Podcast #10: Choosing the best perspective on life
Welcome to the UltimateQuest.org podcast. This is episode #10 which is the second to last episode in the ‘Finding your passion’ series. The title of this episode is “Choosing the best perspective on life”.
OUR LIFE IS LIKE A STAGE DRAMA.
Our daily life situation is much like a stage drama. What a show this can be at times! There can be so much action, stress & drama to navigate.
In this episode we compare our daily life to watching a stage drama in a theatre. When you go to the theatre, you carefully select the best available seat to get the best experience. Have you ever thought about what is the best perspective for viewing your life? Having the right perspective can help you achieve your purpose, goals and even your Ultimate Quest.
WHAT IS THE BEST POSITION TO VIEW OUR LIFE FROM?
What would be the best seat in the theatre to view our life drama played out on stage? Would you choose a seat nearer the back so we can see the stage as a whole? Or would you choose the front row of the theatre so you can be close to the action? Or would you even choose to be one of the actors and fully immerse yourself in the emotion & drama?
Our society & culture strongly encourages us to live life as the lead actor in our play. Living in the limelight of the lead role is so tempting. We then see ourselves as the centre of our world!
OUR CHOICE OF PERSPECTIVE IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY.
It is up to us to choose where we view the performance from. At the theatre, our seated position is fixed. But in real life, we can change our perspective in every now-moment. It’s our choice! We change our perspective simply by choosing where we place our attention & awareness. Our focus & perspective is also our personal responsibility.
WE CAN HAVE MORE THAN ONE PERSPECTIVE SIMULTANEOUSLY.
Believe it or not, we can choose more than one perspective at the same time! We have the perspective of being an actor on the main stage. But we can also benefit from the broader perspective of an audience member. As a result of this, we may experience life in a richer and more nuanced way. We might then view our role on the stage differently. We may become less of a prima-donna and less reactive. We might even be more authentic & wise in what we choose to do.
HIGHER AWARENESS ALLOWS US TO CHOOSE THE BEST PERSPECTIVES.
Higher awareness gives us the ability to proactively choose the best perspective, or even multiple simultaneous perspectives. Higher awareness gives us the best view of our life. It's a higher and more panoramic view. We might choose to watch the stage drama from backstage, or even from the rafters looking down! We could choose to focus more on the music by focussing on the orchestra pit. Any and all combinations are possible through higher awareness. This is much richer a life experience, than being stuck in just one seat.
From all these different points of view, we can better choose which path or role we take. Higher awareness also opens us up to a whole range of other talents & innate abilities. We discussed this in more detail in episode #7.
BETTER NAVIGATE LIFE BY USING A HIGHER PERSPECTIVE.
When the drama of life heats up, it’s easy to get swept away in the emotion & storyline. That’s when we make poor decisions! This is why it’s so important to maintain some higher awareness at all times. If we don’t actively maintain our higher awareness, we risk getting stuck in just one of the perspectives. Or even worse we get stuck in some illusory state, as we discussed in episode #8.
FULLY EMBRACE EVERY PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE.
Higher awareness provides us a wise, detached & neutral perspective. But this doesn’t mean that you feel numb or disconnected. Quite the opposite, in fact! By being neutral you are able to fully embrace what is going on, from many perspectives & every angle. Higher awareness means you have a connection to the now moment.
EXPERIENCE MORE FUN WITH LESS STRESS!
You are not distracted by the ‘noise’ of the drama or story. You are not obsessed with any one perspective. Higher awareness allows pleasure and fun, but with much less stress. From this calm but alert mindset, we can better navigate life’s challenges and follow our Ultimate Quest.
HIGHER AWARENESS REQUIRES NURTURING & PRACTISE.
We always have this option of objective higher awareness. It’s always available to us. However, accessing and holding this state of present moment awareness can be challenging! This is primarily because we haven't practiced this state regularly.
Our inexperience will make holding this state difficult in challenging circumstances. So, we must actively practise & nurture this state in easier situations first. We do this through meditation, contemplation, creative expression & being in nature. Nurturing your higher awareness a little every day is essential.
ACCESS OUR TRUE NATURE THROUGH HIGHER AWARENESS.
Higher awareness is our natural state of being. It is our true home! It’s our true state of reality. Higher awareness is the basis for building joy & lasting happiness. Only there can we build contentment & find deep fulfillment.
