Chapter 5 everything is neutral until I judge it
We spend a long time in school and growing up learning what things are for. How society works and how to behave within that society. We learn to label, name, and sort events/people/objects by the importance they have in our lives. We pigeon hole people and events just by looking at them so they fit the structure we have built for ourselves. Structuring and controlling so we can feel safe.
There’s a story that when the White man arrived in North America the local indigenous Indians did not see their ships coming over the horizon and arriving in their harbour because the ships did not fit into their version of reality. They literally could not see them because their mind could not accept that they existed.
In the same way we shape and order our world experience so we can allow more of what we know and fail to see the opportunities that do not fit our version of reality. Opportunities are around us all the time, good things float past us every day but we don’t know about them, don’t see them, and don’t experience them because we have built a reality that says we can’t have them, or be like that. What ever that is.
For example: We see a tree in the park. We call it by its name; say an apple tree in this instance. We know about its fruit and that birds and insects live in it. We know its name and that by producing fruit it serves us. We know about osmosis and how it breathes from school science lessons, but do we know its true purpose? Do we know its karma? Do we know its joy at simply living and being here on planet earth? Perhaps one day this tree will be chopped down and carved into a Buddha or made into a jewellery box, kept as a loving keepsake for years to come. Perhaps it will inspire a great painter. We know nothing of this when we label the tree in the park and walk on without thinking. It’s just a tree.
When we label, categorise and assume we know what everything is for, we limit the reality of the thing/person we label. We stifle its potential to do good, give pleasure and respond to us. We don’t see its wonder.
Say; “I know not what this is” or “I know what nothing is for”.
Example; we are about to walk into the bosses office at work because he has requested to see us. Perhaps we have an inkling of what it’s about from office rumour. Perhaps we don’t have very high self esteem or think he has a low opinion of our work. Perhaps we are not in a good mood today. We can project a lot into what happens within his office before we even get there. Not allowing miracles or other options of reality.
His reaction to the way we feel and what we project with our thoughts can change what would have happened in his office.
So, as we enter the room we say “I know not what this is for” thus clearing the air so to speak, and allowing anything to happen. Perhaps even something totally unexpected, like praise for our good behaviour and honesty, or being offered an exiting project?
What we are trying to say is if we don’t allow life to surprise us, it can’t. If we control and label our world then there is no room for the unexpected. Not all unexpected things are bad! In fact, the more we use the tools and games in this book the more wonderful things begin to happen, so don’t be afraid to really experiment. One of the reasons Caroline got involved with these affirmations was that her life had lost the exiting, unexpected miracles that made life so blessed and joyous. She wanted a life where she didn’t know everything that would happen next week and next month and next year. She wanted a life that blossomed. Don’t we all? If we don’t, what’s happened to make us loose this wonder and how can we find it again?
The exercise is:
Spend a week going around saying “I know not what this is for” to everything. The door handle, that cat, what we eat, the computer or equipment we use at work, outings we have planned, meetings we attend, just about everything and everyone we come into contact with. It is an exercise in un-labelling our world and allowing us to see things and situations differently. It also allows our world to respond differently to us.
Say: “I know what nothing is for” before walking into the bar after work, and see how the evening unfolds differently than it normally would. Say it before walking into the next room, especially if there are people we don’t know or want to be around. Use it just before phoning a friend after an argument or when we want to ask someone new out.
Use it to open up new possibilities and give life another way of being.
Example; Jeanne had been driving home from summer camp when her car suddenly started smoking. Instead of panicking and thinking that a disaster was imminent or she was going to be stranded in the middle of nowhere she started saying “I Know not what this is” and she kept saying it all the way home. Two hours of driving away. She drove it strait to the garage rather than her house. When she went to pick up the car the following day the Mechanics said they couldn’t believe she had made it back. There was no way a car in that state could have driven, let alone that far. What Jeanne had done was in a way suspend reality, because she didn’t go with the “broken car” image in her mind. She went with the “anything is possible” and the “I create the world I see” way of thinking/ visualising.
Here are some more affirmations in the same vain;
“I judge nothing as it appears to be, I ask only its purpose”.
When we say this we are asking for different results. Perhaps something happened that upset us or is making us worry or nervous. It’s only a bad thing if we label it as such. It could have a very different outcome and result if we allow for that possibility. By using the affirmation we do just that, we open up reality to be different. Or we get the same result but from that dubious result a miracle blossoms. Be open for surprises. “Expect a miracle” and maybe you just might get one.
“I make no judgement on what occurs today, I see my world free of all judgement I have made”.
Instead of jumping to conclusions, say the affirmation and give the situation time to resolve. Ego assumes it knows what everything is for and jumps in with opinions and judgements that can sometimes make the situation worse. We put our foot in our mouth and regret it later.
“Truth is contrary to appearances”
“Today I see the world free from all judgments I have made”
“I cannot be defined or confined”
“Let me not mistake interpretations for truth”
“Let me not interfere”
“Expect a miracle”
“I create the world I see”