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New Study Finds How Our Brains Limit Our Memories

December 3rd, 2015 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Brain & Perception

The journal of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences recently published the findings of a study exploring how people visually process and remember information about similar and dissimilar objects. This study was led by Michael A Coben of Harvard University’s psychology department.

The new research findings seem to show that our brains use different sites in the visual cortex to interpret different categories of visual stimuli. This indicates that when people are visually shown too much of the similar visual images (stimuli), those visual circuits can become overloaded. When we gain many similar memories for long term storage, we tend to exclude memories gathered at the same time that are irrelevant to the current visual upload.

For instance, when viewing a series of tools, one image after another, hammer, chisel, screw driver, — but then an image of an apple, then back to more tools, wrench, pliers, drill, etc., people tend to forget about the apple, when questioned at a later time abut what images they saw. The apple did not “fit” into the overall memory information. Thus how we instinctively are set up to store our visual memories may be efficient, but not accurate.

One study involved showing participants a grouping of four things flashed for less than a second. Sometimes the groupings were all of a similar group, such as the tools mentioned above, or scenes, or faces, or bodies. Researchers also used groupings were of two alike images, such as scenes and two other images, such as faces.

The participants were more likely to accurately recall four similar images than four dissimilar images even when questioned immediately after the viewing.

Brain scans were then conducted, which revealed evidence of the memory differences. When the participants viewed faces neurons were activated in one part of the occipitotemporal cortex. Viewing scenes activated neurons in a wholly separate part of the region. The sight of bodies or objects stimulated still different clusters of brain cells.

That we use different areas of our brains to store different kinds of memories has been previously explored, and explains certain kinds of blindness such as prosopagnosia, also known as face blindness.

However, there are only so many routes into those places in the brain where faces, scenes, objects or scenes are represented. The study results suggest that attempting to remember too many different kinds of images at the same time creates a kind of brain traffic jam or overload.

This new understanding would also help explain some differences in the accounts of eye witnesses. Witnesses may have retained different memories, even though they witnessed the same events.

As an artist and museum and gallery visitor this also makes sense . I am always discovering new visual ideas in great works, such as those of Vincent Van Gogh or Pablo Picasso. Maybe this is because I have changed and seen more, thus added to my visual ability to actually see, but perhaps, the new visual information was perceived but not retained as during the prior encounters with a work, I was focused on other areas.

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How to Discern a True #Free #Giveaway from a Scam on Social Media

May 30th, 2014 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Brain & Perception, Inspirational Stuff, Social Media & Media

Call me old fashioned, but I hold that if something is promised or promoted then it should be free. When something is offered as free, then there is an implied promise that it is absolutely, free – not free if or free when or, one of my least favorites, “Buy one and get one free!”  That second item is not “free”, it may be a bonus, or the item can be honestly called, “two for the price of one”, but the second item really has a cost, as both items are half-priced.

Cost is not just about money. Your time can be more valuable than money. We live and breathe in time, not money. No one who is dying ever asks for, “Just one more dollar before I go.”

If you have to do something to get something then an exchange of goods and services has taken place. On social media,and especially now popular on Twitter, under the hashtags of #giveway or #free there are many scams. People are frequently asked to ReTweet (RT) a tweet about a “giveaway” or “free” item in order to qualify for that item. Sometimes this is just for the chance to win an item. This is a scam, not a giveaway. The item is only offered in trade for the service of a RT.  Thus the item is earned. It may seem worth a RT for the opportunity to gain the item, but even so, it is a scam. Even if you get the item, the original offer is inherently a lie and hence a scam. Do you want to participate or encourage others to participate in that?

Giving away bonuses is wonderful. I like to give and get bonuses –but a bonus is not a free gift if it is given only if one buys or does something. It is a bonus. Who does not appreciate a good bonus?! Also, who turns down a good twofer, as in two for the price of one? Yet call a twofer “Buy one get one free”, and there is a lie concealed in what could be a good offer.

Perks, rewards and bonuses can all be legitimate and very good deals. These are used with great success via crowd funding sites. I am about to launch my a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo and have prepared what I considered to be great perks, fantastic opportunities of art, recognition and fun to reward contributors who help me change the world with a brand new vision.  On crowd funding sites it is made very clear that there is an exchange made, everything is stated and the terms as clear.

