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A diluted illustrative reflection of the Human GPS System of Life.

In "familiar" terms the abbreviation GPS stands for the Global Positioning Satellite system that we can use to "pin point" our geographical position on this planet of ours. However, GPS - in the AltanaESP LMS context - refers to our personal Generic Positioning Structure, an integrated combination of our mental reference structures and our believe systems which we employ to "pin point" our present position and progress in life.

In this sense, we use our GPS to determine "where" we are now in life and "where" we would like to be in future. Applying our GPS information - either in a conscious, sub-conscious or unconscious manner - to device a number of possible or alternative strategies to eventually reach our destiny (i.e. to obtain our dream).

Our GPS - as many other aspects in our umwelt - also have two sides to a coin, which may or may not result in cognitive dissonance and our own personal Newton's cradle trap (or personal hell on earth), which mainly surface via our environmental noise filter "forcing" as to say/preach one thing and actually do another. In combination with our selected Silent Partner in life, these opposing GPS points of reference can be indicated as follows...

Beliefs fuelling a Wild Horse Attitude
[the "I feel..." side of the Behavioural Barometer & ego based]
Believes fuelling an Oryx Attitude
[the "I am..." side of the Behavioural Barometer & unity based]
I am alone in a cruel, harsh and unforgiving world. I feel separated from everybody else.”: This belief sustain a view that the world is a place full of judgement and separation; voided of forgiveness and union. Having this believe of separation, we see ourselves as set against everything in our sight. When operating from this belief, it is only logical that we would build walls, establish mind defences and determinedly protect ourselves from a cruel and hostile world.
What I see in others is a reflection of my own state of mind. There is an underlying unity to all life. I lack nothing to be happy and whole RIGHT NOW!”: This three-part believe begins by affirming that what we see in the world is our own state of mind reflected outwards. Thus, we are always looking at the world around us through the filter of our own thoughts and beliefs, which determine how we see other people and situations or events. Secondly, is our realization and recognition that we are not detached from each other, but are – in actual fact – connected by a thread of compassion. Thirdly this believe implies that we are whole and without lack (i.e. abundance versus scarcity), allowing us to turn to the love within, instead of scheming what we must do to be happy and acquire inner peace.
When I want safety and peace of mind, I must judge others and be quick to defend myself.”: This belief results in an action model that analyze every person and situation, relying on past experiences for information (i.e. ignoring the power of now, seize the moment and situational context). We use this analysis to assume, judge, categorize, make sweeping statements and label every person and/or situation in our umwelt, initiating a get all we can – as quickly as we can – because there isn't enough of anything to go around and as a result we ferociously attack anything that may threaten our "get" something that is rightfully mine.
My safety lies in my defenselessness, because compassion needs no defense. Acceptance is what brings me peace of mind.”: Is a believe that lay down our defenses and adopt and attitude of acceptance. Contrary to what the ego continuously tells us, defenses will not make as feel more secure, it will merely increase our feelings of separation, isolation and fear. It is impossible to feel secure (i.e. experience peace of mind) when we continuously build “high walls” behind which we could hide and attack others from. Our vulnerability is more an asset of strength than a sign of weakness.
My way is the right way. My perceptions is always factually correct. In order to feel good about myself, I need to be perfect all of the time.”: Is a belief which produce an attitude of being right all the time and anything other than being right, result in a self-defeating guilt-shame-fear cycle. Our self-worth are irrationally based upon being perfectly right all the time.
My self-worth is not based upon my performance. Love is unconditional.”: We are all born into this world fully worthwhile, lovable and without shame or guilt and fully trusting the process of life. It is our responsibility to get back in touch with this essence of who we really are. Unfortunately, most of us grew-up to believe that “not being perfect” implies that we have failed miserably. When our self-worth is based on a “high standard” of performance, we invariably will end up feeling inadequate and clinging to a belief that performance and self-worth are synonyms, we either become over achievers (trying to a peace the powers in charge) or underachievers (no matter what I do, it will never be good enough).
