Lessons From Sports

Sports provides some good analogies for consciousness.  In a football game there is always more than one referee.  That’s because there is just too much going on for one referee to watch everything.  Additionally there are times when one of the refs is unable to see or call something because they were not in position to see what actually happened.  So multiple points of view enable more effective and accurate officiating.  This principle of multiple points of view is a critical part of higher/expanded consciousness.

Most people either heavily favor, or are unable to escape from, a monodimensional perspective of life.  They see things from their perspective, but have difficulty truly seeing things from other people’s perspectives.  The Indians had a saying “Never judge a man ’till you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins.”  The principle being that you really don’t know someone or how things are for them until you’ve lived “as them” for a bit.  So to really have any understanding of someone else, we have to be able to see things the way they do.  We don’t necessarily have to agree with it, but we have to be able to see how the world looks to them, through their “glasses.”

If we look at the levels of consciousness, the first 5 levels of consciousness (see my post on The 7 Levels Of Consciousness) tend to heavily favor a monodimensional view of reality.  But when consciousness reaches the 6th level, it shifts and becomes much more likely to utilize a multidimensional view of reality.  Why is this so important?  Because it is like going from one referee, to many.  Utilizing a multidimensional view of life, or a circumstance we are faced with, gives us a much more accurate view of how reality actually is.

Wayne Gretzky is undisputedly the greatest hockey player of all time.  He famously said: “A good hockey player plays where the puck is.  A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.”  The secret to being great, was the ability to process multiple perspectives.  Gretzky not only understood where he was going, but also where his teammates were going.  That meant he was simultaneously processing his perspective, as well as his teammates’.  This skill at a multi-dimensional view of the game was one of the keys to Gretzky’s greatness.  In a similar fashion, being able to play the game of “life” utilizing multiple perspectives (or levels of consciousness) is a major factor in playing it well.

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