Have you ever watched a really good magician perform a magic trick? Have you had the experience that even though the trick looks “real” and your eyes seem to “see” the trick as truth, in your mind you are certain that what your eyes have seen is false?
This is because our mind has been conditioned to not trust what our eyes see in these instances. We know or have been taught that magicians are skilled at fooling our eyes.
Then why is it that when we witness any other events in our life with our eyes, we believe them to be absolutely true? Why is it when someone cuts us off on the road, we trust your eyes to believe that we were actually cut off? Why do we not see it as the other person is desperate to protect themselves against some perceived pain or threat by making an impulsive decision to change lanes?
What is the difference between the magician’s trick and any other events we witness every day?
The difference is conditioning.
We have been conditioned to believe that outside of a magician’s trickery, we can 100% trust what we see with our eyes.
The problem with this is that things are not always what they appear to be.
We can always take a second look with a different perspective to remind ourselves, that anything can be viewed many different ways yielding many different “versions” of the truth and no version is truer than others.
That is why when we watch a magician perform a trick over and over, we begin to notice the sleight of hand or the distractions put in place to divert our attention away from the trickery. When we look more closely and pay more attention we actually expand our perception to see the same event from different angles focusing on different aspects and suddenly the whole event looks much different.
Here is where responsibility and choice come into play.
How do we want to see things in our world today?
Do we want to see ourselves separated from everything, alone and defenseless, fending for ourselves in a lonely landscape of survival?
Or do we want to see ourselves connected to everything, our lives representing one aspect of the whole human family of which we are a part, supporting each other to realize that our true identity is the love of God?
Every time we view something with our eyes, we can question what we have seen and ask ourselves if we like what we see? Does this bring us peace? Or would we like to take a second look and see things differently.
If the events in the world are like magicians’ tricks, then nothing is really as it appears to be. It is up to us to take a second or even third look with the intention of how we want to see the event, either from the viewpoint of separation or of connectedness.
If we are stuck in a vision that is painful, asking for help to see things differently can make all the difference. By letting go and admitting to God or the Universe that we want a different vision of the event that is causing us pain, one that is more connected, loving and joyful, it will come.
All it requires is the humility to ask, to admit that our perception is conditioned to be non-loving and judgmental and that we want help to change our vision of the world.
If we ask for this help, we will receive it.