There is one very simple technique that you may have come across already in your life that helps stimulate something called dual awareness.
Being able to embody dual awareness starts to move us out of a state of overwhelm and back towards a state where we feel empowered, motivated and ready to act effectively.
And more than that, it is also the doorway to our highest creativity.
Before I share these two magical words I want to describe dual awareness and why it is so useful.
Dual awareness allows us to ‘hold’ two separate thoughts or perspectives in our minds at once.
It is sometimes referred to as the ‘experiencer’ and ‘experienced’, or the ‘observer’ and the observed’.
These are both experienced in our inner world but we can also see it in any conflict where both sides polarise and deny any validity to the position taken by the other.
Similarly when we’re caught up in overwhelm we can only see one side of the situation. And when it’s serious it feels as if there is no way out.
It doesn’t matter what the issue is- argument with a partner, roadblock on a work project or any other challenge that makes us feel awful- when we can only see one side of the situation we feel trapped, stuck and without hope for a better future.
Dual awareness however allows us to both accept the current situation as it is and be open to a better future. This is where the sense of hope arises from- without which we can become desperate.
Accepting the current situation as it is frees us to act effectively. It is incredibly validating of our experience and helps us to feel calm and like we belong.
In terms of action it’s like finding a firm piece of ground to stand on in a swamp. Once we’ve chosen where to go we can take our next step in the full knowledge that the ground will support us. The alternative is messy.
Being open to the possibility of a better future enables us to start having positive expectations, a talent that Professor John Wiseman identifies in his book ‘The Luck Factor’ as one of the key techniques for creating our own luck.
And there’s more. As we get to being able to hold both ideas or viewpoints at the same time we are also allowing something quite extraordinary to happen.
We are now positioning ourselves as being bigger than the two viewpoints. This is a very spacious attitude to be holding and one that allows us to tap into that place in us that our best ideas come from.
This is how developing dual awareness stimulates our highest creativity.
So what are these two words that enable us to do all this? They are the two very humble words ‘even though.’
As we begin to move deeper into being able to hold the deep contradictions that exist in us and the world that come simply from being human, we start to free ourselves from our habitual patterns rather than being run by them.
Cultivating dual awareness brings us into a position of choice and understanding that enables be more compassionate to ourselves, those around us and the world in which we live.