Visions and Ideals


The dreamers are the saviors of the world. As the visible world is sustained by the invisible, so men, through all their trials and sins and sordid vocations, are nourished by the beautiful visions of their solitary dreamers. – (pg. 39)

Thus it is effectively the dreamers, visionaries and fantasisers, as well as those most enthusiastic about the evolution, who are the saviours of the world. (..) The visible world is carried and caused to evolve by the invisible powers of the universe and thereby the Creation.(..) However, only few consciously perceive this and act accordingly, for which reason, as a rule, bringing the world and human beings progressively forward is action only characteristic of those who understand that they must take upon themselves many attempts, errors and efforts and often very much suffering when they engage in progressive dreaming, fantasizing and visions. – (pgs. 208-210)

Humanity cannot forget its dreamers; it cannot let their ideals fade and die; it lives in them; it knows them in the realities which it shall one day see and know. – (pg. 39)

That is a significant and important point as to why humanity should never forget or insult its dreamers, visionaries and those gifted with imagination, because, it is actually their ideals which bring progress and success for all: ideals, works and values which no longer fade and are immune from dying and passing away. And humanity adopts these ideals, works and values and makes them its own, whereby it likewise lives in the fantasies, visions, ruminations and dreams of those who conceived them and brought them forth and therefore of those who awakened them, and awaken them, into the life. In the realization of the thoughts of those who have a rich imagination, and in the realization of the thoughts of the dreamers and visionaries, humanity recognises the reality which it has already lived or which it lives, or which it will one day see and live. – (pgs. 208-210)

Composer, sculptor, painter, poet, prophet, sage, these are the makers of the after-world, the architects of heaven. – (pg. 39)

Enthusiasts, ruminators, architects, designers, poets, composers, painters, philosophers and prophets, writers of all kinds, sculptors, inventors and many others, are the true creators and producers of posterity. – (pg. 210)

The world is beautiful because they have lived; without them, laboring humanity would perish. – (pg. 39)

The world and the life of the human being have become beautiful because of those with a gift for imagination, and because of the dreamers and visionaries. Had the visionaries, dreamers and imaginative ones not lived, humanity would never have reached its current state of evolution and would have already passed away long ago. – (pgs. 210-212)

He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it. Columbus cherished a vision of another world, and he discovered it; Copernicus fostered the vision of a multiplicity of worlds and a wider universe, and he revealed it; Buddha beheld the vision of a spiritual world of stainless beauty and perfect peace, and he entered into it. – (pg. 39)

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Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these, if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built. – (pg. 40)

For that reason the human being should never disregard his/her positive ruminations, visions, fantasies and dreaming…All good, healthy, pure and positive ideals must be nurtured, as must harmonious music, beauty, love and peace, freedom, the magic which envelopes the best and most creative thoughts, the muse of the art of poetry as well as the striving toward progress and all-embracing harmony, and so forth. The evolutive circumstances of life grow from these, for which reason every human being should remain true to his/her good and positive ruminations, visions, dreaming and fantasizing, if he/she can call such his/her own, because ultimately not only is his/her own world erected from them, so is the world of the entire humanity. – (pg. 212)

To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve. Shall man’s basest desires receive the fullest measure of gratification, and his purest aspirations starve for lack of sustenance? Such is not the Law: such a condition of things can never obtain : “Ask and receive.” – (pg. 40)

Included in rumination and enthusiasm, as well as in visions and fantasies, are imaginings and wishes which must be realized and achieved by means of striving. (..) But the lowest desires should not thereby receive the highest level of confirmation and realization with the result that the pure and purest striving goes hungry or is even allowed to starve due to a lack of good, healthy, positive and equalised nourishment. That, namely, is not the creational law, which is why such a condition can also never be victorious. – (pgs. 212-214)

Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your Vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your Ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil. – (pg. 40)

Visions, ruminations, enthusiasm and fantasies are always the promise of that which the human being will one day be and what he/she will have achieved in every regard. Thus, the human being’s ideals are also the prediction of that which he/she will ultimately reveal. – (pg. 214)

