Here’s why you haven’t found your answers yet
It can be your car key, your phone, or aunt Mary’s Chocolate Cake recipe. How often do you look for things in the wrong place just to realize, after so much effort employed in the quest, that you were just off track? Notice they are always in the last place you look, aren’t they? 😉 What if you had gone to that place first? Well, they still would be the last place you looked!
The problem with overlooking
The problem with us, humans, is that we overlook things. Our minds are too busy because our egos are hard at work trying their best to create a safe and logical human life for us. That way, we get trapped in our own logic and we lose track of our intuition; we lose track of what’s beyond what we see. That’s when we walk by the lost object five times and don’t perceive it’s there, just behind the pile of mail that we, ourselves, set on the desk.
We don’t see what’s there because we don’t listen to our inner voice; and we don’t see with our third-eye. We have numbed our senses and stopped perceiving life with our essence, consciousness, higher-self. Because we’ve disconnected from the Source, we walk around like a headless turkey, not knowing where to go, what to do.
Like a lost object, so are the answers you’re looking for
Yes, right there! We do exactly the same thing when we are looking for answers to help us in a more abstract or philosophical life situation. We cast questions left and right, but don’t know where to look for the answers. Answers are usually right there, but we don’t see them.
Francesco couldn’t hide his nervousness. “I’ve asked a question, how to get out of here, and I’d like to have an answer. May I?”
“Well, well, well… why are some people so narrow-minded? See, you pushed the button Ask Questions, but it didn’t say that you would have answers, did it? You must use the right buttons, of course! For answers, try the Find Answers button. It’s over there, on the bottom left side of the page, can you see it? This is what is wrong with most students… they have a narrow focus, their creativity is numbed and their sense of logic is handicapped. They prefer to ask rather than observe and think. TIP # 1: To find out things, therefore to learn more, you must broaden your scope, look around and beyond the ordinary.” Saying that very emphatically, the purple gleam disappeared.
The above excerpt is from a philosophical science-fantasy novella, that will bring you to a virtual reality along with amazing characters in a quest to finding answers, solving riddles, and resolving daunting challenges. Francesco and The Mastermind’s dialog in this short novel, Never Use the ESC Door, is a good example of our daily struggles in finding solutions to what we perceive as problems. The story is a fantasy, but it reflects much of our minds, fears, and limitations. Better yet, it give us clues and insights on how to overcome such challenges.
Fixing the overlooking problem
I’d say look at the big picture; but also don’t lose track of details – just don’t let them blind you. It’s like using your peripheral vision. Don’t stare at problems, because you won’t find the solutions there. Broaden your scope; like when using your peripheral vision, you’ll notice what’s around.
I recommend you dive deeper in this great set of tips and insights given by The Mastermind, while enjoying the adventure of these five characters in search of bettering themselves. How they face their fears and challenges is related to all of us, in day-to-day life; in one way or another. You’ll enjoy it, and certainly find a lot of inspiration, too!
Books entertain, educate, and inspire us.
They show us different worlds and sharpen our perceptions.
When we exchange viewpoints and discoveries about what we read,
we dive into deep universes and unveil a new portion of our human potential.
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Mary Oliver, NVI Teacher, USA