Changing Your Perspective
Frederic and I watched a very inspiring movie called Soul Surfer. It is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith.
In the wake of this life-changing event that took her arm and nearly her life, Bethany’s feisty determination and steadfast beliefs spur her toward an adventurous comeback that gives her the grit to turn her loss into a gift for others.
In the movie, one of the characters (played by Carrie Underwood) was showing the teenagers images of things and asking them what they were. She showed an image of a walnut up close, and it looked very similar to a brain. Then the image became bigger to show the actual item. It was really amazing to see that when you are so close to something you can’t see it for what it is. It really made me think about how important it is to change our perspectives, because from the Universe’s perspective, things look much different. We are so up-close to the situations in our lives that it is sometimes hard to get a different perspective.
I always like to say that the Universe has a bird’s eye view on my life, and I need to trust that I can’t see beyond my perspective (again, that is why I have my coaches), because I am too close to a situation. That is when I start to connect with the Universe and the Law of Pure Potentiality. I also start to focus on what I do want and not on the contrast in my life.
For example, if you want to attract someone in your life, but there is no evidence of this person showing up, you don’t know the perspective of the Universe and all that it is orchestrating so that you can meet that ideal partner. From our limited perspective of not having the person in our lives, we can’t see the larger perspective.
Many of you have heard the story that when I created my list of my ideal partner I was living in Redding, California and Frederic was living in Montreal, Canada. I could have NEVER orchestrated the two of us to be at the exact same personal development conference and for us to meet in line. I couldn’t even fathom how all of that would have manifested. But the Universe organized everything to bring me to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and then to Ellenville, New York to meet my ideal partner. And as they say, “The rest is history.”
My kids are constantly teaching me and reminding me of spiritual truths. It occurred to me the other day when Maxim wanted to play with something, instead of trying to talk to him about why it was dangerous to play with this particular toy (because it was a big boy toy), I just decided to change his focus and gave him another toy. He was fine and went on to play, totally forgetting about the other toy. There are times where I try to talk with the boys about why they can’t do something that might be dangerous, like playing on the stairs (which is important to explain). They are in resistance because they are not able to get what they want, but when I turn the focus off of the thing they can’t do and give them something else to focus on, they are happy.
We do that as adults. We focus on the thing we can’t have or don’t have and talk about it, whine about it, complain about it, get mad about it, etc. While we are doing that, our focus and attention is on what we don’t have (the lack vibration) and we end up feeling resistance (anger, fear, sad, doubt, etc.) and then we get more of the same. But if we just start playing with a new toy, our focus is on something different. This can help change our perspectives and ultimately what we attract into our lives.
When you are feeling negative emotions about something, what new toy can you focus on to shift your perspective?
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