to the fish the water is invisible
An ancient oriental proverb says,
“To the fish the water is invisible”
So, lets stop for a moment and think about beautiful tropical fish, swimming through the depths of clear, blue-green water.
First of all, their body is supported by the water – it is what enables them to float and move at will.
They receive oxygen and food – all they need to stay alive. Without the water, they would be, well, a fish out of water, so to speak. Sorry.
The question is – does the fish know the water is there? We can probably make a fairly accurate guess at this – most likely the fish is not consciously aware of the water.
So what does all this have to do with you?
There is something that you’re swimming in, that is supporting you and your life, and it’s not air and you are probably completely unaware of it.
The scary part of you being unaware of it lies in the fact
- that it is a powerful and vital part of your everyday life and
- it dictates and determines what happens to you
Without this you would be like a fish out of water (sorry, there I go again)
OK – here’s the secret ingredient of how your life evolves:
We all have perceptions and perspectives about life that come from our beliefs and assumptions about ourselves, others, and the world.
These beliefs and assumptions determine what we look for,
AND we always see what we look for
AND we don’t see what we’re not looking for
If I sent you our into the street to find all the red cars you could find, that would be mostly all you would see – every red car. But I bet you wouldn’t see any blue cars while you were running around looking for red cars.
That’s how our brain works.
What we believe to be true about ourselves, others, and the world, is what we look for and what we see.
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