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You don’t have to have it all figured out, Einstein!

Herein lies the problem. Making resolutions inadvertently assumes that there are things that need to be resolved. Dealt with. Settled. Solved. Figured out.

This approach – while well-intentioned – places all the focus on what’s “wrong”. On what you believe needs to be improved upon, changed or even eliminated. It utilizes perception and interpretation of what has been in order to determine what can be now.

What you have believed, thought and been willing and able to accept up till now has got you exactly where you are. Go you! Good job.

But if reaching beyond your current reality is what you seek, a new level of thinking – and a whole lot of imagination – is required.

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when creating them.

– Albert Einstein

Don’t get me wrong. Your personality is important. Your own personal genius. Flavor. Uniqueness. Individuality.

But it’s time to let your personality serve your soul – not the other way around. You can’t expect your expansive, inclusive, all-encompassing soul to be fulfilled by a lil’ resolution that was created from the same mind that has, up till now, kept you from the reality you want.

I define the soul as the essence of who we are, despite any human experiences, episodes and encounters. It’s us at our core – beyond our five senses, interpretations and judgments of the world. It’s our natural, beautiful, infinite, peaceful and passionate state of being.

 

From The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav:

(In reference to the writing and works of William James, Carl Jung, Benjamin Lee Whorf, Niels Bohr and, my personal favorite, Albert Einstein – who Zukav refers to as mystics.)

“…in the depths of their own thoughts they each saw much too much to be limited by the five senses…”

“…I came to understand that what motivated these men was not Earthly prizes or the respect of colleagues, but that they put their souls and minds on something and reached the extraordinary place where the mind could no longer produce data of the type that they wanted, and they were in the territory of inspiration where their intuitions accelerated and they knew that there was something more than the realm of time and space and matter, something more than physical life.”

“…what motived these men, and many others, was in fact something of great vision that comes from beyond the personality. Each one of us is now being drawn, in one way or another, to that same great vision. It is more than a vision. It is an emerging force. It is the next step in our evolutionary journey.”

 

What am I getting at here? This: The materialization of our ideas, dreams and visions ends at our own perceived boundaries and limitations.

The answer is not to define a NEW boundary and limitation. It is to accept that there are no boundaries, that the possibilities are truly limitless.

Don’t accept jumping from one lily pad to the next. Leap out of the pond and into the ocean.

What’s motivating you in 2017? What’s your vision? Look deep within your soul for the answers. Don’t resolve. Create freely instead. Allow expansion and openness in your heart and mind.

Here are a few simple steps to get you started:

  1. Start with your head – the mind – and make space. Clear whatever thoughts, judgments, fears, doubts you might have about what has been, what you want and how you’re going to get there.

My favorite technique is to identify the thought. Label it “thinking.” Nothing more. It just is. And then drop it. Let it go. Release attachment.

2. Open your heart. Be receptive to possibility. To not knowing. To trusting. To having faith. To allowing and having willingness to participate and trust things you don’t already know or can’t see.

Try new things. Take chances. Be silly. Allow fear to come and go.

3. Acknowledge and enjoy what the external world then reflects back to you. You will either experience things differently (perspective). Or circumstances and surroundings will actually change (physically). Take time to notice. Celebrate even the smallest of shifts.

As we enter this new year, take this week’s Adventure Challenge! Let go of what you believe you know to be true in order to make room for a new reality and possibilities beyond your current understanding.

This year, instead of deciding what you think you want, maybe it’s time to simply ask, “What now?”

Recommended reads for expanding your mind, heart, soul AND reality in 2017:

  • The Adventuresome Life Blog by Dana Shane  (If you haven’t already, enter your email address below in order to receive FREE weekly tips and tools for living an Adventuresome Life in your inbox)
  • The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
  • Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard
  • A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

Have you ever heard about or seen video of a person or people lifting a vehicle off of a victim trapped underneath?

How does that happen?

It’s a miracle right?

You may be surprised to learn that a miracle is nothing more than a shift in perception.

The key to those super-human moments, is people getting out of their own way, and allowing the seemingly impossible to be possible.

