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A Chosen Perception

This was not some 3-D eye game where you have to cross your eyes to reveal a hidden image.  This was artful photography in a beautiful environment that I had quickly, subconsciously, and firmly decided what I was looking at.

It was one picture, but two photographs were taken to comprise it (I think- don’t quote me).

I enjoyed gazing at this great two-part photo of a person standing next to a fence with her hand on a rung of the fence; and in the overlapping pose she was facing the opposite direction.

After maybe an hour of visiting my colleague discussed the picture.  I was informed of some particulars. The information that became alarming to me was that she was not standing next to a fence, but next to a building.  Her hand was not on a rung of the fence, but on a window sill. (What?!)

As I stared more intently at this picture, I tried to force my eyes to see what I was being told was there.  It was not easy. I first had to convince myself that the “rungs” on the fence I saw were actually the slats of siding on a building.  Okay….got that far, now where’s the window sill? I looked up to the sides of where her hand was (where my brain told me the sides of a window should be if one really existed in this picture) and to my amazement the window appeared within the picture, as well as the roof of the building and the entire outline!

I stared in disbelief at this picture as more details revealed themselves to me…..I mean as I accepted the details I was already looking at.  I have reflected on this picture countless times since that day to remind myself how even the most rational of minds (mine is the most rational to me of course right?) are existing within a chosen reality.

My brain had picked quickly what made the most sense and even enjoyed the particulars of it.  But it didn’t exist! In how many other areas of life are we functioning on this basis? And is there anything wrong with that?

The answer is individual to each situation.  But I bring to my mind this example whenever I am faced with perceptions that differ from mine.

What we see is what we decide to see.  And that’s okay, as long as we are willing to allow in new information, and adjust our perception as the new info comes in.

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