Attack and defense are my only safety.”: Is the vicious point of view by which a victim attitude sustain itself. When we belief that we are alone in this world and there is not enough to share, it makes perfect sense to either lash out in retaliation or defend ourselves against those that we think might harm us. Every time we judge and attack another, it increase our own perceptions of being in danger and we are in need of more defenses, and so... the attack defense cycle continious till the day all energy and power is sapped from bodies, mind and soul.
Forgiveness, with no exception, ensures peace.”: Albert Einstein once suggested that if the human race is to survive the nuclear bomb, our thinking as a species must change. This is equally true for relationships... interpersonally, nationally and internationally. The world of today seems to enthusiastically support a collective consciousness that defense and attack are legitimate means to ensure our safety. When we want to experience authentic safety, we must change our way of thinking by beginning to forgive, rather than to occupy our everyday thoughts by defense, attack and retaliation. Forgiveness is the subtle shift in our views that allows us to recognize our commonalities instead of our differences.
The past and future are real and need to be constantly evaluated and worried about.”: This belief manifest in constant worrying thoughts as a result of a perceived situation – resulting from past experiences and knowledge – that there is no such thing as a safe future. We feel guilty about our past behaviors, are ashamed of our actions in the present and fear that what we "regard" as important and valuable, won't be there tomorrow. These thoughts and subsequent actions tends to snowball. It starts out slow, innocent enough and over time becomes so strong that it seems we cannot live without a certain substance, possession or person. As this snowball gets bigger and as a result more powerful, it develops a mind of its own and we lose control of our lives. Only the present is real. The past is over and the future is not yet here.”: Embracing the power of now and seize the moment, opens the door to love and compassion, and simultaneously shuts the door to judgment, fears and worries. This believe refocus our attention on the now, what is important in the present and relieves us from most stress-related illnesses, caused by a preoccupation with the past and/or future.
Guilt is inescapable because the past is real.”: This is an extension of the preceding belief. This is a certainty that we have done some things in the past, which are so bad that we must feel guilty and which keep us in constant shame, put a low ceiling on our self-worth and leave us completely exposed to the whims of outside forces. In order for me to change my experience, I must first change my thoughts.”: This believe implies that we must often pay careful attention (through frequent reflections) to our thoughts and our attitudes that might require adjustment. In doing so, we are able to spend most of our efforts, time and energies to cooperate and co-create instead of complaining, judging, finding fault, criticizing, blaming, being afraid and “completely stressed out”.
Mistakes call for judgment and punishment, not correction and learning.”: This belief is founded on a view that we should harshly judge and punish ourselves for every little mistake we make. This, in combination with a belief of “my way is the right way”, makes for a thinking process in which inner conflicts becomes inevitable and which leave little room for self-growth and realizing our potential.
Mistakes calls for correction and learning, not judgement and punishment.”: This believe is in direct contrast to the illusionary belief that people learns the best by telling them what NOT to do and experiencing pain, either physically, verbal abuse or bullying. It is much more efficient to rather recognize their efforts and patiently assist them to accept and take the responsibility for correcting the mistakes that they made.
Fear is real! Do not question it!”: This is the primary way in which a victimized-addictive mind remains intact. Our ego creates an acute state of constant fear within us and effectively keeps us from questioning the illusionary foundation on which it actually stands.
Only compassion is real. And what is real cannot be threatened.”: Through a thought system of compassion and forgiveness, we realize that the world is based collectively on inherent faulty beliefs and illusions. Compassion has no enemy, nor a fear of being destroyed and - because there is nothing to oppose compassion - there is no need for either defense or attack.
Other people are responsible for how I feel. The situation is the determiner of my experience.”: This belief is the core of the blaming game. This is the prevailing belief system when we think that peace of mind occurs through luck or the roll of the dice, and not a conscious choice. This materialize in a view on life, when thinking that if we have luck... we must be happy and bad situations leave us with no other choice but to be unhappy. This belief is noticeable by a permanent inclination of “if only such-and-such were different, then I could be happy”.