The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities. – (pg. 40)

And the fact is that, before it was brought to fruition, every single small or great or greatest achievement was first, in every regard, only a rumination, a vision, an enthusiastic urge or a fantasy. Every achievement is the work of pensive, enthusiastic, visionary or imaginative thinking, and these thoughts are the seeds of the reality which one day comes into being. – (pg. 214)

Your circumstances may be uncongenial, but they shall not long remain so if you but perceive an Ideal and strive to reach it. You cannot travel within and stand still without. – (pg. 40)

Therefore it will not do for the human being to be on the move in his/her inner self and be at a standstill in the external self, or to be on the move in the external self and yet be at a standstill in his/her inner self. Therefore, regardless of which kind of personal circumstances there may be, an ideal must always be searched for and striven for so that it can be achieved and brought to fruition. And once this truth is followed, then regardless of how unpleasant, bad, unhealthy and negative all the circumstances may be, they will not remain so for long. – (pgs. 214-216)

Here is a youth hard pressed by poverty and labor; confined long hours in an unhealthy workshop; unschooled, and lacking all the arts of refinement. But he dreams of better things; he thinks of intelligence, of refinement, of grace and beauty. – (pgs. 40-41)

When one considers disadvantages human beings, upon whom the burden of poverty is imposed or who must cope with long working hours in unhealthy work places – human beings who have no education and for whom the fine arts of refinement, grace, love, freedom, beauty and peace, and so forth, are foreign – one ascertains that one such human being remains disadvantaged in himself/herself, while the other raises himself/herself above his/her circumstances. – (pg. 216)

He conceives of, mentally builds up, an ideal condition of life; the vision of a wider liberty and a larger scope takes possession of him; – (pg. 41)

However, those who raise themselves above their circumstances use their circumstances in order to build upon them, for example, by imagining ideal life circumstances. Pensive, visionary or full of fantasy, and life of freedom, harmony and beauty, with greater possibilities for development and all those things which are worth striving for. – (pg. 216)

unrest urges him to action, and he utilizes all his spare time and means, small though they are, to the development of his latent powers and resources. – (pg. 41)

The ideals, wishes and imaginings, which are created by means of the thoughts, awaken a certain restlessness in them by which they are driven on to action and to the realisation of their thoughts; consequently, they even use their free time and all their consciousness-based and material means – regardless of how small they may be – in order to develop and bring their wishes and imaginings to fruition. Naturally, thereby also coming to the fore are all the hidden, latent powers and resources… – (pg. 216)

Very soon so altered has his mind become that the workshop can no longer hold him. It has become so out of harmony with his mentality that it falls out of his life as a garment is cast aside, and, with the growth of opportunities which fit the scope of his expanding powers, he passes out of it forever. – (pg. 41)

The activity of the consciousness on the thoughts very quickly changes, and all the poverty and all kinds of problems can no longer be maintained. The discrepancy between the poverty or problems and the consciousness-based, mental attitude quickly becomes so great that all the problems, the poverty or the other burdening things, vanish from the life of the thoughts, exactly as if something unusable is thrown away. With the extent of the thoughts’ increasing powers and might, they – and the human being in his/her entire personality – grow quickly beyond everything which burdens. – (pgs. 216-218)

Years later we see this youth as a full-grown man. We find him a master of certain forces of the mind which he wields with world-wide influence and almost unequaled power. – (pg. 41)

It may take months of years, but one day these human beings appear as free, mature human beings, who – in their own, individual and unique kind and wise – have their consciousness and their thoughts masterfully under control and exert influence in their family and in their circle of acquaintances or even in an enterprise, or perhaps worldwide. – (pg. 218)

In his hands he holds the cords of gigantic responsibilities; he speaks, and lo! lives are changed; men and women hang upon his words and remold their characters, – (pg. 41)

…and suddenly hold in their hands the reins of gigantic responsibility. Suddenly their word is taken as a command, and when they say something to themselves or to others it is immediately followed. They themselves become the ideal for others, who, whether men or women, hang off their every word, and take those human beings as their model in order to progressively reshape their own characters… – (pg. 218)

and, sunlike, he becomes the fixed and luminous center around which innumerable destinies revolve. – (pgs. 41-42)

