Friday, January 20, 2012

Reason And Perception {finding joy in the night sky}

Projection makes perception.  The world you see is what you gave it, nothing more than that.  But though it is no more than that, it is not less.  Therefore, to you it is important.  It is the witness to your state of mind, the outside picture of an inward condition.  As a man thinketh, so does he perceive.  Therefore, seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world.  Perception is a result and not a cause.  And that is why order of difficulty in miracles is meaningless.  Everything looked upon with vision is healed and holy.  Nothing perceived without it means anything.  And where there is no meaning, there is chaos. 

~From 'A Course In Miracles'

What do you see when you look at the photo at the top of this post?  When I first viewed it through the lens of my camera, it looked a bit like lightning across the night sky.  It's just a tree limb of course, dormant for the winter, not dead at all, though it may appear that way.  Look again; can you see the buds, just under the surface, waiting for Spring to bring them to life? 

Happy Friday, dear friends.

xoxo, Anita 


  1. Such a gorgeous photo... and yes, bring on the Spring! I'm just about ready for some flowers =)

  2. Beautiful post, Anita. Soothing to the soul.

  3. That is a great photo, love the brilliant contrast, and the reverse of expectations. The quote is apt. So often I see people who could change their situation entirely if they would only adjust their perception of it. (So easy to see that in others.)
    Perception is fascinating, and the thing that continues to amaze and perplex me is the perception of color. It is so weird to me that color is simply the absorption or reflection of light by an object.

  4. Thoughtful reflections on a fascinating subject.

    I watched a tv programme recently presented by Stephen Fry about how language alters our perceptions. In cultures with no word for a particular colour the people cannot disguish this colour from another that we percieve to be entirely different. Intriguing.


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