I just love hearing from my clients that they have overcome a barrier in their personal life, whether it is deciding to go for that new job they didn’t think they could do, start a relationship or leave one, or just change the way they live their lives. Breaking through the limitations we have set ourselves is always empowering, allowing us to realize we can do something we previously thought was impossible. This is a return of power to the individual, and starts us on the path of opening and exploring our world, until we reach the next barrier. Barriers are everywhere in our life, and of course, some are needed for safety’s sake, and are reasonable for living in this world. Other barriers are there that we have put in place, whether told to us by our parents, teachers, peers, or some that are simply self-imposed.
The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
As the quote above from Einstein states, we have to be curious and questioning about the world around us, or we may just become complacent and accept limitations, even when they are obstructing our growth or are detrimental to our quality of life. Curiosity is a blessing for us, to look at the world with new eyes.
This was what Einstein was all about- questioning the world, not believing in what was taught in school as “written in stone”, never to be changed. School teaches us the current theories that rule our world, but these are not absolute truths, and in some way can block real learning, because we are taught this is how it is, and you must accept this as fact. This type of education is memory based, instead of real learning, where new ideas and advances can occur.
Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.
The only really valuable thing is intuition.
These two quotes are interconnected, because the bumblebee does not know about aerodynamics, it just feels in its body that it can fly, and so it does it. This is intuition – a feeling in your gut, third eye, even your heart, that tells you something that your mind would disregard or tell you that you can’t do. Intuition is indefinable really, but naturally occurring in everyone, and should be utilized and valued more by modern society. Unfortunately, even though most scientists will admit that intuition and imagination were the key to certain discoveries, the modern world still values logic and the mental processes over intuition.
I would also add that imagination is important too, and that imagination is a component of intuition. It is where we dream of the future possibilities, and that is the first step in manifesting what you want in life. Vision boards, vision quests, daydreaming are vital to expanding our horizons. It is how we create our future, although we have to be careful here, since sometimes we are imagining negative or bad outcomes instead of positive and expanding outcomes.
I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.
The only source of knowledge is experience.
These quotes remind me of what the Buddha said to his followers. Basically he told them not to believe what he said about the world, but to experience it themselves and then decide. Being told something is true, but not having experienced it means we take on someone else’s viewpoint – both positive and negative, without discovering if this is true for ourselves. The Toltec Naguals (shamans from the area of Mexico) use the metaphor of the universe as an eagle. We are but one feather of that eagle, and even the most developed, conscious being here can only know or understand that one feather. To get close to our barriers, we must explore our world that we have created, mentally and physically and experience life in all of its complexity. Yes, sometimes, that means having negative experiences too, but that teaches us to what avoid in the future. Once we realize where the barriers are, we can use curiosity, intuition and imagination to overcome those barriers. But that is not the final step, it is an eternal circle, ever expanding and widening, just as our universe is physically expanding into new space. There will always be more limitations to overcome, more empowerment to be had by crossing our barriers.
Einstein was always questioning even his own theories, coming up with counter-arguments, always willing to learn and expand. This reality is multilayered – different dimensions, different realities for each individual that experience life on this earth. Mathematical laws do not circumscribe our reality, they can only describe what we know so far. The only constant thing is change – everything is changing, with or without our help.
Finally, here are some Guidelines to use in discovering and overcoming your barriers:
- Be curious, explore your limitations and be open to discovering what is your truth.
- Experience is vital; knowing something because someone told you is not enough.
- Use your intuition – these are the gut feelings, insights and inner knowing that will guide you.
- Imagination is important for expanding your boundaries of what you think is possible.
- Everything is constantly changing. By accepting change, it can occur without any effort on your part.
- Most of all enjoy the journey and avoid those who don’t want to experience change.