We human beings are funny creatures. Just because something arises in our mind – be it a thought or a feeling – we tend to assume it is telling us the truth.
So we accept our thought or emotion as accurate which closes the door to perusing other possible interpretations to the experience.
This automatic assumption of accuracy leads us to believe the thought or feeling is the truth … and then we act accordingly, displaying behaviors from love and compassion to hate and violence.
People rarely take the time to make a distinction between a thought or feeling being accurate vs. being valid. Yet this little moment of inquiry can save oodles of time, drama, and suffering.
Validity implies that if I stood in your shoes, I could also feel or think the same thing because that’s how things actually look from that point of view.
When you can see things from multiple points of view, you can see for yourself that each viewpoint is indeed valid, but not accurate, or a final truth.
You discover all viewpoints are also incomplete. They lack the whole picture that truth requires by virtue of the fact that viewpoints only reflect the single view that naturally arises from the point where you’re standing.
Change where you’re standing, and your view changes automatically.
This is a powerful understanding to keep in mind, not only for your clients, but also for yourself.
Whether it’s overt or covert, helping your clients expand their perceptual flexibility (freedom to peruse multiple viewpoints) can speed up their ability to release limiting beliefs. This skill will move them forward more efficiently in their exploration of how to better live their lives.