The brain can't tell the difference between
what's really happening and what our
limited perceptions 'tell' us is happening.
This is a scientifically honored bit of info
that gives a lot of weight to just how
easily we are affected by our feelings,
interpretations, perceptions, concepts,
stories, and opinions.
We form an attachment to the way in
which we have come to see the world.
Then, with great emotion and repetition,
we reinforce those notions every time
we enter a new situation and recall our
own version of past events.
Since we have a fixed idea, we perceive
a new situation through the same lens, and
pick up the aspects of the reality that give
us what we're looking for. Ad infinitum.
To break free from the imprint of our
subjective thinking, we first have to open
ourselves to the possibility that it is true.
We have to be open to the idea that we
don't know everything for certain.
There is much we don't know, and much
we have misunderstood.
Knowing the simple phrase "It could all
be otherwise" makes our need for adamance
and being 'correct' fall to the wayside.
It opens up an incredible new world of
options and calm.
We have to be open to changing our
deeply held beliefs and deeply ingrained habits.
None of this is easy, but having our eyes
opened and consciousness broadened is a
one-way street. You can't take away one's
insight, once gained.