“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” ~ Edgar Allen Poe
“The more I see, the less I know for sure.” ~ John Lennon
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” ~ Carl Jung
“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ~ W.B. Yeats
“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite.” ~ William Blake
“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” ~ Lao Tzu
“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” ~ Aldous Huxley
“Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty.” ~ David Hume
“No one else has access to the world you carry around within yourself; you are its custodian and entrance. No one else can see the world the way you see it. No one else can feel your life the way you feel it. Thus it is impossible to ever compare two people because each stands on such different ground.” ~ John O’Donohue
“In this treacherous world, nothing is the truth nor a lie. Everything depends on the color of the crystal through which one sees it.” ~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca
from the Desk of MarDrag:
Through the looking glass, Alice says in Wonderland, through the looking glass we go. As we go, is our vision clear, and do we see what we really see? Is it our imagination? Or is it truth with a lesson for us to see?
We are certain to fall down a rabbit hole or two….and meet madhatters (in our own minds) that would confuse and mislead us. Even cheshire cats that would smile at us as they tell us wrongs. So how do we know if we are in a dream, or have fallen into a nightmare?
It is all in the Perception of what we see in the glass.
I have a perpetuating circumstance going on (and on!) in my life that….in my darkest moments I cringe and grouse about and call it a nightmare. I have a very colorful vocabulary in which I find many words to castigate myself with and my soul can burn with impatience and angst about it. In my better moments and lighter moods, I can see it as just a nuisance and recognize that it is here for a reason and is not ready to be worked out yet. Though I have tried many “brilliant options” to change it, it stays the same….for now. Some days it looms huge in my perception, while other days it shrinks to a small pebble that I would, if I could, kick aside.
So, if several people look at that same pebble, would everyone see that rock the same? Or will some see it for its beauty while others see just a hard chunk of earth.
It is all in the Perception.
Situations in our lives and the world are what they are and we should certainly take steps to change, gain movement or better things as we live our lives. Taking active steps to adjust, modify or transform our lives (and the world) are essential to growth and movement so we live the lives we wish to and make ourselves the better people we aspire to be and the world (as well as our own little world) the better place we wish it to be.
But the first step is still….changing our Perception.
A looking glass can be looked “through”, but it also has a reflection. And in that reflection is our true self. If we look long and hard at that reflection, we will see the truth of the matter and, big or small, we will find its source….and our way home to the solution.
It is all in the Perception.
If we look at it with negative eyes, we will only see the harshness of it. If we look at it with positive eyes, we will see that, though there may be pain, angst or frustration about it, we can still manage it until the change is ready to happen. When it is time, we will wake up to the solution, or at the very least, the acceptance there is a reason it still perpetuates. Then the beauty of it, or the humor, can make its way through and we can move on from it for the moment and set a lovely tea to enjoy.
Either way….it is all in the Perception.