If you take a moment and apply the idea I am going to share with you to how you think about your life, the opinions you hold and the decisions that you make, you will absolutely change your life for the better and it will only take you a few minutes to do so.
Like the ubiquitous pixelated jet plane poster of the early 90’s – once you see this, its difficult to ‘un-see’ it again.
This will change your life.
One of the songs I remember from my childhood was the “one of these things dont belong here” song that was often sung by various characters on the PBS show, Sesame Street.
Whenever that bit came on, we watched it – hypnotized by the simple melody and transfixed by the idea that we could solve the problem of the picture, idea or thing that ‘Doesnt Belong Here’ before the singers Song Was Done. Remember that?
The lyric was simple and catchy – the melody was the ultimate mental velcro….aside from the melody to Happy Birthday, the One of These Things song HAS to be the most recognizable and mentally STICKY melodies in song history.
And we learned the lesson.
Through that song, the efforts of our parents and other people we loved and respected, we learned to identify with what we were in opposition to as a method of figuring out what we believed, felt or preferred about pretty much everything.
We have a long and storied history of accomplishment based upon the rapid identification of What’s Wrong With This Picture.
Or other variants of What’s Missing, What’s Different or What’s Wrong.
As a result, even as adults, most of us are still playing that game and we continue to use that method of thinking for damn near everything.
Whenever most people are asked what they believe, what they prefer or how they feel – they find it difficult to articulate our preferences in a positive fashion. By this I mean that we seldom have the words to articulate or explain just WHY we prefer X idea, item or situation over Y or Z idea, item or situation based upon the POSITIVE merits of X, Y or Z.
Instead, just like in the Sesame Street game – we repeatedly rely on our skill in deductive reasoning;
I like X because I absolutely hate Y.
I love the Bears because I hate the Packers.
I love eating healthy foods because I hate high fructose corn syrup, Monsanto and processed foods.
We may feel like we have identified something positive about ourselves and our world view by once again skillfully pointing out the negative.
Over and Over and Over again.
– by ready identification with what we DONT want, or what we DONT prefer.
What is less commonly known or understood is that this way of looking at the world and ones place in it is a stunningly effective means of insuring that one’s life is WAY more difficult than it has to be.
Constant identification with what is NOT desired is rooted in a LACK mentality – which only brings more LACK into your life.
We live in a universe that is constantly responding to our desires, bringing us more and more of what we dwell on, what we think about and what we truly believe.
And this is taking place all the time.
Every single day.
We get what we focus on – and when our worldview is firmly fixated on identification of what we DONT want…well, we tend to get MORE of that, whatever it is.
Getting your head around this idea takes a moment.
You may have been brought up to believe that you are just a leaf being tossed about by the winds of life.
Its not true. You are actually amazingly efficient and powerful – and you are constantly using that very power to bring things into your experience.
We (Namaste and I) have spent years looking at this, turning this concept around and implementing it in our lives.
Words are important – your words become the clearest avenue into understanding what you truly believe about yourself and about your life.
Once we realized this truth – once it really sunk in…we began to pay much closer attention to the things that we said to each other and about ourselves.
The very next thing was to try to boil this concept down to something that could be easily understood and shared with everyone we knew.
We began to focus on how to crystallize this down to a thought form that is manageable and easily understood.
That was the birth of the idea of Freedom From Vs Freedom To.
Are you amazingly good at the One of These Things game in your own life? Do you usually focus your attention on what you DONT want, DONT prefer or spend time musing about The Worst That Could Happen?
That’s Freedom From thinking…. the idea of trying to get somewhere positive by identification of what you are in OPPOSITION TO, you DONT want, or want to be free FROM.
Some examples are:
“I want to be Free from Poverty”
“I want to be Free from Disease”
“I want to be Free from Racism/Sexism and a host of other isms!”
Freedom from has it’s place – the pain of what you desire to be free from can be an incredible catalyst to change – it can by the energetic alarm clock that wakes you up. And, much like an alarm clock – once you’ve awakened you need to – TURN IT OFF.
What do you need to turn to?
Freedom to is more of an expansive vision, worldview and palette of preference. People with a freedom to perspective tend to look at what is, or even might be possible in any given circumstance.
As a result Freedom To people tend to identify more with what they DO want – and their lives reflect that simple truth.
Lets take a look at our earlier examples through a Freedom To lens;
Im a Democrat because of these factors that appeal to me about being a Democrat.
No need to bash Repubs or anyone else for that matter – what the other parties do or dont stand for is irrelevant.
Im a feminist because of X positive things that cause feminism to appeal to me and make me feel good. No need whatsoever to bash Men.
Im into making healthy food choices because I feel better when I do so….in fact I have a hundred reasons why I feel better, and I can talk about those things without blasting the Monsanto corporation, fast food or sugar.
There are a million examples on how to do this.
Can you see the difference?
Everything comes down to Freedom TO vs Freedom FROM.
Get better at identifying what you think, prefer and believe from a positive place of what you actually LOVE instead of what you OPPOSE.
By doing this you attract more of what you WANT to be Free TO do, have, experience.
Trust me – You’ll begin to feel better almost immediately as a result – and you’ll begin to see the results of this tangibly!
If you’d like to know more about working with us to get yourself FIRMLY on the track of Freedom to and uplevel your life schedule a FREE discovery session.