I am not so naive to imply that there is nothing wrong anywhere. And keep in mind the title is what IF there is nothing wrong with you, not that there’s nothing wrong with you As we move through the stages of developing this new perspective, keep in mind the word IF is the key to understanding this practice.
Trying out different interpretations, of which there are thousands on any given question, idea, or philosophy is the key to gaining the most from this practice. Why not start here: have fun with this book. Observe both the pleasure and the discomfort of awakening your personal witness. Develop your self-observation skills. Share with others the creative possibilities you discover.
I have this possible(y) life changing belief that if everyone found a way to adjust their perspective by adopting the interpretation that there is nothing wrong with themselves, with others or with outside circumstances there is very little on our planet that couldn’t be negotiated, reinterpreted and resolved. Welcome home to this place in your soul you have been asking for for a long time; a place of expanded creativity, love of self and others, and ultimately peace on our planet.
Anne Lamott, American writer, progressive political activist, and public speaker said,
“Oh my God, what if you wake up someday, and you’re 50 or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; and you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen.”
Other Great Notes:
What a fresh perspective you have given me with your new book. Your friendly writing style made me read the entire book in one sitting. I will now go back again and reread to absorb and use for my daily practice. Your book is a true reflection of what we try to instill in our students and classroom community every day. – Rayna Griffen