How we See Things

getting clear

It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.

~ Carl Jung

We see things through our own filters all the time. These filters come from our senses and how we interpret them, via our thoughts and feelings, and our individual and cultural beliefs.

Take a moment and reflect on a time when you felt really loved, and how the world becomes a loving place…

Notice too when there is sadness, and the world is pretty miserable…

It’s the same world out there, we just see it through different glasses. It’s our relationship with the world around us that is constantly changing as our thoughts and mood shift.

We have the power to shift our world, and see more clearly, by bringing more and more awareness to our thoughts and feelings and how they impact our view of the world.

As an observer of your self and the world around you, you can decide how to look at it.

Whether you perceive life as a greek tragedy, a comedy, a never ending sit-com or a BBC documentary, is your choice.

45 thoughts on “How we See Things

  1. Yes Val, the apparently subjective is all in our relationship with the coming and going world โ€” the world being things ‘out there’ but also the thoughts ‘up here’ in the mind. And yet there’s something that ties together those thoughts, our feelings, the world and other beings together. This ‘something’ is both there (and here) but isn’t perceivable, isn’t a consciously apprehended mental object, and yet it can be known, by itself, as itself. It rests, so to speak, behind the ephemera of consciousness. Naming it isn’t terribly useful, it seems to me, and yet perhaps ‘awareness’ is the most neutral term? It’s a relationship, as you say, but not one with polar opposites of subject at one end and object at the other. It’s a continuum of relationship with no actual point of centrality, only an imagined one of ‘me here’. H โค

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      • Yes, I sometimes, in paraphrasing, cite Jacques Monod and refer to life as residing in Chance and Necessity. But ultimately I don’t know, dear Bela, about terms like ‘chance’, ‘luck’, and so on. I just don’t know. After all, if there is some sort of karmic influence at work, I would only ever get inklings of it within my own experience. I tend to think, based on the evidence of my own experience, that such a thing is in play, so then when I look at what appears to be a ‘chance’ event, it makes me wonder if it’s really that. What do you think, about karma and all that? H โค

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        • I definitely notice a cause and effect right here, right now – so why wouldn’t that (karma) also hold sway in the continuum of which we speak? Yet most would consider certain events to be random, chance, unlucky or lucky. I don’t rule out anything, because just when I think I know something, it shows me its opposite or close to that (and has done so for years now). Sounds like you’ve had similar experiences, whether differently described or not. I definitely agree karma is a force of balance in the universal sense. โค Hariod And PS – Hey Val! Sorry to hijack your comment thread! โค to you!

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          • Thank you dear Bela and Hariod for continuing the conversation here! I love it ๐Ÿ’›
            I am with you both in this. There is something more than what appears, that connects and weaves into our awareness, or is beyond it….a knowing of something beyond knowing. Karma is such an interesting idea… but also feels limited.

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  2. It is a remarkable aspect of human living, attitude. And taking responsibility for how we experience life through our attitude is a beautiful dance. Wonderful post, Val, and cleverly expressed.

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  3. This is so true, Val! As we go inward, we can learn to know our usual filters and get better in managing them….this is a great reminder! I have noticed that some people have their ‘black-out blinds’ on even when they walk or run in nature…they are all about their fitbit, phone or music and don’t experience any of the surrounding beauty.

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    • What you said reminds me of racehorses who have to run with blinkers, so they don’t freak out. If the horse wasn’t in a race, with the intention to win, there would be no need. Our intention impacts the filters too. Thanks Helen ๐Ÿ’›


  4. I have found this to be true. I’ve taken to reciting my sutras and mantra during the half hour drive to work in the mornings. In addition to seeing the road and other vehicles clearly, I also see colors and details of the natural world on either side of the road I’d missed before. When in touch with my spiritual nature, all is beautiful, even the roadwork and delays!

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  5. I think this is true. We tend to see what we expect to see, and once we realize how much we are imposing our own perspective on the world around us, we can also choose to stop doing so. The older I get, the more I realize that paying attention to all the crazy thoughts jumbling around in my mind is important!

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  6. This is so very true, Val ๐Ÿ™‚
    I think, it helps to stay open-minded and to deny ourselves to swim in bad thoughts. If we choose to view life as a challenge and not as a problem, we get much more help to just go on.

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  7. I think the choice is ours and we can choose again at any time. That’s the beauty of free will and the fact that we can decide to be happy or sad, to concentrate on what ails us or what fulfills us. It’s all up to us, isn’t it? Great reminder Val. โ™ฅ

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  8. So very true and so very important to understand this. Well articulated! “you can decide how to look at it.” is easily one of the most liberating things I was ever taught, tried, and continue to practice. Thanks for sharing this!!!

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