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Do You See What I See?

"Two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars."

– Frederick Langridge

Isn’t it amazing that two people can look at one event and come up with two different ideas of what is going on. Our perspective of a situation is based on past experiences and future expectations. Detectives have a helluva time with eyewitnesses because of this. Many psychological experiments have been done simulating events and taking witness statements. Some even describe things such as height, color of clothing, and other details completely different than other descriptions. It comes down to what did you focus on? If you were looking at the person’s shoes, then you probably did not get a visual measurement of his height. How does this apply to us and our experiences in the world? Simply put, our view of the world depends on our focus. If we only see the darkness of night and sleep during the daytime hours, we would see the world as a dark place. Others may try to convince us that there is bright sunshine and ability to see green grass and blue sky; yet, that experience makes no sense as it is not the reality of one who only experiences night. It is the same world and perhaps even the same location but two different views. Is one better than the other? Is one right and the other wrong? Not at all. So why do we judge others who are experiencing things differently in our world because their view is not the same as ours? Many arguments break out during political elections because of the differing perspectives of an individual. It is the same person but some see a saint whereas others see a monster. It is definitely an interesting phenomenon.

Dear Angels, the nature of existing in our world is such that we will never all see things exactly the same way. There will always be contrast as we each have our individual experiences and that drives our opinions and our perspectives. How then do we coexist in a way that works for us all and accept our differences?

Dear Ones, we encourage you to ask yourselves a question when someone has a different opinion than yours: how important is it for you to be “right?” Whatever you are experiencing in the world is your experience, not that of everyone else. That footstep you take is yours alone to take, that journey is yours to walk. The differences in viewpoints only become an issue when you place an expectation on others to think and see the same way you do. Dear Ones, do you not see the judgment in this? When you can comprehend the teaching of spirit to judge not, it will make more sense to you to allow others to have their own views about things and people in life. Some of you love the desert, some dislike it. Some see beauty in the mountains, others see it as too heavy and restrictive. Things are neutral until you give them value or discard them as not satisfying you. People are going to act a certain way based on their experiences, teachings and beliefs. These will not always be in sync with your own journey. It does not mean it is wrong or right, it is just a different experience. Do you criticize the bird because it can fly and you cannot? It is two different experiences yet the same world you exist in. Look at each one living in the world as having their own journey. It is not your place to criticize or judge them. No one put you in charge as the journey police. Everyone must come to terms with the life they are living in the way they live it. The only way for you to coexist peacefully is through acceptance of this and the knowingness that no two experiences are exactly the same. Allow for the fact that there will be differences. It is not up to you to change anyone, nor is it even possible as all change comes from within if indeed change is what is deemed necessary. Dear Ones, simply love each other with all your perceived flaws, your different personalities and ideas. Enjoy the variety and uniqueness of each other. You can see the darkness only or you can see the bright sunshine. It truly is up to you.

Dear Angels, thank you. I love you. Namaste y’all.

Today, I promise to allow for the differences in others in my world and try to see them as the beautiful soul instead of an opponent.

Teri Angel is a Happiness Coach, energy healer, best-selling author, spiritual teacher and mentor, and a motivational speaker. Teri is the Peace Campaign Coordinator for We, The World and the founder of a nonprofit organization, Angelspeakers Inc., which offers educational workshops and events centered around environmental awareness to include animals and nature, peace advocacy opportunities and ancient wisdom teachings. Teri’s movement “Peas For Peace” involves strengthening our awareness of the oneness of all, unifying mankind through compassion, peace, love and joy. She was named "She Who Blesses the Sacred Land" during the Peace On Earth Tour and embraces that title with loving grace.

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