I bought these ridiculous, amazing glasses for $10 for a 70's themed costume party. (Nailed it, btw. Obvi)
They were perfect for the whole vibe I was going for, but definitely a bit melodramatic for everyday life in suburban mid-west America.
Or are they?!
One day, I didn't have any other glasses in the car, so I just popped them on to run some errands.
And something magical happened.
When I put those giant, ridiculous, rose-colored glasses on my face, I felt powerful. I felt joyful and it appeared from my perspective that everything around me was joyful and full of love and light and power.
Do you remember in Big Daddy when Adam Sandler gives the little boy the invisible glasses to wear whenever he gets scared? He tells him to put the glasses on when he is scared and no one will be able to see him so he can feel brave again.
That was my exact experience. And has been every time I wear the glasses now.
Yesterday, I was at a restaurant on the water having lunch. Fully decked out in my crazy, hippie clothes, feathers in my big, wild blue hair, beautiful mala beads and my magic glasses, enjoying the beautiful breeze coming off the water, the sun on my skin and the joyous conversation.
A very young girl walked past me and stared with wide eyes as she almost ran into the table in her path. I can't begin to imagine what I must have looked like to her tiny eyes. Maybe a cartoon character. Maybe an angel. Maybe just another crazy pants.
But through my rose-colored glasses I saw her innocence. Her intuitive nature that we are all born with. Her curiosity and wonder. Her innate beauty and the validity of her existence.
The same way that our outward accessories can affect our experiences, our inward "accessories" do the same.
Some people (myself included) live their entire lives wearing magic glasses in their subconscious mind. But their magic glasses are lenses of fear. (Or lack, or disappointment, or judgement, or anger, or sadness, or whatever else.) Everything they see and experience is viewed through a lens of whatever emotion.
I recently realized that I was living this way.
My entire existence was defined, and therefore colored by, the fear that I would get hurt.
Either physically hurt, or emotionally hurt. I would seek out reasons to justify my fear. I was looking for words, implications and experiences that would affirm the belief that "I am not safe" or "I am going to get hurt".
And that is exactly what I was finding.
In my relationships, especially with those closest to me, I was getting hurt. Not because they were being careless or hurting me. I was seeking out situations that my brain could identify and say, "SEE! You're going to get hurt! RRRUUNNN!!!!"
I think that with most things, we start with the gross and move inward toward the subtle. By this, I mean, change your conscious perception of the world around you. Make the effort to see the world through hypothetical rose-colored glasses.
Once your conscious mind and subconscious mind are no longer in alignment as far a the "glasses" you're wearing, you are primed for insight regarding the lenses that are coloring the subconscious perceptions of your world.
Take the glasses of fear off for good, and put on the magic glasses of love, joy and abundance.
Then watch how the color of your whole world changes.