Recently, I went out to eat dinner with few friends. I have a habit of asking questions to friends which allow me to know them better. This time I asked them what will they do if they get $2 million as a gift. To elaborate I asked them, whether they will continue the job they are in or whether they will follow any dreams. Couple of them were sure about what they want to do with life, but most of them took the time to think. First, they had to believe that it could be possible for them to get $2 million. This conversation led me to a question as how many times we think about unlimited possibilities.
Most of the people leave the life in ordinary ways because they never thought that there are thousands of other ways to live a great one. Our habitual thinking allows us to think within the limited space or on limited subjects. I would suggest you do this one exercise. Observe the people around you and see what kind of conversation they are having. Most of it would be either on the latest news or about gossiping or favourite TV shows. You will find that they all sound similar. How many times we actually discuss life on the other planets or life after death?
My intention to write this article is to train your brain to think of possibilities which it never thought before. Let’s start with our own self. Have you observed as to how do we process our food? First of all, there are these small seeds planted in the earth. It uses sunlight and water to grow with some help from a farmer. We then cook it and give it some taste and then we eat the food and it goes into the stomach. This is then processed by some automatic system and we generate energy to live a good life.
Did you observe as how many times energy changed its forms? Have you ever thought that what was outside us a few moments back, became one with ourself. A banana becomes a part of human body. Isn’t it magic? If food can become a part of our body, then think about what all things must be possible in this world. It is all about changing the perception. What man thought impossible 100 years back, has become very common in the present world. Who thought that we would be able to speak to someone thousand miles away with an instrument which has no wires? Things that we take for granted teach us big lessons of life, only if we observe them closely.
Our mind is trained in such a way that it cannot accept any new idea unless it is trained. The reason mind gives you body aches when you start yoga for the first time is that it never had such exposures earlier. It keeps on reminding you that this is not good for your body, but ultimately with the help of yoga, you control your mind. Think of your mind as a compact wooden block which does not allow anything of outside. We need hammer and nails to create holes in it so that it can allow the sunshine to enter it. We need thoughts of unlimited possibilities and we need persistence.
Another aspect to look at is the possibilities beyond this life. Have you ever thought that there is a possibility that we might be living in a dream and after death, we will actually wake up? After death, will we really find all the Gods that we worship or we will be lost in the darkness? Do we really go to heaven or hell or our spirit lives in a parallel universe? There is so much to think and talk about, but our favourite topic is either weekend planning or traffic issues.
Swami Vivekananda has said something beautiful on this topic. He has mentioned that think about one limited idea in your mind. Now rationally limited can only be defined if there is unlimited. Any limited idea must be part of something big and something unlimited. For, e.g. when we look at the star in the sky, we are looking at only limited part of the sky. Is there any limit to the sky? It is only our perception and our ability to see that allow us to look at the limited or unlimited. Similarly, we see God as limited in one small statue. How can God be limited?
Some of my observation which can happen if we start thinking of unlimited possibilities. There will be so many inventions to make our life better. There will be cure for all the disease. No more we would be the slave of money as money itself is limited. Abundance and energy are unlimited. There would be no wars between countries as we would not be a citizen of a limited space. We will not be limited to this body because our real nature is unlimited and to realize that is the whole purpose of this life.