Perspective is so important. It always reminds me of the parable that, paraphrased, was about a group of blind men who were positioned around an elephant and asked to describe what it was. You can imagine the difference in responses!
That’s what perspective is all about. The elephant hadn’t changed for each man. It was as it always had been. It was each man’s perspective combined with life experiences and understandings.
I like to think of perspective as parallel to my understanding of truth. Each is on a continuum. But, the continuum isn’t linear. It’s a spiral. The spiral holds all truth and all perspective. And it is One spiral.
So, you and I can both be “right” even if we disagree. I know. The brain doesn’t like that – until you train it differently! Once you can accept a spiral approach to perspective and truth, it makes it easier to not judge others. It makes it easier to come to an amicable compromise when needed. It makes it easier to see and know the good that resides in every person – even if not outwardly visible.
To apply this to the every day, when you look at an issue in your life, are you evaluating it from the perspective of being immersed in the drama or particulars of it, or are you looking at it from a perspective that inquires of self what the message would be, what the learning might be? It makes for quite a different experience to zoom out so to speak and see a more comprehensive picture of an issue. Then, when you have the more broad perspective, zooming back in can be helpful with finding a resolution. When you stay within the drama, it can be challenging to see a way out. When that happens, we tend to default to self-protection which can present in a multitude of forms such as anger, deflection, blame, shame, and the like. You don’t need that. And, you don’t have to approach all issues within that.
Is perspective something that you grow into or can it be taught? I believe both are true. I believe that once you understand that a person’s perspective can be either limiting or expansive, you can choose which you will use. And, yes, there are gradients in between. Yet the more you expand your perception, the more comprehensive your truth of any situation.
Are you ready to stretch into expansion? Are you ready to stop the drama in your life? Are you ready to see not only the entire elephant but it’s life and family and history and importance to the whole? Are you ready to know how the elephant can teach you and change your life for the better? If so, just go. Try it. You’ll like it! And it becomes easier and easier the more you do it, in part, because the Law of Attraction plays in and less and less drama presents itself in your experience. Why? Because your thoughts and feelings have re-focused and the Universe responds. Win-win. And I’ll add in another win for good measure!
Perspective. It’s a good thing!
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