When I used to go walking on the boardwalk around the beautiful Tauranga estuary (New Zealand), I passed a large, modern house set in a picturesque valley. It looked cosy, nestled amongst the lovely willow trees with a view over the estuary towards the city. Quite an idyllic spot I had always thought. Months later we were visiting friends whose house was on the hill high above the estuary and this house, and I was shocked to find that what I could see of it from this height was totally different from how it looked from the boardwalk. Instead of the trees being close to the house, they were further away and the piece of land that the house was built on was quite stark with hardly any grass. There was a huge and quite unsightly swimming pool to one side and, quite frankly, it did not look cosy and idyllic at all. It struck me that so often, that’s what happens in relating details of events and/or conversations that take place, when there is more than one participant/observer. The perceptions of what takes place can be vastly different.
Sometimes when my husband and I are talking about something that happened I wonder if we were both in the same place at the same time! It seems that he will see things so differently from me, and while an outright battle could ensue to find out who is right, we choose to decide that we just see things differently. There will be times when he fills in the blanks for me and I will fill in the blanks for him.
There will be times when choosing to perceive situations/people from our holiness (our spiritual mind) can literally save a life. Caroline Myss tells the story of one such event that was related to her by a lady who attended one of her seminars. This lady, we will call her Robyn, was in a traffic hold up one afternoon and realised that an accident had taken place a number of cars ahead of her. She closed her eyes and prayed for the people involved in the accident not knowing what exactly had taken place. The road was eventually cleared and she carried on her way. Some months later, there was a knock at her door. An unknown woman was standing there with a large bunch of flowers in her hand. Robyn invited her in and the woman related her story. She had been riding her bicycle one afternoon some months before when she had been knocked down by a car and seriously injured. She had a ‘near death experience’ and while her spirit was out of her body she looked around and could see only black energy rising from the cars held up by the accident (they were complaining about being held up). But then she saw white light rising out of one of the cars further back and floated over to see where it was coming from. She observed Robyn praying in her car and knew that this white light being generated was healing light and it was for her. She also made a mental note of the number plate of Robyn’s car. She went back into her body, was taken to hospital and eventually made a full recovery. Amazingly, she remembered Robyn’s number plate and was able to track down her name and address. She thanked Robyn profusely for choosing to perceive the accident as an opportunity to pray and not to become angry for being held up in traffic. As you can imagine, Robyn was profoundly touched and moved to tears.
Knowing that choosing our perception literately creates outcomes in our lives, is it not important to choose to perceive from our holiness (our spiritual mind) and not our egos? You could save your relationships … or perhaps a life.
Hi, I'm Anna Bradbury and I'm an experienced Life Coach and member of ICF (International Coach Federation). I love helping people and couples realise their goals and dreams. With your hard work and focus, my guidance, and proven Life Coaching techniques, you can achieve all you desire.