Session 18


See the Bigger Picture


Buckle up for a week of introspection and expanded awareness! This week, the energetic influence of Gate 17, the Gate of Opinions, takes center stage.  

Are you ready to delve deeper into how you form your beliefs and navigate the world with greater clarity?

The shadow side of Gate 17 can manifest as a relentless critic, both internally and externally. Imagine yourself scrolling through social media, bombarded with seemingly perfect lives and carefully curated feeds. This constant comparison can trigger the shadow of Gate 17, leading to feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. It might also show up in your relationships as nitpicking and negativity.  For example, during a movie night with your partner, you might get fixated on plot holes or unrealistic CGI, ruining the experience for everyone. The key this week is to be mindful of your inner dialogue and avoid getting bogged down in negativity.

The Path from Opinions to the Bigger Picture to Knowing it All

However, this week has immense potential for positive growth. Embrace the "Gift" aspect this week by seeking a broader perspective.  Imagine yourself stuck on a creative project.  

The Gift of Gate 17 encourages you to step outside your comfort zone and explore different approaches.  This might involve consulting with a colleague, researching alternative solutions, or even taking an online course.  

Similarly, in your relationships, the Gift encourages active listening and understanding.  Instead of jumping to conclusions,  try asking open-ended questions to understand your partner's perspective.

This expanded viewpoint will lead to better communication in your relationships and strategic problem-solving in your career.

Ultimately, Gate 17 encourages you to move beyond rigid opinions and embrace a holistic understanding of the world, one filled with possibility and connection.  Think of it as graduating from the black and white world of absolutes to a vibrant landscape where diverse viewpoints can coexist and contribute to a richer tapestry of experience.

"This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes." - Morpheus, The Matrix

This iconic scene embodies the Gift and Siddhi aspects of Gate 17.  Taking the red pill represents the choice to see beyond the illusion, to seek a deeper understanding of the world.  The red pill journey is analogous to the path of Gate 17, leading to a more holistic perspective and potentially, a glimpse of the bigger picture and knowing all.

Some of the questions you'll ponder:

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    Do I use opinions to control?   

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    Am I stuck in criticism as a state of being? 

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    What are the sources of my opinions?

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    What areas require a bigger perspective?   


Outcomes for Session 18 : Illusions of the Mind

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Your outcomes by the end of the week:



Do I accept my imperfection as perfection?



Am I seeing the bigger picture? 



Clearly know if my opinions serve or rule.

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