“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Albert Einstein
Many of us are stuck in old thinking, old, unquestioned beliefs. Why do you think we fear the new, what’s different? Why do we close our minds? We might say in reply because you have to be careful. You don’t want to let anyone influence you in the wrong way. But sure this is happening all the time with the fear put out daily and repeatedly through the media, through various violent/abusive TV programmes and films and a lot of ads too – all these influence us and can have a strong negative effect. We don’t question these.
I think new ideas, new ways of seeing things, bring us out of our comfort zone. We equate discomfort with wrong and so we reject the new as ridiculous, way out, mad. In our comfort zone we feel what we would call security.
We do need to learn to discern carefully.
We also need to realise that we have an inner compass, our Higher Self, guiding us and helping us to know truth. Truth is something we know from within but it takes time to develop this ability. We need to practise discernment – use our conscious minds and common sense too. If you have heard a new idea that you are wondering about but also doubtful about because it seems so different, then you can choose to take it on and try it out. As you live it discern the effects. Does it benefit you and others? Does it help you to understand more? What is the overall effect of it? Think about it, discern.
It is really good for us to ask ourselves, in our journaling time, such questions as –
Why do I believe/trust in all that I do believe to be true?
Does it feel ok for me to look at this question and to realise my world won’t fall down around me?
Why do we go along with what the majority believe as if it’s truth simply because so many go along with it?
I remember some years ago, reading The Grand Design by Patrick Francis. I would read a small part and then say ok that’s enough for me to digest for today. It was so different to how I understood reality to be at that time. I was drawn to it. It did touch some fear/insecurity because it was so different but I realised that I could open my mind to this and take in what was ok for me and leave what was not and do it at my own pace. It was expanding my understanding of life. This was the first of many books on the way and now I can say how truly grateful I am for all I have learned and am learning. I love and welcome the new, new ideas and understanding and all we have the opportunity to discover.
Try this out over the next few weeks. Be aware of the ideas you dismiss easily. Ask yourself why you did and write about it. Look at the new ideas you hear that interest you and ask why they do and write about these. If you think they are worth following up, why not try living them to understand them more?