Reframing Meanings Beliefs

"There is nothing eithergood orbad, but thinking makes it so." (William Shakespeare)

If a belief exists as a set of representations or thoughts—to which we then say 'Yes!", then as soon as we begin to say "Well, maybe..." (questioning doubt) to it, or "No, no way!" (disbelief), or bring other sets of representations or frames to bear upon it—the reframing process has begun. Reframing simply refers to putting a different frame-of-reference around a thought.

Yet when we do something as simple as put another frame around a thought—reality changes. At this point, magic transpires! And so everything changes. Reframing therefore offers us a way to change our mind, send new signals and commands to our nervous system, increase our options, expand our choices, enhance our emotions, enrich our life, liberate us from imprisoning mental boxes, and turn limitations into resources.

The Structure of Meaning: An Inside Job

Since meaning does not occur "out there" in the world, but "in here" (imagine me pointing to my head-and-body), nothing means anything in and of itself.

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Nothing in and of itself means anything.

It takes a Meaning-Maker to construct an association, set a frame, link events, and marry concepts.

Things (events, actions, etc.) only "mean" something (have connection with a mental understanding) when we make the linkage. Meaning exists as an inside job. It takes a meaning-maker to create meaning. You've never walked along the sidewalk and stubbed your toe on a meaning that someone dropped or discarded. You've never picked up a meaning and smelled it.

Meaning doesn't exist "out there." It always takes a performerto act upon the events of the world to construct meaning. Hence, the Meta-Model distinction of "Lost Performative." Meaning only exists in the magic meaning box that we create when we attach and link a thought (set of representations) to an external event. Hence our formula:

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