Seeing Clearly is Choosing the right Attitude and Point-of-View

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Question 1: Why do we need to make adjustments to see clearly?



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For the evolving individual, introspection or ‘inner work’ is only half of the view. The full view requires also looking around you.

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In other words, in order to become self-aware, we have to make sense of our world too.

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Seeing clearly is a major part of this — because in order for us to function effectively in an environment, we need to have the right perspective.

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Functioning effectively = using our freewill to make the right choices.  And this is how we get closer to our spirit, or our real self.

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Seeing clearly starts with becoming a conscious observer. The conscious observer is mindful of both his sensory input, and his reaction to input. Specifically, he uses what’s called The Observer Process.

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Here’s how it works:

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Making sense of our world starts with OBSERVATION. From there we make a JUDGMENT call– i.e a series of assessments– which direct our ATTITUDE – or feeling– toward something. Our resulting BEHAVIOR, or our actions, align with our attitude.

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OBSERVATION (seeing)  –> JUDGEMENT (assessing) –> ATTITUDE (feeling) –> BEHAVIOR (doing)

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Here’s what’s interesting about BEHAVIOR:  It’s automatic.

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That’s right — We aren’t really choosing our behavior. Behavior is just an instrument of attitude, and it operates via a fixed contract. We actually have no direct influence or control over the things we do.

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So in order to change behavior that isn’t serving us, we need to start monitoring and adjusting our ATTITUDE.

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We may not be able to change external circumstance, but it’s always within our power to change an internal state— i.e our ATTITUDE toward something.

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The same goes for JUDGEMENT — This is another automatic function.

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When we compare and contrast things,  our assessments aren’t just automatic — they’re also accurate! But only according to the observation that generated them.

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That said — it takes accurate OBSERVATION to produce an accurate assessment.

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This is why it’s not faulty assessment —but rather faulty observation that makes a person a bad judge of something.

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So, in order to become a better judge of things, we don’t rely on second guessing our assessments, but we do adjust the OBSERVATION component, i.e our point-of-view.

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And this is important.  Because when we adjust the right things-  POINT-OF-VIEW and ATTITUDE – to the correct orientation, we can then achieve clear perception.

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 Clear perception = Functioning effectively = Moving toward spirit

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Question 2: When do we need to make adjustments to see clearly?



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First we need to determine whether or not we are functioning effectively in our environment.  There’s an easy test for this. We can find out by simply asking ourselves two questions:  1.  Am I happy?  and 2.  Am I healthy?

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Our answers aren’t supposed to be ‘Yes’ all the time– and they may change as frequently as we’re asking the questions. This makes sense when we remember that change is possible at every moment. 

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Because nothing is static.

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In fact, if we’re answering ‘No’ as often as we’re answering ‘Yes’—that’s a good indication we’re on the right track — that we are evolving.

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Because everything is balanced.

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Asking these questions is precisely what it means to practice MINDFULNESS. Anytime the answer is ‘No’, we know we need to make a change.

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 Question 3: How do we make adjustments to see clearly?



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Remember, change is contingent upon choice.

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At any given moment we have (2) choices available to us. We can decide how to see something [OBSERVATION function], and we can decide how to feel about something  [ATTITUDE function].

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The great part about ‘adjusting’ these functions, is that there are only two settings to choose from.

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We can choose to see something as a VICTIM or as a CONTROLLER.

We can choose to feel something as a VICTIM or as a CONTROLLER.

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.The VICTIM is the powerless person – this is is the incorrect orientation. Most people choose the victim mentality simply because it’s easier — it requires less energy. The victim mentality also gives us a greater (but false) sense of control.

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The CONTROLLER is the empowered person. This is the correct orientation. Very few people choose to be a controller because it takes more energy, discipline, and courage to sustain this mindset. Only the most evolved people become controllers.

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Remember, all of us embody both perspectives.  Every individual has as many wounds as he has strengths. In other words, we all exist as part victim and part controller, but ultimately it’s up to us to choose which part to see as our whole.

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When we see and feel things as they are, we’re really seeing and feeling things as we are. Clear perception is seeing and responding to the world with the correct orientation —as the powerful human being that you are:

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As the CONTROLLER.

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This is the person every evolving spirit must become, in order to fulfill what they were meant to do in this lifetime.

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Only the CONTROLLER fulfills his destiny.

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The controller sees clearly. 

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For more on the VICTIM vs.CONTROLLER mindset see Self Respect: The Opposite of Selfishness

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