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by Steven Liebowitz
a picture. What's in the picture? Please look carefully and see everything there is to see
What controls what you see in the picture
is another obstacle to changing your conframes (your interpretation of what you see and
experience) and being empowered. It is a culturally determined, common or shared
conframe, called "consensus reality".
Consensus reality occurs when others
agree with our dominant conframes and we all forget that we're only dealing with our
habitual interpretations and not reality itself. Even if others share our conframes and
agree with our interpretations, that still doesn't make them real. It merely means that
we're all sharing the same illusion.
Time To Get Functional
It takes courage and great skill to break
with consensus reality and go on functioning. Yet, we have no choice but to do so if we
wish to empower ourselves and be a role model for others. Consensus reality is a rut that
must be transcended and the only differences between a rut and a grave are the depth and
Consensus reality is a
self-fulfilling prophecy, a limitation, a box. It defines our expectations, and because we
only perceive what we expect to perceive, it limits us.
Here are a few examples of how consensus
reality binds and limits: Look at the unemployment rate. I can't change jobs now. I
can't do that, I'm a woman... a child... a man...etc. They're only hiring bi-lingual
people. I can't look for another job because I don't speak Spanish. Thirty-eight is old.
Nobody will hire somebody my age. If God meant man to fly, he'd have given him wings.
(This was the consensus reality that Wilbur and Orville Wright transcended.) The earth
is flat. If you sail too far out, you'll fall off. (That was the consensus reality
that Columbus transcended.)
Consensus reality is a self-fulfilling
prophecy, a limitation, a box. It defines our expectations, and because we only perceive
what we expect to perceive, it limits us. Consensus reality is transcended by having faith
in the limitless potential at the right end of the continuum. When it is transcended, not
just one person is empowered all people are.
Change Your Viewpoint
Let go of laziness, comfort, fear and
superstition. Turn off the auto pilot of habitual patterns and take control. You're not a
victim, you're just asleep! Wake up, become aware and take responsibility for the
consequences of your interpretations. It doesn't matter how many people think it's the
Truth. It's merely consensus reality and as such, it is a mere superstition, a
If conditions are not the way you want
them to be, change your interpretation of them, and you'll change them as well. Columbus
did it, Marconi did it, Martin Luther King did it. Realize that, whether you think you can
or you can't, you're right!
Mistaking our projections for reality is
another obstacle. Reality is the entire continuum more than our habits and greater
than our conframes. Walk around outside after spending hours indoors and you'll know that
this is true. The whole world lies open and shining, waiting and available, ripe and
bursting with potential. Anything and everything is possible. Options abound. This is the
reality of empowerment.
As you're strolling, think that this very
moment people in Rome, Chicago, and Hong Kong are experiencing the very same sense of
peace and power, joy and excitement. Then think about Mars, Neptune and the galaxies
beyond, and you'll know that reality is so much more than our words and habits can
Purchase the book
"The New Professionalism"
by Steven Liebowitz.
Steven Liebowitz is a doctor of education, and does personal growth
and management training for individuals and groups in South Florida. The above was
excerpted from his book, "The E-Power Papers A Manual for
Self-Empowerment" with Frank and Bibi Gromling. He can be reached at: 7510 SW 88
Place, Miami, FL 33173.
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