I was "exercising" my thinking playing a Google Memory Game. This game consists of a variety of different objects in their own little box within a square, with two of each object. The game begins by automatically mixing up the objects in the square a number of times within a very fast few seconds. Once the mixing stops, the purpose of the game is to see how few clicks it takes to match the two similar objects together.
Here is what I noticed. It's that perception thing again. First, in order to see anything at all I have to perceive every object all at once. I can't focus on just one thing hoping that I will then remember the rest. To play the game well it is necessary for me to slow down, see the whole picture, relax, let inspiration guide, and pay attention, but not stare, or focus on any one object.
That is the key to playing well, but it's not what I tend to do. Instead, I tend to look for one thing to match and completely forget to notice what was in the box on the wrong click. I rush, thinking that somehow if I move quickly it will work better or perhaps I just want to finish the game. I stare or focus on one object and become blind to the rest. The more I continue that behavior the worse it gets. I get tense, can't remember what I just clicked on, or even what I am looking for.
Sometimes the first game works out ok, but if I play again, it gets worse. Then I can't remember if I saw the object in the last game, or the current game. Even changing the game so it is a different set of objects is only a slight assistance in stopping the memory bleed from the past to the present.
The game provides a perfect symbol of how we live life. We are always looking for something in particular. We look for what we perceive as the perfect mate, client, or friend. We search for the perfect way to receive income, have the perfect house, or drive the perfect car.
We get focused! It is what we are taught to do. "Focus, move quickly, and ignore anything that doesn't match what you are looking for. Go out and get what you want, state your desires and what you need, and start matching them up."
That means that the physics of our being works exactly how it is supposed to work. It filters out everything that isn't our focus, making us think, that we don't have anything at all because it doesn't look like the picture we are trying to match in our head.
We become blind to what is already present because it doesn't look like what we think we want or need. As we continue that behavior, our blindness increases because as we continue to look for one thing over and over again--like the perfect job--that becomes the paradigm that blocks from view everything else.
If we are struggling with any form of poverty we think that is the problem and so we focus on matching our money needs with what we think provides income. If we are lonely, we think that is the problem and focus our companionship needs with what we think provides love. If we are not well, we think that is the problem and focus our health needs on what we think provides health.
The problem is not with the poverty, loneliness, or disease. The problem is the focus, which becomes our mind set, our perception, and therefore our lives. As focused humans, we are blind.
This is a much more serious problem than taking too many clicks to match up objects in a memory game.
There is an easy way to remove the blindness of a focused perception and see the whole picture. It is to practice matching spiritual qualities to every person, place, or thing in our lives. Matching qualities expands perception and brings back into view all that we have blocked from our lives by the paradigm we programmed into our thinking.
This practice will also slow us down and give us time to be aware of what is present now. It will begin to dissolve the blindness of the past so that it no longer affects the qualities of our lives today.
There is no rush to get somewhere before we can live, and no game to complete. There is nothing to do but shift our perception to match the Truth of being, and then be willing for what isn't true to dissolve. This will reveal the abundance that has always been, and always will be present, because that is the law of Life.
Beca developed an easy system to do this called The Shift and has been sharing how to use this system to expand lives, and bring people back to the Truth of themselves for over 40 years.
Beca and her husband Del Piper are constantly working to develop new ways to support and reach out to others. Much of what they have been developed can be found for free at their membership site Perception U.com. They also founded The Women’s Council with the intent of “strengthening the connection to yourself, to others, and to the Divine.”