Only this best perspective offers us true security & inner peace. It’s a state of calm, stillness & inner peace! It's living impartially as a neutral observer. But we are more fully engaged in the moment! Higher awareness is accepting ‘what is’ but not in a passive or despondent sense. Instead, we wisely respond to life’s challenges using inner knowing.
FIND YOUR PASSION & PURPOSE THROUGH HIGHER AWARENESS.
The state of higher awareness is hard to fully convey in words. In some spiritual circles it is also called ‘being present’ or ‘Presence’. This is not based in logical thinking or reasoning. Perhaps that’s one reason why it’s rarely taught in our conventional education.
Higher awareness gives us a firm foundation for engaging in our life goals and our Ultimate Quest. That’s why it is so important!
So, will you choose to live your life authentically from this higher perspective? We can even choose to permanently reside in full higher awareness, if we wish!
PEOPLE WITH HIGHER AWARENESS MAY NOT FIT IN WITH SOCIETY.
There are some issues with living entirely in higher awareness. Living this way might seem too extreme. But the issue is not with ourselves. The issue is with how society might perceive us! Remember, society rejects people who are not part of the herd mentality.
People who fully embrace higher awareness are not as reactive or impulsive. They might be seen as outsiders that are too introspective, meditative or philosophical. They are seen as being quite different or even disengaged from society. It can feel uncomfortable socialising with a wise guru or recluse. This is why extreme levels of higher awareness are hard to maintain.
MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES ENRICH MUNDANE MOMENTS.
Most daily functioning only requires a low level of higher awareness. Most of the time we don’t need to experience events fully from multiple perspectives. But if you choose to do that, you can bring new life into mundane situations again. Remember as a young child, how much joy simple things could bring you?
EXPLORE EVERY ANGLE OF IMPORTANT LIFE DECISIONS.
Mundane life events don’t necessarily require a higher awareness. However, the opposite is true when making important personal life choices! To make the best life decisions, we must comprehensively explore every perspective carefully. Then our life choices will be accurate, balanced & fulfilling.
Higher awareness is critical when asking big life questions, such as:
What is my true passion & purpose?
What am I meant to do with my life?
What is my Ultimate Quest?
ILLUSIONARY STATES DEMAND OUR ATTENTION.
Remember, higher awareness never demands our attention. It just constantly runs in the background. So, we must actively choose and invite higher awareness in! We must consciously & deliberately activate this state.
It’s the opposite with the illusory or fantasy states, which strongly demand and hold our attention. The hypnotic state of materialism most strongly demands our attention. We are constantly bombarded by it everywhere we look. The reactive & self-obsessed egoic state of a prima donna is also very addictive. These fantasy states feel incredibly real when we are deeply engrossed in them. But they are really just cleverly crafted illusions. In the end, truth and our true reality is only available through higher awareness!
RECOGNISE HIGHER AWARENESS SO YOU CAN CHOOSE IT.
Higher awareness is not as dramatic or alluring compared to the illusory states. Because of this, higher awareness is more difficult to recognise & access.
So how do we know we are in this present moment awareness? Because it is our natural state of being, higher awareness deeply satisfies & feels ‘right’. It feels comfortable, like we are at home.
ACHIEVE MORE BALANCE WITH COMPASSION & WISDOM.
It might not seem as exciting as the illusory states, but we feel content and at peace in higher awareness! There are no extreme highs & lows unless we choose to explore these. There are no major dramatic reactions or stories from our ego mind. Higher awareness is more stable, neutral & balanced. It promotes a more loving, compassionate & wise way of life.
RELEASE YOUR EMOTIONS THROUGH HIGHER AWARENESS.
We have discussed how higher awareness helps us navigate the stage drama of our external life. But higher awareness is essential for navigating our internal emotions as well. We can neutrally observe our inner emotional landscape, just like we did with the theatre stage.
We process our emotions by briefly feeling them in a safe & loving environment. Higher awareness provides this safe, neutral environment for this process to occur. This allows us to effectively process even our most painful & deeply repressed emotions. The more loving kindness you allow into the process, the faster it clears.
DIFFICULT EMOTIONS REQUIRE A SAFE HAVEN FOR PROCESSING.