The miracle that allows one human to lift a car off of another human, is the same miracle that can allow you to have a different experience in your own life whether that’s healing a relationship, digging yourself out of a hole, changing the trajectory of your life, or just simply feeling better and experiencing more joy.

Our minds want to do the exact opposite of what actually needs to happen.

We want to figure it out. Know all the answers. Fix it. Make things happen.

If the person who was about to lift the car stopped to figure out how it was all going to happen, it wouldn’t. Or it would be too late by the time the tow truck arrived.

Your ONLY part is to be open and willing to seeing things differently than what your current perceptions allow.

Don’t you think the same shift in perception that allows a person to lift a car off of another human being, is probably capable of allowing similar shifts and weights to be lifted off of you in your day to day life?

What do you need lifted off of you?

Write about it in your TAL Adventure Journal and then make a declaration to see it differently – to allow a shift in your perception.

Take the additional challenge of avoiding the attempt to make anything happen.

Just be willing. Allow. Repeat.

Scratching the surface of what it means to really see.

A few days ago, as I sat in the waiting room while my mom was having cataract correction surgery, I started thinking about vision.

What is vision, really? Is it how well our eyes see what’s before us? Or is it something more?

Dictionary.com defines “vision” as, “The act or power of seeing with the eyes; sight.”

This particular definition brought back a personal memory from my elementary school days. When, one day, during a heated game of Wiffle ball, I suffered a temporary loss of eyesight.

If you’re not familiar with Wiffle ball, it’s like the game of baseball but is played with a plastic bat and a lightweight ball with holes that make it resemble Swiss cheese. Gloves and protective gear aren’t necessary, making it the perfect neighborhood pastime and great for an indoor gym class on a rainy day.

At one point on that particular day, I was next in line to bat, standing about three feet behind home plate. Despite my proximity to the batter, who also just happened to be the most powerful hitter in our class, I wasn’t really paying attention to the game in progress.

So it startled me when I heard a “whack” echo against the gym walls as the bat and ball connected.

I turned to watch what I thought would be the ball making contact with the far back gymnasium wall for a home run, but I saw something quite different. The ball was coming straight at me.

With the force of a grand slam, the ball traveled backwards over a much shorter distance than intended. A line drive, direct hit – stopped only by my face.

It all happened so quickly. I saw it coming, but not soon enough, which meant my eyes were open when the scratched surface of the lightweight ball made impact.

FOUL BALL!

A different four letter “F” word came to my nine-year-old mind in that moment.

I immediately felt as if my eye had exploded. Screaming in agony, I fell to the ground. Head to the floor. Tears streaming from my eyes.

“I can’t see! “I can’t see!”

As the other kids gathered around me, the gym teacher cut through the crowd to survey the damage. He asked me to take my hands off my face so he could take a look. I just kept screaming that I couldn’t see.

He then retorted (I believe in an attempt to lighten the tense mood and the fears of all my fellow freaked-out third graders), “Well, take your hands off your face and maybe you’ll be able to see.”

The kids found that funny, and everyone started to laugh.

Except me.

There was nothing funny about the searing pain I was experiencing in that moment.

An eye specialist at a clinic four hours from home would later determine that it wasn’t my hands that were inhibiting my vision after all, but rather a deep scratch on the cornea of my eye.

Just in case anybody was unable to recognize which eye had been hurt, despite the shiner I received along with my scratch, a big white patch was taped over my eye to help them figure it out.

And as if that wasn’t enough, I spent the next two weeks feeling like I had small pieces of gravel floating around the surface of my eyeball.

If you have ever felt the discomfort of having merely an eyelash in your eye, you can imagine the torture!  It was all-consuming. Distracting. Unbearable. Without relief.

I was lucky, though. My injury didn’t result in permanent damage, and I still have 20/20 eyesight to this day.

However, through this experience, I realized – as did most of my classmates and a certain apologetic, pseudo comedian gym teacher – that not being able to see is no laughing matter.

Fortunately, when it comes to physical sight, there are options: glasses, contacts, drops, surgery and even the ability of our other senses to compensate for vision loss.

