Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Just One Word
Yes it is an early post this week, as I will soon be in the wind. My long awaited trip to the Monroe Institute is finally upon me and I can hardly believe it. I've been in a flurry of activity to get ready and fitting last minute clients in before I am unreachable.
As I was packing up at the office yesterday I put on an album I hadn't listened to in quite some time. It was sort of a Celtic tribute album that an artist had done to honor their Scottish ancestry. Years ago I had made a mix tape of the album to play in my car on the way back and forth to school. (Yes a mix tape, I know, so ancient). There was one particular song that always struck me as very sad, and at the time I was struggling with my own melancholy. To this day I remember one of the main lyrics, "Some are born to sorrow, some are born to pain, some are born to laughter and joy. We were born to live again." Of course being a depressive pity whore at the time I figured it meant some were just fated to be born to sorrow. I wish I could tell you I snapped out of that phase within in a season but it has taken almost two decades and sometimes I still spar with the shadows of the "poor me" identity. These days it doesn't stay around too long, but it still visits.
Imagine my surprise when as I was listening to this particular song and I heard the actual lyric. "Some are born through sorrow, some are born through pain, some are born through laughter and joy. We were born to live again." For years I had misheard the word through as to. That one word changes the entire meaning. Instead of something we are born to, we are born through experiences. For some of us our becoming is through sorrow and pain, for others they are wakened by laughter and joy. These are the experiences that lead us deeper into ourselves, not some rigid destiny that we just have to endure.
The power of just one word to change the entire meaning of a song is simply amazing. What's even more amazing is the shift in perspective that had to occur to allow my filters to even hear the actual word being sung. (If indeed that is the actual word, maybe I'm still not hearing the right lyrics). This really hammers home the point that our perspective and preconceived notions have a very strong influence over our experiences, even to the point of altering our sensory perception. For me personally, it was a sign of growth.
So why am I telling you this? Well perhaps you are filtering out the positive messages in the world around you. Maybe your pre-existing bias is coloring your senses. Now this happens to us all, but it can be more or less extreme. If you find yourself in the grip of powerful beliefs and emotions they will act as a gatekeeper for the senses, continuing to reinforce the status quo. If you're happy with that then no worries just go back to your lives. If you are unsatisfied you are going to have to do some work to deprogram yourself. Meditation is one of the best tools you have to descramble those filters. We all think that our thoughts about ourselves must be true, because we thought them. However our self image is rarely founded on logic since most of it was formed in the earliest stages of our lives, long before we ever gave reason a chance. So this week pay attention to your thoughts, start to wonder what they might be keeping you from sensing. Remember a single word misheard can change everything.
Peace and Blessings,