2 July 2020 – In order to solve any problem, whether it be a career move, financial challenge or relationship concern, one needs to be able to see clearly the source and nature of that problem.
I say this based on the 2nd Primessential Principle which states, “My perception creates my reality, and the more accurate my perception, the more authentic this reality. The more authentic this reality, the more essential my experience. To change my experience, I will need to change my perception.” I would suggest that in order to change one’s perception of reality, one needs to make a commitment to see clearly. To see clearly is to see things as they really are, as opposed to how we think they are or might want them to be. This can be a challenge because we have been culturally conditioned to see things the way we do. This conditioning comes by way of our authority figures (parents, teachers, popular opinion, etc.) as well as the social conventions that govern our lives (peers, social media, the mass media, pop culture, etc.).
Changing one’s perception can be a somewhat threatening, if not a bit unnerving experience, because this frequently involves embracing new ideas and a different point of view. What makes this challenging is that we don’t always see things the way they really are, instead, we tend to see who and what we want to see, who and what we expect to see and who and what we have been conditioned to see. It’s been my experience that instead of trying to change or fix one’s self, it’s easier to simply adopt a whole new world view. We have been culturally conditioned to view life as a game. Our cultural abounds with game-like phrases such as winners and losers, being competitive, playing hard ball, negotiating to win, keeping score, etc.
Perhaps life isn’t a game. I would suggest that life is more like a classroom without walls; specifically, God’s Classroom Without Walls. A classroom in which there are lessons to learn and relationships to experience. Those who seek this experience become students of life, and the subjects in this Classroom include, relationships, career, spirituality, finance, health, family, recreation and community.