Have you ever thought about the limitations your values and beliefs may have on your life?
How often do you stop to think about the perspective you create as opposed to the actual reality of a situation?
Everything we hear, see, taste, touch and smell is merely information. It is neutral. We either have enough information or we don't. We can seek to gain more or be happy with the amount we have.
Regardless, it is still just information. What happens next is the most crucial part of receiving information.
We now begin to assign values to the information we have acquired. We run it through a values filter where we begin to make matches and mismatches between things we regard as worthy and important or unworthy and unimportant.
Or worse, we label them as good or bad.
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This seems perfectly reasonable to us but it can pose problems. What if my values filter is different to yours?
Who is right and who is wrong? This is where domination, control and righteousness are born. We all want to be right. We all want people to think the way we do. We all want others to be the person we think they should be.
In this moment we have choices.
We can continue to believe we are right and the other is wrong or we can choose to believe that we are all free to make our own unique decisions about the information we receive.
We can receive the exact same information but once it is run through our unique values filter, it becomes our own personal perception of the information.
This allows us the freedom to acknowledge that everyone will have a differing view of the exact same information/situation and that is OK.
Once we give up the desire to be right and the need to prove the other wrong, we are freer to live a happier life.