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Character is not made in a crisis it is only exhibited. ~ Robert Freeman

G ◦ P ◦ S

A much diluted and illustrative **imitation** of the real Human GPS System of Life.

In general terms the abbreviation GPS stands for the Global Positioning Satellite system that we use to “pin point” our geographical position on this planet of ours. However, G P S - in a AltanaESP context - refers to our personal Generic Positioning Believe Structure, which is an integrated and cumulative combination of our knowledge reference structures, personal norms and believe system that we employ to “pin point” our current relative to our future positionPosition implies the physical, the mental and spiritual. Thus, our body-mind-soul symbiosis. (i.e. a synergy between our expectations or vision) and intended progress (i.e. our future plans or mission) in life.

Seen within this context, we use our GPS to determine where we are now in life and where we would like to be in future. We apply our GPS coordinates - either on a conscious, sub-conscious or unconscious level - to develop, initiate and act on a number of possible or alternative strategies to gradually progress towards and eventually reach our destiny (i.e. evolve our dreams into reality).

Our GPS - as with many other aspects of our Umwelt - also have two sides to a coin, which may or may not result in a cognitive dissonance and our own personal Newton's Cradle trap (or personal hell on earth), which mainly surface via our environmental noise filterforcing” as to often say/preach/mean one thing, and actually do another. The key opposing “GPS coordinates” of reference can be indicated and described as follows…

