Mastering our unique individual perspective

One’s perspective is potentially the biggest component of the Labyrinth of Adversity, affecting all aspects of thinking and judgment with respect to people and situations.  It has the capacity to utterly entrap in or spontaneously disillusion us from all of our limitations, as well as the capacity to change unpredictably due to circumstance or seeming chance when our understanding or level of mastery over it is not yet developed.

Perspective is influenced by the combination of all of the Labyrinth’s internal issues, in addition to the combination of all external factors in any situation and our unique individual reactions to them.

It is one’s unique, all-encompassing way of interacting with, and perceiving, the surrounding world (or, more specifically – the immediate environment in any given situation).

What is perspective practical terms?

Well, on the one hand it’s simply “outlook”.  (from Latin “perspicere”, to see through)

Life perspective, however, is not only the outlook onto the outside world – but also the ability to “perceive” or to understand the underlying meaning behind the events and objects that occur within it.

Why, for instance, when you think back on “good times” in your life, you do not recall the exact specifics, such as the tasks that occupied your attention at the time, but instead the feeling of situations, people, and states you found yourself from day-to-day or in a given moment?

Because those were the underlying, more significant factors that existed underneath the details, which – now from a distance may appear trivial, insignificant, and fleeting, even silly.

Yet, ironically, we find ourselves often consumed by the details to such an extent that we don’t examine, appreciate, and experience directly the more important factors until later, when we refer to them only in our memory.

Developing proper perspective on the relative importance of events and experiences assures that we react appropriately to all situations in light of both the current circumstances, as well as our true and genuine bigger selves; the part that will not ultimately be concerned with minutiae and details.


A key aspect of developing perspective is open-mindedness, which can also be described as a state of reserved readiness. In addition to influencing the way you see and react to phenomena around you, perspective determines what you focus on, think about, how you feel, the way you spend your time, and whether you evaluate the things you do in your life against the context of what we call the “life level”.

The “life level” perspective is a very high, far removed, and generally detached from the details that occupy our attention throughout minutes, hours, and days.  The “day-to-day” level perspective an in-the-moment, centered attention to the details and ongoing happenings of life.

Both have their place in our existence, and both are necessary if we are to have the complete spectrum of fulfillment and experience. It’s a question of recognizing the appropriate outlook that’s necessary at any given juncture, and having the ability to instill it in ourselves through conscious practice.   In this way, it will serve us rather than dilute our experience and cause us to dwell on the unimportant as the meaningful and significant slips quietly by.


~ by TheZov on July 31, 2009.

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