What if I told you that your ability to see and perceive the world, including your problems and your blockages, was intimately linked to what your brain thought was the agreed upon truth by the majority of your peers?
What if I said that your reality is limited by the stories and beliefs that other people have told you your whole life?
What would you say to that?
I feel that some people would agree, while others might just think I am crazy.
But we know for a fact, that the brain is basing its perceptions on what it believes will happen, or rather.. your brain is guessing about the most likely possibility. (Want more info on this? Check out the TedTalk linked at the bottom of this post)
Today, I want to discuss how mindset, belief systems and the stories we allow ourselves to believe, contribute to many of the limitations we experience in this life. And how, just blindly following other’s belief’s, can be dangerous and lead us away from out truth.
First, let’s talk about Mindset.
I define Mindset as the state in which our mind operates. The dictionary says that a Mindset is a set of ‘established attitudes or beliefs held by a specific person.’
With this working definition, I would like to move forward and focus on what areas of our lives are contributing to our individual and collective mindsets.
Factors Contributing to Mindset:
-Upbringing and Ancestry
-Access to Support
And the list goes on and on..
As you can see.. Your Mindset is a complicated concerto of your human experience, both internal and external, and much of it seems to be pretty hard to control, especially because as humans we don’t generally confirm the notion that we consciously choose the life we are living.
But what if we DID choose this life?
What if our Soul’s made the VERY conscious decision to choose this life, this struggle, and this discomfort?
Well then it become clear that this mess.. all of the struggle that I have been through is just the experience I needed in order to share the medicine that lives within me.
If I shift my beliefs about the hardships in my life, to see them as opportunities for growth, increased awareness of the world, and experience that can now help others, then I have shifted from feeling like the victim, to feeling the possibilities.
Beliefs are largely responsible for the information that the Brain is using to make it’s predictions. If our beliefs about the world tell us that we are a victim, then our brain will continue to process that information.
If we can change our beliefs about the way the world is, we increase our capacity for what we can perceive. When we are capable of perceiving more of the world, we are able to see what once felt like a failure, as an opportunity. We can tune into our mess and make it our message, the medicine that we have for the world.
I know this is a bold proclamation..
That we choose our most difficult experiences so that we can learn and then teach and share and be a solution for others, because we’ve been there..
But it’s proven to be true for me and my clients time and time again.
And this wisdom puts the decision back in our hands. We can chose to see this mess as our message and the medicine that we have for the world.
I make the all of the above statements with caution.
While our mindsets are one of our most powerful tools, sometimes circumstances are so out of balance, that shifting the mindset alone isn’t enough, and the entire system has to change.
And this is where Aligned Action and Collective Community come into the picture, as vehicles for making ripples and shifts in the paradigm.
Part of what I want to do in my work with Spiritual Entrepreneurs, Healers and Change Makers is support them in creating a world that is better FOR ALL OF US.
As my Teacher and friend, Kelly Berhend says “Personal Healing for Collective Liberation”.
When we do the work for ourselves, with the intention to also make the world better, things begin to shift. And when we turn those intentions into aligned action for the collective the shift turns into a wave of transformation.
Let’s make this shift together!
The Mindset Witch