Lessons on Vision
by Azrael Ondi-Ahman
There is nothing so important to the development and advancement of humankind than
the presence within our soul of some profound and holy vision. For we find in the
visions of our soul, the very heart and mind of God. In vision, there is made manifest
all the hopes and dreams and inward longings of the human family striving and yearning
for a better world in which to live; a world where our children can laugh and play,
work and love in peace and joy.
So often, we find ourselves filled with dreams of what we desire for ourselves in
the days and years which lie ahead, but such dreams are most often self-serving and
benefit the whole of mankind very little. We live such small and petty lives, going
from one want to another. We must teach ourselves to realize that the greatest dreams
of all are those which require of us the sacrifice of the self for the greater good
of all mankind; for only by such a means can we turn small dreams into great visions.
For as you, yourself, already know: we are eternal and have for ourselves a greater
home filled with glory – far, far away. The sacrifices we make today, our children
will reap the benefits of tomorrow. Isn’t this the purpose behind a Father’s love?
Isn’t this why mothers sacrifice so much for their children?
There is a vision which comes to us because of the Law of Beingness. This important
law of the self can be beneficial or detrimental depending on how we use it. But
you may ask: What is the Law of Beingness and what does it have to do with vision?
The Law of Beingness is the profound power all humans possess which allows the individual
to become in their person and character whatever it is they set their heart and mind
to. If you believe that you have the right to be happy and good, then you will attain
such because of your positive actions towards that end. If you feel in your heart
that you have no right to be happy, or that goodness is beyond your reach, then such
negative thoughts will make you sad and miserable. We have the power to become whatever
it is we set our hearts on becoming. The only real question that matters at this
juncture is simply this: Do you have the will to make dreams come true? In the Song
of God, we find this injunction:
8. “For I tell you truly that whatsoever thing a man shall think, even that shall
give shape and fashion unto his own soul.[....]
12.…for such thoughts as you shall think, whether they be small or great, even they
give steerage unto the whole man; turning the soul unto happiness or misery, even
according to your will.
13. Therefore, whosoever among you shall speak or act from an evil thought, even
then shall you draw to your soul both sorrow and bitterness.
14. And whosoever among you shall speak or act from a goodness of thought, even unto
you shall joy and peace descend to greet you, making sure the way before;
15. And like the shadow of the man, it shall never leave you but walk beside you
Yeshua 23:8, 12-15
This, my good and holy children, is the Law of Beingness. We have the power to become
whatever it is we set our hearts on becoming. Yet, such power can be good or harmful
– depending on how we use it. What then, is the greater vision worthy of our striving
- a vision which not only involves us individually, but which also embraces every
man and woman and child upon the earth? What vision is essential in making a new
Heaven and a new earth? If we seek to improve ourselves without caring one whit for
the rest of the human family, then what does that say about us? And yet, on the other
hand, we don’t want a vision of the human family which includes the foolish assumption
that we can make everybody over into our own image and likeness. Such perverted visions
have caused a great many wars and heartaches, and you and I know that there are enough
heartaches in the world without adding to them.
No, the vision we seek is the kind which gains blessing instead of hurt, joy instead
of sorrow, laughter instead of tears. But such visions of global proportions are
of little worth if we do not strive to find some way to accomplish them. And if this
is our intent: to change the world for the better and not the worse; then we become
obligated, before God, to hold on to such noble visions without feeling the need
to abrogate them in order to appease the short-sightedness of the uninspired. For
those who have great visions, and who possess the knowledge necessary to achieve
them, these people are in need of a strong will which enables them to fulfill such
visions with persistence and determination.
The advancement of all human societies has been the result of those few individuals
who possessed the vision and the will necessary to inspire others in the accomplishment
of great things. The vision of Yeshua would have accomplished very little if he had
not had the genius and determination to inspire those around him. Yet, he was often
surrounded by men of lesser vision, who desired to see Yeshua settle for less than
the Kingdom of God upon the earth; men who insisted that Yeshua proclaim himself
King of Israel in order to gain for themselves alone, the political sovereignty of
a nation. Such men as these – who lack vision themselves - will always try to find
someone who possesses what they themselves lack, in the hope that they can bend the
greater man to their purpose.
And then there are those who are genuinely good people, yet who possess no vision
which goes beyond themselves. Such individuals will often cling to some man or woman
who possesses the vision which they lack. The great danger here, is that the man
of vision will become so enamored by the affections of his followers, that he will
let go of his dreams for a better world in order to maintain the affections of those
There came a time in the life of Yeshua when these very situations occurred. But
Yeshua chose to remain faithful to the vision which God had given him, and the scriptures
“Thus spoke the Master in Capernaum, and from that time did many of his disciples
walk no more after him. For by his words were they offended.”
But let us ask: why did the disciples of Yeshua turn away from him? They did so because
they were unwilling to let go of their own small and petty ideas and prejudices in
order to embrace the vision which was greater than themselves. And so they turned
their backs and walked away. The world does not remember them anymore – who they
were or what they did – but the world still remembers Yeshua.
The greatest threat to any man or woman who possesses great vision is that they will
often run headlong into those who possess very little vision themselves and who are
most easily offended by small things. They are offended by small things because they
are small people. They are those whose sense of vision seldom extends beyond their
own small view of the world around them; who find themselves offended and resentful
because their concerns and their opinions have failed to catch the attention of the
The greatest benefactors of mankind were seldom saints, but they were always visionary.
They were the motivators and innovators and inventors behind every achievement and
wonder found throughout the long and arduous march of human history. They were individuals
willing to endure a thousand obstacles before seeing their vision take living form;
and for them, hope proved payment enough to compensate for all the hardships endured
along the way.
Without dreams, life is small and petty; and without vision, the world becomes a
little harder, darker with each passing day, and then all hope would soon be lost
in a quagmire of mediocrity and meanness. The man or woman who dreams, the man or
woman of vision, these are the ones who give birth to hope in the world. They are
the ones who become the light of the world. And as long as such dreamers and visionaries
exist in the world of mortal men, then we, as a species, shall continue to progress.
We shall continue to endure, overcome and adapt, until one day, we as a species will
prove wise enough to save the world altogether.
(Excerpt from the private journals of Azrael Ondi-Ahman: Vol. 3)