Day 14. Nelson Mandela teaches us about the power of vision during lockdown

Something must have stirred within Nelson Mandela’s[i] heart and mind, as he became aware of the abuse of power and discrimination, by both black and white cultures he was exposed to.

Something happened

As said before, we’ll never know what happened or when it happed, but questions must have emerged in Madiba’s heart and mind.

Questions like: Is there something better than this? What is it? How do we find this ‘new way’?  

Lockdown could be that time for you and me. We can also ask the same questions for our lives ahead.

Fortunately, Nelson Mandela found that ‘way’. He created a vision of what a ‘better life’ could look like, within his heart, mind soul and spirit. His compatriots shared this vision with him.

Together they stood steadfast for what they believed was the only true way to equality, nondiscrimination, peace, prosperity and an authentic life and living.

How to achieve this goal and make the vision a reality, was however still to be determined.  

This vision not only included Madiba himself and the ANC, but he took everyone who was willing and able to listen, with him on this journey. This also included his adversaries.

Nelson Mandela’s vision

Nelson Mandela’s vision was:

Ihave cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.

This vision kept Nelson Mandela going, irrespective of the circumstances surrounding him. This vision came from his heart and soul. It was his guiding beacon and his driving force. Madiba was even prepared to give his life if necessary, to accomplish this goal.

Who of us have such a powerful vision that served the greater good of everyone and for which we would be willing to give our lives for?  Just take a moment to think about this. Become quiet, go into your ‘open space’ and listen with your heart.

The power of vision

A vision is defined as ‘intelligent foresight’.[ii]  A vison is a picture you hold, not only in your mind, but also in your heart. It is a picture of your heart’s desires.

The power of a vision lies in the answer to the questions: Is your vision aligned with the greater good of the Universe, the One-song? Or – is your vision self-serving?

The one path takes you on a higher road of love, compassion, healing, oneness and the ability flourish. This benefits everyone. This vision has the whole of the Universe and the power of Creation on your side, cheering you on and empowering every, thought, action and endeavour.

The other option is the path of the lower, shadow ego-self. This leads to self-destruction.

Once again, we hear Robert Frost say: “Two roads diverged in the woods. I took the road less travelled and that’s make all the difference.’

Creating a new vision

The question that inevitably emerges is: How do we create a powerful vision? The answer is: We take all we’ve learnt so far, especially about ‘open space management’ and the power of silence – and we listen.

We listen to higher mind and our deepest heart’s desires. What emerges in our heart, we can turn into a picture in the mind. Or – a thought, or picture could emerge in your mind. Test it with the heart to know if it rings true. If the answer is yes, then spend time in silence and let your inner intelligence and its picture grow and unfold. Don’t force anything. The Universe has a time and tempo of its own.

Sometimes it could come as an instant flash of inner knowing.

Don’t neglect these flashes. It could be your inner wisdom, your inner truth or inner genius, talking to you.

Remember, the universal truth is the Creator telling us[iii]: ‘I’ll give it in your mind and write it on your heart’.   

You’ll always know if your vision is in alignment with the One-song when you come from heart and take the greater good of everyone concerned, into consideration. You then become co-creator with the Universe. There is no greater power and purpose, than that.

Tomorrow we will focus on creativity and how to become a co-creator with the Universe.

To do list

Here are a few ideas to help you on this path:

  • Sit and be quiet. Just listen. Listen to your heart.
  • Write down in your journal what you think, feel and hear.
  • Let go, don’t obsess about anything. Let go of control.
  • Don’t force anything into a mold just to make your less anxious.
  • If you can, draw, paint, make something creative to represent your picture.
  • Let it unfold at its own time and pace.
  • Let go of any returning anxiety, worry, fear or negativity.
  • Open your heart and mind, listen and give and receive love.   
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Brenda Hattingh

[i] Mandela, Nelson, R. (1994). Illustrated. The long walk to freedom. The            Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. Little, Brown & Company: London.

[ii] The Heritage Illustrated Dictionary of the English Language. (1973.). William Morris Ed.  American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc. New York.

[iii] Holy Bible. Hebrew: 10:16. “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”