Two Questions (#874)

This year, I’ve had the chance to reflect on how my coaching practice has evolved as I’ve gone deeper into the inside-out understanding and the principles behind the human experience. One of the things I’ve noticed is that regardless of whether a client has come to solve a problem, reach a goal, improve a relationship, or unleash their potential, there are really only two questions I’m asking in the back of my mind that guide me as to what direction to take in our work together…

1. Do they know where their experience is coming from?

Nearly forty years ago, a Scottish welder named Syd Banks had an enlightenment experience that lasted for several days and changed the course of his life forever.  As I describe it in The Inside-Out Revolution:

What Syd Banks saw when he had his enlightenment experience was that we live in a world of thought. Not a world influenced by thought, where positive outperforms negative and gives us a ‘competitive advantage in the marketplace,’ but a world that is actually created from thought. And the moment we stop fighting with ourselves and others about what to think and instead focus on the miracle that we are thinking, the details of life begin to work themselves out, all by themselves.The simple truth is this:

Our experience of life is created from the inside-out… We’re living in the feeling of our thinking, not the feeling of the world.

Until someone begins to recognize thought as the source of experience (as opposed to genetics, environment, personal history, or any other external circumstance), they have no choice but to focus their energies on fixing, changing, or otherwise altering those external factors in an attempt to enhance and improve their experience of life.

Once they recognize thought as the missing link between the infinite creative potential of the mind and the individual experience of life that we are having in any moment, the compulsion to “do” anything to improve one’s plight diminishes. This not only leaves people in a fairly consistent state of well-being regardless of circumstance, it also opens them up to fresh new thinking that makes affecting changes in the world significantly easier.

This capacity of the mind to “think again” and come to a completely new conclusion about any life circumstance leads to the second question:

2. Are they aware of the deeper intelligence behind their thinking as an ever present source of both wisdom and fresh possibility?

My old work was based on a series of assumptions – operating principles which we often referred to as “useful lies”. One of them was that “Everyone has all the resources they need to succeed.” Ironically, I’ve come to see over the past few years that that assumption is not just an “operating principle” but is actually a fundamental principle of how life works.

Most of us recognize that at times we are able to access a wisdom that seems to come from somewhere beyond our personal data bank and contains information and wisdom outside of our current knowledge. This wisdom and the insights that come from it sometimes gain an almost mythical status in our thinking and a lot of superstition often crops up around its appearance.

Yet when we come to see that we can have fresh new thinking in any moment, wisdom stops looking like a big deal or a mystical process and appears to us as a function of the natural resource of Mind – the ever present, impersonal intelligence and energy behind life.

As we learn more about the nature of this “Universal Mind” and begin to glimpse more of its infinite creative potential,, we come to rely on it more and more in a variety of situations. We allow ourselves to become reflective and receptive to a wisdom that seems to exist somewhere beyond the reach of our own experience. And in so doing, we tap in to the unknown as the very source of both inspiration and creation.

Have fun, learn heaps, and happy exploring!

With all my love,
Michael

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