The Shift

Choosing To Perceive Differently

– Posted in: The Shift Ezine

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I was watching the chef Ina Garten make chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting. As she spread the delicious looking frosting over the cupcakes she said, “These cupcakes are really a delivery system for the icing.”

We could take this different way of looking at a cupcake and use it to illustrate how what appears as a material universe is, in Reality, a spiritual one.

Grab your cupcake and icing and come along with me and I’ll show you what I mean.

Let’s start with Albert Einstein’s statement, “Space and time are not conditions in which we live; they are simply modes in which we think.”

If we begin with the idea that space and time are simply modes in which we think, then everything we see is actually a delivery system for the point of view that we have chosen in each moment.

For example, as I make breakfast, I could either chose to see it as a chore, or I could shift my perception and see this activity as a delivery system for love, creativity, order, respect, and substance.

As I pay bills, do my taxes, or balance my checkbook, I can either choose to see it as a scary event or a bothersome task. On the other hand, I could choose to see it as a delivery system for thankfulness, order, intelligence, awareness, stewardship, and care.

A grove of trees lives in our backyard. In the morning, we sit on the deck in the dark waiting for the sun to rise. We listen to the chorus of birds, and watch the rabbits, squirrels, and chipmunks as they begin their day. The trees sway and their leaves rustle in the wind as they provide homes, resting places, shade, and food.

I could appreciate these trees for all these reasons, or I could look with a different perception and appreciate them even more as a delivery system for the qualities of beauty, restfulness, creativity, uniqueness, trust, home, and grace.

The sun could be seen either as just light for the day or it could be seen as the delivery system for life, awareness, visibility, joy, and sparkle.

In fact, couldn’t the entire visible universe be the complete delivery system for the qualities of the One Intelligent Mind of Love?

It’s a choice of perception, and that choice completely determines our experience.

The worldview promotes a culture of lack and separation. It wants us to believe if we acquire what we need on the outside that will take care of the inside. For example, if we have the right home, companion, enough money, and health we will be happy.

It takes just a little bit of awareness, and observation, to see that this can’t be true. People with plenty of money aren’t necessarily happier than those who have less. People who might not feel well can be happier than those who are completely healthy.

The opposite perception and Spiritual point of view is, if we begin from within, the outside will take care of itself.

This is exactly what viewing the material world as a delivery system of our current highest understanding of the qualities of Spirit will do for us. It forces us to begin within. It teaches us how to see from a spiritual point of view.

As we practice translating what appears as things, into what they really are, the qualities of God, the outside world conforms to this awareness. This enables us to see that what appears as a material universe is in Reality, spiritual.

There are not two universes, just one.

As we get better at this awareness of what is already present, and stop living from the worldview of lack, what appears as our outside life must conform to our higher understanding of the qualities of the Infinite All.

Our lives just might be seen as a plate of cupcakes, a delivery system for Love.

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