Quite simply, the whole concept behind the above advice revolves around like attracting like. You may find that this makes sense but I can almost bet money most people still believe that taking two magnets and putting them together will make opposite poles attract. For example, you have certain interests and some other too have some interests in one issue; both persons have not disclosed their respective interests openly to each other. How would you win the battle or settle the issues amicably? Either there would be some enmity developing whole the time or one of you may have to give up the issue? But normally, it does not happen. We continue to fight for little things but not settle for big gains. Because we have SHUT DOWN OURSELVES.
In other words, if like attracts like, put the north poles of two magnets together and tell me what they do. They obviously repel each other quite strongly. What is really going on? Let’s look at two different examples that show us that many people may be looking at half of the world backwards.
Example 1: If there is a teenager who is a car freak and loves to fix up his hotrod and race around, there would be great chances that a good percentage of his friends are also a bunch of car freaks. If they all have something in common, they will obviously have a tendency to group together. In this instance, it is easy to see that like attracts like.
Example 2: If you take two magnets and put the north sides of each magnet together, they repel. Why do they do this? If the north of one magnet is connected to the south of another magnet, the first example that like is attracted to like would be applicable.
Like flow is attracted to like flow. On one magnet, the flow is from south to north and in the other magnet, the flow is from south to north as well. Both of these like flows are in alignment with each other.
Therefore, when looking at the whole picture, like is still attracted to like even though virtually every human being that knows about magnets will still tell you that opposites attract.
The purpose of those examples is to point out the fact that we all have blind spots. When we think over how to open ourselves, we must think on the following points:
1. We have some conscious competence as we know what we know.
2. Some conscious incompetence is within us when we know what we don’t know.
3. Some time, we are arrested with unconscious competence when we don’t know what we know.
4. We have a little bit of unconscious incompetence as we don’t know what we don’t know.
These 4 points cover every single bit of consciousness of your collective mind that comprises of your conscious thinking mind, your subconscious mind and your unconscious mind.
Point #1 means that you know what you know. You probably know what a toothbrush is and you are consciously aware that you know what is the purpose of a tooth brush in your life.
Point #2 means that you know what you don’t know. If you’re not a brain surgeon, you probably don’t know about brain surgery and you are probably very well aware of the fact that you don’t know about brain surgery. You own your brain but you do not know what is exactly inside. This is known to a brain surgeon only after he takes cat scan or MRI etc.
Point #3 means that you don’t know what you know. Most people do not hold their sneeze in when they have to sneeze. Holding in a sneeze can cause you to have a stroke by building up too much pressure. Intuitively you probably let yourself sneeze because intuitively you know that it isn’t a healthy thing to do. You sneeze anyway but you probably have no idea that your body knows that you shouldn’t do it. You know that holding in a sneeze isn’t healthy but probably are not consciously aware that you know this.
Point #4 means that people do not know what they do not know. You probably do not know how to fly a space shuttle. If an astronaut pointed out some special gauge to you and told you that it did A, B and C, you probably did not know that it did A, B, and C. Furthermore, you probably were not even aware of the fact that you did not know there was that gauge and also you did not know that it did A, B, and C and exactly, what is A, B and C.
So, you were not consciously aware of the fact that you did not know those things because you simply did not know what you did not know. If you took all knowledge possible for a human being to know, point #1 is the smallest bit of info. Point #2 is a little bigger. Point #3 is even a little bigger. But, point #4 is the biggest. If you took points 1, 2 and 3 and combined them, they would be nothing but a single-celled amoeba stuck to the back of a giant blue whale. All the blue whale is point #4, which is the entire area encompassing all knowledge that resides in the area of us not knowing what we do not know. This is our blind spot. This is what we are unconsciously incompetent about.
What is the benefit of opening yourself wide?
It can yield you power. How?
For this purpose, we will have to constantly expand our frame of reference so that we are able to throw more light on our blind spots. In the two examples of the teenagers and the magnets, there were various levels of knowledge.
The first, you probably could instantly tell yourself that you knew that and you were aware of the fact that you knew that.
The second, you may have thought about that but didn’t have an answer and ignored it.
You were probably first aware that you didn’t know the answer. But when you saw the solution, not only did you probably not know the solution, you probably were not even aware of the fact that you did not know there was a solution.
But, when you were, light was cast into a blind spot empowering you even more. You may have gone from not knowing what you didn’t know to knowing what you know. So you went from 4 to 1. That is Power.
This is important to understand because we can’t just go about reading things or watching movies or listening to lectures or attending workshops of some so-called gurus thinking that we can learn anything. It is just data so far.
Furthermore, it is worse if we are thinking that we can do anything with it if you don’t know how to look at things and recognize points 1, 2, 3 and 4 while you are learning.
With point 4, of course we won’t know what we don’t know but at least we know the possibility exists that through any learning experience, there may be knowledge that we don’t know we don’t know. As long as that is in the back of our mind, then and only then can the possibility exist for blind spots to disappear.
Shining light on as many blind spots as possible is what we need to do to continuously expand our frame of reference to develop more and more power. It is all about asking the rights questions.
It can increase your awareness. How?
Just ask, believe and receive. If you do not know anything, you may please simply ask to gain the knowledge beyond your ego. Asking for something implies that we do not have it. If you do not ask, you can not get. It is the benefit of being open yourself wider.
You must believe upon the information as a prudent person may do. You should receive the information happily, it depends upon you how to use the same, accept it or reject it.
By asking, believing and receiving, we are defining our self as a person who does not have what we want, is in the mind set that what we want will be ours (eventually) and receiving means it is not already ours.
For further progress in your life, you must devise a system. You must DESIRE for something, you must VISUALIZE the benefits of gaining that particular thing and you must EMOTIONALIZE your strategy to do so. You can simply put it as your DeVisE.
DeVisE is a very simple method for gaining virtually anything we want in a very simple and practical way. DeVisE or DEVISE is an acronym to help you remember what it means.
The first concept is DE, which stands for DESIRE.
The second concept is VIS, which stands for VISUALIZE.
The third concept is E, which stands for EMOTIONALIZE.
Simply, feel your desire for what you want to have so strong that you practically lose sleep over it because it has become such an obsession that it is all you think about. If you can’t get that excited about something, do you really want it in your life?
Personally, my desires become burning obsessions and this is a key to progress further.
When having the strong desire, it is very crucial to visualize yourself having ALREADY received it. This is past tense mind you! Use all your senses. Feel it, smell it,taste it, hear it, see it and use any other sensory data you can pull upon.
Many experts in the field tell you to see it as if you have it NOW but I’m saying to see it as if you ALREADY have received it as if you are in the future looking back. I will clear this up in a moment.
Finally, while having the strong desire and the powerfully clear visualization of already having received your desire, call upon your emotions so that you get wildly excited about how thankful and grateful you are that you have received it already.
I sometimes get to the point that I am so grateful that God has ALREADY given what I desire that I cry and am in an emotional ecstasy in a very intense way. It is not necessary to go all out in this way but if you do, proportional results follow. I sometimes get so emotionally cranked up with intense gratitude that my adrenaline gets pumping, literally.
If you incorporate all three concepts simultaneously and do this often and even non-stop at least in the mind for as long as possible, then powerful results will follow. It can happen only when you open yourself wide to accept something which you have so far been feeling strange but that is hitting you again and again.
Be Happy – Open Yourself Wide.