01 Mar Embracing Multiple Perspectives in Your Spiritual Journey
By Cindy Harley
Hello Spiritual Seekers!
How is your spiritual journey going? Have you been practicing gratitude?
For the past week or so, my focus has been pulled to examining my perspective and how I define myself. I’ve noticed many opportunities to believe in something—competing schools of thought, science vs. spirituality, western vs. eastern medicine, etc. Am I this or am I that? Or am I neither? Does it matter? If I believe this then I can’t believe that.
But what if… We can be both this and that. Or we can choose to be neither this nor that. My astrological Sun sign is Libra. My tendency is to want to see both sides or even all sides (who says there are only two?), but you don’t have to be a Libra Sun or have any planetary activations in Libra to have a realization that an idea can be both or neither or something else entirely. It is the idea and how we perceive it. Do I believe in angels? Do I believe in the necessity of buying my way to enlightenment or can I become enlightened on my own?
Our perspective is what draws things to our attention. Our worldview (another word for perspective) is what we tend to bring into our awareness.
An example is when I am looking for a new car. I might have a specific color in mind or type of car. I really tend to see so many more of this type of car when I am out and about.
I recently read a Facebook post by Dr. Lissa Rankin, whose recent posts are bringing awareness to her upcoming book release, Sacred Medicine. Her Facebook post from February 11, 2022, titled “Let’s Not Polarize Into The Science Camp and the Anti-Science Camp: I Stand For The Camp Of No Camps,” struck a chord with me, particularly this passage:
“So it is with an open heart and a generous intention that I invite you to consider that we don't have to choose between objective conventional science, reason, evidence-based data, and logic and less mainstream and more subjective intuition, emotional intelligence, somatic ways of knowing, and energetic, spiritual, or trauma healing methods that might make you miracle-prone when conventional medicine fails to cure you.”
Embracing New Perspectives
We are a collection of all of our past experiences—both good and bad. And as we experiment on widening our perspective of the world, we may have an awakening of sorts. If all of our experiences, memories, emotions, illnesses, joys, and sorrows define our perspective, can we stop and see what else there may be?
The poem “Pretty Ugly” by Abdullah Shoaib provides an example of how looking at something from multiple perspectives can change its meaning.
This poem stopped me in my tracks. I have the little voice in my head that tells me I’m ugly or I’m not good enough. How about you? Go back to the poem and make sure to read it carefully. How does reading the poem from the bottom up—a different perspective—change the meaning of the text and how you feel?
Growth Through Curiosity
One of my favorite classic stories (and I have read and watched many different versions of it) is Alice in Wonderland. I actually loved the live-action Disney movie version. Alice tries not to let fear overtake her as she explores the unfamiliar world she has entered. In response to encountering something new, she often says, “curiouser and curiouser.” Alice, even while being in a world that is nothing like the world she is used to seeing, decides to go forward with an open mind and let curiosity guide her.
What would be possible for us if we, like Alice, decided to journey through this life with curiosity? If we didn’t judge something or someone or ourselves? Could even the rainy day be a day for joy and cuddles? (I love stomping in puddles.)
Did you ever watch Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella? Listen to Whitney Houston and Brandy’s version of the song “Impossible” from that production.
For me, I want to be one of “the zanies and fools who don’t believe in sensible rules” and to have the ability to believe that impossible things are possible.
Take a moment now and realize you are so much more than what your current perspective may be telling you. We are all energy in motion, and it is our observations and perspectives that define what we see. Do you see fairies or wisps out of the corner of your eye? Do you believe in magic? (If you wanted to know, I believe in magic and synchronicities and wonder.)
We do not have to be this or that. We do not have to limit ourselves by labeling and judging.
Decide to live in wonder and ever expand your perception. What could be possible?
Embracing Multiple Perspectives in Meditation
Do you need a little help? Try this meditation from Birchlight Energy on PERCEPTION of Self, Grace, Love and Manifesting Relaxing EASE.
May you lead with your heart and feel the love of all.
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