The Big 4 energy blocks keep you stuck and prevent you fromachieving what you want to in your life. We’ve already explored limitingbeliefs and assumptions. This blog, let’s look at the third energy block,interpretations. When you interpret something, you create an opinion about anevent, situation, or experience. In essence, you create an explanation and thenlook for evidence to support its validity. When you make an interpretation, you don’teven see that other explanations exist. In actuality, though, an interpretationoften represents only one viewpoint among the many that are possible.
Your interpretations hold a strong energetic charge, which affectsyour emotions and actions. If you believe your viewpoint of a particularsituation is the only explanation, you might not be aware of another point ofview. You may end up wasting a lot of time and resources marching off in thewrong direction. Because you don’t see that other possibilities exist, youremain stuck in your story, and feel like you have no control over the outcome.
So let’s say you go into work one day, and your boss barely nodshello, and then goes into his office and closes the door. If you think thatyour boss acted that way because he is angry with you, you might spend themorning wondering what you did to get him mad, and you might be hesitant toapproach him with the great idea you’d come up with on the way in to work.
As with assumptions, interpretations are personal and are somewhatdifficult to let go of and challenge. Holding onto them may seem like the easyway out, as facing them may move you into uncharted territory. However,challenging your interpretations opens you up to a world of possibilities,literally.
Typical interpretations may sound like this:
He doesn’t like me.
She thinks I’m incompetent.
They don’t want to follow orders.
My son is just not interested in doing his homework.
Interpretations can be directly challenged by asking: “What’sanother way to look at that?” Just realizing that there are other ways to lookat something lessens the power of your interpretation. One way to do this is to imagine what anotherindividual’s perspective of the situation might be. Asking for someone else’spoint of view on a difficult situation (even if they are not directly involved)can break existing paradigms and open pathways for more successful solutions.Challenging yourself or others to argue the point of view directly oppositeyour interpretation also works remarkably well to arrive at new information,new angles, and new paths to success.
In the example of the boss above, perhaps the reason why he barelyacknowledged you was that he just received a disturbing phone call about afamily member, or he had a deadline that had to be met – or…….well, there aremany possible explanations. What anopportunity you’d miss if you decided not to present your great idea based onyour false interpretation.
Your challenge; before you “jump to conclusions” and believe thefirst story that comes to mind, consider other possibilities that could leadyou to new, empowering choices and actions.