Are You an Open-Minded Person? – Day 250 of 365 Days to a Better You

I did a recent poll on my Twitter and Facebook account asking if people consider themselves an open-minded person. Not surprisingly, the results came back with 78 percent of people claiming the open-minded mantle.

Being open-minded or seen to be open-minded is generally considered a positive trait in our society and one most people readily claim. You always get the person, when you ask a question like this, that quotes the old phrase, “Don’t be so open-minded that your brains fall out.” That aside, most want to be seen this way.

Here’s my question for you (and me) today. Are you truly open-minded?

The phrase is defined by Dictionary.com as “being open to new ideas, unprejudiced.” Merriam-Webster defines it as, “receptive to arguments or ideas.”

We human beings have a tendency to hold onto our cherished beliefs about the world against all facts. Are you truly open to ideas that might question your religious faith? Are you receptive to ideas that might change your political ideology? Do you really judge every idea on its merits and put aside previous biases?

The fact is no one does or probably can remain open-minded 100 percent of the time. We’d be shifting our paradigms by the moment as more information arrived and we’d find it hard to live our lives.

That said, it is useful to sincerely gauge your level of openness to new ideas. Do you really listen to new ideas or ideas that question your paradigms or do you immediately dismiss, attack, and become argumentative in defense of your cherished ideas? Do you really measure your beliefs against the bar of your current knowledge or do you hold onto them because “that’s what we’ve always believed?”

This leaves many of us with a kind of cognitive dissonance between how open we believe we are and how open we actually are?

Here’s my challenge to you against the backdrop of a culture deeply divided by paradigms with wide gulfs and little understanding. Can you push yourself a little bit more? Can you hear the other person out before you automatically decide you disagree? Can you facts-test your beliefs once in a while? Can you give a little ground on the idea that your side has the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?

If you can do that and I can do that and enough people in our culture can do that, healing and more dialogue are possible. Change that serves everyone can be achieved.

No pressure, but this is one of those things that really starts with you. If you’re waiting for your proverbial “them” to be more open first, you may wait a long time. Someone has to show the glimmer of enlightenment. Let it be you and me!

Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by. I hope today’s post spoke to you. If so, please consider sharing it with a friend or two.

Have a great Friday!

Ray

Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot. He’s been studying and practicing personal development for 30 years. He’s also studied many of the world’s spiritual traditions and mythologies.

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A 10-Year New “Manhattan Project” That Could Change Human Destiny – Day 231 of 365 Days to a Better You

I’m a firm believer that human beings are capable of tackling and defeating the biggest challenges that face us. I think you’d have to agree that a world where everyone is better off – even abundant – is a world where you and I are better off.

What we have lacked is concrete ideas to move us there and the will to pursue them. Today I put forward to all of you inspired by Star Trek and Nikolai Tesla. It’s ambitious, but I believe with enough resources and determination it’s doable.

I’d love to hear your thoughtful replies and tweaks to the idea.

Think BIG!

Ray

Proposed for Your Consideration

The United States should pull $200 billion per year in excess Pentagon spending for the next 10 years and invest it in three Manhattan-like projects to develop Star Trek tech and on to develop Tesla tech.

Upon success, the technologies should be open source and given to the human race as gifts from the American people.

All three would significantly reduce the stresses and conflict on our planet by ending food and energy scarcity – the two biggest barriers to human well-being – and increase human freedom.

Project #1

The United States gives the best minds relatively unlimited resources for 10 years to develop Star Trek food replicator technology. For those of you that don’t know, in Star Trek food needs are met by creating food using energy to replicate it. People haven’t stopped growing and eating real food, but food scarcity is permanently eliminated. Thus, eliminating one of the primary challenges to human, development, and well-being.

Project # 2

Develop Star Trek transporter technology. This has already been achieved at a rudimentary level. With massive research and focus, I believe we can achieve. It would basically be a more advanced version but likely along the same lines of tech as the first project. It’s a matter of being able to achieve it with beings as completely,ex as us. This would do wonders for traffic jams, pollution, and other transportation woes. People and good could be shipped instantaneously. This would immeasurably increase human freedom and mobility.

Project #3

Nikolai Tesla claimed he’d developed a method of pulling energy literally right out of thin air. There’s tons of evidence he achieved this. It’s been called “zero point energy.” There’s a lot of evidence that modern cell phone tech is at least partially based on this Tesla research. This technology would put an inexhaustible source of energy in the hands of every person on the planet.

I think you’ll agree any one of these inventions, much more all three, would fundamentally and forever end eliminate the need for the control systems we call political and economic systems – EVERY single one of which is based on a scarcity of resources and result in massive disparity, injustice, lack of personal sovereignty.

Famines and hunger gone. The need, if not the desire, for war gone. Tons of criminality, stress, and suffering gone. Debates about how we divide limited resources gone. Fossil fuels and the political and environmental problems they cause gone.

Every human has all the food they need. Societies would now be able to afford to grant every citizen education, healthcare, and housing. This would allow every human on the planet to spend more of his her life developing themselves and benefiting humanity.

We have or are in the verge of having the tech. We have the resources. The question is do we have the will and morality to do it or are we truly addicted to these scarcity systems that perpetuate conflict, disparity, and suffering?

Ray

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Are You Choosing Your Paradigms – Day 230 of 365 Days to a Better You

Do you create your own paradigms or are you a tenant farmer for someone eles’s paradigms? What do I mean?

I’ve noted that there are three kinds of people when it comes to paradigms.

