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Why Starting with Your Weltanschauung Boosts Your Clarity

By TicoandTina

May 22, 2015

mindset, personal growth, practical spirituality, truth

I don’t profess to be a matchmaker, but there are a number of words in the English language that I strongly believe need to just tie the knot already. “World view” is worldview to me.

You know what’s weird? No matter how you try to look it up in the dictionary – world view, world-view, worldview – it takes you to one definition, that really isn’t a definition at all:

world-view [wurld-vyoo]
noun

1. Weltanschauung.

Weltanwhatnow?! is a German noun with an actual definition: “a comprehensive conception or image of the universe and of humanity’s relation to it.“[1]

See? If world and view actually got married and became worldview, maybe our dictionary could manage to move the definition from the German word over to our own. Anyway…

Understanding your worldview is paramount to figuring the rest of your life out.

Your answers to questions like “Who am I in the grand scheme of things? Why am I here? Is this it?” inform your view of yourself and the decisions you make on a day-to-day basis, your interactions with others, and your belief about what’s possible – even if you don’t think about or acknowledge them as relevant.

As crazy as it is to contemplate, developments in neuroscience have shown that your subconscious mind controls 95-99% of what you do.[2]

Our Worldview So Far… Agree, Disagree, Other?

We believe that life is not so simple as what we can see, and is far more than we can comprehend or understand in our very human limitations.

Our spirits know this, our dreams know this, our imagination knows this – they all point to more.

Where it all gets confusing is that truth is truth.

Bits of truth are at work in all sorts of religions and ways of thought because truth is not dependent on our belief in it. Truth just is.

Truth is not dependent on your belief in it. Truth just is. ~ Tico&Tina | quote Weltanschauung

Our world itself functions out of structures and processes of truth, and our understanding of these is what we call science. But it goes beyond what we’ve been able to put into neat little boxes so far.

Secular ideas about karma, dream boards, and positive thinking, to name a few, all operate off of truth principles. There is no shortage of self-help philosophies you can follow, with varied degrees of success – many ways to be a “good person”.

Our human understanding of “truth” and “good” is all relative, but to recognize anything as true and anything as good is to acknowledge that there is, in fact, a scale.

This in turn means that there is a greatest or infinite good.

Regardless of whether or not you subscribe to any religion, whatever you put at the top of that scale is what you acknowledge as your god.

Most religions are about recognizing that what belongs at the top of the scale exists outside of our current understanding, and aim to provide methods for getting us as close to that top as possible.

In spite of how weird from a logical human understanding, how many tough, hard-to-grapple-with bits there are in there that don’t really sit too well with us and we don’t want to have to try to explain to our kids, there’s one thing that sets Christianity apart from other religions in a way that we can’t ignore.

The core difference of Christianity is its acceptance of human limitation – viewing humanity with a humility which recognizes that not only have we not arrived at the top of the scale, but we’re not capable of accessing it in our own strength.

People want to believe that they can be good of their own merit. The beginning of 1 Corinthians 13 is basically a list of things people think equate “being good” – but without the kind of love that it talks about in the rest of the chapter, it’s all worthless.

I don’t know of anyone who is always patient and kind, AND never envies OR boasts OR is proud, AND never dishonors others (I’d imagine this includes never speaking rudely to someone or negatively about them), AND is never self-seeking OR easily angered AND never keeps score, and that’s only half the list!

The reality is, even if we could manage to appear to get it all together at some more mature point in our life, that still wouldn’t erase everything we’d done up until then.

Although we cannot claim to understand all the vastness of God, nor of Truth, nor of his Word or methods, we do wholeheartedly acknowledge that we are not the source of truth or goodness, nor does it exist in infinite measure within our humanness.

  • We believe that Jesus’ cross bridges the gap between humanity and God – the recognition of our limitations and shortcomings as sin, and acceptance of Jesus’ death and resurrection as our pardon makes us perfect in God’s sight and allows us to have a real, personal relationship with the One who created us and holds the world in his hands.
  • We believe that we are made for eternity, and this life on earth is but a breath in comparison.
  • We believe that our lives are just a small part of a bigger story that God is writing, but that as we get rid of the noise and tune into him for guidance in the choices we make, we are able to discover the greatness he made us for and make an impact on the world that no one else could.
  • We believe you, too, are made for greatness, and we want to help you reduce the noise so that you can find freedom to uncover and live out an amazing story that leaves a legacy stretching into eternity.

This is the Weltanschauung from which we live and create content.

Because we recognize God as the infinite greatness, for us, making room for greatness is making room for more of him in our lives, more of him in our relationships, more of him in everything that we do. And we want to be radical about it.

We want to recognize and remove the “weeds” that keep our lives from showcasing him.

We want to streamline every aspect of our lives as much as we can to center around his purpose in us.

Approaching life from this perspective clarifies and simplifies so much for us.

What Weltanschauung are you operating from? Whether or not we are on the same page about that, we hope you’ll find encouragement and inspiration within these pages that empower you to gain clarity and live a more delightfully mindful life.

[1] Dictionary.com
[2] Various sources – Google.com (Dr. Bruce Lipton and Dr. Caroline Leaf)

TicoandTina

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