Elsewhere, on blogs, and in books and training programs that unsuspecting people buy, marketers are busily teaching otherwise honest people how to scam in ways that at first seem legitimate. One idea is to give something digital away for free in order to gain the prospect’s email. This is called “permission marketing”. A favorite thing to give away in order to get someone’s email is an e book. If the e book is offered in exchange for an email address the deal is not a scam. However if the e book of digital download is offered as free, and all one needs to do if give a email address so that it can be sent, the deal is a scam and a lie, even if the item is a good one.

It is now easy to freely giveaway a free ebook without asking the recipient for their email address. If a person wants one of my free e books, it is as easy as clicking on a link. Then another window opens and the PDF, or zipped EPub or Kindle file is there to immediately download. This may be considered awful marketing by some marketers; yet, when I say my prayers my conscience is clear in relation to my free ebook giveaway. You can see my method in action, and even download a free e book in the format of your choice at Just click on a link for your preferred format for e books and watch how easy (and free) this instantaneous method is!

This blog was “inspired” by a tweet from an author who I had followed. He is a new author and who has self-published a kind of self-help or inspirational type of book, which I thought looked interesting. Instead of immediately following me back, he sent me a tweet that said,” Thanks, by following, my e-book “XXXXX” is yours for free. Simply RT to confirm.” Those X’s are where the title of his book was. Now he follows me back. I am glad because he did us all a favor with that tweet, because I truly do not think this person realizes he is involved in a marketing scam. His other stuff is on the up and up, and rather true blue. This is why I am not using his Twitter ID or book’s title to “out” him.

Essentially he wanted me to advertise with a RT for him, which is a form of sponsored tweet since I would be paid with his book. Even sadder is that strongly doubt this author thought up his scheme all by himself. He was taught this dishonest but clever marketing method by a “marketing authority.” He just did not think the ramifications through. There are many other really good people, often creative people who are not business types such as authors or artists who have fallen prey to bad advice from so-called marketing gurus.

Perhaps, my mailing list grows and has people opening my mail because the only place I ask for their email address in exchange for something is for my e-newsletter or the times I have given a free webinar as I need to send information such as phone numbers, links and codes to participants. There is no way to send an email or e-newsletter without an address.  Earlier on, when the Internet was younger, people needed email addresses in order to attach digital downloads.  This remains a good method for sending paid for digital woks. Yet for e books or other “free” information email addresses are no longer needed.

People are smart. If they get good value and benefit they will come back for more. If you are a member of my list, you know, I do not bombard members with email, but do send news and sometimes freebies or special discounts. Time is valuable.

Having a cleaned conscious may not seem worth making a sale to some people, but there is another compelling reason that when a potential customer or customer is offered a freebie, that it needs to be actually free: trust. Every great and successful brand is trusted. Trust is never really free but it cannot be bought –only earned over time. It goes back to the golden rule, which is the best marketing advice ever: do onto others as you would have them do onto you.

Currently, and running through an upcoming crowd funding campaign, the popular e book is available absolutely for free. If you are reading this prior to the beginning of the campaign, check the top right column on this page for a link to the e book in various formats for the Kindle, iPad and other readers, including PDF, which works universally. Get the book this inspiring book can help change the way you actually see the world, through a revolutionary, new Bible based art, and this may be a fulfillment of  prophecy for the end times. Is this for real? See for yourself. Get the book — it is really for free, no stings, or emails requested.

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In The Beginning’s Cover Story

April 18th, 2014 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Bible, Book, Brain & Perception, Inspirational Stuff, Prophecy

In the Beginning tells the story of the experiment that became Post Conceptual Art’s New theory, including UnGraven Image art, and then the discovery of how that art can actually change how people see — and how that new way of seeing seems to fulfill Bible prophesy for the Latter Days.

The image below reveals the new cover for the book.

So that you can see about this for yourself, the ebook of In the Beginning, will be available for free, as a gift during an upcoming Crowd Funding campaign, to fund a larger book and ebook that entitled Genesis. The fastest way to get your free copy and news of the funding campaign so you can have first dibs on the Early Bird and Door Buster rewards (think: original art) is become a member of my newsletter. The ebook’s free availability will also be announced on my two blogs, and,, and also through posts and tweets on social media.

