A Thinking Man

What Men May Want to Know


Perspective

By Don Wright

We wear our perspectives much like a pair of prescription eyeglasses. Corrective lenses enable us to see our world clearly, but our perspective glasses give us a unique view of the world that is colored by our beliefs.

The lenses were formed and shaped during our experience here, and at any point in time what we see is the culmination of all those tiny adjustments.

There may be a realization among many of us that our perspectives can be changed as easily as putting on a different pair of glasses – but just as often, entrenched egos will not allow for these changes very easily.

During the process of achieving higher forms of though, a path many are calling enlightenment, we find that our perspectives undergo a radical transformation – if not a complete replacement of old thought forms we’ve previously embraced.

A universal result of this transformation is a fundamental change from mind or self-centeredness to heart-centeredness. One never hears of anyone doing this work and becoming more greedy, more angry, mean-spirited or selfish. There is typically a universal realization that we’re all one – compassion is almost automatic.

I recently read where an author defined compassion as the ability to feel another’s suffering. That’s good. But I’ll add to that; it’s not necessarily another’s suffering, it’s also the ability to feel or embrace any aspect of another’s existence. As though you’ve slipped into their skin and taken their place. Their hopes, dreams, desires, happiness or sorrows. A shift in perspective that instantly positions one’s self as another and recognizes a kindred spirit.

One see immediately that decisions or actions that affect others results in similar actions enacted upon himself. Many call this karma. But there is deeper recognition of a sovereignty which belongs to each, not by right, but by each one’s Divinity.

We see control clearly for what it is. We can immediately recognize if we’re interacting with someone’s ego, or from a deeper place within them.

An interesting phenomena is the ability to recognize another that is embracing higher forms of thought – even though they might not be aware of it themselves. Some are unaware of work accomplished previously on other levels. My spiritual teacher held the belief, “you never lose what you’ve learned.”

This can make for a very interesting and rich life. You will find that like similar tuning forks; when you come into the presence of like-minded people, a resonance occurs and is greater than the sum of the two – or more.

Conversely, those that are operating at a different frequency are recognized as well. If their vibrations are lower; then on a simple level, we feel as though we are in the presence of limitation on ourselves. On a controlling level, it may be someone who we simply don’t want to be around. We are always free to choose. Whether it’s right or wrong is a matter guilt, another man-made construct. In the movie, The Devil’s Advocate, Al Pacino said, “carrying around guilt is like carrying a bag of bricks, all you have to do is set it down.”

Don’t carry that bag of bricks.

People that are in some form of transition are very trying to be around. My personal view on this is that there is no obligation to subject ourselves to anyone that would limit our growth. This life is a personal journey, and even though we’re all heading in the same direction, we’re also at different points on that path. If you’re behind in your understanding, compassion or thinking, and you’re grabbing at elbows trying to turn those ahead back to your way of thinking – you need to realize your actions are mostly from fear of change.

Regardless of where you are in your journey, our best influence on others is to simply, “be.”

Each of us decides when, where and how we make the transitions during our walk. During your time, you will find people gravitating into and out of your life during their journey. Learn what you may from them. But respect their sovereignty. If they are like-minded, you will both enjoy the relationship for that time. If they are not, choosing to quietly slip into the shadows and allow them their version of peace is the challenge of the enlightened observer.

The take-away is that on this level of form, we’re all wearing unique glasses. Some are flattering, some are not, but that is external and of no consequence.

Our joy comes from upgrading the prescription.





2 Responses to “Perspective”

  1. R Arun says:

    Good Article :)

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