  1. Buyers – There are people who buy completely into their inherited cultural paradigms. Their country is the best. Their inherited religion is the best. Their inherited political party is the best, etc. They’ve never considered another point of view for a second or questioned their own assumptions.
  2. Rejectors – There are people who have thought a little more about it. Their solution is to completely reject every inherited paradigm and believe something as totally opposite as they can find.
  3. Seekers – There is a third group that has thought more deeply than either of the other two. It doesn’t mean they’re more correct than the other two. It simply means they’ve put their inherited paradigms to the test rather merely accepting them at face value. They’ve avoided or transcended the impulse to simply reject them. They’ve taken what works through testing and applied that to their life. They’ve staked out their own ground, their own paradigm.

I’m not judging any of the groups. Each can find their way in this world. Experience tells me these groups break down about 75 percent, 20 percent, five percent respectively.

The easiest road is to be the buyer. You get plenty of emotional support and reinforcement in your circle for making that choice and staying true to it. You are, though, what I called above a tenant farmer living on ideas decided upon by others for you.

It’s harder to break free from the gravity of the buyer impulse and become a rejector. You set yourself up for social ostracism and lack of understanding from family and friends in the buyer category. You feel like a rebel, but you still haven’t chosen anything. You’ve only wholesale rejected the buyers in your culture. Thus, your paradigm is still decided by theirs because you’re going to reject it whatever it is.

Seekers are people who saw through the provincialism of the buyer mindset. No one group has all the good ideas. They probably passed through a rejector stage where they used rejection to break free. Eventually, though, they evolved to a thought-space of their own choosing. It was born from experience, trial and error, and insight.

Seekers may not be enlightened beings yet, but they have taken the two critical steps on that road.

So, I ask you again. Do you create your own paradigms or are you a tenant farmer for someone eles’s paradigms?

I deeply appreciate you stopping by and spending part of your day on this blog. You’re awesome!

Find your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray

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Daily Video Affirmation #31 – Mass Shooting Affirmation

This weekend’s shootings are again a wake up call that we have a lot of work to do bring about the society we want. They’re a reminder that mindsets and beliefs do matter and when a person convinces themselves they have a right to harm others because of their mindsets, it crosses a line that we will not tolerate as a society.

Horrific events like this are not just about the shooters and the victims, though. They quickly become about all of us and the kind people we are and the kind of society we want to be.

Hatred and anger are as easy as falling off a log. Any person can get mad, get angry, and add to the destruction. It takes wisdom, courage, and enlightenment to vibe higher in circumstances like these. Some say it’s weak or pointless. They claim we must get angry and get even. I disagree. That’s what’s been driving humanity for the past 10,000 years. That’s the energy that has created this world and mindsets that allow someone to walk into place with other human beings and start shooting them. If we want change, we must be the ones – you and me – to say no more! We must be the ones to change the vibration in our lives, in our communities, online, and around the world.

Today’s affirmation is about encouraging you maintain a higher vibration in the face of these events. No words can bring back the dead or comfort those who lost loved ones. The best way to honor them is to create world where such actions are unthinkable.

It’s another opportunity to be the change you want to see in the world!

Ray

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Refuse to Give In to Dystopian Mindsets – Day 202 of 365 Days to a Better You

Dystopia – Dictionary.com defines it as follows.

An imagined state or society in which there is great suffering or injustice, typically one that is totalitarian or post-apocalyptic.

I’m going to make a statement that might shock some of you. There are two things – and only two things – completely out of our control in the world as we understand it. We are born and we die. Every single thing in between is fungible.

Individually and collectively, our thinking literally creates our world. We’ve probably covered this principle half a dozen times in our 200 plus days together thus far. Projecting dystopian ideas into the mass consciousness through media, religious books, or any other means is literally helping to create that world.

The more we focus on it, the more likely we are to make it all come true.

This video is in response to a couple of recent comments on my Anunnaki Awakening Facebook page. We must understand the power of our thoughts and use them in ways that move us forward positively.

Love you ALL! Hold out for and demand our best possible future.

Ray

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How Tolerant Are You? – Day 194 of 365 Days to a Better You

Helen Keller once remarked, “Tolerance is the greatest result of education.” As we’ve discussed before, the societal environment we collectively create helps to create us. The sharpening of disagreement and the coarsening of dialogue in our culture creates a tumultuous environment that is counterproductive to our betterment.

You may believe you have the spiritual truth of the ages or the right political philosophy for the moment, but is it necessary for everyone else to be wrong so you can be right? Is it necessary to shout down your opponents or make them evil?

Couldn’t you broaden your mind to the idea that we all show up here like blank slates and that most of what you know or think you know is just what other people have told you?

What if you gave others the benefit of the doubt? What if you accepted there’s more than one way to see life or find the truth?

Is that really so subversive? Is it possible there are things you don’t know and experiences you haven’t had that may account for the reasonable conclusions other have reached about life?

Maybe, just maybe, you and I should take a step back from our moral surety and superiority and recognize that others are doing the best they can with what they know.

Yes! You should share your ideas, but can’t you do it in the spirit of finding the best solutions rather than merely winning an argument? Can you acknowledge others have pieces of the puzzle you lack?

This, I believe, is the evolved tolerance Helen Keller was talking about. What a better world and a better us it would be if this mindset replaced the din of vitriol and one-upsmanship that permeates our dialogue today.

I love you all! Go out and be your best self today!

Ray

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Daily Video Affirmation #21 – I Am a Being of Light, Love, and High-Vibration

Today’s Daily Video Affirmation is a direct response to the low vibration floating around in our public dialogue and in our politics. We don’t have time for low-vibration players any more. We don’t have time for people who want to succeed by calling out the worst in others and by goading them to act on their worst impulses.

We have a right to demand more from our leaders and we shall have more from them!

Ray

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