We’ve been taught that thinking about our problems and examining them from every angle will help us change our habits and create more fulfilling lives, but we can get just as stuck in the nightmare by thinking too much as we do by doing too much. One hundred years after Sigmund Freud introduced the world to psychoanalysis, we’ve built a common vocabulary to help us understand and talk about every one of our concerns, big or small. While it’s great that we’re more self-aware than we used to be, the so-called talking cure hasn’t actually cured us of our fear . . . nor has it shown us how to live a life of courage……..
…….The problem is that we’re focused on problems! All of our energy goes into thinking about, worrying about, and trying to fix our concerns. What we should be doing is shifting our perception to a higher level so that we can tap into our courage and imagine a world that isn’t beleaguered with issues—and actually dream it into being. When we operate from a higher level of consciousness, we stop perceiving problems and instead perceive situations that are neither good nor bad; they simply are. When we do so, we start to see that an opportunity lies in every situation if we simply look at it from a different level of awareness.
From Courageous Dreaming: How Shamans Dream the World into Being