You don’t see with your EYES. You SEE with your BELIEFS.
The actual seeing is not all about the conscious observation. Your seeing starts the moment your visibility is subjected to an area or a scene. The real sight extends horizontally, vertically, diagonally beyond your area of visibility. Your listening and sensibility also contribute to what you see. The data or information collected is processed in your mind. Here is where the materials, evidence, facts, figures, statistics from various sources reside. These various sources are you, your experiences, your observations for one. The other sources are your hearsays, what you have heard from people and your readings, all that you have read. These sources, self and non-self form the beliefs.
Finally what registers as ‘seen’ or ‘saw’ is the product of interpretations using information from all the above. These interpretations go through cross questioning, arguments, cajoling, convincing. All of which happens internally. The version that has had the most influence on you is the one that surfaces as the final version. And this is what you agree to admit to having seen.
You would most certainly agree that what you see is really never the complete picture. There are parallelly and in the background, many situations happening which are responsible for resulting in one scene that you see. So it would be fair to say that this way of reporting on what you have seen mainly depends on many other factors than what is actually being seen or has been seen by you.
Now as an exercise to compare what you have seen with a possibility of it being something other than what you have seen. Do the following steps. (a) See (b) Write down/ state based on the process you usually employ what you saw. (c) Now write it scene by scene what you saw.
You will be pleasantly surprised at the energy your earlier version i.e. (b), takes as compared to this one i.e. (c).
The scope of misinterpretations, confusions, complications in the second way reduces to a great extent.
The earlier version of seeing is, however, a requirement when you need to make an informed decision, with given, available or less information which may not be enough. So you need not completely rule it out. You use it to plan a future strategy, creatively visualise, and for investigations or research purposes.
Decide where you can be factual and where you need to be interpretational.
What you see, you perceive.
What you perceive you express.
What you express is what you are convinced that you saw.
What you are convinced is directly based on the beliefs that you have.
When anything connected with people and situations that come as a learning to ‘let go’ or ‘forgiveness’, then assessing them ‘as is’, helps in this.
When anything connected with people and situations that come with a learning that requires a detailed analysis or delayering, then here it is required to understand what you have seen and what you know.
Clearly, your seeing has many influences. It can be beneficial. Use them wisely. Remember when to simply them when you need to.
You need not deny to yourself what you have seen. But, accept that it is only your version of visibility. Also, be open to hearing someone else version of their visibility. This will add to your creativity.
Reena Yadav, IADLife
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