Look Beyond Conditioning


Our preconceptions can dramatically alter the way we perceive the world. Each of us filters the world through our own beliefs, biases, interpretations and attitudes making objectivity a challenge.

This idea is underscored in a thought provoking film which came out years ago entitled What the Bleep Do We Know!? starring actress Marlee Matlin.

The information contained within the documentary, provides some interesting discussion about how we’re conditioned to see ourselves in a certain way, and believe the world is as we see it.

However, the movie offers the idea that perhaps there are many different ways to view our life, and that there are many possibilities available to us, that our conditioning keeps us from considering or exploring.

The strong influence from familial training or our interpretations of those experiences will affect the choices we make and the way we feel.

Therefore, it is beneficial to become more open-minded and look beyond our own conditioning for other information that may positively influence our life in meaningful ways.

For instance, many of us can relate to finding ourselves in repeatedly unsatisfying relationships, or jobs from making the same choices over and over again, that haven’t always served our highest good until we noticed a pattern.

I know when I was young; I tended to choose the same type of dating partner over and over again, based on ineffective beliefs about myself, and the mistaken idea about being able to change another person, without their desire to do so.

Fortunately, once I became aware of this unhelpful belief system and negative personal filter, I was able to open my mind, and learn better ways to become more discerning which led to the highly elevated choice in my husband.

So, whether this particular film is to your liking or not, it is always advantageous to stay teachable, and open to learning beyond our own vantage point.

What new information on your journey helped turn your life around?

4 thoughts on “Look Beyond Conditioning

    • Meditation is great Dianne! It is such a calming way to get clarity on patterns, and other insights! Hope you’ll enjoy the movie! It uses interesting ways to present the information, so having an open mind is helpful! 🙂

  1. Dear Cathie,
    Thank you for this inspiring blog post!

    “What The Bleep Do We Know!?” was indeed an eye-opener for me at the time and I imagine that it still is one for those who are newly discovering the ideas presented in the movie. I especially liked the scenes when the protagonist stumbled upon the exhibition of Masaru Emoto’s water cristal pictures and then later took that inspired bath. 🙂

    I agree with you that it can be very beneficial to look beyond our conditioning and can relate very much to your experience of choosing a certain type of dating partner when you were younger. Same here. How good that we always have the choice to change our perception at any time!

    As for your question:
    Currently I am in a situation where I need to take some distance from a certain family member. This person, whom I love a lot, has helped me in many ways with difficult life-situations and for the longest time I thought I was not able to manage those without their help. Now that we do not have contact and I have to deal with this special kind of situations, again, I am beginning to notice that a lot of the time it actually is easier to deal with them on my own than it was with the help of the mentioned relative!
    Although it is sad that I had to cut contact with somebody close to me to learn this, this is an empowering dicovery for me.

    Much love,

    • Hi Steffi! I truly enjoyed reading your wonderful comments! Glad to know you had seen the movie and found it helpful as well. I too, liked the train station water exhibit scene, and the ‘inspired bath.’ Both illustrate the power of our thoughts, and the power of self-love! Regarding distancing from loved ones, I can relate to the discomfort of that experience, but also enjoy the empowerment that comes from taking care of ourselves, and learning about the strength we hold within ourselves too! Thanks for always inspiring good conversation here and on your site as well! Blessings, Cathie

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