If you’d like to fulfill your long-held dreams, try a radical approach.
Radical people create their own breakthroughs for getting the job, love and health they really want. Nonconformists open to options for achieving extraordinary goals that others don’t see.
Take Christopher Columbus for example. Columbus played outside the box. When conventional wisdom proclaimed as fact the world was flat, he held the extreme notion that he could sail over the edge and land in China instead of deep space. This rebel sailed his clipper ships where no one had ever gone before and reshaped people’s view of the world!
Discovering Fresh Options
Five centuries ago, Europeans reacted with disbelief when they heard that the world is round. So mind-blowing and threatening to their current belief system was the discovery that people wanted to discard the news as rubbish. What about enlightened people of the 21st century? If Columbus were to sail into our modern lives with revolutionary factual information about our world, would people believe him now? Let’s see how open we are!
Besides demonstrating that the earth is round, Columbus made another equally mind-popping discovery. His revelation is about the power of cultural belief systems and how people see only what they believe they will see. And, like the Europeans, most people of our time want to discard Columbus radical news as rubbish. What information could be so extreme that our educators and media our mythmakers would try to exclude this vital data from schoolbooks and public knowledge?
A World of Beliefs
Columbus arrival in the New World revealed how cultural belief systems determine what people see or don’t see. Columbus found that the native people in this new land couldn’t see his clipper ships. The natives were unable to see the big ships because they didn’t believe that big ships existed!
You See What You Believe
In 1492, Columbus landed on the island of Hispaniola, now the countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Until Columbus arrival, the islanders had only seen and heard of small boats like their own canoes. The tribe had never seen nor heard of large ocean-going sea craft. So when the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria arrived, the natives couldn’t see the big ships of Christopher Columbus! And the vessels were floating in plain sight right off shore!
“I Don’t See Any Big Ships!”
Why couldn’t the islanders see the big boats? Because nobody in their culture had ever seen big boats before. And nobody had ever written or talked about big boats in their society.
In any culture, the mythmakers teachers, historians and media decide people’s reality. The specific world that mythmakers talk and write about determines the aspects of reality that people are able to perceive. The world that these storytellers talk and write about creates a belief system unique to each culture. And this belief system acts as a filter, screening out realities that don’t fit into the cultural conditioning of the society.
The mythkeepers who shaped the islanders belief systems didn’t recognize the possibility that large ships might exist. And the filter of this belief prevented the natives from seeing the three large sea vessels. At first!
3 Keys to Fulfill Your Wildest Dreams & Unlock New Possibilities
The island shaman wasn’t able to see the ships when they first arrived. Like his tribespeople, the shaman medicine man wasn’t able to see past the filters of his cultural conditioning.
But unlike the common folk of his tribe, the medicine man was educated by radical mythmakers shaman elders. These nonconformist teachers were always exploring new worlds.
From these elders, the shaman learned that a person only sees the elements in the world that the person’s mind has been exposed to. The ego-mind filters out realities that don’t fit its picture of what exists in the world. But the shaman also learned from his teachers how to bypass the limitations of the ego-mind.
The elders gave the shaman these 3 keys to help him see outside the box of his belief system to perceive the world as it really exists.
Key 1 – Look for a Different Pattern
The 1st key, made famous in the movie Star Wars, is to notice a disturbance in the force.
Anchored just offshore, Columbus ships are creating out-of-the-ordinary patterns in the ocean waves. Even though he can’t see the ships, the observant shaman does notice unexplained variations in the waves.
Key 2 – Don’t Listen to Your Mind!
Curious, the shaman investigates the unusual wave patterns. As he begins his inquiry, he uses the 2nd key: Don’t trust your mind!
Generations of medicine men and women have passed down this key to happiness. The 2nd key alerts the shaman to the limitations of his ego-mind. The shaman understands that his mind only perceives realities that his mind has been exposed to by his culture. Limited by its belief system, the mind is unaware of a boundless world teeming with unfiltered possibilities.
Key 3 – Open to New Possibilities
From his elders, the medicine man learned that any unusual pattern in our world always indicates that something has changed in our reality. But, in this instance, the shaman is not yet seeing the specific element that has been added or taken away. In order to see what element has changed, he lets go of how his ego-mind thinks the world operates. He opens himself to making a fresh discovery the 3rd key.
As a result of deciding to allow new possibilities into his life, the shaman sees the cause of the peculiar patterns: the never-before-imagined clipper ships! As soon as the shaman perceives the large ships, he tells his tribe the ships exist and points to exactly where they are. The rest of the islanders are then able to perceive the vessels.
If you'd like to fulfill your long-held dreams, try a radical approach.