The Illusion of Reality

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We live in our own bubbles of perception. Our selected beliefs color how we interpret what we see, hear, touch, smell and taste. How we act is in accordance with these perceptions unless we are deliberate in our wish to hide our personal point of view.

 

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Hamsa, Spheres of Influence, Ann Grasso

 

If I asked you directly whether you know all truths, you would be humble and say, “No.” Why then, do we act in our moment-to-moment lives as if we are certain our beliefs are the correct point of view?

When I was a little girl, I loved to blow bubbles – and then try to catch them on the bubble holder so I could inspect their iridescence. Fleeting twinkles of beauty. Some ideas are like this. They are so alien to our illusion of reality we are not able to incorporate them into our patterns of living. Like a foreign language, we dismiss rather than investigate. Our worlds remain smaller as a result.

Investigation does not mean acceptance or adoption of the new idea. However, it should provide for more tolerance and understanding.

The Pattern Art website was designed to share ideas and different patterns of living. You are encouraged to participate through comments and creative endeavors demonstrating your understandings. We broaden our thinking when we listen carefully and thoughtfully to the ideas of others.

I am considering adding a line drawing, like the one below on every other Wednesday beginning in mid-September. Everyone is encouraged to add to the drawing, without lifting your pen off the paper – then post your updated photo in the comments section.

Will you let me know if you think this idea is fun or too much clutter in your inbox?

Illusions of Reality

 

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  • Thea
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    Like the Wed line suggestion. Also, what materials did you use for Hamsa? Beautiful layering.

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      Ann Grasso
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      Okay, one for the yes column for line drawing – thanks for checking in. The Hamsa itself is created on basic cardstock, watercolor pencil coloring. The background is an iridescent translucent paper I have had for a very long time – large sheet which I likely got at New York Central. I then die cut circles from from the same paper and added them as you see on the ground. Are you still creating art, Thea?

  • Robin Richardson
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    Hi Ann- Oh that bubble, my cozy bubble! And how often it gets bursted.

    My husband is working on his newsletter and it’s approach to the world of lutherie is bursting the bubble of the romanticism involved. That was my first thought about it as I read it before he sends it out. Then I came across your newsletter and I felt it was so fitting for the moment.

    My points of view that I have are hardly questioned (by me) about being wrong or right. If I constantly questioned them, most likely I’d lose sight of my truths and begin to follow others. This I know because I spent most of my life doing this. I felt one way, but followed another because mine didn’t fit in with everyone else around me. I feared rejection and got it anyway!

    Last week I heard a podcast where a guest said she thinks that boxes are important, that thinking out of them isn’t always necessary but they can be expanded a bit. I suppose that is where empathy and consideration take place? Opening up to other insights?

    I know I love my bubble. I am a homebody and I love to work at home. My surroundings are where I am most content. I do refresh when I go out in the world here and there and meet new people, see new sights.

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      Ann Grasso
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      Hi Robin – a protective bubble may be necessary for a good long time. You are the master of knowing what is right for you. For myself, I align with Diogenes, “A truth is not worth holding if it cannot be held up to the light.” Are truths made stronger because they can be compared and contrasted with other points of view?

      On a lighter note, how do you feel about the line drawing opportunity???

      • Robin Richardson
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        The line drawing opportunity is great. I say keep it going! It will be good to see others contributions.

        Diogenes said it well, I feel strongly about this statement and I relate to it since I feel very close to my truths. They are my light as well.

        I am going to think for a while on your question regarding truths made stronger with other points of view.

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          Ann Grasso
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          It seems like those in favor of trying out the line drawing opportunity are a majority…so far. Thanks Robin.

  • Rose Petronella
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    I would say, let’s try the line drawing for a time and see what happens. Being on retreat at the moment, i’m very aware of how many emails I get daily and have unsubscribed from some, but i’m curious about this idea, Ann. Love the Hamsa creation!

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      Ann Grasso
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      My delete button is almost worn out on my computer. Every time I open email, the first thing I do is delete items that I know my day will not allow. It is not that what is coming in is not worthy, it just can’t fit in the particular 24/7. I can’t hold on to the particular selection to read at another time. Each day, there new thoughts making their way onto my radar. Rarely do I unsubscribe preferring to delete or park in a file. But for some, unsubscribing means they no longer need to make a choice about content being worthy of their time – on a daily basis.

      Thanks for offering that we try the line drawing. That seems to be the contributors advice so far…both in public and in emails to me directly.

      Thanks for the kind words on the Hamsa.

  • Yvonne
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    Love the “add to the line ” drawing idea!!

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      Ann Grasso
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      Looks like we will give it a trial run – thanks for your interest Yvonne.

  • Anne Smyers
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    sounds like fun! I might not always take time for it but it’s an intriguing idea.

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      Ann Grasso
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      We’ll give a try and see how it goes.

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