February 11, 2020 Blog No Comments

It was wonderful to see the Obama’s be recognized for the debut of their Higher Ground Production company. It embraces a concept that I call the Wisdom Perspective that I have been working with for years in my practice. What they want to convey with their film company is the stories that hold the bigger picture perspective that allow us to more fully understand something. That is exactly the point of finding your wisdom perspective.

In teaching this concept in the workshop I did over the weekend, I loved how people got it. It’s a process that allows your soul to speak to you. It’s about connecting to something greater than your usual thoughts and feelings so you can find a new wisdom.

For the Obama’s, as they explained in an interview for Variety, they “want people to get outside of themselves to experience and understand the lives of someone else… it helps all of us feel some sort solidarity with each other”.* This is indeed a higher ground perspective.

How can you use this concept to find higher ground and see your own wisdom? Here are a few steps that might be helpful.

UNDERSTAND YOUR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS

Often we get stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts when we are in difficult, problematic situations. The more we ruminate about it, the more fixed the thoughts become and the more reactive the feelings. It can become a looping, well-worn slippery slope of thoughts and feelings, like a luge path in the winter sports, that leaves you feeling terrible. When you are unable to think your way through a situation, try using this technique to gain perspective.

Imagine a line on the floor between thoughts and feelings. Stand in the energy of your thoughts and notice their pattern. Then move to the other end of the line and notice the feelings. Are the negative thoughts producing anxious or depressed feelings? Notice how those feelings promote more negative thoughts and increasingly uncomfortable feelings. It can be like a runaway train. Maybe you can see it’s a vicious cycle that won’t get your problems solved or make the situation better.

MOVE TO THE HIGHER WISDOM PERSPECTIVE

If you rise above the line of thoughts and feelings and stand between them, as if you are looking down, you are standing at the top of a pyramid. Imagine you have a high vantage point and can see it in full detail, with all the incoming and outgoing variables. Now imagine that you are looking at it from your soul’s perspective. You soul represents and only wants your greatest good. It’s neutral, doesn’t take sides and is very wise.

This is the higher order perspective that comes from stepping back from a situation and putting it within its bigger picture context. What myriad of influencing factors contribute to it, what ripple of impact does it make and what is your role in those variables? Can you see the situation with more clarity and understanding? What do you really want to see happen here?  The answer may be very different.

ALLOW WISDOM TO REDIRECT YOUR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS

When you allow the wisdom of your soul to examine the situation, there is often a clarity that floats in. It might be something that you haven’t considered before, a new solution or a new way to understand it. Notice the calm it creates when you find that perspective. It is often very soothing and empowering.

Allow that new perspective to direct your thoughts. Go back to your line between thoughts and feelings and try it out. How do the new thoughts influence the feelings? Does the dialog between the two become more positive and potential based? If you have trouble capturing the newly created thought and feeling loop, go back to the soul’s wisdom perspective and keep asking for direction. Repeat this process until all three, soul, thoughts and feelings are positive and congruent with one another.

WHAT ACTION IS NOW INDICATED? 

Once you have looked at a situation from your wisdom perspective, the new understanding may lead you in a very different direction than the one you were originally exploring. Like trying to fit a round peg in a square hole, you may have been trying to force resolution in a situation that isn’t right or need something altogether different. The  wisdom perspective can often provide a distinctly unique vantage point.

Go ahead and try out the new ideas using the same model. Stand in the thoughts and potential actions of this different perspective and move into the feelings they generate. Is it more positive? Is there alignment between what your soul sees, your new thoughts and your feelings that will represent your greatest good? If so, congratulations, you have found your new wisdom!

The higher ground wisdom perspective allows us to reconsider situations from a vantage point outside ourselves. It allows us to break out of the unholy diad of negative thoughts and feelings to consider the wiser, more neutral perspective of our soul and greater good. Just as the Obama’s are creating with their Higher Ground Production company, you have discovered a new viewpoint that gives you more understanding and helpful direction.

If this sounds like something you’d like to learn how to do for yourself and want some direction in the process, reach out. My Transformational Life Coaching and Counseling is designed to facilitate this type of positive self-development. Go to www.spectrumtransformation.com and use my Free Consultation link to reach me. I’d love to help you find your wisdom perspective.

* American Factory – A short conversation  https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/obamas-higher-ground-productions-american-factory-1203309134/

Photo from Vinales, Cuba

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Written by Connie Milligan, LCSW
If there is anything I’ve expressed that speaks to you, I’d love to hear from you. You can reach me at my email, connie [at] conniemilligan [dot] com