Sunday, August 24, 2008
SEEing is BELIEVING (Perceptual Visioning)
Subhuti asked: "How can the practitioner who wishes to help all beings find enlightenment awaken to the complete and perfect wisdom?"
The Buddha said: "This most subtle awakening comes about through moment-to-moment attentiveness. By way of attentiveness, there is attunement to the ways in which things manifest, such as form and consciousness. The practitioner awakens to perfect wisdom by becoming blissfully free from obsessions with habits, names, sense experiences, personal feelings, and with dread of dying and all the despair that goes with it."
Throughout history we have heard of people called “Seers” . This word has a different meaning to different people based on what they feel it means to “See“.
The division in meaning has occurred because so many have variations of what a “seer” IS rather than what the “seer“ SEES.
“Visionaries“, “Prophets“, “Oracles“, “Readers“, and other names are often substituted and what each claims to “SEE” usually tends to apply only to some sort of obtuse or inner vision.
Before we begin this study we should first define some kind of mutually agreeable term and also we must likewise agree that this is something that caused by or manifest within God.
Let’s first look at definitions:
Source: WordNet (r) 1.7
n 1: a person with unusual powers of foresight [syn: visionary,
2: an observer who perceives visually; "an incurable seer of
3: an authoritative person who divines the future [syn: prophet,
Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Seer \Seer\ (s[=e]r), a.
Sore; painful. [Prov. Eng.] --Ray.
Seer \Se"er\ (s[=e]"[~e]r), n.
One who sees. --Addison.
Seer \Seer\ (s[=e]r), n. [From See.]
A person who foresees events; a prophet. --Milton.
Source: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
a name sometimes applied to the prophets because of the visions
granted to them. It is first found in 1 Sam. 9:9. It is
afterwards applied to Zadok, Gad, etc. (2 Sam. 15:27; 24:11; 1
Chr. 9:22; 25:5; 2 Chr. 9:29; Amos 7:12; Micah 3:7). The
"sayings of the seers" (2 Chr. 33:18, 19) is rendered in the
Revised Version "the history of Hozai" (marg., the seers; so the
LXX.), of whom, however, nothing is known. (See PROPHET.)
Seers go back a long time in human history. A “Prophet” IS A SEER and the Bible certainly does not condemn people for being a “TRUE prophet” or “TRUE seer” so what I am about to teach you is not in any way a harmful or sinful. I only say this because some feel that being a “Seer” is somehow connected to this forbidden by God and this is simply not the case. What I will teach you is actually a perfectly natural way to see what you currently do not.
Perhaps the most difficult thing is realizing that Seeing is not only a Gift that is available to anyone with eyes but also it can be learned by those who choose to take the time and effort it requires. Yes, as with any skill even if you are gifted you must still actually LEARN how to SEE.
Now this is not going to be easy and what you will eventually see may be shocking to some of you because not only will it feel odd when finally you SEE but you will realize just how blind you were. Also, once you SEE you will not believe how utterly amazing it is .. In fact, you will realize that there is VISUAL PROOF of God… for nothing this amazing could just be by chance. It will also provide all the proof you need to see that I am not just some raving lunatic claiming things unrighteous.
The ultimate vision I will show you will prove everything I say of myself and if you get good at it you will be able to actually see details beyond the basics I will share. It is also possible to SEE messages that may be directed specifically to you. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves .
The first step is that you must eliminate your doubt that what I am going to show you is real. It will begin in a way that may seem uncertain but over time the vision will clear up and once it becomes clear you will be able to adjust the inner switch at will and turn it up or down… one warning though, once activated you will never truly be able to turn it OFF.
Some will have the ability to see at a high level of acuity more easily and quickly and others will perhaps only be able to achieve a limited vision .. But it should be enough to get the idea and over time and practice you will be able to pierce deeper and deeper levels of what I will show you.
AGAIN.. This is not witchcraft and there is no occult magic involved here.
I am not going to ask you to call on any kind of evil forces or do anything supernatural.
What I am going to show you is how to see something that is pervasive in the natural world and it’s a completely VISUAL phenomenon. The only real skill is learning how to perceive it and that takes some instruction and practice since you will need to learn how to look at things you see everyday in a way different than you are used to seeing them.
Perception is very interesting and I was around some people who were masters at perception while growing up.
Since I was 14 years old I was either a professional or semi-pro illusionist (some use the term “magician” but truly what I did had more to do with realizing “how people see” to make them “entertained by what they did not see“).
