What Does This Mean?
from Why Aren't You Your Own Boss?
adapted from Reconnecting with Nature by Michael J. Cohen.
Copyright Paul & Sarah Edwards , 2003
What Colors Did You See? When you read the colors of the words out loud, did you say the names of the ink colors or did you say the words? Because our culture is so language-oriented, most people will read the words rather than report on the colors. But consider when you learn to recognize the color green? Could you recognize the color green before you learned the word for it?
Notice the Difference? If you read the words, repeat the activity by saying aloud the names of the ink colors. Now, notice the feeling you have as you say the ink colors out loud. Take particular note of the difference between how you feel when your say the word Green thatís written in Green ink and when you say the other ink colors which do not match their words. Repeat Test
Name that Difference. How would you describe the different feelings or sensation? For purposes of communication, letís call the feeling you have when you said the word Green in Green ink, the Green/Green Feeling and the feeling you have when you read the other ink colors that donít match with their words, the Green/Orange Feeling.
This is Nature Talking. We are biologically attracted to Green/Green experiences. This Green/Green feeling is an example of the non-verbal way nature communicates with us. It's also how our body communicates with us. We call it the voice of the Inner Compass. It tells us YES. ďThis is good. This is OK.Ē The Green/Orange tells us NO. We are guided away from Green/Orange experiences by the often subtle, but distinctively unsettling feeling, they produce.
This is Your Natural Intelligence. The Green/Orange Feeling is how your body lets you know there is an incongruity between your innate sensory wisdom and what youíve been taught or learned to think and believe. In other words, itís the sensory, non-verbal signal that a dysfunctional mental default setting is at work, stopping you from doing what your innate intelligence would guide you toward.
Listen to this non-verbal voice of Nature and you'll not only avoid many problems, but you'll find your way to a more enjoyable life!
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