The image above might not tell you much on first sight. However, it’s part of a powerful tool that can give you some understanding why certain things work out and other don’t. I will write a series of articles with the intention of giving some insights and understanding why we live the way we do.
This is a time where it’s clear that not all things are in our control. While it’s obvious for a virus that spreads, it’s less obvious for some smaller things. Trying to control the uncontrollable leads to anxiety, stress and restlessness.
The easiest to begin with understanding what can be controlled is the physical world. The one we all can see, feel, hear, touch and taste. It’s the world of structures, unlimited in numbers and forms. Not one structure (thing or object) is the same in this world.
Look at the picture again, the lighter coloured zones in the included image is what you cannot control. The darker ones represent fields that are well within your control.
The intimate relation between vision and movement
Without a vision or an idea in your head, you wouldn’t want to go anywhere. Without movement, it would be difficult to form new ideas which trigger you to moving. It’s your legs working together with your head and your senses. If you have a wish to enjoy a good time, you will be motivated to go and find that space where you can do this. Let’s imagine that you want to go dancing and explore what’s behind it to find out what you can control or what not.
First, where did your wish come from? Somehow you got the idea that you feel like dancing. It’s a vision that popped up in your head because something triggered it. While you may feel convinced that it is your idea, something you thought of, it’s not been consciously triggered by you, but by something outside yourself. This is something you cannot control. You don’t control the triggers; they are just there. A vision is beyond your control, it’s dependent on something outside yourself.
(You do control the way how you deal with triggers, but that is another field, not the one we are concerned with in this article)
This leads us into the next thing we cannot control. It’s the outside physical world, because this is the world of triggers. You have the power to choose where you want to go, but you don’t have the power to choose what you will find there. That is totally random. You want to go dancing and therefore you need to pick a good spot. In this case, you have different options and you choose the local dancing bar in your village instead of the dancing bar in the city. You hope and expect to enjoy a good dancing time with some other people, but you cannot be sure if that will be the case.
The physical world is a world of triggers, causing vision and movement. Every choice you make which makes you move is based upon a set of parameters. To make a choice you need to have a preference. That preference is based upon previous experiences that were positive or negative. These experiences were caused by random events outside your control. Your movement in this physical world is beyond your control. That’s why you are always at the right place at the right time.
The good news is that you are there for a reason. And you can figure this reason out with taking the time to contemplate and to observe as sharply as you can. It’s time to move on to the things that you can control.
As a human, you have been given the greatest instrument that you will ever own, your body. It’s full of senses, which allow you to hear, feel, see, touch and taste all the structures of this world. This can be a positive or a negative experience, depending on how you look at it. For some people pain means pleasure. To make something positive or negative is within your control.
When you have experienced something and (un)consciously made it positive or negative, it will shape future experiences. This has a direct impact on your sixth sense. Yes, a direct impact. We all have a sixth sense and we all use it all the time. Yes, all the time. Unfortunately, most people have imprinted themselves with negative experiences, that fear and pain rules the sixth sense, inhibiting free movement. Fear and pain leads to avoiding other (unknown) experiences, rather than proving to yourself that any experience can be transformed into a positive one.
You can easily improve your sixth sense in any field by being totally present with whatever you do. When you are using all of your senses and are aware of them, then your system will recognize consciously these circumstances. An accountant who is daily with the head in balances, will pick up the most important information like a sponge, because he has trained his sixth sense in this field. A professional cyclist has a sixth sense concerning his bike. One millimetre difference in the height of the saddle is enough to cause friction and annoyance. He or she will feel the bike as if it’s an extension of the body. When the world becomes an extended part of the body, then you have an extremely well trained sixth sense.
Most of us need some time afterwards to relive a certain situation to see that they played an (important) part in a certain scenario. This is something you can control. You can sit down and take the time to replay a certain (awkward, painful, pleasant, …) situation and relive it as intense as you want. Doing that, knowing that you are in a safe environment, it will allow you to ‘rewire’ the thoughts and feelings. It will take away the painful or fearful connection with that situation and turn it into a learning experience. This is where the magic happens, and your sixth sense is being improved. By consciously reliving the situation, you train yourself to become sensitive to certain triggers, which you will know recognize.
Once you recognize triggers, you can work with them and connect them with the behaviour or movement that you consciously choose. With that, you just improved your personal freedom as the triggers are no longer making you move automatically but changed them into a conscious choice.
Observing with all senses all at once and being aware of your body, means that you see the outside world with all its details and that you at the same time aware of what you feel inside. Seeing this helps to connect why you are there, at that place and time, even if you need to think about it afterwards.
So, don’t try to control the physical world by forcing expectations upon it. It will only distort reality as it is. Don’t try to sit down and get as many good ideas as possible. The best way to get new ideas and visions is to move into new and unknown territory. If you are scared to leave your comfort zone, know that any experience can be turned into a positive one. Sometimes you need to do that afterwards, by contemplating upon it. Turn on all your senses, no matter where you are, and know that you are at the right place at the right time. Figure out why you were/are there, the answer lies mostly hidden in the uncontrollable.