Have you ever stopped to consider how you view the world?
To get an idea of what I mean I will share an example. I was recently in a conversation with someone who was sent on a ‘goal setting day’ by her company.
She explained that one of the exercises they did was to have participants give their immediate answer to a set of questions. The idea being that your first response was likely to be your true reaction.
One of the questions was… ‘The world is…?’
And she responded with ‘Dangerous!’
I am not criticising her response but what is fascinating to me is how you might operate in the world if that was how you saw it.
How would this influence your choices, your behaviour and situations you found yourself in? What would you move towards and what would you avoid?
We all have our own view on how the world works and it is like a lens through which we see the world and it shapes our entire experience.
It is usually so deeply embedded in our thinking that we never question it and often, we do not know much about our habitual thinking until something wakes us up.
An awakening can be a significant life event like falling in love or a serious illness – we suddenly see the world without the filters of our made up thinking.
A great example of this is the basis of ‘Dying to be me’ by Anita Moorjani.
The book is about her upbringing, her life-threatening cancer and, ultimately, her miraculous and unexplainable healing. Since her recovery she now lives from joy instead of fear.
Although awakenings of the huge magnitude like Anita Moorjani, Sydney Banks or Byron Katie experienced are relatively rare, the inside-out understanding points us in the direction of where they come from.
I used to think that because we live in a thought created reality it meant that I had to try and control my thinking. There was right thinking and wrong thinking. Good thinking and bad thinking.
I thought you needed to get rid of one to get more of the other.
In fact, I went down this route with a lot of enthusiasm and for a long time, until I realised this was not helping me a great deal.
We do not need to try and exert control because insight, wisdom and common sense are built into the system. I found that taking on the job of control was a fool’s errand.
Knowing this has helped me a great deal. I still do find myself judging my thinking on occasion but I am much more awake than I was.
And this is very healthy and healing.
You no longer feel controlled or bullied by your circumstances and have a happier, fresher outlook on life.
And you are free to intuitively respond to the world as you see it in the moment rather than a fixed way based upon old assumptions that may be well past the sell by date.