A fascinating article on the sensitive subject of prejudice reveals that the degree to which we reduce our world to bite size stereotypes is shaped by our ability to handle ambiguity, the nebulous territory of not-knowing.
Scientists say that there are many things that shape our perception or experience of the world, ranging from our biology to the ideas that dominate the society in which we live.
New published research done by Arne Roets and Alain Van Hiel of Ghent University in Belgium found that people who filter the world through a narrow lens show a strong need to reduce the complexity of the world in which we live. Operating from stereotypes or firmly fixed ideas can create all sorts of limitations along with loads of other unwanted consequences, but it does provide the single advantage of creating what we can see as being a false sense of certainty.
Along with that, it basically means that we have to think less and can leap more quickly out of having to weigh up loads of different possibilities into a black and white world where decisions come much more easily.
So why does this matter when it comes to any kind of manifestation work? If you’ve read my article on what a humble sandwich can tell you about the nature of thinking, you’ll know that our brains tend to work backwards, immediately searching what has gone before to help us make sense of the present and make decisions about the future.
That is hugely useful in so many ways. You wouldn’t want to go through life pausing in confusion at every new door you meet. In situations like that, your brain has to go through a rapid processing of similar experiences to let you know that even if you’ve just encountered the first silver coloured door you’ve ever seen, it’s still a door and that usually means there’s a handle you should be looking for to get through.
But when it comes to manifestation, that is exactly why we tend to recreate the past when what we are trying to do is move creatively into a limitless future.
This also shows up in psychic readings. If people are anxious when they talk to a professional psychic, they are understandably much more likely to press for what exactly is going to happen and when. A good psychic can see what is likely to happen in the future, but the reality is that it is much more complex than that. All sorts of factors, such as free will and even shifts in our psychic energy and intention can change our future.
The really big thinkers and innovators from all walks of life begin by entering into the realm of what hasn’t happened yet, or what doesn’t exist, and what could be and then work backwards from there to ground it and bring it into reality.
As a powerful co-creator of our own future, that’s the space that we try and learn how to access and it means shedding the limitations of our existing understanding and being comfortable within what can’t be nailed down.
That’s why I encourage you to go for feelings rather than writing lists when it comes to looking for love, or opening up to abundance rather than fixing on a particular job, or even money itself.
As we go into 2012, Neptune is about to waltz back into Pisces and take up residence there, a planetary event that hasn’t happened for over one hundred and sixty odd years. As I’ve said elsewhere, Neptune is all about romance, obsession, spirituality, union, addiction, poetry, love and seeing the magic of nature. Under Neptune’s influence, our thinking can get a bit fuzzy and wild – but it also means that we can expect a huge boost to our creativity, imagination and potential.
I happen to think that this is a celestial event of extraordinary synchronicity. It happens at this amazing and exciting time when we understand the nature of our universe and of our own power in a way that it totally unprecedented. So if you can recognise that you’ve been clinging to certainty, Neptune is on his way to take you by the hand and lead you into a whole new way of thinking, one where you might not know the exact shape that things will take, but that you can harness to improve your world and the world we all share.
Loads of love,
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I’ve been creating my Knight-Waite tarot deck for two years.
It has been such a labour of love, I can’t wait to unleash it!
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