Broken Perceptions: Or Does Everything Hurt When You Poke It?
You’ve heard the joke about the beautiful redhead that goes into her doctor’s office and complains that everything hurts. Ok, here’s the rest of the joke, and then I promise to make a point.
“Impossible!” says the doctor, “Show me.”
The redhead took her finger, pushed on her left shoulder and screamed, and then she pushed her elbow and screamed even more. She pushed her knee and screamed; likewise, she pushed her ankle and screamed. Everywhere she touched made her scream.
The doctor said, “You’re not really a redhead, are you?” “Well, no” she said, “I’m actually a blonde.’
“I thought so,” the doctor said, “Your finger is broken!”
Don’t you love how symbolic this joke is?
Not the “blonde” part, the “only one thing broken” part. In our lives, we all do exactly what Miss Blonde did. We touch everything, from money to love, with a broken perception and it all hurts. It feels as if everything is going wrong, when all that needs to be “doctored” is our perception.
We can tell we have a broken finger by the pain we feel, and we can tell a broken perception in the same way, by the pain we feel.
It is not necessarily a physical pain, although that can be a symptom, it is also emotional pain. We all have both of these kinds of pains at least some of the time.
One symptom of a broken perception is the anger that is being expressed these days throughout the world. There is anger over how others think, or live, or act, or what they believe in, or even just what they look like. In our own lives, we feel frustrated by the car in front of us, we snap at loved ones, life feels limited, and happiness starts to seep out of our days.
All of this pain because of a broken perception. If we have a broken finger, we take the time to heal it.
However, broken perceptions often remain throughout a lifetime, causing pain whenever it touches something.
We all know what an unbroken finger looks like, but what about an unbroken perception. What does it look like? In an unbroken finger, all its parts line up perfectly. Everything functions together as one. It works in exactly the same way in an unbroken perception.
Let’s take the unbroken perception, or point of view that God, Spirit, the infinite intelligence of Mind has Love as its base concept, essence, and principle. Most of us would agree that this is true about God. We also agree that given that God is omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscience and omniaction all that can be going on is Love.
So where does the anger we spoke about come in? We can see immediately that in order to feel anger we have to break away from the point of view that all is Love. We may say that it is true, but we don’t experience that it is. Our state of mind perception is not in agreement with our point of view perception.
How do we fix it this broken perception? Here’s a simple way to do so. We face the broken perception, uncover the lie that it is stating, and replace it with what is true. Yes, it’s that simple.
Going back to our example of anger at someone with whom we don’t agree. We face the fact that we don’t. Then we replace it with an unbroken perception. We call this technique, “face and replace”.
The replace part could go something like this:
“Since all that I see and know is filled up with Love, and a visible representation of Love, then there is no place for this anything but Love in my thinking and experience. Because we are all One within this Love, there is no other person for me to be angry with. It’s a misperception on my part, and I willingly give it up in order to experience the harmony Love’s all presence.”
As this unbroken perception begins to replace the broken one, what we experience in our world begins to shift. “What we perceive as reality magnifies,” so a broken perception produces a broken experience. A whole perception produces a whole experience, one without pain and judgment because there is no place for pain or judgment in infinite Love.
We can see how a broken perception touching any part of our life, would be painful and the unbroken perception of the Principle of Love in action would dissolve that pain.
Unlike broken fingers, broken perceptions are deliberately contagious.
It is important to know this so that we stop spreading them. We’ll know when our perception is whole and complete because our life experience will be harmonious, and joyful. We will feel loved ourselves, and we will experience an unconditional love for everyone else. This is surely worth the effort it takes to heal a broken perception, and imagine the result!
(Originally published 11/09/2010 — has anything changed?)
Do you like this blog and believe in the power of words — what you say to yourself, what you say to others? Than you may like my book The Daily Shift: It’s Not What You Think. It’s Better Than That
Originally published at theshift.com on November 21, 2016.