We were walking through a department store and I saw a display of pillows with a logo that said, Penn State. Since we were in Ohio State territory I turned to Del and asked, "Why is this store displaying Penn State pillows?" As he turned to look at the pillows, I looked again.
Of course, the pillows really said Ohio State not Penn State, even though just a moment before I saw the words Penn State clear as day. I grew up at Penn State, so in a sense I had been trained to see those words on sports memorabilia, therefore that is what I saw.
This is a perfect example of what has happened to all of us. We see only what we have been trained to see. We see the world as we expect it to be.
The essayist Erich Heller said, "Be careful how you interpret the world: it *is* like that."
Each culture, family, and schooling system has its own version of how the world is and within that context that is all that exists. Have you ever imagined what it would be life would be like if none of us had been trained into a limited view?
We all have escaped this limited view at times and in those moments of clarity the realization that there is more than meets the eye explodes into our thinking as the infinity of Life's possibilities unfolds. However, habit kicks in and we return to our trained state of focused tunnel vision.
I watched a decorating show where designers made holiday decorations out of items that would never occur to the majority of us to use. We see common every-day items one-way, and they see them another. They have trained themselves to see differently in that area of their lives.
How do we undo our limited focused tunnel vision training? By training differently. Just as training narrowed our world and severely limits what we see, we can reverse that training and undo the effects of what we have been taught.
One way to begin our retraining is by practicing the habit of gratitude, which expands our limited view because it forces us to notice outside of what we are focusing on. Our focusing on one thing, one item or problem, blinds us to the awareness of the multitude of possibilities.
It is not surprising that so many people have "clutter issues." If we believe that what we see is what we get, we better keep everything within sight. Carried to an extreme we end up with a narrow pathway through our home of clutter. This is the outward picture of an inward point of view.
It works the same way with our thinking. As we build up more and more beliefs of "this is how it should be, or must be," and accept the limited worldview, our thinking narrows to a tiny pathway of possibilities.
The result of our training becomes very noticeable during stressful times. Retreating into the familiar, we focus only on what is right in front of us. We increase what we expect of ourselves, which builds even more stress. We block out anything that we don't think will help us.
This is the exact opposite of what really works. When stressed or overwhelmed it is time to stop and pause. It is time to practice expanding inner vision. It's time to reach out into the Infinite and feel the idea of the qualities of everything always present. It's the time to stretch our thinking into the arena of Imagination, and relax in the awareness of the omnipotence and immediacy of the Infinite.
Reaching out into the Infinite, emerging from the tunnel vision of focusing only on what we have to do, there is instant recognition that there is always more than meets the eye. This recognition and gratitude for Its presence floods everything with light and possibilities.
As we retrain ourselves to be aware of the Infinite, we realize that this is not an attraction theory; it is the awareness of what Is. We don't need to attract anything, it is already present waiting for us to shift our thinking to It's Reality, and to leave the cluttered belief system of the worldview's narrow prison.
As Frederick Langbridge said, "Two men look out through the same bars: One sees the mud and one the stars." Alternatively, perhaps we can be inspired by Marcel Proust's quote: "If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time."
To be retrained to see the stars, to see what does not meet the eye, and to dream within omnipresent Infinity, what a glorious gift to ourselves this will be.
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.”