Week 5 – No Opinions. Or…?

no opinionI admit this is one of the areas I consistently work on.  I also wish to ‘happy dance’ for myself having concentrated on this specifically for over a year during my “DoWoo” stage.    In the Master Key Experience course, we are tasked with holding our opinions – both last week and this.  Many I’ve spoken to, or read their blog posts, are like me…they had no idea they had so many opinions. 

Initially it was truly an interesting exercise to wrap my head around until I got the hang of it. And then, when I moved to Costa Rica it seems like most of those I interacted with initially had an opinion about something or someone! Strictly an observation. 

While I enjoy the philosophy of not having an opinion, I more thoroughly enjoy the exercise of observing.  So…when I do catch myself having an opinion about something, I breaking it down into its core observation – this makes my brain work!   It allows me to look at things in a totally different light than I would have in the past.  Allow me to give you an example. 

Up till now I have lived in Canada, only making short trips to warmer locations close to the equator.  I had always looked at the moon as being one of these shapes. 


Then just after this past full moon here in Costa Rica, where the country lies between 8 and 11 degrees north of the equator, I observed something I had not anticipated.  This is the general gist of the moon phases here!


Same moon. Same planet earth. Same sun. Different perspective.  

All it took to observe this was to get out of the house and look up! Back to my favourite saying from Wayne Dyer – If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. 

Realizing your thoughts may be an opinion and choosing to look at whatever it is you are having an opinion on “differently”….allowing yourself to observe it – this is a gift only we can give ourselves.  Why not give it a try?

4 thoughts on “Week 5 – No Opinions. Or…?

  1. David Bernstrom

    Wow! Thank you for writing this Carolynn and thank you for helping me relate to my brain “working” on this exercise and to now actually gain more insight into…… I am not alone in the “work part” and realize what those who have gone before me can share….. as I increase my observing and learn to decrease the other…….. :) :) :)


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