Change my mind?
I change it all the time. The other day, I decided to try a different restaurant in town. Oops I won’t eat there again! Sometimes I change my evening routine, especially if I’m not at home. There are lots of things I decide to change.
But, what about those opinions and beliefs you hold onto. How easy is it to change them? Where did they come from in the first place? Are they really your opinions and beliefs or did you pick them up along the way from someone else and now hold them close as yours?
Life has a way of stretching us.
If love is the answer, do we ever go to war?
With so much disarray in schools, is stronger discipline needed or does that just breed more anger and push back?
If I choose to stay healthy naturally, is there still a place for allopathic medicine?
If you focus your mind on these kinds of questions, your answers will be drawn from what you have been told, what you’ve read, or what you’ve experienced. How do you know that all of that is valid and really leads to a stance that lines up with your deeper self?
That’s where yellow and purple come in. By using these colors together in a simple exercise, you open yourself to both what you understand from what you have been told, read, or experienced – as well as tapping in, intuitively, to what you know (which comes from a universal storehouse). Now you have an expanded platform for decision making. And, it’s possible to change your mind as you gain more experience and deeper understanding. That organic type of “changing your mind” keeps you in the present moment, not clinging to old ideas that may not fit your internal knowing. You now have the opportunity to stand back and observe, not just defend what you hold as beliefs. This gives you more acceptance for other’s points of view.
Now, it’s easy to say these words, but living by them takes daily balancing of yellow and purple – the mind and the intuitive knowing. Recently, I had a discussion with a close relative. I found myself moving into a defensive mode instead of being the observer. I didn’t ask him questions. Instead, I moved into showing him how he needed to see a different point of view. So, of course he became defensive.
Oh, how human of us!
Yikes, old habits sometimes sneak up on us. I later thought about the exchange and knew it came up so I could see that balancing yellow and purple is an ongoing process. Until we can take that balance into areas of life that don’t go along with our viewpoint, we are still in process. This is a time of mastery challenges – those moments when we are put back into places where there has been discomfort before. Do we come at those moments in a different way or are we playing the same old record that gets caught in a scratch on the surface and keeps replaying the same few bars?
I’m ready to change that old habit of defending instead of listening. I intend to live in the present, allowing myself to hear both words from many sources as well as my inner promptings.
Do you have an intention you would make that will change an old way of acting and thinking? The colors yellow and purple can help!
As I was presenting the introduction to the Basic Color Course this past week, I was reminded again how powerfully the colors work with us to move out of the old patterns. I’m still amazed how quickly we can shift that old energy.
I included a Visualization and Breathing Exercise using yellow and purple as part of the presentation. You can listen to the recording here. You will also hear from others who have taken the course who like the simplicity and effectiveness of using complementary colors.
I would love to hear how you are changing your old ways of thinking and acting, which is an important way of changing your mind.
Arlene Arnold, Founder of Complementary Color Therapy