'The map becomes the territory'

While living in India in the early nineties I would attend a daily class by a sanskritist who read from medieval scriptures. One day I heard one of those lines that would be glued to me for the rest of my life: a greedy man sees food everywhere, a lusty man sees woman and a business man sees business opportunity; a person sees the world based on their state of being.  The speaker concluded with a pithy line of ancient logic, 'atmavan manyate jagat, you see the world as you are'.  
The words blew me away. They provoked such introspection and the shock realisation that the problem of life are something largely in my head and not out there in the world. A shift took place in which I understood that I may never have an objective view of reality, but I can for sure have the very best subjective view and experience thereof. I required a view that would serve my spiritual interests, my need to be happy, and commitment to greater good.  I could choose the lense through which I wanted to see the world. From then on the need to regularly introspect, to consider and review the very place from where I see things became part of my life. Hence, critique took on a self critical bias. 
Seeing what you want to see in the world is illustrated in a small experiment cited by Michael Neill author of Supercoach, 10 Secrets to To Transform Anyone's Life.  Michael suggest that you take a piece of paper and within thirty seconds write on it everything green that you see around you. Having completed your list now close your eyes and think of things that are brown.  The outcome is of course a blank because you weren't looking for brown things. The simple point learned: 'You always tend to see whatever it is you are looking for'. I guess it won't then surprise you that every other self development book pushes the need to 'imagine', to 'make believe', to 'tell yourself that it's true'.  The best selling drive to reimagine the world with such discipline and promise tells us a few things for sure, that our world views are thoroughly screwed up, we have little hope of change, and thus sustained happiness ( a novel idea we once believed) requires a complete re-imagination of the world. And yes, it is a fact.
 In Goleman's research and presentation on Emotional Intelligence he tells us of the traits found in the world's most successful leaders. First on his list is 'self-awareness' or exercising our power and ability to know and question ourselves. Will that be first on our list today, will we imagine a silver lining or will it be the same old feculence. 


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