The Outer World is a Reflection of the Inner World

@CatherineLinois has asked me to write about how the things we witness around us are projections of our beliefs.

For me this is an example of how our inner world is a reflection of our outer world. This concept has been explored in many different philosophies and psychological approaches and can be explored on a number of levels.

Firstly from a big picture perspective, are we all inter-connected at the universal level? Is there a group consciousness out of our awareness to which we are all contributing? Does the increase in global disasters signify a disconnect from our world? This might be considered a spiritual approach.

Secondly we can look at how life can be de-coded as a metaphor, rather like a dream. In a dream all the other players are really parts of ourselves interacting as we make sense of our process or experiences. What if waking life were the same and even those people that seem most challenging are really there to help us understand our own life purpose?

Thirdly we can consider the idea that our filters operate in such a way that we only collect data that supports our beliefs about the world. Our filters are based on the beliefs created in our early life about the way the world works. From these filters we build up our own unique “map of the world” and use this to interpret our encounters and experiences.

A fourth option could be to consider the idea that our behaviours create our experience in that we impact on, and trigger particular reactions in others. In the words of Dr. Phil McGraw “We teach others how to treat us!”

What if all four of these ideas were true? What would that mean? Can we create our own reality? Is it possible to live the life we want and let go of old negative patterns?

Over the next few weeks I will be delving into these concepts further. Do please send me your thoughts as I know many of you will have your own ideas. Are there any levels or perspectives I’ve missed out? Let me know what you think!

About Melody @ GWizlearning

Melody spent fourteen years gathering experience of the business world working in banking, telecommunications and the public sector before co-founding The GWiz Learning Partnership in 1993. Melody has a Masters Degree in Applied Positive Psychology, a degree in Psychology and a diploma in Psychotherapy. She is an NLP Master Trainer which allows her to run NLP Practitioner, NLP Master Practitioner and NLP Trainer Training courses certified by the Positive School of Intrinsic Neuro-Linguistc Psychology. She is also a qualified Myers Briggs practitioner and EI practitioner and added to all this is five years Transactional Analysis training, meaning she is able to help organisations access the hidden potential in their staff. She is also in demand for her work in transforming average or even troubled teams into high performers. Melody is a visiting lecturer at University of East London, teaching "Wellbeing and Positive Psychology" to undergraduates. Additionally, she is a member of the CIPD and is ILM accredited. Melody's interests are many and varied. She has a keen interest in personal development, canine and wolf psychology, conservation, movies and running. She also enjoys western horse riding, walking the GWiz dogs, nature watching and stage combat (particularly sword fighting).
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One Response to The Outer World is a Reflection of the Inner World

  1. Pingback: Reflections: To Live Without Belief… | Mirth and Motivation

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