Beliefs fueling a Wild Horse Attitude
►►► the I feel… toxic side of the Behavioural Barometercoin”, which is ego based and driven
Believes fueling an Oryx Attitude
►►► the I am… nourishing side of the Behavioural Barometercoin”, which is unity based and driven
I am alone in a cruel, harsh and unforgiving world. I feel separated from everybody else. What I see in others is merely a reflection of my own state of mind.
This belief maintain a view that the world is a place full of judgment, hostility and separation; voided of forgiveness and union. Having this belief of separation, we see ourselves as set against or opposed to everything in “our world”. When our view of life originate from and is strengthen by this belief, it is only logical that we would build “strong” and impenetrable psyche walls, develop elaborate mind defenses and purposefully establish strategies to protect ourselves from a ruthless, cruel and hostile world. There is an underlying unity to everything in life and one lacks nothing to be content, happy and whole RIGHT NOW! This three-part believe germinate from a realization, that what we see in the world around us, is one's own state of mind reflected outwards. Thus, we are always looking at the world through the filter of our own views, opinions, thoughts, perspectives and beliefs, which determine how we see other people, experience events and interpret circumstances. Secondly, we realize and recognize that we are not detached from one another, but we are – in actual fact – connected by a golden thread of compassion. Thirdly, this believe implies that we are whole and without lack (i.e. abundance versus scarcity), allowing us to turn to the love within each of us, instead of scheming and manipulating others (i.e. the outer world) in order for us to be happy and acquire inner peace.
When I want to obtain safety and peace of mind, I must harshly judge others and be quick to defend myself. My safety lies in my defenselessness, because compassion needs no defense.
This belief results in an action model that constantly analyses every person and situation in microscopic detail, relying exclusively on past experiences for information (i.e. ignoring the power of now, seize the moment and the situational context). We use this analysis and reasoning to assume, judge, categorize, make sweeping statements and label every person and/or situation in our umwelt, initiating a get all we can – as quickly as we can – because there isn't enough of anything to go around and as a result, we ferociously attack anything that might threaten our “getting” something that is rightfully ours. This a believe to lay down our defenses and adopt and attitude of acceptance. Contrary to what the ego constantly tells us, defenses will not make as feel more secure. It will merely increase our feelings of separation, isolation and fear. It is impossible to feel secure (i.e. experience peace of mind), when we continuously build “high walls” behind which we could hide and attack others from. Our vulnerability, actually is more of an asset and strength than a sign of weakness. Truly accepting who and what we are, is what genuinely brings our peace of mind.
My way is the right and only way. My views is always factually correct. My self-esteem is not based upon my performance. Love is unconditional.
In order to really feel good about ourselves, We need to be perfect all of the time… this is a belief which produce a life attitude of 'I must be right all the time', and anything other than being right, will result in a self-destructive and guilt-shame-fear cycle. Our self-esteem is irrationally based upon a belief of being perfectly right (i.e. 101%) all the time, in what we think, reason about and/or do. We are all born into this world completely worthwhile, lovable, without shame or guilt and fully trusting the process of life. It, therefore, is our responsibility to get back in touch with the essence of who we really are, the essence of our beingness. Unfortunately, most of us grew-up, indoctrinated and conditioned to believe that “not being perfect”, implies that we have failed miserably. When our self-esteem is based on a “high level” of performance, we invariably will end up feeling inadequate, clinging desperately to a toxic belief that performance and self-esteem are synonyms. With this belief determining our attitude, we either become over achievers (trying to a peace and impress the powers in charge) or underachievers (its no use anyway, no matter what I do, we will never be good enough). We must realize and affirm, that we are lovable.. no matter what!
Attack and defense are my only safety and security. Forgiveness, with no exception, ensures peace and harmony.
This is a vicious point of view by which a victim attitude sustain and strengthen itself. When we belief that we are alone in this world and there is not enough to share, it makes perfect sense to either lash out in retaliation or defend ourselves against those that we think might harm us. Every time we judge and attack another, it increase our own perceptions and feeling of being in danger and we are in need of more defenses, and so… the attack-defence cycle continue till the day all our energies, power and vitality are drained from our bodies, mind and soul. Albert Einstein once suggested that if the human race is to survive the nuclear bomb (i.e. modern technology), our thinking as a species must change. This is equally true for relationships… interpersonally, nationally and internationally. The world of today seems to enthusiastically support a collective consciousness that defense and attack are legitimate means to ensure our safety and security. When we want to experience real safety and authentic security, we must change our way of thinking by beginning to forgive, rather than to occupy our everyday thoughts by defense, attack and retaliation. Forgiveness is the subtle shift in our view of life, which gradually allows us to recognize and respond to our commonalities, instead of emphasizing and reacting to our differences.
The past and the future are real and need to be constantly evaluated and worried about. Only the present is real. The past is over and the future is not yet here.
This belief frequently cumilate in constant worrying thoughts as a result of a perceived situation – sourcing from past experiences and knowledge – that there is no such thing as a safe future. We feel guilty about our past actions, are ashamed of our behavior in the present and fear that what we “see” as important and valuable, won't be there tomorrow. These thoughts and subsequent actions, tend to snowball. It starts out slow, innocent enough and over time - gathers momentum - and becomes so demanding, that we “cannot live” without having a certain substance, possession or person. As this snowball gets bigger and more powerful, it develops a mind of its own, it distorts our perceptions, warp our ideas, cloud our views and - eventually - we lose our foothold in and control of our lives. This believe is all about embracing the power of now and seize the moment, opens the door to love and compassion, and - simultaneously - shuts the door to judgment, fears and worries. This believe refocus our awareness and attention on the now, what is currently important (i.e. priority) and relieves us from most stress-related ailments, which is caused by a preoccupation with the past and/or attempting to predict what the future holds for us.
Guilt is inescapable because the past is real. In order for me to change my experience, I must first change my thoughts.
