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How to Triumph Over a Dark Time

August 24th, 2010 by Admin | 1 Comment | Filed in Brain & Perception, Inspirational Stuff

We need our bad, difficult or dark times.  They often are a time for reflection, rest, renewing and making good relationships and preparing for a time of success and activity to come. Yet, we usually want to navigate out of them.

How can we turn a difficult period in life into one of victory that leads to greater success and blessing?

A bad or dark time can be understood as a time that we experience that we are not getting what we need, or have lost what we need and cannot see a clear way forward. Even though others may also be experiencing our situation, we often feel alone.

In the Bible’s Genesis 1, the night that follows the sunset is a time of inspiration that ends the activity of one day and begins the next day. After the sunset the day begins with night: a dark time.

Too often we confuse a dark time with an event. A dark time can be understood as an event as it has a beginning, middle and end, but usually it is a cohesive event of its own, even when looked at through hindsight. A cohesive event is like building a house, there is a step by step progression, and although there may be frustrations and unexpected setbacks always occur, we basically understand when we are at the beginning, midway and completed.

A dark time is often a reality that we did not cause, such as the loss of a close loved one or the financial effects of being laid off due to a recession. Yet our person realities, how we see ourselves and our lives must be adjusted or reassessed to include the new reality, in a new and somehow positive way in order to pull out of the dark time.

This kind of struggle is like Jacob wrestling with the angel, as sometimes we feel that we are in conflict with divine forces. We wrestle to find a way to go forward with the inspiration that we have for our lives.

Dark times also follow honeymoon periods, the time in a marriage when adjustments in living and acting as an individual must become being a part of a duo, the time after the baby is born when she keeps the sleep deprived mother up, and the time after graduation when the prior student struggles with finding a job, the demands of daily work and independent living, etc. These are times of reassessment, letting go of egotistical goals, and making special efforts that may not be rewarded, but they can feel like times of great troubles.

Just as night takes away most of the light needed to achieve most activities, dark times are often associated with loss and feeling thwarted or experiencing difficulties going forward.

The focus and work during a dark time is always about how to integrate our new inspiration or understandings about our reality or situation into our lives. It is often a time for changing the goals (not necessarily purposes) from those we had before the time of inspiration or new understanding to ones that include the new ideas.

A dark time is the time to quit pushing the same old solutions and ideas that worked previously. It is the time to reassess, and to ask questions and explore new ways of being and doing that will achieve our purposes but not necessarily our former goals.

Many people in the world today are going through dark times caused by natural events such as earthquakes, mudslides, drought, floods and fires; events caused by wars and economic recession. Nations and peoples can also go through dark or hard times as a group.

The USA went through a dark time during the depression that began in 1929. During the Roaring Twenties we had focused on having a good time, on materialism and status, loosing our focus on developing freedom and tolerance. We were struggling to make capitalism, not democracy work. The attack on Pearl Harbor not only brought us into World War II, it renewed our focus on our Constitutional American values, such as individual freedom, responsibility and tolerance. In the USA World War II was seen as a war of Democracy vs. Fascism, not Capitalism vs. Fascism.

Going to war was not about how other nations saw us, or how we could prosper, it was about standing up for what we believed in. And so we pulled out of the Depression.

Lives change when focus changes to align with our national or individual heartfelt purposes. While Capitalism may be a great system, it is not at the heart of the Constitution of the USA, but may be seen as a by product or a kind of goal.

There are ways to prepare for bad times when in good times. You have probably heard the advice, “Save it for a rainy day”. Yet it takes more than money to pull through a dark time, even when a lack of money from a loss of income or mounting unexpected bills, usually for medical care is the problem.

A personal dark time is the time to renew and review one’s purposes. It is the time to refocus on one’s spiritual relationship with The Divine, and determine how to better live a life that reflects and fulfills that.

Time spent in previous spiritual learning and pursuits such as meditation, positive thinking and prayer can help provide tools and ways to gain comfort. The twenty-first  century breakthrough of XXX SHMR Vision or Bible Eyes can help one to see problems and concerns in a new and less solid way, plus help an individual stay in the present, dealing with the current problems, rather than having past problems and unresolved or unwanted emotions re-stimulated and brought into conscious or unconscious memory.

