3 filters that keep us stuck
There are many filters in our mind that direct our life experience.
Some of these filters affect the objective reality. For example, have you ever debated tones, shades and even the colour of something with someone else? We all believe that we see the exact colour of something, yet, we do not see the same colour.
Some other filters prevent us from ultimately seeing and accessing new ways of being and living life. For example, a person with a daltonism condition is only able to see a limited range of colours. Even if she wishes to see the colour blue or green, it might not be accessible to her.
What is a filter?
A filter is a belief or an attitude (a way of thinking and reacting to life consciously and unconsciously) that changes the reality around ourselves.
It is a judgement that has been made or acquired in this lifetime or others, which you may be aware of or not, that is stored for further reference until a similar situation comes about. The ultimate goal of the filter is to help us survive.
We can understand this more through examples such as siblings going through the same experience (thus same external variables), yet reacting completely differently to it, sometimes unraveling opposing subset life experiences because of it.
I believe that some of our filters are inherent while others are acquired through our genetic, environment and life experiences.
Filters can also build upon themselves, further directing what is within reach and what is not.
Filters limit our perception of the truth by considering new experiences against similar past events (yet completely different, as no two situations have the same set of variables) and applying the rules elaborated from those past events; preventing us from reacting from a place of complete openness.
First Filter – Thinking that you know
Having an attitude of ‘I know what I know’ can keep us stuck where we are. It might not be a bad place, but it may not be the best place. Nobody knows what they don’t know. Realizing that we don’t know what we don’t know can help us stay open and alert to new ways of thinking, being, and getting somewhere, we never thought was possible.
Of course, we should celebrate what we have learned and what we have been through. It is just best, in my opinion, not to hold on to this knowledge and beliefs too tight.
I like holding my beliefs (the conscious ones) in an open palm, easy to look at, available if I need it, yet easily taken by the wind of change.
Second Filter – Not reviewing your beliefs
When we hold on too tight to what we know, we can rarely contemplate if it serves us or if there are other angles from which it can be observed.
We may have even squished so hard; the whole thing is just a mumbo jumbo pile that is unrecognizable. Maybe there are things we do or believe in just because that’s the way it’s always been done. However, if we were to asked ourselves why we wouldn’t be quite sure.
Being open to changing what we believe to be right and even dismissing newly acquired beliefs will jumpstart the personal growth process. Life is always helping us move into more expanded ways of being if we allow it.
The third filter – Believing that you cannot change who you are
You may have beliefs about yourself, about your personality or where you are in life. Maybe you don’t feel good about these aspects, yet you may think you cannot change. Perhaps because that’s the way you’ve been all your life or because others have told you that you are like this, and you have bought into that belief.
From my experience, I have been able to change many aspects of myself to break through a mold I was in. Other aspects I was not comfortable with, I learned to appreciate and respect what they had to offer me. However, sheer willpower has never been sufficient in my case to move past deep seated issues, such as my social anxiety. I had to tap deep within and work at the spiritual level to transform those blocks.
Detaching yourself from what you think
No matter what kind of process you like to use to reflect and contemplate, doing this work can bring profound change to your life.
Detachment to who you think you are and what you think you know can be the greatest source of awareness, which is the first step towards transformation.
By working at the subconscious and energetic level, life can transform in unimaginable ways to bring more joy and freedom. Connect with her on Facebook, Google+, and her blog. Learn more about Amelie
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