It can feel quite intense when processing painful suppressed emotions. So, we can still be tempted to escape into some fantasy state. But remember, we can’t process our emotions from a state of false illusion. We can only face the truth of our emotions by facing reality. If you feel yourself escaping into fantasy, remember to proactively re-engage your higher awareness.
Start by processing milder emotions first, before tackling the most difficult ones. Trust that your neutral, higher perspective will keep you safe. Remember, you only need to experience the strong emotion very briefly. But emotions MUST be experienced & acknowledged, in order for them to release & fully clear!
EXPERIENCING A PURE EMOTION AVOIDS THE PAIN.
Higher awareness is the best state of mind to do emotional processing from. We interface directly with our emotions through higher awareness. Our feelings are magnified and more intense. The idea of this might seem scary. But the experience is actually less painful! This is because higher awareness avoids the story, drama & narrative that causes the suffering. Higher awareness allows us to experience the pure emotion without the painful narrative. This is why the emotion can clear more quickly & effectively in this higher state of mind.
All emotions & feelings will quickly pass if we don't attach to them. The secret is not to dwell on the associated story & drama, but to just feel the pure emotion. This is exactly what higher awareness allows us to do!
THE MORE LOVING WE ARE, THE FASTER THE EMOTION CLEARS.
Our higher perspective will protect us! So, we don’t need to be fearful when processing our emotions. We can be courageous instead! We know that experiencing feelings & emotions can't really hurt us. If we just avoid getting attached to the narrative & turmoil, it will quickly pass. The more neutral and brave we are, the faster it passes! By being more loving and compassionate, we clear it even faster! We can even be open to any new learning. We welcome new wisdom gained. Higher awareness helps us to achieve all this and more.
HIGHER AWARENESS IS A CORE PART OF BEING HUMAN.
Higher awareness is a state of calm & peace. So we might be reluctant to break this tranquility by exploring our difficult emotions. However, processing emotions is a core part of being human. It’s part of the human contract, so to speak! We cannot fully appreciate peace without processing our emotions. Higher awareness is a powerful tool to quickly and painlessly do this important work.
BECOME THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF!
Higher awareness also unlocks a range of other innate abilities & talents. It engages our inner power. It connects us to our inner knowing. It’s our natural state of being. It allows us to just ‘be’. We become more heart centered.
Higher awareness helps us to become the best version of ourselves. By being our true authentic loving self, we are more likely to achieve our life’s purpose. From this higher perspective we can better navigate our life quest, or even our Ultimate Quest!
By being fully present in higher awareness, we get the best insights & answers! We can discover what we are meant to do with our life! We can even discover our Ultimate Quest!
SUMMARY OF EPISODE #10:
Let’s summarise what we discussed in episode #10 which was titled “choosing the best perspective on life”.
There can be so much action, stress & drama to navigate in life. Our life is like a stage production at a theatre.
So, what would be the best seat in the theatre to view this drama from? What would be the best position or perspective to assess our life from?
From the back of the theatre you can view the stage as a whole. From the front, you are close to the action. As one of the actors on stage, you are in the heat of the moment! Each perspective has a different benefit to offer!
It’s our responsibility to choose the best perspective on life. With higher awareness, we have the ability to change our perspective at any moment.
Living from higher awareness even allows us to have multiple perspectives simultaneously. This gives us a richer life experience, and helps us to understand the bigger picture. From all these perspectives, we can better discover our passion & purpose in life.
Higher awareness provides us a detached & neutral perspective. It allows pleasure and fun, but with much less stress.
Higher awareness is our natural state of being. It is our true home! Only there can we build contentment & find deep fulfillment.
It’s important to use higher awareness when solving personal issues and asking big life questions, such as ‘what am I meant to do with my life?’
Remember, unlike the fantasy states, higher awareness does not demand our attention. Higher awareness is more stable, neutral & balanced. It promotes a wise & loving way of life.
Higher awareness also provides a safe environment for us to process our emotions, especially our painful & repressed emotions. We can experience a pure emotion without the painful narrative.
By being fully present in higher awareness, we get the best insights & answers! From this higher perspective we can better navigate our life quest, or even our Ultimate Quest!
This almost brings us to the end of the “Finding your passion” series. The next episode #11 is an overview of everything we covered in this series. It will help you integrate what you’ve learned. Good luck in your life quest. Hope to see you in episode #11!