Written by: Vance Twins, Executive Contributor
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We live in a world that glorifies and glamorizes whoever has the most money and shines the brightest. But is being a top dog synonymous with happiness? The evidence suggests no. If so, the richest among us would be immune to humiliation, grief, depression, anxiousness, and anger. These emotions are significant parts of the human condition regardless of age, economic status, religion, and ethnic background.
Sometimes, the higher we climb that corporate ladder, the more we fear the potential fall. When we are on the bottom rung, we can appreciate the ground below, which houses our roots. The cause of suffering is the wanting, reaching, grasping, clinging and clasping for the higher rungs of that ladder—a ladder that could tip over at any moment and leave us all plunging to uncertainty.
The most valuable assets are sometimes closest to the ground—like our roots.
If you are at the bottom rung, take pride in your ability to see yourself from another angle. Sometimes that's all it takes. Sure, we can try as many get-rich-quick schemes as we can, but there comes a time when trying to catch up with the Joneses (and everyone else on social media) will eventually leave us stressed and wound up.
Suppose you cannot keep up with neighbors, friends, or foes. No worries. None of us can. Even the super-rich among us are wrought with fears of losing "everything." Every individual belongs to a priceless culture. When you see yourself from a higher, wider, deeper lens, you'll know that you are the offspring of ancient wisdom, thousands of years old, and that’s priceless.
When we acknowledge the life hidden beneath the surface, somehow, we manage to find the resources or develop the innovative ideas needed to survive, thrive, and push through the barriers (or the cement paths) to get up and rise to the surface for the benefit of our own survival and for all of humanity.
What to do when shift happens.
When you are triggered by pain, upset, turmoil, heavy emotions, grief, anxiety, resentment, and even rage, you might not be seeing the entire picture—that universal perspective: you are bigger than you might already realize. This point of view is useful because it means that whenever you are feeling down and out, your feelings can be used to alarm you to use a wider lens, to rise above, and see the view from afar. From this place of detachment, you will see that there is more to life than what typically meets the eye—the physical limitations of the situation.
The aftermath of riches or heaven (or whatever we want whenever we want it) is boredom, and we eventually look for something more meaningful to do. When we look from a higher perspective, me might see that we tend to pick a project on the earth plane to utilize our fullest capacity, learn new skills, and evolve.
Meditation and reflection can provide insight.
When we are willing to see from a wider lens, we are exposed to the truth of who we are: Sacred. Energy. Life. Force. (SELF). This essential truth opens the door to innovative ideas—the way of our ancestors. They believed in the power of the human will—inner Chi—and they used their collective imagination and instincts to guide us to where we are today.
If you fear going from riches to rags.
If you fear going from riches to rags, why not prepare for it? Make peace with it. Then, should the "worse case scenario" happen, you'll be okay. You’ll be ready to master it. How do you plan for it? See yourself from three angles, and you'll notice your strength. You'll notice the strength of your ancestors. And the strength of your nature. This is a holistic point of view, which includes all of who you are. A vital part of the human family.
Life is not a ladder but a wheel. No one is higher or lower than you; we're all just at different places, equally valuable and equally exceptional. From this stance, we can easily follow. And we can easily lead.
The three perspectives:
Go Up: See yourself from a higher lens (A nonjudgmental noncritical point of view.)
Go Wide: See yourself from a wider lens (You're human, just like the rest of us. All humans make mistakes. No human is perfect and that’s okay.)
Go Deep: See yourself from a deeper lens (You are connected to a long line of ascendents and descendants. Your family matters. Therefore, your life matters.
Next time you look in the mirror, don’t just look at your physical reflection. Instead, look for your inner strength. What will you see? Your beautiful S.E.L.F. (Sacred Energy Life Force).
Vance Twins, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine
Rev. Dr. Janine, Philosophy, is a book doctor, feature-length screenwriter, and international award-winning author of many books, including Twins Found in a Box, The Search for Mother Missing, and Rise from the Dread. She also consults entrepreneurs on story development and guides clients through the process of publishing their books worldwide.
Jenette, a Certified and Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant and Life Coach, was trained in Integrated Psychology and Applied Neuroscience. Jenette became a Reiki Master under the direct lineage of Master Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki. She enjoys helping people learn about Reiki and develop personalized meditations catered to their needs.
The Vance twins have each worked in their field of expertise for more than twenty-five years. They recently joined forces to provide personalized guided meditations and host write-for-your-life retreats for busy people.