When I began this blog it ran six days a week. As it progressed I realized I needed more time for my telephone and in-person students, so I culled it back to five. Meanwhile on facebook I was doing Saturday postings of Quote Rebuttals. These were quotes that people had innocently created in an effort to create healing or strength, when in fact they were inadvertently promoting ego and insecurity. These rebuttals have become more popular than I expected because I had previously failed to notice what extra value they offer.
When a photographer is working with sunlight as her light source she has two choices. She can reflect more light in using a shiny surface, or she can absorb more light away by using things like black velvet flags. This is why mogul skiers prefer runs through the evergreen trees when the light is very flat. The trees subtract light from the situation and thereby provide shape to the slope. So whereas my regular blogs were reflecting light in, I’ve come to realize that for many of my on-line students, the rebuttals act to take energy away from ego-based ideas, thereby making the truth more visible.
That being the case, and because I have a lot of readers who aren’t fans of social media, I have decided to agree to the repeated requests to add the rebuttals to the blog. Starting today Saturdays will feature a Quote Rebuttal. If we can create even more awareness and insight through this combination of changing the angles of the light while simultaneously removing energy away from unhealthy ideas then that’s obviously the direction we should go.
So, without any offence intended to the originator of these quotes, I offer you this clarification of what it actually is that I’m imparting here on my blog. Enjoy.
Note: Everyone who posts or shares a quote does so with the very best of intentions. That said, I have created the series of Other Perspectives blog posts in an effort to prevent some of these ideas from entering into people’s consciousness unchallenged. These quotes range from silly to dangerous and—while I intend no offense to their creators—I do use these rebuttals to help define and delineate the larger message I’m attempting to convey in my own work. I do hope you find them helpful in your pursuit of both psychological and spiritual health.
Following a serious childhood brain injury Scott McPherson unwittingly spent his entire life meditating on the concepts of thought, consciousness, reality and the self. This made him as strange to others as they were to him. Seeing the self-harm people created with their own overthinking, Scott dedicated part of his life to helping others live with greater awareness. He is currently a writer, speaker and mindfulness instructor based in Edmonton, AB, where he finds it strange to write about himself in the third person.