Perceived Levels of Reality

The 1st of a 9-post series on Perceived Levels of Reality

Having looked at five relationships through which people experience harmonic vibrancy (self, other, group, nature, spirit), as well as three circles of the vibrancy experienced (low, medium, high), as in the figure below, we see that people in the three circles experience very different realities.  This 9-post series explores the differences in those realities.



To cut to the punch line, as one expands from scarcity to abundance, reality also expands from working with the visibly tangible to including processes of development to working in the possibility realm.  In each circle, people work with different processes, tools, and capacities, because they use different realities.  Now I will describe those realities, starting again with your own experience.

In the inner circle of low harmonic vibrancy, where scarcity dominates, reality consists of the visibly tangible.  This includes what is available at hand, right here, right now.  In the middle circle of medium harmonic vibrancy, where occasional abundance comes through, perceived reality includes both the tangible here-now capacities and the developmental processes of those capacities.  Both and.  At the middle level, one works with what is here and what is being developed.  In the outer circle, where abundance dominates, perceived reality includes tangible capacities, developmental processes, and possibility – three levels.  Once again, both and.

I emphasize “perceived reality,” because all three levels are always present, yet they are not always perceived.  It seems that the level of scarcity/abundance and harmonic vibrancy one experiences relates directly to the levels of reality perceived in the agreements in human interactions.

In their national bestseller The Art of Possibility, the Zanders tell a story to highlight the difference between seeing scarcity and seeing abundance.  “A shoe factory sends two marketing scouts to a region of Africa to study the prospects for expanding business.  One sends back a telegram saying, ‘SITUATION HOPELESS STOP NO ONE WEARS SHOES.’  The other writes back triumphantly, ‘GLORIOUS BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY STOP THEY HAVE NO SHOES.’” The authors go on to explain what they see in this story, “To the marketing expert who sees no shoes, all the evidence points to hopelessness.  To his colleague, the same conditions point to abundance and possibility.  Each scout comes to the scene with his own perspective; each returns telling a different tale.  Indeed, all of life comes to us in narrative form; it’s a story we tell.”[1]

Looking at the stories hundreds of people have told me about their experiences of harmonic vibrancy, some of which I shared in earlier blogs, I find that the ability to perceive and work with these three levels of reality differentiates those groups that experience low, medium, and high harmonic vibrancy.  Furthermore, these three levels highlight what to do to achieve higher levels of harmonic vibrancy and abundance, which I will describe in detail in subsequent posts.

[1] This story comes from (Zander & Zander, 2002, p. 9).


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