The art image in the cover is from my Genesis Sunsets and also Duets series, and the sub-series of “Hands”. Here, I am doing a visual duet with Michelangelo’s creation of Adam from the Sistine Chapel. All of my strokes for the sunset are the original letters of Genesis 1-2:7. You will find more on both sunsets, including art and inspiration and a new SHRM Activity in the upcoming ebook.

In the Beginning by Judy Rey Wasserman

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A smaller e-book will be available soon that is also filled with art, inspiration and Awakening Vision Experiences. The smaller brand new e-book will be available for free before the launch of the Crowd Funding campaign and that will also be available to mailing list subscribers first.

If you wish to have an advantage and to know exactly when the campaign goes live so you have first choice of the rewards that are for originals or limited editions,and get a copy of the free e book, you can use this link to sign up for the revamped free newsletter:

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How to Reverse a Jinx or Bad Luck via Brain Science

October 10th, 2013 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Brain & Perception, Inspirational Stuff

A new study from by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business indicates that some actions to undo what is perceived to be a jinx or bad luck often work better than others – plus the news that these actions can actually work!

Being jinxed is a matter of one’s own personal perception of belief, and our beliefs about ourselves and our fates tend to be self-fulfilled. Furthermore we tend to “bring” to ourselves that which we fear and place out focus upon.For example, most of us have a reasonable fear of certain animals that can harm or attack humans such as lions, tigers and grizzly bears. Yet we give little thought to these fears, especially if we live in modern civilized areas because we live in areas where these animals are absent.  

Fears that people can and do focused on in modern industrial societies involve concerns with one’s personal financial state, accidents, health and relationships.  A person can feel jinxed in one of these areas by a comment made by another or that slips out of one’s own mouth. Even a positive comment, such as the news that a disease is in remission or an investment is doing well, can be perceived to be “tempting fate.’

To undo a jinx, the most common superstition in Western culture is the action of knocking on wood. Other popular actions based on superstitions that people believe will reverse or thwart bad fortune spitting or throwing salt.  Even people who aren’t particularly superstitious often participate in these practices.

According to the new study, superstitions actually do “reverse” perceived bad fortune. Actually, what occurs is that people’s elevated concerns after tempting fate can be eliminated if they engage in a ritual to undo the then expected bad luck.

The ritual superstitious action acts like a placebo, taking away the need for the person who felt jinxed to focus attention on that fear.

The study found that the most effective rituals for overcoming bad luck involved am exertion of force that moves away from one’s body, such as knocking on work, spitting or throwing salt. Actions that moved towards one’s body were less effective.

In five separate experiments that involved both superstition-based actions and non-superstitious actions of “discarding away from the body, or keeping something close, the results showed that those people who preformed the away focused action had a better outcome. For example, one of the non-superstition based actions involved having a subject participant either throw or hold a ball.

“Engaging in an avoidant action seems to create the sense that the bad luck is being pushed away,” said Jane Risen, associate professor of behavioral science at Chicago Booth.“Reversing One’s Fortune by Pushing Away Bad Luck,” is the name of the study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. Co-authors are Yan Zhang of National University of Singapore and former Chicago Booth student, and Christine Hosey, a current Chicago Booth student.
Art that can help you gain a new way of seeing your world

Genesis Dalet by Judy Rey Wasserman
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Why New Year Resolutions Usually Fail – & One that Easily Works!

December 27th, 2011 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Brain & Perception, Inspirational Stuff

At the New Year many people resolve to change their lives for the better, leaving the old unhealthy, unworkable ways and embracing the new. We want self improvement that has us looking good and feeling good!

Unfortunately habits of thinking and behaving are difficult to change, so the diets, quitting cigarette smoking regimes, exercise programs, budgets, organizing projects, and other attempts fail for an overwhelming majority of people, according to studies and statistics. The bulk of people who actually gain benefits from all of these resolves and programs are the companies who sell them to people who seek to change their lives.

To succeed, self-change not only needs to be beneficial – it needs to be fun and interesting.

Further, as hunter gathers, human beings are wired to bring what they need to survive in — towards themselves. The basic act of eating, bring the bite of food toward and into one’s mouth fully shows this motion and principle. All of the above mentioned popular self improvement activities also involve that pulling something towards oneself motion with the initial purchase of goods and services, although after receiving the purchase that inward motion tends to slow down or stop, or as with some exercise programs reverse.

