Do you know that it’s possible to open your mind? Are you aware that there are numerous perspectives available in which to view reality? If you didn’t, then hopefully you’ll feel somewhat enlightened by the time you finish reading this….because this understanding has been a huge blessing in my life.
How much time have you spent in your life seeing things the way you’ve always seen them?
Do you question things?
Do you ever ask yourself if the thoughts you think, and the beliefs you hold make you happy?
Standing still – aka, believing your mind – is an option.
Regardless of what you’ve ever been taught, you do have the freedom to view your reality from multiple angles. Once this is understood, a world of possibilities opens up.
Let’s say for example that you are standing in front of a giant triangle. I know, big triangles happen to be everywhere. I see them all over the place too (kidding). But for the sake the of the message, just stay with me here.
So you’re standing in front of this convincing shape. It is what it is, right? Or maybe not…
You’re standing still – looking at something from one point of view.
But what happens if you move around a bit?
When You Change the Way You Look at Things…
…the things you look at change
This is a quote from Dr. Wayne Dyer.
It has come in handy for me quite often throughout my life. It seems these days, I need to remember this gem of wisdom as often as possible.
When we see things as they appear, we have to remember just that.
Things are as they appear. But this doesn’t mean it’s how they have to be.
Once you realize you have freedom of movement (questioning your thoughts and beliefs), you realize that you have permission to relinquish your position. Once you do this, what do you find?
You find that this triangle has dimensions beyond the flat shape that it originally appeared to be. In fact, if you move around a lot, you’ll see it not only has other sides, but multiple functions and additional shapes altogether.
You had convinced yourself for so long that what you saw was a triangle and nothing else – but now, with a little movement, you realize that it’s in fact –
And what happens if it doesn’t stop there?
What if – there’s an additional point of view?
Move around a little more and you may just discover a diamond (I chose my image intentionally) 😉
So what does this mean?
It means that standing still creates only one possibility.
We already know we aren’t limited to a two-dimensional physical reality, so why would we live this way in our minds?
We do this because we weren’t aware that there was another way. We don’t question things, so we believe what we see. We’re told the story of how life works by others who were told the same story – and no one ever thinks to question the storytellers.
Well I’m questioning the storytellers.
And guess what?
I think most of them are only dispensing what they’ve been taught.
What they have personally experienced.
But when you decide to stand back, observe, move around a bit and walk around the triangle, you’ll understand that…
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Applying This Wisdom
Wisdom is the application of knowledge.
It’s easy to know things. It’s even easy to apply the new knowledge when things are seemingly ok.
It’s when life kicks our ass that it becomes tough.
Things seem so solid. So set in their ways.
That triangle won’t budge. It’s just sitting there. Huge and heavy.
Sometimes things won’t move – but when we do, the image changes.
I’m watching people everywhere get hit by life these days. Whether it’s through business, relationships or their health – things appear dark and hopeless.
And I’m not sitting here typing these words from some high and mighty place telling you it’s going to be ok because I’m feeling ok.
In fact, I don’t feel ok lately.
Life is hitting me too.
I use well-being as my response to adversity , but believe me when I say that I’m right there with you.
I also wonder sometimes how I’ll get through the day.
I stay involved in the creative process and sharing my insights with you.
It makes the journey a little sweeter to know there are others like you who get it. Maybe it does the same for you.
At least, I sure hope it does.
Now I’ve attained a lot of insight over the last several years.
Sometimes these downloads of info are so astounding – it’s as if the heavens are speaking directly to me.
I have no idea where this stuff comes from.
I only know it’s coming from someplace more powerful and expansive than my limited ego personality.
The trick is to use the tools I’ve acquired during these times when I’m down. That’s the key to transcending the human condition and the painful circumstances of life.
So I write these words to tell you that even though your blog may have been compromised my search engine companies…
Or you’re health has taken an unexpected turn…
Or you’ve lost your job/ relationship/ financial well-being –
Change the way you look at things. You may not what to look for and that’s ok.
Just move around a bit.
You do this by getting curious.
Curiosity didn’t kill the cat. It gave him nine lives.
How can the same freakin cat have two completely different metaphors?
By the ninth life, he wouldn’t be curious any longer.
He’d be wise.
Ready to go onto to other adventures.
Just go with my analogy. It’s nicer.
It’s also more accurate.
I am my own storyteller. I AM my imagination.
You can use this way of looking at the world in regard to anything. Your relationships, beliefs, thoughts, perspective of self, etc.
Maybe it’s time to restrategize your way of doing things.
Perhaps things haven’t been working out for a while and you needed to experience pain or intense discomfort to make some necessary alterations to start living in alignment with your truth.
The answers don’t lie outside of us. All we see out there are the effects.
The effects will change when the cause does. It’s a Natural Law of life.
We’re experiencing the deconstruction of systems, choices, and perspectives that may no longer serve us.
It’s possible they never really did to begin with.
Just keep this in mind.
We’re in this together.
People are being called to lift one another up. Not to be victims of circumstances, but to assume full responsibility for our role in things and remind one another of their greatness and support each other’s endeavors.
It may not be clear how we contribute to that which we experience, but my friend Sylviane explains it so well in her blog. It’s worth it to check her out.
And in the meantime, know this:
I may need to be reminded of these words someday. That day may be tomorrow.
I’m hoping you’ll be there for me when I need someone to help lift me up when I’m too tired to do it on my own.
So I hope this provides you with the strength you need when you need it most.
Watch this video. Dr. Dyer was so cool.
Don’t look for your keys where you haven’t dropped them.
That’ll make sense in about 3 minutes from now.
So, what are your thoughts? Have you ever challenged your mind? I’d love to hear about it.
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