Focus on what you believe in and take steps that bring your life into harmony with that, ignoring what others think or how this can prosper you. Look for the silver lining, whatever the situation. Ask yourself, what are you learning from this situation that will help you achieve your life’s purposes? While the initial answers may be angry or brittle with bitter humor, eventually some character building or future benefit will be understood. While this may not seem to be equal to the loss or pain of the problem, it does bring you a step forward towards a positive view.

With that realignment you will experience more light and personally begin to pull out of the dark time and move you to a dawn where you can begin to enact your personal inspiration.

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Does Your Mind Use You?

August 10th, 2010 by Admin | 3 Comments | Filed in Brain & Perception, Inspirational Stuff

Many people are more used by their minds, than actually consciously use them.

People believe that the thoughts and ideas that come to them are somehow authentic and relevant. However, most of the ideas that a person has are memories that are triggered by what they are experiencing.

For the average person the perception that triggers the most memories on a continual basis is vision. Vision is our predominant sense. Over 65% of the average person’s brain space is dedicated to the sense of vision in one way or another.

We see through our memories. In other words, our brains decode the data received from our eyes to it meanings that seem to make sense.

As a child your brain learned that illustrations often depict people, places and things. Even the most realistic painting is somewhat abstracted since it is two dimensional. Your brain learned how to use its memories so you could see art.

The first time you saw some of Picasso’s highly abstracted faces, you experienced the phenomena of your brain decoding visual memories, including using the information it had about how to see art — to see in a new way. Your brain can now can use that new way of seeing, those memories of abstracted faces to decode more visual experiences that you encounter every day and also easily see more abstracted art.

Normal adults are experts at decoding visual information. Yet, there are often tag-along ideas and emotions that are attached to our visual memories that we fail to notice.

A baby’s eyes do perceive after birth, however it takes a couple of weeks of the baby gaining visual memories before the brain begins to have enough memories to decode the impressions . After about two weeks the baby can recognize the basic caregiver visually to a degree.

As the child grows more visual memories are gained. Along with these memories of shape and color are memories of emotions and decisions. For instance, someone who has been mean or taunting to a baby is not only recognized but as a part of that memory the babe recalls that she does not like this person!

As adults we continue to experience these undercurrent or subconscious data of our likes and dislikes, repressed emotions, linked memories, etc. as we navigate through our days that are filled with perceptions of people, places and things. However, usually we are not actively aware of this undercurrent of emotional memories and decisions — we are just effected by them.

When we are aware of our memories, we try to steer clear of people, places or things that stimulate our memories of emotions that we wish to avoid. For instance, I lost a baby within a couple of days of his birth due to his medical problems. For several years I avoided the area of a stores that held newborn baby clothes because thus reminded me of my loss.

But avoidance is usually not possible. Adults have so many memories that are tagged to simple shapes colors, sounds, etc. If we live or work with difficult people soon that environment will have many negative or unwanted emotional memories that are subconsciously triggered by the objects associated with that location.

This partly accounts for why a vacation that involves a real change of scene — especially going somewhere new, or the first days on a new job, in a new living environment, or even going to a new restaurant can life our moods. Of course, we also gravitate to places and things that are associated with good memories. We all have mementos and personal treasures that are associated with people we love, our achievements or experiences that we recognize make us feel good.

Tag-along thoughts and emotions can be misunderstood by a person to be relevant or to somehow belong to them at the moment. This is a mistake that can have many repercussions, especially when the thoughts or emotions have negative content.

Some people continue to experience thoughts and emotions that are unwanted because they do not know how to let go of them. The first step is to recognize that any negative emotions or unwanted feelings that have no apparent basis at the moment may simply be subconscious memories that are really irrelevant but were triggered by sensory perceptions.

If you suddenly feel a negative emotion for no apparent reason ask yourself three questions:

1. “What emotion am I feeling?” (Use whatever word or words pop up from your subconscious, such as, “angry”.
2. “Did something in my environment cause me to have this feeling of__________?” (If yes proceed to #3)
3. What in my environment caused me to have this feeling of _________?”

