“A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inward as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.” (Ludwig Wittgenstein)
“We don’t create abundance. Abundance is always present. We create limitation.” (Arnold Patent)
Over the last several weeks, we have discussed various approaches to facing the challenges that Covid-19 and the economy have brought with them. Implicit in each of them has been that we are always able to choose our response to any stimulus, to anything our environment presents to us.
So, upon reflection, I was thinking that if we always have choice, if we are always able to choose our response, then it’s doesn’t really matter what our environment dumps on us. It’s a little like that old Henry Ford quote, “Whether you say you can, or you say you can’t, you are right!”
What this means, to lean on various writers like Michael Neill (he’s great, try him) and Sydney Banks, is that our thoughts are not reality, they are only our take on reality; that is, our thoughts are not real, they are an illusion we create to describe what’s happening or what we feel is happening.
If this is correct, then we are talking of something really powerful – a great deal more powerful than the old cliched power of positive thinking. As the quotations above indicate, we imprison ourselves if we don’t think beyond our current thoughts, our current limitations.
This week, break your shackles. Test your thoughts, the assumptions and limitations implicit in them. Become more curious about what is really possible. Might the door actually be unlocked and might it open inwards? What possibilities might arise if you think in terms of abundance rather than scarcity even at this time?
Have fun expanding the horizons of your traditional thinking patterns!