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Excerpted from Wisdom from an Empty Mind by Jacob Liberman. Copyright © 2001 by Jacob Liberman. Excerpted by permission of Empty Mind Publications.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright © by SpiritSite.com.

"In reality, however, we all see things from our own perspective."

  Jacob Liberman, Wisdom from an Empty Mind, Part 2


Imagine there are one hundred people, each standing on different floors inside the Empire State Building. When the person on the bottom floor looks out as far as they can, they may only see a few blocks away. That is their present view of reality, and anything beyond that, you might say is "the future."

The person on the second floor, because they are a little higher, may see a bit farther ó their "present" is the future for those below them. With each successive floor, the observerís view expands. Thus, the personís view on top of the building ó all the way to New Jersey! ó is not even within the field of possibility for those on the lowest floors.

This is how awareness functions. We believe that we all see the same things, and often cannot imagine how others interpret things so differently. In reality, however, we all see things from our own perspective ó or as the Talmud states, "We donít see things as they are. We see them as we are." You cannot see a new point of view from an old one.

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