Simply looking at the object and acknowledging the memory will bring relief. This will also put you more in charge of your mind, rather than being the effect of your subconscious perceptual memories.

Emotions are energy. Scientists have shown how though and emotions are energy and produce energy since the early experiments at Yale University over 30 years ago.

A great deal more relief from unwanted emotions that are triggered by common visual perceptions is now easily and effectively available by simply training your brain to see in a new way, called Awakened Vision. You can learn to actively see more of the energy around you through art images that depict more energy. Your eyes already perceive this energy. Your brain generally fails to decode the energy as it seems to be irrelevant since the energies are everywhere always. What we perceive as matter is simply more condensed energy.

Since emotions are energy the brain learns to discard this emotional content of memories it uses to decode perceptions, once you can see with Awakened Vision.

To learn how you can gain more control of visual memory, and discover how you can be free of unwanted and usually unconscious visual triggers of unwanted or negative emotions through Awakened Vision and Judy Rey Wasserman’s Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art SEE The Art of Seeing The Divine.
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How to Increase Your Visual Intelligence

August 6th, 2010 by Admin | 5 Comments | Filed in Brain & Perception

Visual intelligence can be easily increased. The ability to quickly recognize more of what you see, including more nuances, distinctions and meanings is visual intelligence.

Although we need our eyes to see, all that our eyes perceive is impressions of light. Our eyes account for only 10% of our perception of vision. People who have 20/20 vision, with or without corrective lenses differ widely in their visual intelligence.

Easily and effectively you can learn to see more by, well, seeing more. See people, places and things that are new to you.

We see through our memories. The more visual memories we have that are of different people, places and things, the more we are able to perceive.

Science has discovered that 90% of vision happens in our brains. Our brains decode the impressions of light sent by our eyes into meaningful data. We experience the brain’s translation of this data as seeing.

People can be blind, or partially blind when specific areas of the brain that relate to specific types of visual recognition, such as faces, is damaged. We are all also relatively blind to what is radically new to us.

There is a documented story of a European medical doctor who was working with a tribe in Africa over a century ago during the colonial period. He became good friends with the chief who was very intelligent and they spent many off hours together. The doctor was introduced to the tribal culture, which included sculpture and other visual artistic expression, but not painting.

When a show of good European paintings (this predates the acceptance of Modern Art, so these paintings were realistic) traveled to a colonized town within a day’s journey, the doctor invited the chief to accompany him so that he could share his culture’s art.

After they walked through the show, the doctor asked the chief how he liked the paintings of the people and places in Europe. The chief asked what he meant.

It turned out that when the chief looked at the paintings all that he saw was colors, not people, places or things, which were wholly unfamiliar to him. The chief lacked the idea and experience of visual information being conveyed through paint.

They returned to the show, where painting by painting the doctor pointed out what was in the painting until the chief actually had enough new visual memories of paintings depicting people, places and things, that he could see them on his own. Then the chief became delighted with the art and new experience!

The above story explains how we gain greater visual intelligence. Being able to discern images that are comprised of paint, ink or pixels is something normally sighted people in the industrialized world learn to do by the time they are toddlers. But the average toddler, no matter how intelligent, cannot see everything in a detailed painting, such as a Rembrandt, that an adult can. The toddler lacks the many visual memories and encounters with works of art that are necessary to view the subtleties of Rembrandt’s work

This is why young children especially enjoy books where the illustrations are simple and brightly colored. Bright, basic colors are the first ones we learn to see. Yet it is important to introduce and point out more complex shades and color variations to children as the focus it helps them acquire new visual memories and understandings.

Travel, meeting new people who are not of our own familiar racial groups, seeing art and going to movies that include new and different visual information, such as people, places and things created by special effects allows us to increase our visual memories. This means we can recognize. This increases our functional visual intelligence.

So, take the time to break out of your daily visual rut of the places you go, and the environments and people you see. The more different people, places and things you learn to see, the more you will be able to see. Increase your visual intelligence!
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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.

Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]

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