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Shabbos And The Power of Visualization

Rabbi Heshy Kleinman, author of Praying with Fire, posted the following insight on Jewish visualization and prayer: 

"The technique of visualization is so powerful that it can help a person overcome a great many obstacles...

"Visualization is a means through which a person can see himself as he wishes to be — as he can be. It’s not just wishful thinking, it’s purposeful thinking that helps a person establish high expectations for himself, and then fulfill them...

"... it is difficult for us to internalize the fact that we are standing before the Creator. To overcome this impediment, visualize a telephone conversation; although you cannot see the person to whom you are speaking, you know that he is listening. Summon this image to perceive the sense that Hashem listens to you when you pray.

The ultimate visualization takes place during prayer, in my opinion. It is the time we are consciously connected mentally, emotionally and spiritually with our Creator, and it is a good time to ask to see things the way Hashem sees them.

Actually, I often ask for this blessing. I say, "Father, I don't know what to do, so I need your help. Please help me see this situation as you see it, so I can behave in accordance with your will and your way."

But, I don't ask often enough. Rabbi Kleinman's words really inspired me today, and I am renewed with enthusiasm to remember to ask to see situations as Hashem sees them now, and I want to remember especially on Shabbos.

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