Thus all the decisions that we make about life, about ourselves, are based on a distorted view of reality, which results in decisions that are not in our best interest. That view may be very real to us, but it is still not a picture of reality.
This is why our lives often seem to be stuck, why we don't achieve what we would like to achieve, why we experience debilitating emotions. And that is why it is important to our sanity, our sense of well-being, to see ourselves and the world around us through different "eyes."
"But I only have my eyes and mind to see," the reader may well say. "I don't have an option."
Not so. While you do have only one set of physical eyes, in addition to your mind through which all your senses are filtered, you have your true self, which is your heart, as a source of interpretation of what your eyes or other senses observe. See my video, "Your True Self = Your Heart," part of the Coming Home video series.
I have written many posts about the process of freeing yourself from the control of your mind and reconnecting instead with your true self, which is your heart. See the post, "How to Free Yourself from the Control of Your Mind." Going through the process outlined in this and other posts is critical to your being free of debilitating emotions, free of perceptions of yourself and those around you that limit your growth and opportunities, free of psychological suffering..
People often say that they want to be or feel free. What they usually mean by that is free of the past, free of the hold of the past, feeling that there are no limits on what they can attempt to do.
Well, the only way to achieve that sense of freedom is to be free of your mind, because it is the prison of the mind that keeps you where you are, that keeps the past a controlling force in your life. For more on this, read my book, How to Find Inner Peace.