"To create a dream, you need to visualize it."
Read this week’s Torah portion, Vayakhel, and you would think you are having a déjà vu experience. Much of this week’s Torah portion is a recap of the last three. We just read G-d’s instructions to Moses about building the Tabernacle. Now, we are getting the “instant replay” as Moses recommunicates the message to the Jewish People.
If I were actually there, I would have heard these instructions once when Moses revealed his private conversation with G-d. But as a written text for future generations, this repetition would seem unnecessary. We are told that there is not one superfluous word in the Torah; however, what gives?
Building Your Dream House
Imagine building your dream house. You need to hire an architect to draw up the plans and a contracting firm to actualize them. The number of hours, meetings and conversations that will go into the planning stage alone are incalculable.
In order to get from a “dream home” to actual living quarters, you will need to be very clear and specific. Putting thoughts into words creates clarity, and is a step that cannot be overlooked. In all of the details of creating a dwelling place for holiness, G-d was very specific and clear for a reason.
Bringing Dreams to Life
That’s how we bring dreams to life. Have you ever seen a building project get off the ground? The most important thing to do to inspire donors is to get an artistic rendering of what the building or site will look like. To create a dream, you need to visualize it. Words help that process, because of a simple but powerful truth: "Words create worlds". G-d spoke reality into existence, and so do we. We create our own reality with our words.
When we are creating something bold and exciting as well as something we love and yearn to actualize, we have a seemingly endless capacity for detail and repetition. We are not bored by the repetition of things that excite us. To the contrary, repetition increases our joy because it allows us to savor things more fully, and experience greater nuances. How often will you study the finalized blueprints of your dream house? How many hours will you spend anticipating and visualizing the finalized project?
We need not to bore our friends with constant talk about our every vison, but in the privacy of our minds, or when consulting with our “dream team,” we should be fully engaged. We should even get to the point of being consumed. This can serve a constructive purpose.
When you consciously visualize your dream as if you were already living it, and you imagine yourself living and acting from that new place of reality, you are much more likely to bring that reality into being.
Use the creative power of your word in your thoughts, speech, and writing. Act congruently with your words. Lastly, savor the process and the details, and you are well on your way to making your inner and outer abode the dwelling place of your own dreams.
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