One of the greatest teachers of our day is Dr Wayne Dyer. I love to listen to random excerpts of his audiobooks as I go about my days. This morning’s golden nugget was, “Have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing.”
So much conditioning has taken place in our lives and many of our thoughts are influenced by geography, the religious beliefs of our ancestors, the political orientation of our parents, our size, gender, the schools that were selected for us, etc.
We showed up to this world like a pure sponge ready to absorb every piece of information we could from those raising us. “Many of your choices remain unexplored because of a hopefully well-intentioned conditioning program designed to make you fit the culture of your caretakers. You probably had next to no opportunity to disagree with the cultural and societal arrangements made for your life.“
When we think back to our younger years, as much as we may have been encouraged to have an open mind, if we went against the grain we either created a stir, were looked down upon by some, or simply felt awkward and embarrassed to stand out from the crowd. Fitting in superseded having a mind that was open to new ideas.
He went on to explain, “If both your parents were Republicans, it’s improbable that you heard the virtues of the Democratic Party extolled… In today’s overpopulated world, we simply cannot continue to live with those old styles of closed mindedness.”
Progress would be impossible if we always did things the way we always have.
So next time someone tells you a concept that seems too extraordinary, look at it with open-mindedness rather than shut it down. You don’t have to agree or accept it, but just remember there are countless proven theories today that were considered ridiculous by most just 100 years ago.
“I urge you to open your mind to all possibilities, to resist any efforts to be pigeonholed, and to refuse to allow pessimism into your consciousness. Having a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing seems to me to be one of the most basic principles that you can adopt to contribute to individual and world peace.“