“This wider field of consciousness is our native land. We are not cabin dwellers, born to a life cramped and confined; we are meant to explore, to seek, to push the limits of our potential as human beings. The world of senses is just a base camp: we are meant to be much at home in consciousness as in the world of physical reality.” (Page 10 Foreword, The Bhagavad Gita, introduced and translated by Eknath Easwaran)
I read this opening to the Bhagavad Gita the other day and thought about what this means today.
What does it mean to push the limits of our potential?
There is a “wider sense of consciousness” that we can tap into and once we tap into it, we can float on it and let it carry us to where we need to go.
Just because we think something, some event, some situation is true, it may very well not be. The event is colored by our own history. So if we feel inferior at a certain point, we may have the “I’m not Good Enough Bug” which is directly based on a past situation where we proved to ourselves we were not good enough.
We are good enough, strong enough, happy enough, and wealthy enough.
We deserve to live at outside the limits of our potential.
Eknath states, “We are meant to push the limits of our potential as human beings.” What we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch are based on our own definitions of the neuro-impulses we get and they can be shifted.
Let's say that again…they can be shifted. How we see the world and what happens to us in the world can and does shift based on these perceptions. And these perceptions are directly correlated to the stories we tell ourselves.
The film we keep playing in our head at the most opportune moments are based on storylines that are not working for us.
Change the channel.
Take the film and play it over again on a big screen in your mind. Only this time take another film where you are victorious and play that on a little split screen at the bottom left of the big screen.
And now replace the original big screen film with this new version. And voila…we just reprogrammed ourselves to accept a new story.
The limits of our potential sit squarely in our self-made films…and they can be shifted and once shifted we unlock our fullest potential and reach our pinnacle.
We deserve it.