Saturday, May 21, 2016

Life of Metaphors

It is our nature that we view the world through metaphors.  We have literally evolved to process a world of mind that is an approximation of the reality around us.  We have models  of reality that give us the tools to make predictions and develop heuristics which allow us to be successful without having to input every miniscule detail of our sensorium.

Given this abstraction, it is so strange that we often don't understand how very much the mental models we choose have the capacity to completely change the power we feel over our lives and our reality.  When the only tools you have to manipulate the world are the models you build, of course you cannot do more than your model allows.  If your only model says that you can experience mind but not influence mind, then literally that is true. But when you update, upgrade, or replace that model with one which includes mental control, all of a sudden you have that ability.  You may need time to learn the controls, and it is likely to improve with time, but suddenly you are no longer a prisoner of the prior model.

It is the same with the world around us, and with human consciousness, and with the global awakening of the mass of humanity around us.  Once we have mental models which allow for our influence, then we create, and magnify our control in those spheres.

As I grow, I have been experiencing the effects of new models throughout my life.  A friend suggests that I can call in a talent that I do not currently possess, and with confidence, which I can also call in, I can function in a new space.  She says this with unfamiliar and uncomfortable words, and I resist.  Fortunately, her advice triggers a model update which runs as a background process for a day or two.  I add to my model of reality that I can call in confidence and skills I don't already possess.  A couple days later, I read a document I was sent, and the words I've been missing for a critical skill appear in front of me, and my ability to communicate in a new setting transforms and blossoms.  I have called in a skill that I did not already possess!  And this new skill brings with it confidence, or perhaps it just arrives beside the confidence that I've called in.  And I experience an epiphany.  Her words, ones I did not understand, and at the time could not receive have changed the model through which I experience my reality, and I now have the ability to call in skills and confidence.

Where before, I felt at the mercy of my ability to find a teacher, to convince a teacher to impart wisdom, that teacher's skill at imparting said wisdom, and my ability to receive, I now understand that I call the teachings to myself which I most need.  Because I have updated my metaphor, I recognize that I call in the lessons which empower me to continue down my path.

And so I go.  My path is calling me, and I call to myself the ability to see it, the strength to walk it, and the confidence to continue, even when I might doubt.

What models are holding you back?  Are you ready and willing to change them to empower you to be the best you are capable of?  Are you willing to continue down your path?  I'm waiting for you there.  Perhaps we can walk together for a while.

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