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Illusions

Post by DWBH1953 » Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:56 pm

I love optical illusions. I find them to be a lot of fun.
Many of them will fool you at first but after a while you find out the trick of it and then its never the same when you look at it again.
This is the way I see what we call like and waking up.
At first the illusions are all around us but when the times comes and we wake up the trick of life is gone.
Take a look at this one. Can you see the stairs changing the direction as your stare at them for a while.
It is so very easy for our mind to see whatever it wants to see.
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Re: Illusions

Post by Juno » Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:00 pm

Yep :) I saw it. Just relax those eyes and it's amazing what we see.
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Re: Illusions

Post by kiki » Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:44 pm

I like them too, as well as those 3D images where you have to relax your gaze in order to see the hidden image. The shift in perception that awakening hinges on is similar.
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Re: Illusions

Post by Webwanderer » Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:49 pm

I've always been a fan of the artist Esher. He's made a living on this type of visual twisters.

Randji,

I like that wolf avatar better than that darn cat poking me in the eye. :wink:

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Re: Illusions

Post by DWBH1953 » Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:00 pm

Webwanderer wrote:I've always been a fan of the artist Esher. He's made a living on this type of visual twisters.

Randji,

I like that wolf avatar better than that darn cat poking me in the eye. :wink:

LOL She only gets let out now and then. Yes Esher was a master for sure.

I like simple things like the stairs because it can show you how your consciousness can shift so quickly everytime you see the stairs in a different direction your viewing a different form or view of consciousness. As Juno was speking about yesterday on what she is seeing. Is not everything we see just another form of consciousness.
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Re: Illusions

Post by doug » Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:06 pm

see?...I loved the cat! :lol:

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Re: Illusions

Post by DWBH1953 » Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:28 pm

doug wrote:see?...I loved the cat! :lol:
Exactly good one Doug..
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Re: Illusions

Post by Onceler » Thu Feb 19, 2009 2:13 am

How do you know it's a wolf?
Be present, be pleasant.

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Re: Illusions

Post by Amritam » Thu Feb 19, 2009 2:56 am

I like looking at illusions because it relaxes me. Remember Magic Eye, the 3-D pics? When your mind makes the shift and you can see the hidden picture, that means your brain waves have shifted into alpha. Some schools use Magic Eye to help kids become focused and relaxed.
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Re: Illusions

Post by great2be » Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:18 am

Have any of you seen this one

It's supposed to be a test

It is possible (in my experience) to get it to spin in either direction at will, I wonder who else finds that they can.
In a few days I'll reveal the secret if people would like that.
The Right Brain vs Left Brain test ... do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise?
If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa.

Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction; see if you can do it.

LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
uses logic
detail oriented
facts rule
words and language
present and past
math and science
can comprehend
knowing
acknowledges
order/pattern perception
knows object name
reality based
forms strategies
practical
safe

RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
uses feeling
"big picture" oriented
imagination rules
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can "get it" (i.e. meaning)
believes
appreciates
spatial perception
knows object function
fantasy based
presents possibilities
impetuous
risk taking
An imaginary seeker, seeking an imaginary goal.
Realise the nature of imagination and the fallacious effort ends.

Have you ever seen a dog chasing it's tail?

What happens when the dog runs faster?

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Re: Illusions

Post by James » Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:21 pm

Great2be
That is pretty cool. When I first looked, the dancer was turning clockwise. Then after a while I began to see it change to counterclockwise, and as you said if I focused I could change the direction intentionally back and forth. I am curious to know how that works. Sure it is not a gag? :wink:

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Re: Illusions

Post by James » Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:35 pm

Thanks Randji, I've always liked those optical illusions.

You wrote:
It is so very easy for our mind to see whatever it wants to see.


Indeed, and that is probably why we often have disagreements here about "what is truth". Or debates about which spiritual teacher seems/appears awake, and which one does not. The mind is a trickster.

james
"Awareness is already present, already here, already now; before you try to be more.... In that recognition there's no effort, there's just acknowledgment"..."Awareness is not something you can understand, it's something you are."

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Re: Illusions

Post by great2be » Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:51 pm

James wrote: Sure it is not a gag? :wink:
james
100% sure
just get 2 people to look at the image at the same time - they can both see it in different directions
An imaginary seeker, seeking an imaginary goal.
Realise the nature of imagination and the fallacious effort ends.

Have you ever seen a dog chasing it's tail?

What happens when the dog runs faster?

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Re: Illusions

Post by HermitLoon » Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:52 pm

Years ago I always saw left-brain (counter clockwise) - now I always see it clockwise (right brain).
Perhaps I have "brainwashed" myself - "Cleaned" the brain of logical thoughts and dogma?
Is that what Mom meant by "Cleanliness is next to godliness"? :wink: :roll:
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Re: Illusions

Post by DWBH1953 » Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:58 pm

[quote="great2be"]
It is possible (in my experience) to get it to spin in either direction at will, I wonder who else finds that they can.

Very cool. I find that when I look to the right putting intention on the right eye she moves right and on the left she moves left.
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Do not think that you are-be!
Do not think about being-you are!
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