I am responsible for the world I see, and I choose the feelings that I experience. I decide upon the goal I would achieve.”: With this believe, we give up the blame game and begin to take responsibility for our own lives and answerability towards others (i.e. individual responsibility within group accountability).
If I am going to make it in this world, I must pit myself against others. Another's loss is my gain.”: This belief is constantly comparing ourselves (i.e. our self-worth and self-esteem) with others and open us up for the negative impact of the comparison trap, which – in the end - distinguish people as either superior or inferior. This approach to relationships and interactions effectively prevents us from productive cooperation and co-creative behaviors.
To give is to receive. For me to gain, nobody can lose.”: This equation is very simple (i.e. KISS), to have peace... give peace. To know compassion... offer compassion. Contentment and peace of mind is found through sharing and joining, NOT selfishness and separation.
I need something or someone outside of myself to make me complete and happy.”: A belief that we need something or someone else to be whole - which often put us in a roller coaster ride in life - compelling us to compulsively search for happiness in possessions, substances or people. This prevents us from experiencing true intimacy, because the relationship is essentially based on filling perceived lacks and needs. This is the common denominator of the modern human rat race which "force" us to chase one mirage after another, finding only sand in our futile and desperate attempts to be happy.
I am complete right now.”: When we truly believe this, all forms of seeking for happiness outside of ourselves cease to continue. Upon realizing that we already have what we are looking for, we feel whole again, relieved and also a little amused by our silliness to seek "outside" peace of mind.
My self-worth is based on pleasing you.”: This believe normally cause an endless cycle of catch-22 events. In our compulsive and desperate quest to please divine forces, superior powers and various trend setting individuals, we essentially abandon who we really are and lose our sense of self. In part this belief give rise to codependency, which frequently results in inner disagreements of being a “people pleaser” or merely “an act of kindness”. The eventual answer depends on our authentic or real intention, ethics and expectations. When doing something for someone out of compassion and with a real sense of our own wholeness, it is an act of kindness. Conversely, when we please others as a way to feel good about ourselves, this will eventually lead us to feelings of inadequacy, frustration and despair. Thus, it is not the act in itself that determines whether we behave in a codependent manner, it is the motivation, WILL and believe underlying such an act.
My self-worth comes from loving and accepting myself as I am today, and then sharing love and acceptance with others.”: We cannot genuinely love and accept others without loving and accepting ourselves first.
I can control other people's thoughts and subsequently their behaviors.”: A belief which often leads us to compulsively and relentlessly trying to control everything and anything. The primary foundation for narcissistic actions. When we cling to this belief we constantly feel tense, are stressed and fear losing control. When we hang on to this believe for dear life, we see others – especially family – as an extension of ourselves. If a child – for example – misbehaves or a spouse acts in bad taste, we take it very personally. We want to make sure that people - for whom we are “responsible” - meet certain standards. However, such standards are rarely consistently met, and so embarrassment, guilt, shame and fear becomes our constant companions. This results in fleeting moments of thin contentment, because when things is going “according to plan”, it is only a matter of time, before somebody does something pointing out that we cannot control others. Normally, to compensate for this lack of control, we either become overly preoccupied with our own achievements or it results in more desperate attempts to control others. I cannot change others, but I can change how I perceive other people.”: This simply states clearly that we realize what powers we have and what powers we don't have. This doesn't mean that we should not say how we feel and/or speak out against cruel, violent and oppressive behavior. It simply means that we influence the thoughts, actions and behaviors of others by setting an example of compassion, understanding, forgiveness and acceptance. Important to realize under these conditions, is that the spiritual law of “sowing and reaping” and the natural law of “live by the sword and die by the sword” is quite often beyond our control and normally surface as "what must happen, will happen".

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