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What do you see?

Posted on June 12 2016

I recently heard about a woman who had an animal dash into her home unexpectedly. She thought it was a donkey and quickly grabbed a broom to scare off the animal. Shortly after the animal entered her home, a few Zoo officials stormed in, asking if she’d seen anything. She said a donkey just dashed in and that she’d been trying to beat it out of hiding. The officials immediately ushered her out while letting her know that it was actually a recently escaped lion paying her a visit.

Perception is reality

I love this lady’s spunk in grabbing a broom to beat her intruder out of hiding and essentially, out of her home. She perceived the lion to be a donkey and treated the animal as such. There was no fear, just a feeling of annoyance. The moment the people around her mentioned that it was a lion however, everything changed. What she perceived to be small immediately grew 5000x bigger.

There are the things that are happening around us and then there’s the way we regard, understand and interpret the things happening around us. There is reality and then there’s the story we tell about reality. You are an unattached woman; that could be your reality. You are hopelessly single, with no foreseeable prospects and you’re probably going to die alone –that is the story you’ve concocted around your reality. You have $50 in your bank account; that could be your reality. You are poor, destitute and will end up homeless with no friends and future if nothing changes immediately–that is the story your ego has made up around your life situation.

“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.” Muhammad Ali

There is magic in knowing who you are –who you truly are. Sometimes you have to keep saying things until your belief catches up to your words. But, when you know who you are, your perception of things will always slant towards that truth. Keep in mind that whenever your ego has a chance to choose between what is and the story of what is, it will always choose the latter. It finds comfort in the latter. The latter is where it finds its identity –away from who you truly are.

“Some historians hold that history … is just one damned thing after another.”
Arnold Toynbee

How do you see life? How do you see yourself? Do you perceive your life as just “one damned thing after another”? Do you see yourself as a pawn in life’s cruel game? Do you see yourself as powerless to life’s circumstances? Often, during a transaction, a seller will say to a buyer, “what you see is what you get”. I think this applies to life as well. What you see and perceive about life is exactly what you can expect to get out of life.

You are not a victim of your reality or circumstance. You are not powerless and you are not weak. Life is not here to chew you up and spit you out and whatever your life situation is at the moment, remember that “all is creation, all is change, all is flux, all is metamorphosis.” (Henry Miller)

Know this truth, see this truth, then watch this truth set you free.


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