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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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.
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