The first stage in observer mode is to step back from whatever is happening at the gross, physical level. There is some drama going on. You see, and hear, and feel, things that are starting to overwhelm you.
Stepping back from the dazzling spectacle and immediacy of the situation, we are observing ourselves and the situation from a slightly removed perspective.
Maybe we are ten feet away watching how the drama unfolds, almost like we are in the audience of a play or movie about our lives. It’s about us but we are also watching.
This position already lifts us above reacting to the drama and loosens the strength of the beliefs and passions driving the story we are observing.
We can see that we are playing a role and we have some choices about how we understand and play this role.
The next stage is to recognize that we are the director of the play, not just of our own performance, but of everyone’s performance along with everything else, including lighting, scenery, musical accompaniment, and sound effects as needed.
From this vantage point, we can immediately see the genre and period being explored, the underlying assumptions being made, the arc of the story, and the ultimate intention or meaning being pursued – the worldview.
The next stage is to find ourselves standing in the back corner of the theatre observing the play, the audience, the director, and the orchestra, and realizing we are the author of it all.
In fact, as we ponder the meaning of this realization, it becomes increasingly clear that we are the creator of the entire scenario, the play, the audience, and the theatre, along with a physical universe wherein all this can play out.
The next stage in the observer mode is where it starts to get fun. It follows that since we are the author and creator of the entire scenario, we can change it!
Observing the drama of our everyday lives playing out in front of us from this observer perspective, immediately and automatically reveals things we can do to get more of what we want.
This wide stance that straddles so many intermediary stages makes choices visible to us that we just couldn’t see before. Choices that can easily move us towards the satisfaction of fulfilling our intentions.