What's in Your Blind Spot?

Written by Keith Varnum

We frantically search for our "lost" keys that are lying in plain sight onrepparttar kitchen counter. We don't we seerepparttar 126174 keys. Why not? Because we already decided "the keys are not there." And once we make that decision, we create a blind spot in our awareness. The result is that we don't seerepparttar 126175 keys where we don't expect them to be.

If we miss seeing keys out inrepparttar 126176 open because we deciderepparttar 126177 keys aren't there, what else could we be missing because we decide it's not there? Could we be "blind" to other possibilities and opportunities that are right under our nose?

What's New, Pussycat?

A mind-blowing scientific experiment reveals howrepparttar 126178 early physical environment of kittens determines what they are able to see-and not see-as they grow up. Two-week-old kittens are placed in a room with walls painted with vertical stripes and kept there as they mature. Almost fromrepparttar 126179 moment they are able to see,repparttar 126180 kittens live in an environment of vertical stripes. Later,repparttar 126181 cats' world changes. They' re removed from their vertically striped surroundings and placed in a room painted with horizontal stripes. Surprisingly, our furry felines don't seerepparttar 126182 horizontal stripes. Bang! They run right smack intorepparttar 126183 walls painted with horizontal stripes, time and time again. Why? Scientists discovered that becauserepparttar 126184 cats don't have horizontal stripes in their environment as they grow up,repparttar 126185 brains ofrepparttar 126186 cats don't developrepparttar 126187 neurons that recognize horizontal stripes. So when elements they've never been exposed to appear inrepparttar 126188 cats' world, their brains don't registerrepparttar 126189 new elements in their environment. Yikes! Could we be unable to recognize elements in our current environment because those elements were missing when we grew up? Yes, we could! But before we look for aspects of life we might not be seeing, let's look for aspects we might not be hearing as well.

What'd You Say?

Studies with babies reveal howrepparttar 126190 early auditory environment of babies determines what they are able to hear-and not hear-as they grow up. Research shows that young babies haverepparttar 126191 ability to hearrepparttar 126192 full range of vocal sounds produced byrepparttar 126193 speech of allrepparttar 126194 human languages inrepparttar 126195 world. But then, babies are raised hearing onlyrepparttar 126196 narrow range of speech sounds within their social environment. Eventually, because they hear solelyrepparttar 126197 speech sounds found within one culture, babies lose their ability to distinguishrepparttar 126198 full range of vocal sounds found in all human cultures.

This explains why Japanese children are unable to pronouncerepparttar 126199 English "r" sound that does not exist in their native language. "The common result," according to a researcher atrepparttar 126200 University of California, "is essentially that if perceptual experience is limited, one will not be able to perceive things outside that experience." This is why, in everyday life, we're not able to recognize-or "hear"- concepts that we weren't exposed to in our upbringing.

Casting a Spell of Limitations

We all grow up in families and societies where we are only exposed to a limited view of life-like kittens only viewing vertical stripes and babies only hearing speech sounds from their social environment. Our " stripes" consist of a limited range of cultural patterns of sights and sounds. These cultural patterns give signals torepparttar 126201 brain that tell us "the way life is" within that limited environment. Andrepparttar 126202 brain mistakenly "thinks" it knows "the way life is" outside of that narrow-minded environment.

Growing up in a limited environment has a comparable effect to being hypnotized. For example, when people are hypnotized, they can be told that certain elements exist or don't exist in their environment. With hypnotic suggestion, a person can be told that there are no red books in a bookstore. And, even though many ofrepparttar 126203 books are red,repparttar 126204 person won't see any red books. The hypnotic suggestion creates a blind spot, or filter, inrepparttar 126205 person's perception ofrepparttar 126206 world.

Similarly, we're hypnotized by our parents and society to see certain aspects of reality-and not to see other aspects of reality. Then, as adults, we only seerepparttar 126207 range of possibilities that we were exposed to as we grew up. We don't recognize any alternatives outside ofrepparttar 126208 range of viewpoints presented to us in our youth. Options and opportunities that we weren't exposed to don't even register withrepparttar 126209 brain.

Byrepparttar 126210 very nature of how we're raised, we develop blind spots. And these blind spots often prevent us from seeing-and taking advantage of-options that are life-enriching and valuable to us. To what degree do these blind spots limitrepparttar 126211 abundance in our lives? What kinds of options could we be missing? Let's "see."

Missed Opportunities

Onrepparttar 126212 first day of a four-day workshop I was attending, Martin complained that he didn't have a way to get back and forth torepparttar 126213 workshop everyday. He had camped several miles outside of town down a narrow, rough dirt road. Our disgruntled camper talked on and on about his dilemma. Martin had decided that there was no way to get torepparttar 126214 workshop other than to walk. He couldn't see any other options. He felt hopeless and discouraged. So, when someone inrepparttar 126215 group offered to give Martin a ride every day, Martin didn't even hearrepparttar 126216 proposal. He was totally hypnotized by his belief that "there is no solution other than walking." The person offeredrepparttar 126217 ride several more times, yetrepparttar 126218 unexpected proposal continued to fall on Martin's deaf ears. Finally, several people inrepparttar 126219 group yelled at Martin that he was not hearingrepparttar 126220 offer of a ride. This group outburst snapped Martin out of his hypnotized state, his blind spot. Only then was Martin able to recognize that his transportation issue was resolved.

How's Your Alignment?

Written by Claudette Rowley

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How's Your Alignment? Claudette Rowley Copyright 2003

"Your sense of boredom, contraction, or resentment is your soul's way of letting you know that you are settling for less."

- Alan Cohen

I love going to see my chiropractor for spinal adjustments. After each visit, I notice that I walk more easily. With my spine properly aligned, it takes far less energy for me to move with ease and comfort. Sometimes I don't even realize how out of alignment I am until afterrepparttar 126173 adjustment.

When your life is in alignment with who you are and what you want, it feels much likerepparttar 126174 sensation you have when your spine is aligned. As your life synchronizes with what you want, energy flows toward those desires, opportunities open up and life and work require less effort. Mental and emotional alignment is just as efficient as physical alignment.

During a recent coaching session, a client (she's an enterpreneur, coach and author) expressed that she had a case ofrepparttar 126175 "blahs" professionally and wasn't sure why. After digging beneathrepparttar 126176 surface, she discovered her desire to shift most of her focus torepparttar 126177 book she's writing. She also wanted enough income from her coaching practice to support herself and her writing. In order to support this desire, she decided to coach only two days per week and rescheduled her clients accordingly.

Once she refocused her time and energy in a way that was aligned with what she wanted, other unexpected opportunities dropped in her lap. For example, she was asked to submit an article to an e-newsletter with one million subscribers. Overnight,repparttar 126178 hits on her website multiplied many times over, she had new coaching clients and several potential clients inrepparttar 126179 wings. These clients wererepparttar 126180 ones she needed to fulfill her second desire: coaching income that supports her writing.

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