Recently I wrote about “Why Perspective-Take: The Rainbow.” I was planning on writing about perspective-taking in two consecutive blogs.
A day or so after I posted this blog, I was introduced to a model or philosophy by by a friend and teacher, Terry Hitsche.
This philosophy sums up perfectly what I was attempting to explain in words using the metaphor of the rainbow.
It is a philosophy or model drawn from indigenous culture. It is called Ya-idt-midtung Philosophy. I decided to do a third week on perspective-taking just to introduce you to this wonderful model.
According to Ya-idt-midtung Philosophy, expanding our perspective eventually leads to enlightenment through a series of stages. The Ya-idt-midtung people are from the snowy mountains of Victoria.
Ya-idt-midtung Philosophy – A Varied Perspective
A varied perspective is the key to perception
Perception is the key to understanding
Understanding is the key to respect
Respect is the key to harmony
Harmony is the key to joy
Joy is the key to enlightenment
So it seems ignorance may not be bliss after all!
…And it seems we truly do need to thank our “enemy” or those we are in conflict with – for they are helping us along the path to enlightenment (whatever that is for you).
“A varied perspective” is one of four tenets of Koori Culture as described by Kakkib li’Dthia Warrawee’a (self-described ‘Doctor of Ya-idt’midtung Medicine, and a Spiritual Teacher/Philosopher’).
What do you think of this Ya-idt-midtung Philosophy? How does it fit in with your conception of perspective-taking?
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