Title: What's in Your Blind Spot?
Author: Keith Varnum
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What's in Your Blind Spot?
by Keith Varnum

We frantically search for our "lost" keys that are lying in plain
sight on the kitchen counter. We don't we see the keys. Why not?
Because we already decided "the keys are not there." And once we
make that decision, we create a blind spot in our awareness. The
result is that we don't see the keys where we don't expect them
to be.

If we miss seeing keys out in the open because we decide the keys
aren't there, what else could we be missing because we decide
it's not there? Could we be "blind" to other possibilities and
opportunities that are right under our nose?

What's New, Pussycat?

A mind-blowing scientific experiment reveals how the early
physical environment of kittens determines what they are able to
see -- and not see -- as they grow up. Two-week-old kittens are
placed in a room with walls painted with vertical stripes and kept
there as they mature. Almost from the moment they are able to see,
the kittens live in an environment of vertical stripes. Later, the
cats' world changes. They're removed from their vertically striped
surroundings and placed in a room painted with horizontal stripes.
Surprisingly, our furry felines don't see the horizontal stripes.
Bang! They run right smack into the walls painted with horizontal
stripes, again and again. Why? Scientists discovered that because
the cats don't have horizontal stripes in their environment as
they grow up, the brains of the cats don't develop the neurons
that recognize horizontal stripes. So when elements they've never
been exposed to appear in the cats' world, their brains don't
register the new elements in their environment. Yikes!

What'd You Say?

Studies with babies reveal how the early auditory environment of
babies determines what they are able to hear -- and not hear --
as they grow up. Research shows that young babies have the
ability to hear the full range of vocal sounds produced by the
speech of all the human languages in the world. But then, babies
are raised hearing only the narrow range of speech sounds within
their social environment. Eventually, because they hear solely
the speech sounds found within one culture, babies lose their
ability to distinguish the full range of vocal sounds found in
all human cultures. This helps explain why, in everyday life,
we're not able to recognize -- or "hear" -- concepts that we
weren't exposed to in our upbringing.

Casting a Spell of Limitations

We all grow up in families and societies where we are only
exposed to a limited view of life -- like kittens only viewing
vertical stripes and babies only hearing speech sounds from their
social environment. Our "stripes" consist of a limited range of
cultural patterns of sights and sounds.

Growing up in a limited environment has a comparable effect to
being hypnotized. For example, when people are hypnotized, they
can be told that certain elements exist or don't exist in their
environment. With hypnotic suggestion, a person can be told that
there are no red books in a bookstore. And, although many of the
books are red, the person won't see any red books. The hypnotic
suggestion creates a blind spot, or filter, in the person's
perception of the world.

Similarly, we're hypnotized by our parents and society to see
certain aspects of reality -- and not to see other aspects of
reality. Then, as adults, we only see the range of possibilities
that we were exposed to as we grew up. We don't recognize any
alternatives outside of the range of viewpoints presented to us
in our youth. By the very nature of how we're raised, we develop
blind spots. And these blind spots often prevent us from seeing --
and taking advantage of -- options that are life-enriching and
valuable to us.

"The Way Life Is?"

When we're young, we learn a lot about "the way life is" by
observing the adults in our lives. And, these adults can, for the
most part, only pass along their limited views of life.

For example, did you grow up being instilled with the viewpoint
that "people work at jobs they don't like to pay the bills?" If
you were exposed solely to this narrow perspective about work,
you might not recognize the available option that "people work at
jobs they love that also pay the bills." When you were young,
perhaps you noticed that "many adults compromise and sacrifice in
order to make a relationship work." Spell-bound by watching this
model of how partnerships function, you might not be able to see
another viable alternative in which "adults find ways for
relationships to be easy, fun and mutual." If all you saw as a
child was that "people become more stubborn and opinionated as
they grow older," then you wouldn't have it in your realm of
possibilities that "people become more flexible and allowing as
they grow older."

When our role models demonstrate that it's "normal" to have jobs
without passion or relationships without mutuality, we don't see
other options when we become adults. When our elders aren't open
and adaptable, we find ourselves accepting rigidity and
narrow-mindedness as normal.

Unfortunately, the cats keep bumping into horizontal stripes for
the rest of their lives. Likewise, many of us keep bumping into
our personal "invisible" limits for the rest of our lives. But
we don't have to.

Intuition Saves the Day

There's a way around the fact that our mind is programmed with
limitations. We've got intuition! Using intuition, it doesn't
matter that our brain doesn't see or hear new life opportunities.
Only the mind is restricted by the narrow options of childhood.
Only the mind is hypnotized. Our intuition doesn't have these

Using intuition, we have a natural ability to see into our blind
spots. Although the brain doesn't develop neurons to recognize
"horizontal stripes," intuition can detect them. Although the
mind is hypnotized not to discern red books, intuition can
discern them. Not being brainwashed with limitations, intuition
can see options the mind doesn't see. Intuition can lead us to
options that didn't exist in our childhood environment.

If we truly desire to discover fresh options, our intuition will
guide us all the way. There are lots of other fulfilling
alternatives out there. We just don't see them. The more we stop
looking with our minds and start looking with our intuition, the
more opportunities we'll see for happiness and prosperity. Our
intuition will help us find the harmonious and loving future we
dreamed of when we couldn't wait to grow up!

Copyright  2005 Keith Varnum

About Keith: Keith Varnum shares his practical approach to
transformation as an author, radio host and "Dream Workshops"
facilitator. Keith helps people get love, money, health and
spirit with his free Prosperity Ezine, free Empowerment CD and
free Coaching at www.TheDream.com.


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