Key To Success

What do you do when you come across a key to success in a book you're reading? You ponder over it. Since I read many books and come across many keys, I thought it would be fun to share the ideas that arise as I contemplate a key to success. Reading is not just about absorbing information, it's also about contemplating, allowing the ideas to blossom within, and nurturing a seed tossed in the rich soil of the inner garden.

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I got my Master's degree in psychotherapy more than a decade ago. Since then I've studied the human condition with fascination. Over the years, I've learned a singular lesson: your life does not work when you oppose your soul nature. If you want a magical life, you have to drop your inauthentic transactions with the world. You discover your own power when you spend time alone to figure out what you really love to do.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Stepping Into Possibility Thinking




Our thoughts really belong to the collective consciousness of the world in all of time.

Our individual minds process the cumulative database recorded on the physical and subtle levels and devise interesting combinations, unique interpretations, and random permutations. When this assemblage of information is startling enough, we hail it as an expression of genius.

The pattern of human thinking is designed to hold homeostatic belief systems. This has great survival value for establishing consensus reality. Our minds love to believe that our particular interpretation of events is true. And, if others disagree with us, it only convinces us that our experience of the world is the authentic one.

We establish the dominance of our world-view through selective filtering patterns. This is why every fresh interpretation of knowledge, every invention, every innovation is met with violent opposition.

In fact, given the remarkable gravitational pull of any established view, it's almost miraculous when a new paradigm claws its way out of the slime of resistance into the clear light of acceptance.

Homeostasis is maintained through two factors: pride and denial. We use the emotion of pride to defend a cherished position and we use the mechanism of denial to suppress anything that contradicts our position. Only when the opposing or contradictory information reaches a critical mass do we acknowledge it.

This resistance to fresh insight is common to everyone regardless of culture, background, intelligence, and educational level.

Yet confronting resistance is another force, an irresistible compulsion to overcome stasis and discover anew. Consequently, what happens is that people and societies do change, but slowly, very slowly, because the dynamism of new paradigms are always slowed down by the drag of old paradigms.

To transcend the built-in limitations of our minds to resist fresh ideas is an act of will. We must choose to question the nature of our beliefs. We must choose to be interested in other perspectives.

When we surrender our view that we know something, when we are willing to entertain the discomfort of an alternative answer, and when we prefer curiosity to pride, we step into the realm of possibility thinking.

Possibility thinking is a heroic act because it allows the future to break from the past. It allows for a flow of new probabilities and outcomes.

Our future depends on those who dare to think beyond the confines of orthodoxy.

Possibility thinking is the child of evolution. It is empowered by hope and vision.




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Saleem Rana got his masters in psychotherapy from California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, Ca., 15 years ago and now resides in Denver, Colorado. His articles on the internet have inspired over ten thousand people from around the world. Discover how to create a remarkable life
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Blogger Surfin' Guy said...

Hi Saleem Rana, Out surfing for information on Donald Trump & happened upon your site. While Stepping Into Possibility Thinking wasn't exactly spot on, it did strike a note with me. Thank you for the really good read.

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