Capture The Essence - Grasshopper
I believe we are mainly caught up with the wrong objective, namely ďfiguring it out.Ē It seems to me more experiential and rewarding to capture the essence.
Figuring it out gives us piece-by-piece information and all the gathered pieces rarely add up to the whole. When we capture the essence, we also donít consciously get the whole picture, but enough of it to let us know weíre on the right track.
When we try and figure something out, itís a head game. Capturing the essence is a matter of the heart. We trust that there is a part of us absorbing all that is necessary for us to move in a productive direction.
Itís more than ďGo with your gut.Ē Itís an openness to all that is offered and not evaluating and judging each piece as it floats by our consciousness. Itís approaching life and learning as a brainstorming session rather than using a formula to figure it out.
Capturing the essence is really training yourself to view and listen to all thatís offered Ė unfiltered. That gives you access to global information, not just random pieces.
This means to go into human interactions without agenda. Itís how we used to be when we were very young learning machines. Then we got conditioned to figure it out.
It will take some reconditioning to turn off your discriminations and judgements but thatís what has to happen for us to be able to absorb more, learn quicker and be more creative.
A good place to start is in every day conversations. Make it a point to ignore the ďformulatorĒ of your response when someone else is speaking to you. Resist the temptation to go inside your head to figure out the proper retort. Trust yourself to respond when itís your turn to speak and then just say what you say.
Itís feels a bit risky at first so practice in low risk situations like chatting about the dayís news or the weather. Youíre trusting yourself to respond to whatís being offered to you.
Youíll find yourself spending less time figuring things out and surprise yourself with creative responses that were not part of any pre-planned agenda.
Capturing the essence is capturing the whole but not stopping the flow to break it down.
Freeing yourself from agenda is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself because it truly is the gift that keeps on giving. Begin capturing the essence and youíll not only have less things to figure out, but youíll find yourself learning more often and more quickly. Itís really the essence of our design. Give it a go and prove to yourself that youíll come out just fine.
All the best,John
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