This week’s idea can be applied to events ranging from the mundane to the miraculous. Our first example concerns the kitchen wallpaper in my first house in Orlando. I was a new homemaker and excited about creating the place of my dreams—including a blue kitchen with floral accents. The problem was that the kitchen was papered in a chartreuse and white plaid pattern and the landlady was not open to my changing it. As I lay on the sofa in the next room, pouting and praying, my view of the kitchen shifted, and I imagined my collection of copper utensils and other decorative items just popping against the contrasting chartreuse. I was given a new vision of my dream kitchen and all was well.
Moving away from the mundane, let’s turn our attention to the world maps commonly used in our classrooms. Faced with the challenge of translating the surface of our earthly globe into a flat, easily comprehended map was daunting. The popular Mercator projection map greatly exagerates the sizes of the far northern and far southern land masses.)
A more recent approach to the flat map problem resulted in the Gall-Peters map. It presents a different, and somewhat disconcerting, way of seeing our world.
The illustration below superimposes the outlines of the continents from the Mercator map in blue, over the green land masses from the Gall-Peters map.
Our final example concerns the limitation of language when conveying eternal principles. The authors of our various spiritual scriptures have been challenged when using existing words and concepts to introduce new ways of seeing. From the foreword of The Urantia Book we read, “We are fully cognizant of the difficulties of our assignment; we recognize the impossibility of fully translating the language of the concepts of divinity and eternity into the symbols of the language of the finite concepts of the mortal mind. But we know that there dwells within the human mind a fragment of God, and that there sojourns with the human soul the Spirit of Truth; and we further know that these spirit forces conspire to enable material man to grasp the reality of spiritual values and to comprehend the philosophy of universe meanings.” With this in mind, we remain open to multiple interpretations of our spiritual texts, and open to different ways of seeing things.
Use this practice several times during the week, when you encounter situations that puzzle or upset you. Remember, there’s a different way of seeing this!