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Pagan savings challenge, week twenty-nine: picture this

For the first time since this challenge began, I didn't take a picture of the cash.  I don't know what I was thinking, but I feel the touch of the hand of fate.  Why wouldn't I take a picture?  Maybe it's so we can talk about visualization.

Having a growing bank balance, stuffed money jar, or other visual reminder that the savings is adding up can actually be a bit risky, because the temptation to use that money can also grow.  While it may be appropriate to do so, determining that requires discernment.

Settle into an altered mental state of your choice, be it worship, meditation, or something else, using whichever external or internal cues that work for you.  Visualize that which you set as a goal for this challenge -- for me, that's a fireplace insert, which is pretty tangible; your goal may require something to make it more visual if it's not a physical object.

Holding that image in your mind, now turn to the present reason you wish to spend that money instead.  Again, develop a strong image in your mind of the crisis or other temptation.

Now bring those images together, overlapping them like two slides projected at the same screen, or as if you've made each one a layer in a project in Photoshop, if you have no idea what a slide projector is.  Hold this overlapped image, which will be blurry and confusing, in your mind until it clears.  One image may be dominant, suggesting you should follow that path.  In the alternative, a new image may emerge, which should be interpreted as one might a dream.

My week twenty-nine savings:  $435, 6.6% ($29) of which I added today.

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Terence P Ward is a business writer and journalist who blogs under the rather cumbersome moniker of True Pagan Warrior.  He can generally be found at home, tending to his gardens and the many demands of his cats; in the alternative, follow TPW on Facebook. 


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