We get used to our reality. We come to expect that the world operates in certain predictable ways—until it doesn’t. Our world can be shaken by unexpected events, diagnoses and others’ actions, just to name a few. Changing the way we act or react for the better might be the greatest gift we could give ourselves or those around us.
As we look here at expanding the possibilities of life in multiple avenues, consider how your life might be better; perhaps it could be filled with more ease or simply with more amusement. Expanding possibilities of mental constructs means allowing yourself to start to see that “reality” may be different than what you imagine it to be. You may be limiting what comes your way by believing something so strongly that when the opposite comes forward, you are essentially blind to it.
Because it can be easy to overlook what’s in front of us, sometimes we need help to see clearly. Remember the joke about the man in the boat who is stranded during a flood, and while sinking he asks God to send help? It’s a good example of not seeing available resources, so here’s that story. (If this is familiar, scroll down past the italics!)
A fellow was stuck on his rooftop in a flood. He was praying to God for help. Soon a man in a rowboat came by and the fellow shouted to the man on the roof, “Jump in, I can save you.”
The stranded fellow shouted back, “No, it’s OK, I’m praying to God and she is going to save me.”
So the rowboat went on.
Then a motorboat came by. The fellow in the motorboat shouted, “Jump in, I can save you.”
To this the stranded man said, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and she is going to save me. I have faith.”
So the motorboat went on.
Then a helicopter came by and the pilot shouted down, “Grab this rope and I will lift you to safety.”
To this the stranded man again replied, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and she is going to save me. I have faith.”
So the helicopter reluctantly flew away.
Soon the water rose above the rooftop and the man drowned. He went to Heaven. He finally got his chance to discuss this whole situation with God, at which point the man exclaimed, “I had faith in you but you didn’t save me, you let me drown. I don’t understand why!”
To this God replied, “I sent you a rowboat and a motorboat and a helicopter, what more did you expect?”
Much like the drowning man who couldn’t see the gifts he was receiving, we often already have what we need to heal. Expanding possibilities of the body is about believing that the body can come to a natural state of balance and therefore health— and then allowing the body to do just that.
The body adjusts all the time to stress, challenges, and illness. A metaphor for this adjustment is that when we stand, we can balance in multiple ways. Standing on two feet feels grounded and easy. We can balance on one foot, but it does take more work. Our body is often like this when it is under stress or illness—it can handle the extra load, but boy is it a lot of work! Some systems in the body start to compartmentalize instead of working effortlessly within all the systems of the body. And since the whole bodymind is fundamentally integrated, the way back to ease of being is to allow for rebalancing and easier communication within and between systems of the body.
Expanding possibilities in life often requires us to look at both the mind and the body and integrate them into our everyday actions. As we challenge mental patterns or belief systems, and as we feel strong and listen to our bodies, our actions in our lives start to head us in a different direction. Like a ship tacking between channel safety buoys, we start to take straighter, more direct and energizing paths. We feel more on-course and start to realize latent dreams. We feel less bogged down in old patterns.
Consider what could be different in your life. You may be more aware of what you don’t want or what you are moving away from than what you want more of or dream for your life.
You can shift patterns in your mind, body, or life starting at any of these points. You may choose to go for the most symptomatic part of your life and I can guarantee that other things will change as a result. Wherever you come from, know that there are expanded possibilities waiting for you.
Come join or host a MindScape or Enneagram class, have a BodyTalk session, or have a Coaching session—these are all options to expand your personal possibilities.
For more information, contact Tricia Gast, MS, Advanced Certified Practitioner, at 303-888-2185 or www.triciagast.com.