What if you could easily change your life – and for free while you enjoyed yourself?

Perhaps, even better – if you decided to go beyond all that you could do for absolutely no cost and made a purchase, it not only would be in something that has and is outperforming both the stock market and real estate, but would bring you pride of ownership while sharing it for the benefit of yourself and others. Plus, unlike any other type of investment, it comes with a full no-hassle money back guarantee.

You can change your inspirational vision about and for yourself, other people and also the world you see around you, easily, for free and while enjoying yourself. Plus, this will also actually change your physical vision, eyesight, so that you see more and are aware of more, especially of the Presence of The Divine in your life. Imagine having that sure reality in a time of trouble — a peace that surpasses all understanding!

You can even set up your daily environment so that remembering to practice this takes almost no effort of your part as it naturally becomes a part of your environment.

And, finally, once you have achieved the full benefits of your new vision, throughout your day you may also experience a natural lessening of unwanted emotions, such as fear, anger, anxiety, sadness, etc.

Now don’t you think that would be a really beneficial  change for your New Year?!

OK.  So if this seems too good to be true, then probably you are sane, as there has never been anything like it. It is wise to suspect something bait and switch or that is full of downright lies and snake oil.

When the new vision “happened” to me, which is how it was discovered, with all of its benefits, at first I thought I had a problem and then I though it was a personal miracle. It is neither personal to me nor an unexplainable miracle, although it still feels miraculous.

Scientifically, the easily obtained and fun to make changes that occur are fully explainable. Although based in ancient Biblical understandings that are now scientifically explained, one does not need to be religious or even spiritual to gain benefit. The theology being this is so universally held, it is basic to all branches and denominations of Christians, Jews, and also Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists and many other religious and paths.

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Valley of the 23rd Psalm

December 6th, 2011 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Brain & Perception, Inspirational Stuff

Today more than ever as a society and as individual we need to have and share a vision of hope and truth.

Back in 2007, when many of the ideas in this blog were originally posted, I was thinking about time in my life, and in the lives people I’ve known, when we individually dealt with the loss of a loved one, sickness and financial hardships.  Today, we share in a recession including the many layoffs and unemployment, the foreclosures and the financial problems that are now also faced by a great deal of the world.

In the 23rd Psalm, the words translated as, “As I walk through valley of the shadow of death” can and is also translated as, “As I walk through the valley overshadowed by death.”

This may seem a slight distinction, but to me, the overshadowing of a valley seems darker than “the shadow of death.” That overshadowing seems total. Darker. Plus, the image evoked is more real.

Yet the description is of a shadow, a kind of darkness that can actually touch and “cover” us, as shadows do, but is not really a part of us. We can step out of a shadow.

Apparently there is another Hebrew version of the text, which translates as: “the valley of deepest darkness.” This seems worse yet, as it would be the darkest.

There are times in life where we feel that we are going through a valley of deepest darkness. When it is difficult to even marshal up any hope for the future, no less find some good in the current moment. For me, these were the times when I have also felt very alone and diminished in some way,  such as by the loss of someone very close to me.

There is always some light that may seem hidden but that can be revealed in any darkness that is either perceived with the eyes or the soul.  That physical light can be detected by instruments, and you can also easily learn to see more of it.  For many people, this special physical light is symbolic of the very words and ongoing presence of The Divine.

The theory of Post Conceptual UnGraven Image art grew out of Judeo-Christian theology that begins with Genesis 1:3, “Let there be light.” Light is vital to our universe and without it there would be no colors, paintings or art. For Jews and Christians without the words of The Divine there would be no world.

The symbolism of the dark valley of the Psalm 23, suggests Genesis Chapter 1, when “darkness was on the face of the deep.”

Prior to the portion about the valley, the psalmist wrote that “He leads me in paths of righteousness from the sake of His name [or His name’s sake].’ Following entering the dark valley the psalm continues, “I shall fear no evil, for Thou [The Lord] art with me.”

Back in January 2007, I was reading about studies of famous creative by neurological scientists. One dealt with how music affects our brains. Another study is researching a finding that the creative visual place in the human brain is close or coincides with the area that also deals with insanity.

