What Are Your Base Assumptions?
Are you aware of your base assumptions?
Whether you realize it or not, your base assumptions can shape your life in a myriad of ways. Without a clear understanding of what these assumptions are, we can end up limiting our perspectives (and options) instead of empowering ourselves. Earlier in the week, I explored the "I'm bad at ______" assumption pattern, along with the "I can't do _______".
Our base assumptions can cause us to limit ourselves in other ways, especially in terms of problem-solving and creative endeavors. The "this should be ______" or "I was expecting ______" are two patterns that pop up when we are accessing our assumptions instead of embracing the reality of the present moment.
What would happen if you chose to examine and explore things just as they present themselves?
After many years of engaging with this practice myself, I've noticed several subtle shifts. As soon as I was willing to say that I did't know instead of ideating about what something "might be", I was able to see situations much more clearly. Rather than dropping right into storytelling mode, I wa able to stay in the present moment which allowed me to listen and learn more about what was right there in front of me.
I immediately became more curious of other people's perspectives, which resulted in much richer interactions. Of course, this practice also began to highlight when others were operating from their assumptions instead of a stance of learning and curiosity.
Base assumptions can be quite sneaky, making them challenging to ferret out. One of the reasons why I wrote Analogical Geometry - Book One is that it challenges several base assumptions made by modern science. One, which I often refer to as the "Lego model". of the world, is that the world is made up of infinitesimally small "parts" or "pieces". The other is that the entire physical world somehow managed to magically arise out of nothing.
Few, if any, people directly challenge these two assumptions anymore, as they have become fully integrated into modern scientific lore. Ancient systems of Geometry point to another perspective, no less rigorous or logical than our modern models, which speak to an altogether different view of the world.
This view of the world, which I will be delving into throughout next week's podcasts, is based upon Wholeness, instead of "parts" and gives rise to a wide range of unusual insights.
In the meantime and throughout the weekend, see if you notice yourself making assumptions. Any assumption will do. Once you begin identifying your assumptions as assumptions see if anything shifts and whether this strategy helps open you up to a plethora of possibilities.