About Perception or Through The Looking Glass


“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.


19 comments on “About Perception or Through The Looking Glass

  1. Sorry to hear you have an “issue” MarDrag! You’re such a bright shining light for the rest of us that I always imagine you living in the land of sunshine and unicorns. 😀

    I’ll have to ponder the rest of your post for awhile. It’s deeeeeeep.

    • Thank you for that JustDee! But, even in the land of sunshine and unicorns there can be issues….like the sun getting too warm, or is there enough fairy dust to go around, or how do you keep the unicorn’s white coats clean all the time. You know….really important stuff! 😀

      And yeah…I know I got a little deep with this one, but that was where my head was at yesterday. Lack of sleep didn’t help!

      Also, while I have learned so much and incorporated it into my daily living, I am, still, like everyone else and have “stuff” to deal with. If I didn’t, I think that’s when I would go poof! It is what keeps me grounded here! 😀

  2. I am sorry that you have a unresolved hardship. It sounds like you tried everything you could to change it in some way. At least, that is how I perceived todays post. I like how you are willing to change your perception of the issue. I should take note of this. I am at a strange crossroads myself and I go back and forth between me percieveing my issue as very big and small and manageable. For me, a change needs to occur on some level. I want to welcome the change and consider this year as a life lesson but it’s hard to stay in a positive mindframe.

    I do not know what you are dealing with but I wish you the best as you deal with it.

    By the way, I am fan of Carl Jung. I love when you use quotes from him!!

    Thanks for this post.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words Boobah. Like everyone, things in my life are not always perfect. I am sorry for you, too, for your crossroads….but what I have learned, and what I tried to say in this post, is that….it really is in the Perception of how we see it. If you, like myself, have tried everything and it still has not changed….then what is the ONE thing left? Acceptance of it with positive energy. If it is meant to stay the same for a reason, we accept that….and let go. It is then that the solution will come, or it will come clear what to do. We get in our own way so much….with this situation, I just had to get out of the way and say, ok, this is how it will be. Once I did that….a huge amount of pressure came off and I don’t worry about it so much.

      And now….I can revel in the idea that the solution is on its way….because I cleared myself out of the way. Funny how that works!!

      I wish for you that a direction becomes clear for you. Remember, when at a crossroad, there are only 2 directions you can go……so just ask your wiser self within which direction is best for you.

      Cool that you like C.J.! I am a fan too!


  3. Very lovely way to write your thoughts. I am sorry you are or were having a situation that made you feel that way, but I do see that the solution is on it’s way.

    I hope you don’t run out of fairy dust, there is plenty of us who need some spread over us 🙂

  4. Okay. This morning I “get it”. (I was over my daily limit of brain cells yesterday!)

    This is actually something I’ve been trying to do – change my perception (and attitude) about a situation. I *know* looking at it in a negative light is only detrimental to ME. (Must be working because looking inside just now I couldn’t find any anger where before I was seething!)

    • Oh JustDee…..I am so happy for you to hear this! It can be such a relief when Perception swings around and you can release the anger and frustration….even if the circumstances are not ready to change yet. It definitely opens the door for things to change, but most importantly, you won’t be living with the pressure of a negative boulder sitting on your soul anymore.

      Yeah for you!! I wish I had an icon with a smiley face with pom poms! It would be jumping up and down for you….just as my heart is now.

      Many hugs and wishes for a better day for you today….and every day! 😀

  5. Mardrag, I am, like you, one who saves quotes from various sources and pulls them out when needed. Here is one that I think is appropriate for this post:

    A brook would lose its song if we removed the pebbles.

    I think that those pebbles help us find balance in our lives. Without them, how can we appreciate all the joy that surrounds us? Although, I have to admit, I am often weighed down by my own pebbles in life.

    • What a great quote trudie…and so true. Pebbles are a double edged sword of sorts….we need them, yet we are weighed down by them. But…if we can acknowledge our strength while carrying them, draw courage and positive energy from that and give ourselves credit for having courage and strength….than the burden eases and we can also recognize when it is time to put the pebbles down and resume our positive attitude….even if the circumstances are not yet ready to change.

      We don’t have to wait for the circumstances to change….to change our Perception and feel better/more positive. That, I think, is the key.

      Thank you so much for your wise thoughts and conversation! 🙂

      • Thanks Boobah. I get my love of quotes from my mom. When she died, we found a spiral notebook full of quotations that she had compiled over the years. And I thought she came up with the wise things she said all by herself!

      • Wow, Trudie! What a lovely keepsake to have of your mom. That must be very special to you. Especially considering your mom included her wisdom for you to have. That is really awesome.

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