For me, insanity would be the darkest place and we all — to some degree — deal with our own neurosis or illogical fears and concerns. Coping with the discomfort of believing lies (denial), unwanted emotions and fears leads to behavior that is out of control. A severe amount of this would be catatonia while the mild everyday –I can-cope-with-it variety leads all manner of behaviors that we resolve change repair every New Year.

It struck me as amazingly “coincidental” that the brain area that deals with area is near or coincides with the creatively visual area.

Ninty percent of (90%) of vision happens in the brain as it decodes impressions of light sent by the eyes. To see is to discern darkness from light. That kind of decoding (discernment) also occurs when we have a sudden inspiration or understanding and “see the light”. Think of all the cartoons that indicate the character getting an idea through the now universally understood symbol of a bright light bulb by the cartoon character’s head.

Inspiration, a new idea of vision can be understood as:  light suddenly coming out of darkness.

Of course, that was before I realized in the spring of 2008 that when one sees enough (enough varies for individuals) of my artwork, one gains Awakened Vision thanks to the memories of that art, which the brain uses to decode more visual information. People who have gained Awakened Vision experience seeing more.

When we do not turn towards The Divine and follow our inspiration, our unique revealed path before us, we will inevitably go in a different direction. We stray, even for the moment, when we allow negative emotions to control us  saying a few “deserved” but demeaning harsh words (which will make us feel better somehow) or tell a small, seemingly harmless white lie so our lives will be more convenient or acceptable to others, or pretend that a situation that we do not like does not exist, we turn away from what we know is true.

Instead, sometimes simply trudging along in the valley of deepest darkness, even somewhat blindly, serves to take us to a new place of inspiration where suddenly a “feast” is found, our cup runs, which moves us toward the fulfillment of our greatest needs and hopes. We see light come out of darkness.

Two watercolor pencil paintings, Psalm 23 (Male Cardinal and Psalm 23 (Female Cardinal) are created using strokes that are the original Torah font letters of Psalm 23.  They are separate works but also form a set of two cardinals in at the time of a winter sunset. Male cardinal
Psalm 23 (Male Cardinal

They were the first paintings after the tsunami, when coincidentally my area was engulfed by a blizzard.

The wild animals of the tsunami almost all “knew” to head for high ground just as the wild creatures in my area, where forage is otherwise generally plentiful managed to find food and shelter when a blizzard simultaneously hit my area and the snow was a foot and a half deep.Thus these bird paintings began my painting series entitled, Written on the Wind.

Like the sheep in Psalm 23, the cardinals outside my window somehow managed to find food and shelter, after also somehow remaining safe during the blizzard.  As I listened to the tsunami reports and watched the birds outside my window, it was clear that they “saw” and followed the prodding of some divine staff and rod that despite dire circumstances kept them safe.

According to the Psalmist, even in deepest darkness the Lord is with us. I paint using the Hebrew letters from original Bible texts to represent the smallest essential pre-particles (also known as strings and membranes). This is basic Judeo-Christian theology applied to fine art.

As we learn to actually see more, what is called Awakened Vision, we become more aware of the energy, which for many are (or symbolize) the words of The Divine.  If we can remember and even picture the very Words of the Lord surrounding when we are in a time of a dark valley, then we can know that we are loved and not alone.

In the darkest times we can “see” our next step if we can envision that we are surrounded by the very words and promises of the Lord. All we need to do is ask for and take one small step forward with The Divine and we will “fear no evil for thou art with me.”

People who have *Awakened Vision can see this and gain that comfort, hope and peace.

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How Awakened Vision Transforms Grief and Mourning

November 11th, 2010 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Brain & Perception, Inspirational Stuff

Grief is a normal and healthy expression of loss.

Infants cry in grief when they lose something or someone precious to them, which can be as simple as someone they love walking out of the room. Young children can grieve over losing a favorite toy, but no longer consider it a possible irrevocable loss when someone they love walks into another room.

We fear the loss. It threatens us. We feel diminished. The future we envision seems threatened.

Our understandings about loss changes as we mature and what we value most can also change.

Although unexpressed or stuffed and denied grief can lead to emotional problems, including depression, grief itself is not depression.

Depression involves hopelessness. It also tends to lack the passion a grieving person feels, including a passion for getting over the grief!

When a loved one, such as a cherished parent, child, close friend or mate dies grief is normal and natural. Generally the strength and love in the relationship determines how much grief we experience. The general rule of thumb is that for someone close it takes at least a year to grieve. Each new holiday, each experience that normally would have been shared with the lost loved one, brings a new realization, recognition and experience of the loss.