I eventually achieved what is called the Order of Merlin in the International Brotherhood of Magicians and even once helped another famous magician design an illusion later used on a television special starring “Doug Henning” ( a magician popular internationally in the 70‘s).
Here is an interesting article regarding the art of illusion and it shows vividly how magicians are often best equipped to see what others do not and the whole art requires one to become more perceptive:
Tackling robbers, calming aggressive crowds, helping the sick... magicians can use their skill to get out of real-life tight corners.
Magicians are an odd bunch. They spend many solitary hours practicing in front of the mirror, vanishing small objects, making them reappear in unexpected places, burning and restoring money, throwing cards in the air or at the ceiling, all the while talking and laughing to themselves to practice their patter and misdirection.
Most of the time, magicians use their skills to entertain, in shows, parties and restaurants. Occasionally, they use them to help companies and organizations. Some magicians advise casinos and corporations on how to detect cheating and fraud, even testifying as expert witnesses in court.
Others act as consultants in theatres, working with actors and directors to perform seemingly impossible effects, such as creating ghosts or producing balls of fire from a person's hand.
Magic combines psychological manipulation and sleight-of-hand. To secretly remove a spectator's watch, for example, you need to direct his attention away from his watch-bearing wrist.
A spectator will look where the magician looks. Once the spectator's attention is directed away from the crucial spot, the magician can remove the watch using a number of methods in two or three seconds.
He will reveal it only later, when the spectator cannot work out when the "steal" occurred - this is known as "time misdirection". Pickpockets have used these powerful tools for centuries, despite the danger in the Middle Ages of execution if caught.
In fact, many pickpockets operated during the public hangings of their fellow pickpockets, exploiting the inherent interest of the scene to steal with relative ease.
A magician's skills can be applied in all sorts of situations, for both virtuous and criminal purposes.
Last April, David Copperfield and two of his assistants were confronted by armed robbers as they left a performance in West Palm Beach, Florida. While his two female companions handed over their belongings, Copperfield allegedly showed his pockets empty although they contained his wallet, passport and mobile phone.
He called this impromptu technique "reverse pick pocketing" and attributed his composure under pressure to his experience as a showman and magician. Yet fooling criminals is but one use of magic.
In the United States, a number of magicians work with therapists to help young people suffering from depression, low self-esteem and substance abuse, as well as victims of stroke and head injuries.
In 1982, David Copperfield reached into his deep pockets to create Project Magic, a rehabilitation program now used in thousands of hospitals across the world and accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
The Healing of Magic is another successful American project, created by two professional illusionists. Magicians visit hospitals and teach tricks to patients and their therapists, explaining the techniques involved, the psychology behind the trick and ideas for presentation.
Depending on the patient, the goal of these programs is to improve motor and cognitive skills, raise self-esteem and relieve boredom. With practice, patients can perform effects that baffle their able-bodied counterparts.
Magic and medicine, once inseparable bedfellows but now rarely on speaking terms in the Western world, are happily reunited in the work of these therapeutic magicians.
There can also be more immediate uses for magic - as I found in North Africa.
The imposing Jemaa el Fnaa square in Marrakech, Morocco, bustles with activity. Locals eat and chat at the dozens of smoky food stalls, school children, sitting around enormous vats, devour marinated snails by the bowlful, snake charmers proudly display their writhing reptiles, and story tellers recount tales of yore to huddled congregations.
While I soak in the sights, a monkey suddenly appears on my shoulder. The friendly primate belongs to a local man, dressed in traditional Moroccan clothes, who encourages my partner and me to take photos. A few clicks later, the man asks for a huge sum.
My polite protestations are met only with aggression and simulated outrage. As we walk away, he follows us with renewed anger, hurling insults.
After failed attempts to negotiate a reasonable price, I take a handkerchief from my pocket, wipe my brow, and vanish it. For once he goes quiet, stares at my empty hands, and summons his friends. The handkerchief reappears. They cheer and let us pass.
Why, in an age of special effects and scientific miracles, is magic still alive? Why did my Moroccan friend relax when seeing the trick?
Magicians will offer different explanations. My own view is that magic, in the right hands and performed close to the spectator, is an invitation to wonder, to step outside the ordinary confines of the intellect.
For a brief moment, the spectator's anxieties vanish to make way for wonderment. The Moroccan man, upon seeing the handkerchief disappear, no longer cared for my money. His mind was elsewhere.