New ideals of a higher form, and of the highest form, are conceived and brought forth, which, like fixed points, form radiating centres from which new, creative and constructive things continue to arise. And the human beings who work themselves up into these heights, by the might of their thoughts, also become radiating centres around which many human beings gather with many destinies… – (pg. 218)

He has realized the Vision of his youth. He has become one with his Ideal. – (pg. 42)

In this form, human beings realise their wishes and imaginings, which – often disregarded – are fostered as ruminations, visions and fantasies. Thus sooner or later, human beings – alone, and by means of their own power, or by means of the power and ideals of others – become one with their own ideals, imaginings and wishes. – (pg. 218)

And you, too, youthful reader, will realize the Vision (not the idle wish) of your heart, be it base or beautiful, or a mixture of both, for you will always gravitate toward that which you secretly most love. Into your hands will be placed the exact results of your own thoughts; you will receive that which you earn; no more, no less. – (pg. 42)

Indeed, regardless of whether the striving for realisation, and the imaginings and wishes, are low or are high, or are a mix of the two, the fact is that the human being is always attracted by – and brings to fruition – that which he/she consciously or secretly loves and strives for. Thus, that which comes into his/her hands is always the precise product of that which his/her own thoughts create. In this form he/she always receives that which he/she actually earns – no more and no less.

Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain, or rise with your thoughts, your Vision, your Ideal. – (pg. 42)

Regardless of how the human being’s present situation and surroundings may form and may appear, they will always be in accord with his/her thoughts. And he/she – and thereby also his/her world – stands or falls precisely with his/her thoughts, as well as with his/her ruminations, visions, fantasies, ideals, imaginings and wishes. It is the thoughts which create and sustain everything, which allow everything to remain… – (pg. 220)

You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration: – (pg. 42)

The human being is always as small as the desires and lower demands which control him/her; and he/she is as great as the high and highest positive, good, healthy and pure strivings which he/she allows to dominate in himself/herself and in his/her thoughts. – (pg. 220)

in the beautiful words of Stanton Kirkham Davis, “You may be keeping accounts, and presently you shall walk out of the door that for so long has seemed to you the barrier of your ideals, and shall find yourself before an audience – the pen still behind your ear, the ink stains on your fingers – and then and there shall pour out the torrent of your inspiration. You may be driving sheep, and you shall wander to the city – bucolic and open mouthed; shall wander under the intrepid guidance of the spirit into the studio of the master, and after a time he shall say, ‘I have nothing more to teach you.’ And now you have become the master, who did so recently dream of great things while driving sheep. You shall lay down the saw and the plane to take upon yourself the regeneration of the world.” – (pgs. 42-43)

Once the human being consciously takes on the responsibility for his/her thoughts and for his/her life, the he/she soon enters that sphere of existence which remained closed to him/her until then….But, that is far from meaning that he/she thereby becomes a master of knowledge and wisdom, because to that point it is still a very long way, the end of which must be achieved with great effort and in which reside true love and freedom as well as true peace and effective harmony, by means of which the human being, in knowledge and wisdom, first becomes the real master of the life. Once he/she has reached that point, he/she then endeavors to use the entirety of the achieved product of his/her evolution, not only for himself/herself and his/her further education alone, rather also for the consciousness-based and material progress of his/her fellow human beings and even for the entire humanity, and connected with that is also a renewal of the world and all its events and achievements. – (pgs. 220-222)

The thoughtless, the ignorant, and the indolent, seeing only the apparent effects of things and not the things themselves, talk of luck, of fortune, and chance.

Know-it-alls, negative critics, human beings who are thoughtless, those who are lazy and those who are ignorant, and so forth, never see and recognize the effective reality, rather they see and misunderstand only the apparent effects of things, however not the things and their actual reality. In this context they then speak of happiness and prosperity, and of fate, chance, and cognition, and so forth. – (pg. 222)

Seeing a man grow rich, they say, “How lucky he is!” Observing another become intellectual, they exclaim, “How highly favored he is!” And noting the saintly character and wide influence of another, the remark, “How chance aids him at every turn!”

