- Religion and Philosophy
The Purpose of Rainbow Recognition
On the surface, Rainbow Recognition is simply the art of recognizing the "good" in any situation or circumstance that is viewed as "bad". Initially, this may seem easy or completely impossible for some subjects, so it is best to start small and work up to very strong issues.
The actual purpose of Rainbow Recognition is much deeper, and leads to a simplicity that many are looking for in today's world of hustle and bustle, terrorism, war, and any other stress and strife.
Overall, the process of looking for the gift in the storms of life has great potential for awakening truths within the Rainbow Recognizer that will bring about a new sense of understanding and inner peace. The term Rainbow Recognition is just that: a term or label for a process that is spoken of in various ways as there are many paths to these realizations while the final conclusion is the same.
At some point during one's lifetime, a person comes to realize the potential of entertaining new perspectives and exercising the ability to make conscious choices, not only in the standard ways most are aware of, but also in very concrete ways that create significant change and progress in one's life.
Even for those who doubt the power they ultimately hold in their lives, a suspicion of something greater or unknown lurks in the corner of every human mind. There is much to be said and experienced from this place within, and Rainbow Recognition is one tool to assist along the journey.
Finding the good in the bad creates a sense of neutrality in a world of opposition and duality. We have up and down, dark and light, good and bad, right and wrong. It seems so cut and dry, black and white... yet there are rainbows to be discovered.
To get in touch with a sense of oneness or sameness, overall acceptance allows us to see that good and bad are perceptions and creations of the human experience.
Does the process of Rainbow Recognition encourage one to stop discerning between good and bad, right and wrong? No. Yet one can neutralize strong opinions and energies around the duality to offer a clear intent for the direction of one's life.
When In Doubt - Dig Further
In examining the origins of good and bad, many will refer to religion. However, even religious principles are examples largely of human interpretation. The Bible was written by humans, even with the word of God directly dictated in places, it is now read and talked about through humans, who have their own biases and ideas that get woven into the interpretations. In that, distortions have come into play and the details of life are varied across the globe. This is not to discount the Bible or religion itself, but to draw attention to the fact that misinterpretations have happened.
Look outside of scripture, and one will find that everyone has judgments of right and wrong, good and bad. Where do they stem from? Basic principles of Universal Truths or because somebody said so at some point in time?
As a very simplistic example, in the U.S. culture (and others), a mother's stretch marks are widely seen as "unattractive". Yet in some societies the marks are either not spoken of at all or are revered for wisdom, or clout.
Is this because of "development"? No. It is because of scrutiny, by choice.
The U.S. culture could have easily determined that stretch marks are a sign of beauty and prestige. At some point throughout time, someone said or thought the marks were not beautiful, people believed it, perpetuated it, and we're still hurting.
Why does that specific belief hurt? It reaches farther than most would think. First, the women who have the marks may internalize that something is "wrong" with them or their body. This is detrimental to a person's sense of self and worth. Since the marks can relate to child bearing, it produces a slight ill idea towards pregnancy, babies, and children. The men who father the children and co-create the babies also are affected because society has placed a judgment, even if it is simple, on the mother's body and the way it looks, when who a person really is does matter more than what other people think.
Take a moment to consider that any judgmental idea you believe to be true can also have the same roots.
Cultures, pockets, and sub-cultures contain varying layers of what is good and bad, right and wrong. Once we realize the origins of these layers we can learn to not so tightly adhere to them, for that is what causes frustration and depression in life. We can understand the layers exist and operate within them without feeling ruled by them.
Rainbows are the Point
At first glance it might be thought that misery is because of outside circumstances. Spend any amount of time as a Rainbow Recognizer and giving one's well being to someone or something outside of one's self just will not do.
So what stops us from experiencing joy, bliss, happiness, and peace right NOW?
Simply, the past, thoughts, beliefs, unresolved pain and worry about the future... and a general tendency towards focusing on that which is perceived as negative.
Yet we always have the power of choice. As one person told me at a dire point in my life, "If you are sitting in a chair, tied up with no escape as someone points a pistol at your head, you can either die screaming or you can die silent: you always have a choice."
Harsh as that may sound, we do have the power of choice within our own mind. We can tune into this fact and hold onto it until we know through and through that we are free... to choose the rainbows, for that is what life is can be all about.
Weathering the Storms
In the process of Rainbow Recognition, watch your thoughts. Just become aware of how you think about things. It is an area of your existence that you can work with and influence in the way you desire.
Begin by gently searching for some gift or possible positive in every bad - gradually working up to the likes of murder, rape, and war. Some hints: The current world of duality we live in naturally provides for opposites. Without them our world would not be what it is. Commonly horrific events are always an opportunity for the survivors to come through adversity. Truly, one must fall to get back up, although it is difficult at times to figure out the why and the how. That is when making sense of what happened turns into healing the old, so one can create the new. In healing, people figure out how to live life now and move forward.
This may seem crazy to do, but the process of Rainbow Recognition is beneficial to uncover the truths of human existence - we are all of One undefinable Source. This translates to the fact that what you see in your neighbor exists in you - from beauty to hatred, given the same life circumstances.
When one comes to the full truth of our human created separations, resistance is released and freedom is revealed. Freedom that comes from choosing to exercise the power of choice that we all innately have: the choice of how we think and experience our lives.
About Rainbow Recognizer
Amy Phoenix is a gentle, yet direct parenting guide and healing facilitator dedicated to sharing insights and practices to transform frustration and anger, heal the past and nurture conscious relationships – to appreciate all aspects of life. Visit her at www.innatewholeness.com.