Thursday, February 18, 2010

Shifting Perspectives: A Walkthrough

So you wanna shift perspectives?

What you are about to learn, is a key. This key is universal, it can open many, many doors. It will help you see the world through new eyes, many, many new eyes.

We all do it. Without realizing it, we all shift perspectives. This is just taking something you already do, and bringing it to the conscious mind. We are going to get you shifting perspectives by choice!

There are infinite perspectives out there.

The tools you will need:

  1. A healthy mind
  2. A few moments to sit and reflect
  3. Some creativity
  4. A healthy imagination
Right, so shifting a perspective is really quite easy. You just have to practice (but not really, since we all do it, we're all masters).

Since I'm not too good at coming up with things randomly, I'll employ a favorite tool of mine: A random word generator. ( )

So the word I got was "Uncertainty". I think I can make use of this word. If you are using the tool I provided, and can't use the word you got, just click "new word". Or, you can use a word that just popped into my head, "toaster".

So, we have our random word. I can start here, but let's grab another, and connect the two. View the second word through the perspective of the first. I'll change it up, and get a random verb. I think I'll also make it a bit less common, 'average' should do. And I got "caching". You can choose anything you want. Or, if you still feel lost, you can use another word that just popped into my head, "burnt".

So, looking at the verb 'caching' through the perspective of the word 'uncertainty'. It just pops right out! It makes me think of a gangster, with a cache of weapons. Gangsters are quite paranoid, and they always have a cache of weapons somewhere, just in case "sh*t goes down!" Or even, I think of an ant. A cache of food and supplies, stored away in the anthill. But perhaps this ant is not so sure of it. Will it last? Will there be enough food for the entire ant population? Uncertainty about your cache. Or, you can look through the eyes of a compulsive hoarder. Uncertainty causes you to start caching. Her uncertainty about her life and her future leads her to hoard ( I watch a lot of Discovery Health, leave me alone ).

Or, perhaps you're using my words, "toaster" and "burnt". Obviously the "burnt toast" pops into mind. What do you think a toaster feels about burnt toast? Neglected? Perhaps the toaster likes its toast burnt, and gets pissed at all those sissies turning the dial down to two or three... lol Or even, look at it the other way. A burnt toaster. o.O How does the toaster feel about being burnt? What would burnt toast out of a burnt toaster taste like...?

I'll grab two more words... both adverbs. And both somewhat uncommon. "Luxuriantly" and "amorphously". ( Just a note, it's not an insult to intelligence if you have to sneak a peak at the dictionary. I had to, just to make sure I know what they mean ). The first thing that comes to mind, is an abundance of amorphousness. Like an actor, having to put on a new face day after day, the world never knowing who you really are. Oh, and something else, what if amorphousness is a luxury? Like the president, who has one role, 24/7. He can't be someone else, he's always the president. What a terrible thing that must be. Or, perhaps, it's a great thing. You never have to worry about the face you put on, because it's always the same. Or, perhaps being an actor allows you to explore other people, get inside their heads. It expands you, and the characters you play at the same time.

That's how easy shifting perspectives is. Look through their eyes. Crawl around inside their heads, whether it's a toaster, a verb, or even your neighbor. Developing this skill will allow you to see the world in ways you never thought possible.

One important note, however. When you do shift perspectives, you need to leave yourself, your judgments, and your opinions behind. If you go looking through they eyes of toast, and you dislike toast, it's not going to be fun or expanding, just an endless chain of "they're wrong about this" and "they're wrong about that." It's okay to return to your own perspective with your own opinions afterward, but to get a clear picture, they can't join you on the ride.

Like anything else, practice makes perfect.


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