I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections and the truth of the imagination. What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth.
~ John Keats
The things that happen to us in life – the good, the bad, and the ugly – depend on our (mostly hidden) issues. Life responds to the beliefs we have about ourselves, and that’s all. In other people, things and ‘happenings’ are the signs, symbols and messages.
You’ve probably heard these words before. And does it make any difference? You see, it’s easy to misinterpret, ignore, deny and twist the messages you get to suit yourself and what you want to hear. It’s as if when part of you knows that you are 'on the case' actively seeking it, the meaning becomes harder to find – even though it’s often right under your nose.
To illustrate this point; after I had written that last paragraph, I was pacing around the house looking for my mobile phone. Couldn’t find it anywhere, so I called it via my landline... only to find that it was on this very table next to my laptop, hiding underneath something. My daughter laughed and said, “It was right under your nose!” (See what I mean?)
Unless you can call your landline and it will ring and tell you where ‘it’ is, the best way to find something is by not looking for it. This is quite tricky when you really want to find it. It takes some skill to genuinely give up while simultaneously remaining alert enough to recognise ‘it’ when it turns up (and no matter how experienced you are you will still miss it sometimes). The ways to truths are in the spaces between – not in the obvious. Notice that I say truths, plural... there are often many layers to be found.
Look at this ‘magic eye’ picture, for example... you have to relax your eyes and look beyond what’s right there to see the hidden image.
Sometimes it’s easier to see than others... a lot depends on your perspective. And that’s what it’s all about. Having the ability to perceive any situation in several different ways simultaneously is both a blessing and a curse that I have cultivated all my life. I’m careful not to ‘cherry pick’ an interpretation that pleases or harms me most (depending on my mood) because I know that what I see, feel and experience is MINE and that it can change at any moment. What I mean to say is that things are not as they seem but as I make them so. When I get out of my own way, then all is revealed.
Inevitably, any interaction you have with others means that they can also obstruct your process by sticking their judgemental heads in the way and ‘making them so’ in accordance with their own issues, thus interfering with what you experience. This is done intentionally en-mass, via manipulation from the media and entertainment industry, as this picture I took over the weekend illustrates...
(Yet another woman in a red dress - often used in Hollywood movies and by certain 'conspiracy theorists' to associate evil, corruption, and sin with feminine energy.)
This also inadvertently happens with personal connections among often well-meaning family and so-called ‘friends’ – via gossip, speculation and negative criticism, among other things.
You see, I would love to be able to reveal who I am. Please get out of the way.