Most problems we encounter can be attributed to our awareness or lack of awareness. Let’s assume we live in a house that has only one window on the north side. Let’s further assume that we have never left that house, our entire life has been spent between the four walls. To us, the outside world consists of only what we can see out of the one window. We are convinced of this because of our constricted awareness.
In Deepak Chopra’s book “spiritual solutions”, Deepak identified three kinds of awareness: constricted awareness, expanded awareness, and pure awareness. All problems can be found in constricted awareness. Solutions can be found in expanded awareness.
Looking outside of our north facing window, all we can see are trees and green meadows. One day we get a visitor who tells us about all the problems in the big city. We have no idea what he’s talking about and are not able to comprehend the troubles that exist because of our lack of awareness. Shortly thereafter, our visitor comes back to our house and installs a huge window on the south side. We look out this new window and what we see astonishes us, in the distance there is a large city with tall skyscrapers. Our awareness was just expanded and so has our understanding and perception of the world around us.
Most of how we view the world is because of our social conditioning. We are taught from birth how things ought to, be based on this conditioning. Our social conditioning defines our life and therefore restricts all that we can be and limits so many of the possibilities that we are capable of. Our worldview has been looking out of the window on the north side only; it is the sum of our awareness.
To solve all our own problems and those of the world, we must expand our awareness and the awareness of those around us. Until we can see the world clearly out of the window on the south side, we can never understand the other points of view. All solutions are in expanded awareness.
The true crisis in our world is not political, economic, or social and it is not climate change nor the destruction of our ecosystems. The true crisis in our world is constricted awareness. The solution to solving all problems, be them personal or global, are in expanded awareness.
Lifelong entrepreneur and resident of the 1000 islands. Started his meditation practice in 2018.
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