure mapping," where one naively cuts out pictures from magazines that suggest the image of affluence and success and pastes them on a carefully designed poster to be displayed where it will regularly impress itself on one's subconscious mind. In a patently gross materialization of a beautiful spiritual law, one is subtly misled into the worship of mammon. It is like removing the lenses from your glasses and replacing them with gold coins. You may feel rich seeing only gold, but you will see precious little else. ...

You are already created in the image-likeness of God, not can be if you speak a lot of positive affirmations of Truth. Your true image is not something to get; it is a reality to discover. There is that of you that is the likeness of God. It is your "IAM-age." This is what you really are, what you have always been. You can never be less. Oh, you may identify yourself as less, and thus project that awareness into your life experience. You may go along in all your affairs seeing less and manifesting less. As the poet says, many persons die with all their music in them. But you can never be less than your "I AM-age," for you were created with your very own divine potentiality and the power to fulfill it in a prosperous and successful life experience.

How futile it is to try to get a successful image! God succeeds every time a child is born. You were born to achieve, to release your inner power, to fulfill your uniqueness. It is the "little spark of celestial fire that you may desecrate but never quite lose." You may be like the prodigal son, living riotously at the circumference of human experience, working with dollar  signs in your eyes, forgetting who you really are. As Meister Eckhart says, the prodigal is in the far country but the Father is at home. The Father is the reality of you that is always at the center of your being, no matter how off center you may become in consciousness. It is interesting that in the parable the prodigal son does not say. "I am a terrible person! Perhaps if I go back home I will get a new self-image." No, the parable says very simply that "he came to himself” (Lk. 15:17). Then he went home, not in quest of his "I AM-age," but out of his conscious realization of it. ...

As you diligently work to think the positive thought, speak the constructive word, and hold the creative success—images in mind, your whole life will begin to vibrate with the dynamic power of prosperity. The law is, you can have all you can expect and accept. This was the eternal Truth intuitively realized by Abraham: "Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee Will I give it" (Gen. 13: 14-15 KJV). And it is a relevant message for you today: Whatever you can really visualize as being possible in your life, if you can believe. …  

Excerpted from Eric Butterworth's book, Spiritual Economics. For more about his teachings, visit EricButterworth.com.