Lite Review: Life Visioning: A Transformative Process for Activating Your Unique Gifts and Highest Potential by Michael Bernard Beckwith

In March 2012, I spent an electrifying day with author and spiritual leader Michael Bernard Beckwith and his wife, singer-songwriter Rickie Byars Beckwith at their book/music event at Middle Collegiate Church in New York City. They were celebrating the launch of his book Life Visioning: A Transformative Process for Activating Your Unique Gifts and Highest Potential. The author was eloquent, articulate and deep. The live music provided by his wife made the affair super special. It was a powerful experience and I left feeling I had been exposed to something incredibly profound.

As the founder and Spiritual Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center in California, he has been leading a large trans-denominational, non-sectarian community of “visioneers” since 1986. His ministry reflects the influences of the New Thought–Ageless Wisdom tradition of spirituality that he taught early in his career. The author has also written several other books and was part of the mega-hit film and book The Secret.

So, what is the Life Visioning Process?

“The Life Visioning Process is a life-changing spiritual technology of conscious participation in the evolution of your consciousness. … LVP is a universal method that complements any existing spiritual or psychological practices in which you currently participate.”

The author continues to expand and elaborate on this definition throughout the book, which is divided into two major sections. In part I, the author lays the groundwork for LVP and outlines the preparatory steps that need to be taken. In part II, we’re shown how to integrate LVP into our lives in a practical way. The information is well organized and structured. There is a definite method to learning the system and preparing oneself to practice LVP.

First, we’re introduced to the 8 fundamental life structures of ego, belief, relationship, health, finances, livelihood, spirituality and community. We also learn about the 5 foundational qualities that will support our life visioning practice: willing intention, receptivity, surrender, discipline and gratitude. In chapter 2, the four stages of evolutionary growth are presented. They are the victim, manifester, channel and being stages. There’s a chart on page 37 that’s really helpful in understanding the stages. It describes each stage in simple terms and what it represents in our evolutionary journey.

There are chapters dedicated to each stage that go into detail about its attributes and what we need to do to evolve through it. At the end of stages one and two, there are a series of questions in a guided self-reflection practice that help us gain greater clarity about that particular stage.

In stage 2 which is the manifester stage, we’re introduced to visualization. This is the stage where the law of attraction operates. The author makes the point that there’s a difference between visioning and visualization and describes what that difference is. We’re also provided a step by step method for practicing affirmations. The four windows of manifestation are presented: the Job factor, lessons, blessings and collective consciousness.

008 editedThe author shares that LVP starts in stage 3 which is channel consciousness. The importance of meditation as a regular practice is stressed and the author shares a classic Shamatha meditation technique with readers. He states that “An interiorizing meditation method is best suited to preparing your consciousness for visioning.” The chapter on stage 4, being consciousness is short and a guided meditation is offered.

Part II is about making LVP a part of our lives in a practical way. The nature and significance of intuition is revealed. The three components of visioning are introduced: unconditional love, deep listening and meditation. The 7 steps of the life visioning process are shared in chapter 10. In chapter 11 we read real life examples of how people have applied LVP.

I have only skimmed the surface of the book in this article. There is a lot to process and learn and it definitely requires commitment and dedication. But the rewards are worth it because as the author states: “Becoming our authentic self and living our life purpose is the ultimate purpose of LVP and this book.”

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