If, for example, the incapable and unknowledgeable ones thus see a human being who has achieved a certain prosperity, or even wealth, through honest and hard efforts, then they feel justified in making envious comments, such as, “What luck he has!” If, in their limited horizons of knowledge and understanding, they see and notice another human being who has laboriously worked himself/herself up to being an academic or a top scholar and has a certain standing and a good income and livelihood, then again jealousy and envy emerge, which, for example, are expressed with words such as, “He has it damned good.” Even if a human being steps into their view who is of good morality, good character and is always in a good mood and has a superior personality, whereby he/she has great influence and is honourably treated and respected, then they assert, with brash impertinence, that this human being has been strongly influenced through and through by a “good spirit” or “the devil himself”. – (pgs. 222-224)

They do not see the trials and failures and struggles which these men have voluntarily encountered in order to gain their experience; have no knowledge of the sacrifices they have made, of the undaunted efforts they have put forth, of the faith they have exercised, that they might overcome the apparently insurmountable, and realize the Vision of their heart. – (pg. 43)

In fact all these confused, incapable and unknowledgeable as well as resentful and erring human beings, do not see the fact that all these human beings who they envy and insult have voluntarily taken upon themselves failures, errors and battles as well as efforts and hardships…All the resentful ones do not know the great commitment which the successful ones had to bring, and have to bring, and they do not know about the efforts and undauntedness…They do not know about all the effort behind the imaginings and wishes, which every Ziel-striving human being must take upon himself/herself in order to overcome the apparently invincible, and which is necessary so that the vision, the rumination or the fantasy can be brought to fruition. – (pg. 224)

They do not know the darkness and the heartaches; they only see the light and joy, and call it “luck”; do not see the long and arduous journey, but only behold the pleasant goal, and call it “good fortune”; do not understand the process, but only perceive the result, and call it “chance.” – (pgs. 43-44)

…[they] do not know the psyche’s abysses and darkness… In fact, all these erring human beings…only see the victory of the successful ones as well as their light and joy, and they then call that “luck”. They do not see and recognize…the long and strenuous journey to the success and Ziel…[but]…only see the reached, pleasant Ziel, which they then label as “lucky chance” or “lucky foreordination” or as the work of the “Devil” and as the result of that successful ones being “unfairly favoured”, and so forth. – (pg. 224)

In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result. Chance is not. – (pg. 44)

The intensity of each endeavor and effort is actually the measure of the result and the Ziel which is striven for. Therefore, a success and result are never a matter of so-called “chance”, or a “foreordination” of an unjustified nature, and so forth. – (pg. 226)

“Gifts,” powers, material, intellectual, and spiritual possessions are the fruits of effort; they are thoughts completed, objects accomplished, visions realized. – (pg. 44)

Therefore, in the entire universe, everything develops according to the law of cause and effect, the result of which is also that so-called “gifts from Heaven” as well as the human being’s own powers and the foreordinations being granted to him/her, and so forth, are the product of his/her own efforts…Thus purely intellectual possessions as well as purely consciousness-based and spiritual possessions are the fruits of the achieved efforts. And these possessions are the fruits of the thoughts which are just as complete in themselves as they are in effects, when everything is brought to fruition by means of the might of the thoughts. And it is therefore indisputable that all things which the human being is able to create by means of visions, ruminations and fantasizing are made real – or can be made real – by means of the might of the thoughts. – (pg. 226)

The Vision that you glorify in your mind, the Ideal that you enthrone in your heart – this you will build your life by, this you will become. – (pg. 44)

The rumination, the vision or the fantasy, the ideal, which the human being mentally creates by means of his/her consciousness, determines his/her life;…Therefore, that which applies yet again is: that which the human being thinks, he/she becomes, or is – the might of the thoughts determines that. – (pg. 226)

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