As we welcome the New Year, many of us begin to agonize over the promise of our annual resolutions. Because we so often fail at them or lose our commitment after a few months, I thought this year it might be fun to try something else. Look again is a practice of quickly recreating reality. It is fun, it is challenging, it is creative! Are you willing to try something new? I was just wondering…………………
Years ago, as physicists were attempting to perform a double screen experiment with light, trying to determine whether it was a wave or a particle, they became confused and frustrated. The problem that occurred was that with each attempt to view the true nature of light, they became more confounded, as one time it appeared as a particle and the very next experiment demonstrated it to be a wave. After a number of experiments, they finally concluded that it depended upon how you looked at it. Even more amazing, when a recorder was set up to observe the experiment, the electrons behaved in a particular way, different than when the recorder was not present. This has awesome implications for the field of psychology and human behavior. According to quantum mechanics, this means that consciousness defines how things behave. So, the way we see the world is just that, the way we see the world, but not necessarily how the world is, because another consciousness (individual) sees it differently. Also, the perspective and attitude of the viewer shapes the outcome! We tend to think of reality as an ultimate truth, when in fact what you see is dependent upon how you look at it. This is one of the reasons I love psychology so much. There is no absolute reality. When you have a disagreement with someone, from their perspective, they are right and from your perspective, you are right. You are both right and you are both not right! Quantum physics helps us to understand this dilemma, that is, it depends on how you look at it.
Since I first read about this concept I have remained fascinated by it. I have tried to trace this in my own life. I have thought myself fickle at times, because I like something, and then I don’t, but then I can see the other side and like it again for another reason. Ultimately, I think this is a good thing because you become aware that you can always see it in a better way. And we live by how we experience our lives. We can be happy, we can be sad. It depends on how we look at it.
For instance, how do you see your significant other? I challenge you to look again. Change your attitude and look once more. You will learn to see the chameleon you create! Think about it! How much of who they are is real and how much is created by your attitude and baggage?
How about the other people in your life? How do you treat them? Are you really sure you are responding accurately? Are you positive the people you don’t like are really as bad as you have concluded? Can you look again and see them morph into something else?
Think about the things in your life you obsess over. Do you really know why you are spending your time and energy doing this? Knowing now more about this law of physics, can you see perhaps that things are not really the way you have been seeing them? In order to confirm this possibility, all you have to do is to ask a few people what they think and you will get as many different answers as there are respondents! Some will agree, sort of, wholeheartedly, a little, not at all, but they will be unlike your viewpoint. Do you really need to hold on to these ideas that cause you distress and worry? Maybe things just aren’t exactly as you have perceived them! Look for the hopeful and calming perspectives. As quantum physics would say, all the possibilities exist! Chose a positive view!
Especially important is how you are seeing yourself. Look again. Make a list of positives if needed. Read it every day to remind yourself that these traits exist and then look at yourself again. Watch yourself improve as you sculpt yourself through your evolving perspective. As the observer of yourself, you are the creator of the outcome! That is an incredibly powerful concept!
As you begin to digest your newfound powers to create a more satisfying world by the way you are looking at it, never forget the profound authority you have over your life. If you are not happy with what you are seeing, remind yourself of the kaleidoscope in your brain, and just shift the contents to create a new vision. If you don’t like what you see, then shift again. There is always another view. Can you see it? I was just wondering……………………