If the world we see in our head is not the real world but an image of the world formed – and most probably deformed – by our brain; and if those images are our ‘maps’ of reality, then it may be a good idea to conduct some basic reality checks about those maps.
The first one is asking ourselves whether we do not miss out on vital parts of reality and checking if what we include in our field of awareness really covers everything there is to see.
We do not really love or dislike external circumstances but we fall in love or are disturbed by the images we create in our mind as a response to those circumstances.
If the world that we experience is primarily an image in our mind, then the most direct and obvious consequence is that it is not in what happens to us that problems and their solutions lie: it is what we ‘do’, in our own mind, with what happens to us.
Are all of us really like divine artists crafting stories in the theaters of our consciousness and enjoying or suffering their dramas? Are we truly birthing our own realities in the cradle of our mind? Do we really have the power to make ourselves happy or miserable?
Seven shift YOU need to make if you want to be at peace with yourself and live a life you love.
Your effectiveness, the degree of happiness you experience and the amount of control you have over your life relies on seven principles.
We have called them mind shifts because they are shifts of perception – changes of mind. Have you ever changed your mind? I assume you have. And what happened when you did? You brought change.
Here is a good opportunity to do it again – for good.
Mind Shift 1 – The reality that we ‘see’ is not real: it is an image created by the brain that fills the field of our consciousness and that we usually confuse for reality.
We all fall in the trap of believing that the way we see ourselves and the world around us is what the world and ourselves are. But this is an illusion. Like all illusions, it may frighten us or make us wonder but ultimately, it is deceptive.
There has been a lot of talking around the date 21-12-2012 and, with it, a lot of imagination, emotions and anticipation.
21-12 came and nothing happened. We woke up on the 22nd and the world was still there, unchanged. The furry of information, conflict and greed was still going on; the misery and slavery and depravation of human dignity was still shaming us; the movement toward authentic solutions and the rebirth of true civilization was still alive.
And we breathed.
As we breathed, we allowed our consciousness to relax and open. As our consciousness relaxed and opened, we thought; and as we thought, we saw. Continue reading →
Good morning, when told any time of the day, is something that always make people smile – sometimes after an initial frown …
We started that weird habit in our centre in Hanoi where we were offering free workshops in self-awareness, character development and life skills to students and young professional. We would open seminars and evening classes with a bright ’good morning!’ both to catch people’s attention but also to make a point – and many times did we find this ‘Good morning’ in answer to the question ‘what did you like best about the seminar’ in our feedback forms.
So, what is time, really? We speak of time as something objective but it is not and there are actually several kinds of ‘time’. Continue reading →