Changing your ‘perspectacles’.
In case you were wondering, I am still putting my contact lenses between my toes and am getting on really well with them.
It continues to amaze me, much more so than with my glasses, how they can completely change my view of the world. Everything that was previously fuzzy comes into sharp contrast and becomes my reality, whereas with my glasses only what I can see through the lenses is clear. Beyond the confines of the frames, at the periphery, everything remains blurry.
It’s made me think about all the other lenses we view our life through, our thoughts, our memories, our conditioning, our prejudices. So often we are convinced that our view of the world is true, and I’m not saying your isn’t, but what if our view has been distorted by the invisible contact lenses or ‘perspectacles’ we are wearing.
In hypnotherapy we often use stories and metaphors to communicate with the unconscious mind and encourage a change in perspective. It allows for an individual to take from them their own personal meaning while avoiding any resistance to being told what to do.
So can I tell you this old Japanese folktale – if you’re sitting comfortably shall I begin ?
The House of 1000 Mirrors
Long ago in a small, far away village, there was a place known as the House of 1000 Mirrors.
A small, happy little dog learned of this place and decided to visit. When he arrived, he bounced happily up the stairs to the doorway of the house. He looked through the doorway with his ears lifted high and his tail wagging as fast as it could. To his great surprise, he found himself staring at 1000 other happy little dogs with their tails wagging just as fast as his. He smiled a great smile, and was answered with 1000 great smiles just as warm and friendly. As he left the house, he thought to himself, “This is a wonderful place. I will come back and visit it often.”
In this same village, another little dog, who was not quite as happy as the first one, decided to visit the house. He slowly climbed the stairs and hung his head low as he looked into the door. When he saw the 1000 unfriendly looking dogs staring back at him, he growled at them and was horrified to see 1000 little dogs growling back at him. As he left, he thought to himself, “That is a horrible place, and I will never go back there again.”
So can you see how changing your perspective could change your experience of life.
It’s very simple – but I’m not saying it’s very easy
However can you recognise that being open to a change in perspective, is a change in perspective in itself?
Remember the Dalai Lama’s idea of the mind being like a parachute working best when open. Becoming aware of the lenses or perspectacles you are wearing today could be the first step in that opening up of your mind.