Magic can recreate in many adults those sublime, awe-filled moments of childhood. For this reason, magic will continue to thrive.
So if you buy a magic set for Christmas, do not underestimate what lies in the box. Tolerate the early days, the requests for attention, the flawed performances, and the curious mumblings emerging from the bedroom. In the future, that budding magician could prove a most useful ally.
Copyright: BBC News
All illusions created for entertainment are designed to “look” one way and “be” another.. In other words there are things like tables that can fit a whole person (hidden comfortable) even though from the audience they appear to only be maybe an inch or two thick. Such tables use a visual trick called “forced perspective” and those who saw the Christmas movie with Will Ferrell called “Elf” got a view of the same idea when it was used to make Will appear huge next to other actors on the same set who appeared small.
Almost all films made now use some special effects somewhere in them and all of these things are based on various ways to make one thing look like another in some way.
I bring this all up because the first step to seeing what I will show you (and I mean REALLY SEEING IT) is to strip back the first “blatant perception” and show you how to see secondary or “subtle perception (s)“.
Lets take a moment and examine some information regarding perception in general:
Definition of Perception
Perception is the process by which organisms interpret and organize sensation to produce a meaningful experience of the world. Sensation usually refers to the immediate, relatively unprocessed result of stimulation of sensory receptors in the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, or skin. Perception, on the other hand, better describes one's ultimate experience of the world and typically involves further processing of sensory input. In practice, sensation and perception are virtually impossible to separate, because they are part of one continuous process.
Thus, perception in humans describes the process whereby sensory stimulation is translated into organized experience. That experience, or percept, is the joint product of the stimulation and of the process itself. Relations found between various types of stimulation (e.g., light waves and sound waves) and their associated percepts suggest inferences that can be made about the properties of the perceptual process; theories of perceiving then can be developed on the basis of these inferences. Because the perceptual process is not itself public or directly observable (except to the perceiver himself, whose percepts are given directly in experience), the validity of perceptual theories can be checked only indirectly.
Historically, systematic thought about perceiving was the province of philosophy. Philosophical interest in perception stems largely from questions about the sources and validity of what is called human knowledge (epistemology). Epistemologists ask whether a real, physical world exists independently of human experience and, if so, how its properties can be learned and how the truth or accuracy of that experience can be determined. They also ask whether there are innate ideas or whether all experience originates through contact with the physical world, mediated by the sense organs.
As a scientific enterprise, however, the investigation of perception has especially developed as part of the larger discipline of psychology. For the most part, psychology bypasses the questions about perceiving raised by philosophy in favor of problems that can be handled by its special methods. The remnants of such philosophical questions, however, do remain; researchers are still concerned, for example, with the relative contributions of innate and learned factors to the perceptual process.
Such fundamental philosophical assertions as the existence of a physical world, however, are taken for granted among most scientific students of perceiving. Typically, researchers in perception simply accept the apparent physical world particularly as it is described in those branches of physics concerned with electromagnetic energy, optics, and mechanics. The problems they consider relate to the process whereby percepts are formed from the interaction of physical energy (for example, light) with the perceiving organism. Of further interest is the degree of correspondence between percepts and the physical objects to which they ordinarily relate. How accurately, for example, does the visually perceived size of an object match its physical size as measured (e.g., with a yardstick)?
So before we can see the unseen we must understand perception first .. Then you need to make the change from one way of seeing (Blatant) to the other way of seeing (subtle).
One way to begin this process is by helping your mind accept that perhaps what it believes it sees as normal perception may itself be questioned. Optical Illusions then become a tool which we can use to accomplish this odd sounding task.
So let us examine Optical illusions for a moment.
First we ask what do you see here in Figure 1? Is it a Word? Or is it a Face? Actually it is BOTH!
Which did you perceive first and then which appeared second in your mind?
Let’s try another.
Here in Figure 2 we see three separate images in a single image… Can you list what you see?
You should see (1) Two Aged Persons facing Each other, (2) A Mexican Village with two gentleman in Sombreros .. One with a Guitar .. And a lady coming out of a door
& (2) A goblet.
Did you catch them all? Lets see if you caught something else . What was wrong numerically with the above list… Did you notice “(2)” was listed twice and “(3)” was missing? (hahaha.. Just keeping you on your toes). Remember perception can be tricky. The idea is to become and maintain awareness at all possible perception levels.
