Kids finish famous quotes.
Strike while the . . . bug is close.
It's always darkest before . . . daylight savings time.
Never underestimate the power of . . . termites.
Don't bite the hand that . . . looks dirty.
No news is . . . impossible.
A miss is as good as a . . . Mr.
You can't teach an old dog . . . math.
If you lie down with dogs, you . . . will stink in the morning.
Love all, trust . . . me.
The pen is mightier than . . . the pigs.
An idle mind is . . . the best way to relax.
Happy is the bride who . . . gets all the presents.
A penny saved is . . . not much.
Two is company, three is . . .
None are so blind as . . . Helen Keller.
Children should be seen and not . . . spanked or grounded.
If at first you don't succeed . . . get new batteries.
You get out of something what you . . . see pictured on the box.
When the blind lead the blind . . . get out of the way.
There is no fool like . . . Aunt Edie.
Assumptions are strongly attached to emotional self-comforting and seem like commons sense, basic intelligence or experiential knowledge. But they aren't. Assumptions are one of the primary tools the mind uses to keep you attached to the mind. In the end they fool you, hold you back, confuse you and make you look foolish. And, they stop spiritual progress dead in it's tracks.
** They are just emotional thoughts in a hurry to justify themselves.**
And assumptions are not You! They aren't as personal as they feel - they are part of the universal mind. If you do not naturally make assumptions, you aren't human as somebody pointed out about Mr. Spock. But this tendency is something we can learn to spot and transcend pretty easily.
Believe it or not they are destructive in many ways. Here's some other ways they hurt you:
1. They undermine your credibility
2. They set you on the wrong path
3. They are confusing to your natural intelligence and sometimes make you argue and fight in a way you would never have done without them.
4. They are easily disproved, making the holder look stupid. This is discouraging - especially when you really have a good point! Then you have to scramble to cover your tracks with distraction, misinformation, opinions or demands.
5. They hurt the holder - A LOT
One of the first things my guru did with me was to call it when I and others were making assumptions. At first it was insulting and felt like he was trying to refute my hard earned experiential understanding. But I couldn't deny that I was counting on "facts not in evidence" as the lawyers say. That means, there was no proof that the facts were correct or true or pertinent. And many times there were factors that I hadn't allowed for, things I didn't know were also in play.
Benefits of loosing your assumptions:
1. You looked more intelligent to people you was speak with.
2. Your mind isn't prematurely closed.
3. You stop feeling like you are talking to a wall, because it allows you to ask questions instead of just making statements.
Assumption purge is a good start - to question anything that looks like a fact can bring a lot to light. "It's going to be cold today." Go outside and see. "She never listens to me." Talk and then listen carefully to see if she heard.
List five "truths" you have that are easily verified or falsified- then test them. Report in the comment section. It must be a one sentence, one concept assumption - likes the examples above. Let's see what happens!