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What You See is What You Get

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Flip Wilson, 70’s comedian of the 70’s popularized “What You See is What You Get”  in his role as Geraldine, one of his characters. It became so popular that it allegedly inspired Palo Alto Research Center to create the acronym WYSIWYG for its text editor.

But this saying is more than words, it’s a profound spiritual principle. Everything that exists began as a thought, then a strong desire and a visualization before it was manifest. The extent to which you can see what you want in your mind’s eye before it manifests is the extent to which you can have your heart’s desire.

Children typically have no problem with this concept. Parents have seen many demonstrations of this as children pleaded and made a case for this toy or that electronic. The visualization was very strong in the child’s mind and their conversation consisted of little else but their heart’s desire. They never seem to worry about the how, just the what.

As we become adults, however, we somehow forget how this works and begin to twist it to “I’ll believe it when I see it.”

Or we sabotage our plans by visualizing something we want but not convincing our subconscious that we deserve it. In willing service to us the subconscious gives us what we strongly believe.

My favorite part of this whole process is that we don’t have to know the how, just the what.

Edison did not create electricity, he discovered it. That means that it already existed, but was waiting for the person who could see it and believe in its power strongly enough to find it.

If your vision is grand, most people will not be able to see it, and will think you’re nuts. The naysayers get entangled in how to do it given what we currently know; the dreamaker gets fired up by the possibility knowing that the how will reveal itself as the vision intensifies.

Can you imagine the general reaction the first time Walt Disney voiced his plan to build an amusement park on the scale of Disneyland, or Alexander Graham Bell finding a way for us to eventually talk to anyone around the world or Gutenberg’s printing press that brought books to the masses? Even the credit for these discoveries is disputed because many had glimpses of the vision before these names brought these discoveries to the public eye.

If you have a dream, a vision that is so grand that it will have a positive impact on the world, even just a corner of the world, don’t be discouraged by naysayers. You are in good company. Intensify your vision until it has manifested for all to see.


  1. I’ve read that Walt Disney was turned down by over 300 bankers when he began trying to get funding to build his first theme park. What a powerful vision he had to stay committed and keep going for his dream.

    Great advice to ignore the naysayers, focus on our dreams, and allow our visions to keep us inspired. 🙂

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