But what about the pain caused by the loss of a very different kind of vision?

This kind of vision has nothing to do with how well you can read a chalkboard or the pages of a book.

And it can’t be altered by a hurtling plastic ball straight to the eye socket.

Real vision is not only unlimited by space and distance, but it does not depend on the body’s eyes at all.   – CIM Lesson#30

Real vision is seeing things clearly, in an entirely different way. It’s clarity of thought through a connection to the Divine, Source Energy, Universe, Mother Nature or any other connection or feeling that inspires or guides you.

We’ve all experienced it at one time or another. However brief or fleeting. However long ago.

These are moments when you just act…no questions asked. When you’re comforted by a sense of knowing. When something that previously evaded you becomes crystal clear. When you feel peace.

If you can’t see clearly, you’re not actually seeing at all. Instead, you’re perceiving – incorrectly.

Dictionary.com defines “perception” as an “act or faculty of perceiving by means of the senses or of the mind; cognition; understanding.”

It is your interpretation, however wrong that may be.

There is pain because perception is a scratch on the cornea of REAL VISION!

And so, I call them Wiffle ball perceptions:

  • We avoid clarity by trying to make everything fit into a category or mold. In other words, we see what we want to see, instead of what is really there.

We ignore, avoid and make excuses because we so badly want a situation or another person to be exactly what we need or want them to be.

And then we become hurt, angry, numb or even debilitated when the reality doesn’t match our desired vision.

All the while, we’re wondering, “How did this happen?” To put it simply, we’re trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

The development of this particular Wiffle ball perception involves denial of self, which contributes to denial of others.

 

  • We deflect peace, in an attempt to keep ourselves safe, comfortable and accepted, by expecting far less than what we want and what is possible.

How we see the world paints our experience of it. Yet, we refuse to pick up the damn paintbrush!

Our reality is formed by what we expect to see. We officially invite that expectation to a party in our honor, whether we want it to show up or not.

This form of perception is often handed down unconsciously from generation to generation, stemming from lack of deservedness.

Some families and cultures even celebrate it as a form of humbleness or selflessness.

 

  • We imprison ourselves in states of confusion and dissatisfaction because sometimes we’re quite simply not willing to do what is needed to either get what we really want or to avoid what we don’t.

For instance, my friend was recently suffering from an ulcer on her cornea. Her eye doctor told her it would only heal if she stopped wearing her contacts. But she wouldn’t stop wearing her contacts because, in her own words, she “needed to see.” She had work to do, places to go and people to see – no matter how impaired or uncomfortable she was.

This form of perception is rooted in fear of failure. Something about what she needed to do to get what she wanted – a healed cornea, clear sight and relief from her pain – scared her more than dealing with her discomfort and inconveniences.

So we want something, and continue to be frustrated by not having it.

I call this trap the Einstein Cycle, based on Albert Einstein’s famous quote: “The definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

”You can not expect to feel any sort of clarity, fulfillment, peace or, ultimately, joy if you continue to say “Yes” to the things you don’t want and tell yourself “No” – or completely ignore – the things you do.

Here’s the good news. There’s a solution to all of these forms of impaired vision.

You can start to see clearly.

It might require a “surgery” of sorts. A new prescription. Or a different way of looking at things.

You might need to step back. Take a closer look. Put on your glasses. Or take out your contacts and let things heal.

All you really need is a little awareness and the willingness to make a choice.

We can choose to focus on what is outside of us, separate from us, different, the problem, which comes from a place of fear and always leads to pain, depression, confusion, anger, sorrow, hurt or conflict.

(I’m more familiar with this choice than I’d like to be).

However, we can choose to experience life through the lens of our inner voice, knowledge, passion, interconnectedness, similarities, solutions, which comes from a place of love that can only produce ease, joy, peace, acceptance, creativity, collaboration and, ultimately, clarity.

I think the choice is crystal clear. Don’t you?

Share below in the comments. Where do you want peace and clarity in your life? Can you identify your own perceptions that “make a better door than a window” when it comes to you seeing clearly and experiencing Real Vision?