What you run from…
I’ve been revisiting some of my travel photos and reflecting on some moments and certainly being grateful for all the travel I’ve done. There’s a certain something that travel does to you, it shifts things, if you’re stuck you tend to find your way and see the light at the end of the tunnel. Its profound, I love it and will keep travel in my life for the rest of my days.
It must be said though, that the greatest journey you’ll ever take is inside of yourself and the most significant moments for me have been back here in Perth. Realisng that what you run from you run into is huge, we have all been there, that instinct to run away and wipe the slate clean. Only to return home and find that the “stuff” is still there…. mind you, the new found perspective from travel helps… slowly things unravel, make sense and you realise its life, go with the ebb and flow.
The photo I have posted today isn’t all that brilliant, I wanted to share it because its the exact moment I realised that I had run into a concrete wall. Ironically I was on the Greek Islands, possibly the most beautiful place in the world.
Who will occupy the chair in your life?
Because of its position, the chair looks significant in this photo?
Did someone special just vacate it or is it awaiting someone? Maybe its a hint of positioning in your life story.
I think that chair is very deliberately empty for good reason, very symbolic …. xo
Great post, thanks for the insight. Yes the journey inside yourself is what many people run from and it always have them living a life of ‘less than their full potential’.
When you run away, you can never wipe the slate clean because what you run away from always resides as an unresolved issue in your subconscious mind and this, without fail, affects future progress in a self sabotaging way.
The best way to travel is to move into the centre of something instead of running away from that something. For example, by shying away from emotional pain, the issue is never resolved. However, if you move towards the issue, and sit in the middle of the discomfort, after awhile you’ll find, especially if you have good support, that pain often dissipates.
It’s a bit like having a massage where someone finds a knot of stuck energy in your muscles. Rather than move around or away from the knot, the practitioner places great energy into the centre of the discomfort and as they do, after awhile the discomfort subsides and the tension is gone.
Let me share one of the reasons for this. When viewing something through the filters of what we believe, our enculturation tends to manifest a perspective that leads us to buy into the idea that what we’re seeing is real or that our point of view is real. And because of this, we’re conditioned to make decisions and choices from the perception of the reality we believe in.
So what happens if you look further into something, what happens if you seek finer distinctions with regard to what you’re seeing and believing, does this have the potential of changing the reality we see and believe?
For example, I’m sitting here on a chair typing these words on a keyboard that sits on top of a desk. I look up and see a roof above me and four walls around me. My reality of what I’m touching and seeing is that everything is solid.
However, if I look further into what appears as solid to me, if I seek finer distinctions and proceed to the atomic level, I quickly realise that everything is made up of atoms and electrons surrounded by what appears to be empty space.
As a result, my solid reality gives way to the seemingly empty space reality of the atomic world.
Now as I look at atoms in the atomic world, my senses perceive them as being solid in the same way that I perceived my desk to be solid. But if I look further into the atom and proceed to the subatomic world, the solidity gives away to particles and waves of energy surrounded by what appears to be empty space.
But is that space really empty? Is it teaming with energy fields, energy waves and energetic particles. The further I go, the more my reality changes.
The point I’m making is that when you fixate on any belief or view of something, that belief or view will often appear to you as being real, i.e., your reality. However, when you look further into something, you can often find one reality giving way to another reality based on finer distinctions of awareness and understanding.
So what you run away from can never be healed or can never be yours. The more you move towards something, at least you now give yourself every possibility of fulfiling your true potential.
Take care and thanks for the post
Paul, thank you so much for the time you took to reply. Delving deeper into these types of subjects has so much value and encourages me to learn more. I think the study of perception is absolutely the way forward to evolving instead of dissolving. Happy Sunday! Naomi