What does it mean to open our minds?
It means seeing beyond what we think we know.
There is a vastness to life beyond what we can perceive from the limitations of our thinking mind. Our thoughts about the world are not the world. It is far greater, far more mysterious, and so much more alive and responsive than we realise. There is always more at play here than we allow for.
For the most part, we are perceiving life through the particular lens of our experience and our conditioning. We get up each day expecting life to behave in the same old way, seeing things through the same old lens, and life largely unfolds as we expect it to.
When we open our minds, it is as if we are opening a door and immediately seeing something bigger. It is like going into another paradigm: same world; new vision. We perceive more.
To open our minds is to subtly shift away from what we think we know - about ourselves, about another person, about our life, our capabilities, the shape of our future - about life itself.
THE BOX OF OUR SEEING
Our current way of seeing things is our current paradigm. It is like an invisible box all round us. We can only see certain things from here, and see them in a certain way. Our box of thinking comes with its own limitations, rules, definitions and expectations.
Beyond this box is the vast universe. It is mysterious, unpredictable, rich and wondrous. It is changeable and changeless. It is potent and alive.
Our box serves to keep us safe from much of that unknown, unchartered, chaotic, abundant aliveness; but it also shuts us off from it.
Opening the mind is a little like pushing against the joints and corners of the box. Light starts to come through. Something of that energy, movement and mystery starts to pour in. An entire area of the box beings to be infiltrated and changed by this. We see things - ourselves, other people, relationships, circumstances - with greater clarity. We see more of the big picture, beyond the context of our own perception. More of the true nature of What Is is revealed to us.
Our box will never be the same. We have seen with new eyes and we cannot 'unsee' what we have seen. Soon, we find that we naturally want to let more of that light in, we want to see more truthfully and be more authentically aligned with this, we want to feel more of the vast, regenerative energy of life pouring in in creative and beautiful ways.
In situations where we would normally judge and assume, jumping in to control or direct life, reacting before the Isness of the moment has been allowed its unexplored expression - we begin to quieten and step back a little, take a breath and look again. Space appears between us and our reactions, a space where life can happen.