Now we are going to take a while and let you explore some other optical illusions. This is very important and essential to what we will discuss in the next installment. So do not just quickly visit these sights.. Examine them and read up on what makes you see things in such odd ways.
WHY DO YOU SEE THINGS AS YOU SEE THEM?
DO OTHERS SEE WHAT YOU SEE?
IS IT WISE TO ASSUME WHEN WE SEE THINGS THAT WE SEE THEM COMPLETELY?
SHOULD WE ASSUME WE SEE THEM CORRECTLY?
COULD IT BE THAT WE ARE SO BUSY SEEING WHAT IS BLATANT THAT WE SIMPLY DO NOT SEE THE SUBTLETIES?
COULD IT BE THAT WHAT WE SEE MIGHT BE SOMEWHAT ILLUSARY INUN ITSELF?
WHO DEFINES WHAT WE SEE OR DO NOT SEE?
Some might say…
…TO REALLY SEE ABOVE THE BLATANT LEVEL ONE MUST “QUESTION REALITY!”
OPTICAL ILLUSION LINKS:
Imaginal Perception – The Real Twilight Zone
One possible explanation is that it was an example of what French esotericist Henri Corbin described as ‘Imaginal Perception’. Corbin’s theory, which at the time he related solely to the world of the mystic, was simple; that a third state exists between physical reality and our imagination. This state is every bit as corporeal as our physical environment and can have a measurable effect on us, which is just as real as anything we would experience in our normal world. Those who are able to directly experience this third state witness the fusion of the real world and the dream world. According to Corbin, this third reality is one that is effectively sculpted by our own belief systems, drawing on archetypal imagery and symbolism. He contends that what we experience in this state is not our imagination, nor is it representative of concrete reality; it is a unique middle ground that interacts with both realms while existing independently and affecting us as if it was part of the physical world.
Henri Corbin is not alone in his thinking, in fact several notable scholars including quantum physicist Michael Talbot, author of the “Holographic Universe”, and psychologist Carl Jung support very similar theories. Rather than restrict imaginal perception’s application to the mystical world, observation has demonstrated that the same state can be found in aspects of quantum physics and also in psychology. Not only does imaginal perception seem to share a common bond with science, mysticism and psychology, researchers have observed that it can also be used to further our understanding of many aspects of the paranormal world.
Corbin describes imaginal perception by explaining that:
“Between the universe that can be apprehended by pure intellectual perception and the universe perceptible to the senses, there is an intermediate world, the world of Idea-Images, of archetypal figures, of subtle substances, of "immaterial matter". This world is as real and objective, as consistent and subsistent as the intelligible and sensible worlds; it is an intermediate universe 'where the spiritual takes body and the body becomes spiritual,' a world consisting of real matter and real extension, though by comparison to sensible, corruptible matter these are subtle and immaterial. The organ of this universe is the active Imagination; it is the place of theophantic visions, the scene on which visionary events and symbolic histories appear in their true reality."
Corbin paints the picture of a realm where the quantum universe that science knows exists, interacts with the immeasurable world of the mystic, a world where we might begin to understand the supernatural and the paranormal. It could be argued that what Henri Corbin is describing is a previously unacknowledged law of nature, one that if we could understand, would change our perception of reality itself.
If Corbin, Jung and Talbot are correct, then our understanding of reality only offers us a limited comprehension of our potential in the quantum world. To understand the implications of the theory and begin to work with it, it becomes necessary to fuse logic, a state that society tends to gravitate towards, with intuition, something that often takes a back seat. The mystic or shaman can shift their consciousness to interact with the dimensional frequencies of the universe, creating connections to otherwise inaccessible universes that are every bit as real as our physical world. Some of those new worlds will emerge from the consciousness of the individual, but others will originate from the global sea of emotional and spiritual energy that we call the collective consciousness or group mind. The Shaman visits worlds and has direct interaction with beings that are created as a result of the collective consciousness.
At a future time I will show you something even more amazing and will actually provide proof that there is a message FROM GOD right in front of you all the time… actual WORDS you can read.
Maybe some of you have already noticed a few and there are some people who even though I clearly present the evidence will deny it. The reason most either do not or refuse to see such evidence is that the idea of such a possibility seems too outlandish and fanciful. Thus most people have actually have blinded themselves by simply NOT believing such could be so.
CAN YOU “SEE”???
(ALSO, check out my latest YouTube video about JOHN TITOR.. a mysterious internet figure who claims to have come FROM THE FUTURE and many actually believe him)
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