Openness Is A Choice

Openness Is A Choice


An open heart, and open mind, and an open channel.

I’ll be honest, I’ve tried writing this a few times and just wasn’t finding the right angle. I found it though! I kept going on about how openness is so important, and I wasn’t finding the message I was supposed to be writing. As I wrote none of it felt right, not the words, not how I felt as I was writing it, the message was wrong. Until it cam to me, I thought, “What is this?! Being open is a process. It is a practice.”

Our energy gets shaken around and shifted all the time, and openness is a choice. If you want to be open in any way, you’ve got to choose it 100%, repeatedly. Choose it, and choose it again when you are tested. When you notice you were influenced in a way that made you (or is beginning to make you) become closed off, or you want to close up and be left alone, you have to choose openness. Continuously.

Open up, bigger. Let yourself crack and break if you have to.

Remaining closed off is easier. Choosing to be open though, that’s were some serious magic occurs. You learn more, you see more, you’re rewarded more in so many ways. Close-mindedness is easy, darling. You keep your beliefs, you choose your truth and lock it in with a little cognitive dissonance when you need to.

Open-mindedness is harder. You challenge your own belief systems because you choose to hear others ways of thinking + being, you choose to try and find understanding. This can push you to transform and evolve as a person, should you allow and keep choosing to be open.

Keeping a closed heart space is easy. More painful in the long run, sure, but easy in the moments. It’s easy + simple self sabotage. Though it may suck and you may feel like “something is missing and you don’t know what” the choice you’re making to remain intact, unopen, unbroken is easy. Choosing to open up no matter what can be hard too. It can be trying to remain compassionate and kind when your ego wants you to be selfish, but the abundance of experiences you gain from openness is more than worth it.

Due to your openness you’ll meet all kinds of great people, you’ll experience and channel more compassion. You’ll grow and evolve with more ease and trust. When you are open you tell the Universe to come in. You invite opportunity, and the Universe sends it, because now you are open. The opportunity won’t bounce off of you, it won’t be deflected unless you feel like it is truly, wholeheartedly out of alignment. Sometimes this opportunity is the most beautiful experience, sometimes the opportunity comes in the form of lesson and perspective. You aren’t inviting when you are closed off. And if you are asking the Universe for more opportunity while you’re not energetically open, what do you think is going to happen? Not much. That’s confusing to the Divine! Like sending out invitations without the address for the party.

Crack and break if you need to, ease yourself into it in the beginning. Open up and be the channel 110% The world has so much more to offer when you are open to it.

~Riley Reign

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26 thoughts on “Openness Is A Choice

  1. Being open minded is one thing, being open to people is another thing – and both are good.

    A Chinese philosopher who predates Jesus had said that we should not form opinions, because when we do, we become biased, and that is when we become closed-minded.

    Being open to people, I think, makes us a person who is easier to communicate with and with that, the foundation of a good relationship has been set.

  2. Oh I love your posts so much! I would describe myself as an open person, I’ve learnt that being closed off didn’t really help me grow as a person. l actually find people who are a little more introverted than myself harder to talk to and I can find their body language hard to read! This was a lovely read!

  3. In today’s time of intolerance being open-minded is a gift. To be able to hear the other person is a virtue. And being open to adapting new things, meeting new people and absorbing everything with an openness is incredible. Lovely post

  4. I’m quite a closed person, I open up only when I travel because I know the people I meet are the same as me, avid for culture and in love with this world. However, I feel that back home not many people share my believes and I feel that if I open up they won’t really like me for who I am. It’s very complicated for me to open up and trust somebody.

  5. This was a great read. I feel lighter when I’m open because I tend to hide negative feelings inside.But I have read and experienced personally that being open about how you feel is therapeutic. Feelings are meant to expressed not suppressed.

  6. ‘Openness’ is my word of the year for 2016! It’s a new idea for me, really, as I’ve kept myself pretty closed to others for many years as a form of self protection. I’m looking forward to experimenting with being more open and feeling safe at the same time!

  7. I am an open-minded person towards other people, events, and to changes. But of course, being open also means understanding the limits of other people. Openness is the precursor of ¨going out the comfort zone,¨ leading us to another discovery after another as it continuous unfolds before us.

  8. Sometimes my thoughts are a bit unconventional and my choices unpopular that’s why I only open up with those I share the same point of view, my closest friends and my husband because they know me, they understand and they don’t judge.

  9. This is really insightful. I hope I could be more open to more people. I feel uncomfortable opening up with somebody unless I really know them well 🙂

  10. Great and inspirational post. I try to be as open minded as possible, and it brought so many incredible things in my life. I think the majority closed-minded people are like that because they’re not able to be the other way. They don’t have the capacity. Only a great mind can have the openness.

  11. I can relate with the first few lines, that moment when you want to write but right words won’t come out (lol!)
    Your post is truly inspiring because now adays, honeslty, it’s so much more harder to be open, so as to trust. I’ve always been an open person until something came up, but being open is one of the thing that i want to re-develop in myself because as you said, the world has so much more to offer when you’re open to it. I don’t wanna miss that chance. ^_^

  12. Wow you write so deep! This is my favorite line: “Keeping a closed heart space is easy. More painful in the long run, sure, but easy in the moments. It’s easy + simple self sabotage. Though it may suck and you may feel like “something is missing and you don’t know what” the choice you’re making to remain intact, unopen, unbroken is easy”.

    Congratulations on this dear

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