Have societies lost touch with humanity, integrity, ethics, and universal truths? Have we surpassed the point of no return? Is the zombie apocalypse on its way? Does it feel like the Satanists and the insane are running the world into the ground with no regard for anything other than their sick and twisted, selfish interests? Have the environmental toxins, pollutants, and industrial poisons saturated our brains, dumbed us down, and numbed our hearts — dimming our connection to our higher selves and souls? Has this made it easier to control and manipulate us?
Are we in a humanitarian, human rights, environmental, economic, and global crisis? Or are we experiencing a global awakening, an unveiling of truth — a shift in consciousness and paradigm shift? Are all of these realities happening simultaneously?
Are things really any different than they were 100 years ago or are we just more aware of the corruption and illusion? All, some, or none of the above?
Your perspective decides.
Given the current media-saturated culture and ubiquitous nature of fear-based, emotionally triggered, and bias-filled news, propaganda, and disinformation, it’s easy to lose perspective and be sucked into the warped matrix of doom and gloom. But it is also possible to pull back, research more deeply, become more aware without being paralyzed by fear, and seek out a variety of sources to balance, inform, and ground your perspective.
However you feel, your opinion, what you identify with, and what you seek, is determined by your own personal bias, point of view, and your prior experiences and knowledge. Your perspective is shaped by who you are and your journey. It is partly based on your past, your present, what you anticipate for the future, and what you choose to tune in to and see.
Your perspective and perception affect your reality and how you view and process information through your personal lens. The lens you look through as an individual impacts how you receive or distort information. What you see or do not notice is filtered through your personal filter and based on a multitude of factors.
“We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin
Consider all the unlimited factors that influence your perspective from your race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical abilities or disabilities, your vision capabilities, socioeconomic status, whether you are married, partnered, or single, if you have children, step-children, raised from a divorced or coupled home, education level, pets, political affiliation, age, health, what geographic region you live, if you’re homeless, level of consciousness, childhood, trauma experienced, current circumstances, your level of awareness, and much more. All of these factors code your story, unique perspective, truth, illusion, beliefs, perception, and expectations.
What perspective do you bring and offer as you maneuver through your day? How does your perspective affect what you observe, see, process, and integrate into your life? Perspective informs and shapes the way you approach your life, what you choose to see about your self, others, and how you view and embody the world around you.
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
What you perceive as truth, reality, or illusion, is highly dependent upon, and subjective, based on who you are, what you focus upon, and how you interpret information. The angle from which you draw upon determines what you include and exclude from your point of reference and experience.
What do you perceive as truth, reality, or illusion? What is distorted based on who you are and what you see? How myopic or wide is your lens and perspective? Is there room for growth and expansion? How open are you to another side of an issue, opinion, or experience?
There are endless ways to build upon, deepen, and broaden your perspective.
- Bring awareness to your perspective and adjust as needed.
- Peel back the horse blinders and widen your perspective; it’s a bridging opportunity for respectful dialogue with others.
- Be open to new perspectives and engage ideas that question your ways of knowing and the angles in which you perceive.
- Recognize where your perspective can be stretched and loosened in the areas where you may default to rigidity and shut down.
- Allow for flexibility.
- Release the resistance and be receptive to challenge your perspective.
- Learn something new.
- Welcome the clarity and possibilities that exist outside your comfort zone.
Your perspective is just a “spec” of the full tapestry in the beautiful mosaic of life, after all.
Are you ready to bring your slice of perspective, your wisdom, and all of who you are to a new paradigm of content sharing, community, collaboration, curation, connection, and much more? Join us and let’s create something magnificent together, at Sphir!
~ Melissa A. Curtin