The irony is that anyone who suffers the death of someone near and dear to them and has experienced grief, even overwhelming feeling grief, is truly blessed. Blessed because of having a wonderful parent, spouse, child or friend, which is a blessing that others lack. All of the experiences that were shared remain as memories that may feel sad now, but in the future will be cherished, uplifting and encouraging in the future.

As an artist, I am concerned with the visual aspects of grief. We visually project and make memories of a future we intend or intended to have with our loved ones, such as holiday events. Plus, we have visual memories of experiences that we have shared with our loved ones. The world we see around us can remind us of our loss.

These memories of imagined futures and real pasts pop up to us, thanks to our brains, when we experience (especially including see ), people, places and/or things that are a part of these memories. When this happens we again feel our loss.

For example Thelma, who is your much older second cousin, a sweet lady who lives far away but always attends weddings, funerals and the annual family picnic, passes away. Thelma enjoyed the blueberry pies you brought to the picnic, and always told you how good your pie was. This year as you prepare a blueberry pie to take to the picnic, you will pause as usual to think of Thelma’s appreciation of your pies. But this year that usually pleasant moment of remembrance will immediately tow in the memory of Thelma’s death, and the understanding that she will not be appreciating this pie you are baking. This new understanding will probably include feelings of grief and loss. Although there is little in your daily life to remind you of Thelma, at the picnic itself she will also be missed.

Mourner's Prayer by Judy Rey Wasserman

Mourner’s Prayer by Judy Rey Wasserman
Mourner’s Prayer is one of the earliest Post Conceptual UnGraven Image painting by Judy Rey Wasserman. The image is of a memorial candle that is traditionally lit at sundown but lasts throughout the day. Thus the candle’s light, reminding us of the light the loved one brought into our lives, continues on as bright as the light of the day, as represented by the sun. To see a larger version of this work and details about the reproductive print, Click: Mourner’s Prayer

When someone we are close with on a daily basis passes away, especially if it is someone we lived with or worked with, our daily lives are filled with visual items that trigger memories of that person. The more time and interaction we have with someone, the more memories we have of them in places we know, using items we recognize, interacting while we do the things we normally do.

People who have gained Awakened Vision, and so see more energy, usually do not experience negative or unwanted emotions that are associated with people, places or things that they see, especially when what is seen is not actually any real current threat. However, grief can seem to alter that.

Something seen can seem to trigger the grief, which is an unwanted emotion. Actually, the grief is not an old memory of emotion, but a new experience in relation to a very wanted and cherished memory of a loved one, which then turns into grief and mourning when it is realized that the loved one will never use the item, attend the event of be here in that same way again.

The brain is always set to survival and survival enhancement—that is basically its job. Survival enhancement means what gives pleasure or promotes survival, even when survival is not threatened. What we choose to enjoy the brain remembers, and we can enjoy that again and again.

Previous to Thelma’s passing she may have been thought of whenever a blueberry pie was made or even purchased or eaten. The memories of her happiness and appreciation of the pies you made was pleasurable and affirming – these are the kind of memories we choose to enjoy.

During the grieving process these enjoyable memories remind us of loss – the loss that we will never again experience in real life the company and affirmation from the loved one. Yet, these are not full unwanted memories or emotions—we want to keep the memories of the happy times and experience those emotions, but we do not want to experience the pain of the grief.

Later, when the grieving is successfully completed, there will once again only be the happy memories, without the grief.

Awakened Vision helps transform the grief and mourning by instilling an awareness of the presence of The Divine, and the words of the Creator in each moment of our live, whatever is happening and whatever we are doing. This can dramatically transform life, including the experience of grief and mourning.

For instance, returning to the example of the loss of Cousin Thelma above at the point making this year’s blueberry pie and realizing that Thelma will not be at the picnic to enjoy it. Although all of the types of memories indicated previously may be experienced, including the grief, following that is the sure visual recognition of the presence of The Divine, especially the energies, which are understood as the Creator’s words surrounding us and creating everything in the physical universe. That understanding, in a moment of grief, offers comfort and peace and hope, which can transform grief and mourning into a process of a closer experience and relationship with The Divine.

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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.
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