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February 16, 2008

Open

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 9:03 am

The only difference between you and the person who has something you would like to have, but don’t, is openness.

They are open to the flower that blossoms in their garden. When we truly desire something that remains absent from our life, we have a part of us that is closed to that happening. You may ask: “Are you saying that I’m not trying hard enough?” Quite the contrary, you are trying too hard.

Did you ever notice that when something is out of focus that you squint your eyes? It doesn’t make the focus any sharper but we do it anyway – over and over again. When there is something slightly inaudible, we cock our head to one side and screw up our face in order to hear better. It doesn’t work. When we are thwarted from obtaining our desires, we use the same methodology that has failed in the past. Thomas Edison kept records so he didn’t replicate what he had already done that didn’t work. He also trusted that he would find the answer.

Open is an attitude – an angle of approach. It’s a selective perception filter we use to include more possibilities. Open is the cosmic attitude that spawned brainstorming and Mind Mapping. When you brainstorm nothing is considered out of bounds. You are open to all input. And notice how you arrive at a place with brainstorming that you would have never gotten to with linear thinking. Sometimes it’s the “absurd” idea that is the springboard to the solution. This is the idea that your close-mindedness would have dismissed.

Open goes deeper than the pronouncement of “I have an open mind.” That’s baloney. Whoever says that to you is more closed than a boardwalk tee shirt shop in Atlantic City in December.

Open is a welcoming committee. There is no one who is turned away.

Open cannot be arrived at through our senses. Our senses are limited as to what can be seen, heard, felt, tasted or smelled.” There are sounds that exist that we cannot hear and sights that our impoverished senses cannot see. They are out of the conscious realm. Openness is working in the background but our conscious mind shuts it out. When the answer shows up in a costume we don’t recognize, we treat them to a candy bar and send them on their way. We were tricked by our senses. We are closed.

The biggest obstacle to being open is to have a pre-conceived notion as to what the answer should be.

To specifically outline exactly what your answer should be does not allow for the completeness of God. What you think is a roundabout way is the only way that your request can be granted. You don’t have a vision of the whole playing field. God does. The ball may have to bounce off the peanut vendor’s box to wind up in your hands. Your limited vision could have never envisioned that scenario.

Be open to what shows up. Be open to reality. Eckhart Tolle addresses openness in his book A New Earth when he writes:

“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment.”

Words are inadequate to describe the feeling of openness. Words can only point you in a direction. I hope the words in today’s blog will spark a curiosity on how to become more open to life – an openness that delivers gifts we could have never dreamed up on our own.

All the best,

John

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