This is an extension of the preceding belief. This is a certainty that we have done some things in the past, which are so bad that we must feel guilty and which keep us in constant shame, put a low ceiling on our self-worth and leave us completely exposed to the whims of outside forces. This believe implies that we must often pay careful attention (through frequent reflections) to our thoughts and our attitudes that might require adjustment. In doing so, we are able to spend most of our efforts, time and energies to cooperate and co-create instead of complaining, judging, finding fault, criticizing, blaming, being afraid and “completely stressed out”.
Mistakes call for judgment and punishment, not correction and learning. Mistakes calls for correction and learning, not judgment and punishment.
This belief is founded on a view that we should harshly judge and punish ourselves for every little mistake that we make. This, in combination with a belief of “my way is the right and only way”, makes for a thinking & reasoning process in which inner conflicts becomes inevitable, and which leave little room for self-growth and realizing of our potential. This believe is in direct contrast to the illusionary belief that people learns the best by telling them what NOT to do and experiencing pain… either physically, verbal abuse or bullying. It is much more efficient to rather recognize their efforts and patiently assist them to accept and take the responsibility for correcting the mistakes that they made.
Fear is real! Do not question it! Only compassion is real. And what is real cannot be threatened.
This is the primary way in which a victimized-addictive mind remains intact. Our ego creates an acute state of constant fears within us and effectively keeps us from questioning the illusionary foundation on which it actually stands. Through a thought system of compassion and forgiveness, we realize that the world is based collectively on inherent faulty beliefs and illusions. Compassion has no enemy, nor a fear of being destroyed and - because there is nothing to oppose compassion - there is no need for either defense or attack.
Other people are responsible for how I feel. The situation is the determiner of my experience. I am responsible for the world I see, and I choose the feelings that I experience. I decide upon the goal I would achieve.
This belief is the core of the blaming game. This is the prevailing belief system when we think that peace of mind occurs through luck or the roll of the dice, and isn't a conscious choice. This materialize in a view on life, when thinking that if we have luck… we must be happy and bad situations leave us with no other choice but to be unhappy. This belief is noticeable by a permanent attitude of “if only such-and-such were different, then I could be happy”. With this believe, we give up the blame game and begin to take responsibility for our own lives and answerability towards others (i.e. individual responsibility within group accountability).
If I am going to make it in this world, I must pit myself against others. Another's loss is my gain. To give is to receive. For me to gain, nobody can lose.
This belief is constantly comparing ourselves (i.e. our self-worth and self-esteem) with others and open us up for the negative impact of the comparison trap, which – in the end - distinguish people as either superior or inferior. This approach to relationships and interactions effectively prevents us from productive cooperation and co-creative behaviours and actions. This equation is very simple (i.e. KISS)Keep It Simple and Straightforward! , to have peace… give peace. To know compassion… offer compassion. Contentment and peace of mind is found through sharing and joining, NOT selfishness and separation.
I need something or someone outside of myself to make me complete and happy. I am complete right now.
A belief that we need something or someone else to be whole - which often put us in a roller coaster ride in life - compelling us to compulsively search for happiness in possessions, substances or people. This prevents us from experiencing true intimacy, because the relationship is essentially based on filling perceived lacks and needs. This is the common denominator of the modern human rat race which “force” us to chase one mirage after another, finding only hourglass-sand in our futile and desperate attempts to be happy. When we truly believe this, all forms of seeking for happiness outside of ourselves cease to continue. Upon realizing that we already have what we are looking for, we feel whole again, relieved and also a little amused by our silliness to seek “outside” peace of mind.
My self-worth is based on how well I can please others. My self-worth comes from loving and accepting myself as I am today, and then sharing love and acceptance with others.
This believe normally cause an endless cycle of catch-22 incidents. In our compulsive and desperate quest to please divine forces, superior powers and various trend setting individuals, we essentially abandon who we really are and lose our sense of self. In part this belief give rise to codependency, which frequently results in inner disagreements of being a “people pleaser” or merely “an act of kindness”. The eventual answer depends on our authentic or real intention, ethics and expectations. When doing something for someone out of compassion and with a real sense of our own wholeness, it is an act of kindness. Conversely, when we please others as a way to feel good about ourselves, this will eventually lead us to feelings of inadequacy, frustration and despair. Thus, it is not the act in itself that determines whether we behave in a codependent manner, it is the motivation, WILL, attitude and beliefs underlying such an act. We cannot genuinely love and accept others without loving and accepting ourselves first.
I can control other people's thoughts and subsequently their behaviours. I cannot change others, but I can change how I perceive other people.
A belief which often leads us to compulsively and relentlessly trying to control everything and anything. The primary foundation for narcissistic actions. When we cling to this belief we constantly feel tense, are stressed and in constant fear of losing control. When we hang on to this believe for dear life, we see others – especially family members – as an extension of ourselves. If a child – for example – misbehaves or a spouse acts in bad taste, we take it very personally. We want to make sure that people - for whom we are “responsible” - meet certain standards. However, such standards are rarely consistently met, and so embarrassment, guilt, shame and fear becomes our constant companions. This results in fleeting moments of thin contentment, because when things is going “according to plan”, it is only a matter of time, before somebody does something pointing out that we cannot control others. Normally, to compensate for this lack of control, we either become overly preoccupied with our own achievements or it results in more desperate attempts to control others. This simply states clearly that we realize what powers we have and what powers we don't have. This doesn't mean that we should not say how we feel and/or speak out against cruel, violent and oppressive behaviour. It simply means that we influence the thoughts, actions and behaviours of others by setting an example of compassion, understanding, forgiveness and acceptance. Important to realize under these conditions, is that the spiritual law of “sowing and reaping” and the natural law of “live by the sword and die by the sword” is quite often beyond our control and normally surface as “what must happen, will happen”.

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