Love or Fear: The Straw-Hole Experiment

Over a decade ago, my friend Sarah gave me this image of us having a straw-holed vision of what is going on. A few years later, I took that image a step further and used it to create a visual example in a group project about the power of where we put our focus.  I’ve used this example in my 90-Day A Better Me Series and now I want to bring it to you. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO CONDUCT EXPERIMENT

Whether you use a metal straw or plastic straw, your hand to make a straw-sized hole, or the zoom feature on your phone, use what you have in front of you. The power of this experiment comes from doing it. 

DIRECTIONS

I want you to take out whatever you’re using and look at the two images below. Start off as close as you can on the image of your choice then slowly pull back.

ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS

  • Which image did you find yourself focusing on from the closer positioning?
  • What word was the center of your focus?
  • How much could you see around where you put your focus?
  • How much did you have to zoom in to see each and every word in the image?
  • Could you see the other image at all when your focus was on reading the words?
  • Could you focus on both images at the same time?

PULLING BACK TO GAIN PERSPECTIVE

  • How much more could you see?
  • Where was your focus?
  • Which words are you continuing to focus on?
  • Could you focus on both images at the same time?
  • Which image pulls your focus in?
  • How much could you see around where you put your focus?

IN CONCLUSION

No matter what we are looking at in our lives, we only have a very small view of the big picture. If we are focused on love/ hope it’s harder to focus on fear/ lack and vice versa.

The best we can do for ourselves and the world around us is try to pull our straw back from whatever we are focusing on to see a slightly bigger picture, then move the straw around to gain perspective on what we haven’t looked at and/or don’t understand. 

Once we gain the perspective, we can put so much more wisdom into where we choose to put our attention. 

We will never have a full picture view on anything in life. We can simply create perspectives of truth from whatever we are focusing our attention on.  Those perspectives will be based in love or fear, never both at the same time. Whichever we choose will create the straw-holed view of our focus, which we will be how we view our reality.

With Love and Gratitude, 

Rachael Wolff ©2020

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Who You Are is What Matters!

Too many of us put the focus on what we are not. This can create the horrible thought process of not being enough. We are enough being exactly who we are. When we stop focusing on lack, we become abundant. It all begins with the messages we are telling ourselves. Who we are is exactly who we are supposed to be. If we get caught up in what we are lacking and who we aren’t, our mind starts creating a very chaotic environment. This isn’t who we are. Our addictions are who we aren’t. If we loved and accepted ourselves, there would be no reason to numb our thoughts. If you want a better life, you are the only one who can give it to you. Our reality is created between our ears. Who are you? Go deep. Anytime you hear yourself defining yourself by what your not, look at it. See where that has gotten you. Did it bring happiness or stress? As Byron Katie says, “Who would you be without the thought?” It’s your choice whether you choose to change it or not. When we try to be anyone other than who we are, we suffer, the world suffers. We project out whatever we feel inside. We give to the world out of a place of love or lack. Be you! Love you! When we do this, the world gets the best of who we are.

#BeYou

With Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff

Today is My Focus for 2018

On the first day of 2018, I decided I wasn’t going to focus on resolutions. Instead, I tore off the back of last year’s desk calendar. I pulled out my old Oprah Magazines, Louise Hay calendars, and Maya Angelou quotes and got to work making myself an inspirational collage. I figured by looking for positive and inspiring words, sayings, and quotes I would get my head where I wanted it to be.

Thinking of life in terms of a year was too overwhelming to me. I’m focused on taking life one day at a time and using my inspiration board as the daily inspiration to keep me moving in the direction of becoming the best version of myself. I have no idea where my road is taking me. I used to be so focused on planning it all out, but nothing I spent so much time planning has come to be. My life looks much different than I could have ever imagined, and I have so much to be grateful for on a daily basis. Yet, if I chose to look at my life through different goggles, I could easily focus on what I don’t have. Seeing my life through those dark glasses doesn’t help me. I have days, I choose to wallow, but I’ve learned that is my choice and I can change my mind at any second of the day. I don’t have to be stuck in any one way of thinking.

After reading dozens of books on staying present, I realized that it is a really good idea. I can’t change the past, but I can find the lessons in everything I’ve experienced. I can forgive myself and others for the hard stuff. I can find the blessings in all the perceived good and bad I’ve experienced. Doing this helps me not be a prisoner of my past and a victim of my present and future.

As for the future, I’m going to face whatever hardships come my way head-on and count my many blessings. The Divine Source of love will take care of the rest. I know I’m here to serve humanity through eyes of love. I know opportunities and challenges will be brought to my life to help me grow and serve. That’s all I need to know. The rest will unfold however it needs to, why waste my time worrying about how that looks? Today, I choose to look at life with an open heart and mind. I’m just going to enjoy the journey and live life to the best of my ability.

Thanks for reading.

With Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff ©2018

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