We are all interested in increasing the strength, vitality, peace and passion we experience. To do this we practice. Understanding what we are doing and why we are doing it makes practice way more powerful. To increase our understanding it is important to see how we see things. We must view our view. Our perspective greatly influences our perception and what we perceive has a huge influence on what we can do. There are many ways to organize how we see and understand ourselves. These perspectives have been called worldviews.
Worldviews are maps. It is important to understand that all maps, even the best of them, are only tools. Maps help you locate yourself. The map, however, is not the territory; the map is only one perspective, one way of seeing what we are looking at. Maps have different uses. Some excellent maps are useless for some tasks. A great topographical map, for example, is not useful if you are looking for the state capitals. What is important is to have a map that is appropriate for your purpose – a functional map that you can use. Maps are essential because they help us orient ourselves. Maps can be dangerous because if you cling too tightly to it you might miss seeing what is around you.