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Perception | What is hiding there 'neath the disarming facade, obscured from plain sight? | HartHaiku.com

Perception | Peel the layers

Always try to look beyond the obvious, no matter what you are observing. Over the years, black-and-white photographs have been a teacher for me in this. Our physical reality exists in layers, and in the case of monochrome images as an example, the top layer of color has been “peeled away”.

Layers of distraction

We strongly respond to color and are very distracted by it. When color is removed from a photograph, the form, line, and texture become much more apparent. The structure, the essence of a thing starts to pop out. There is so much more there that we don’t see at first glance.

The landscape below is a good example. In a color version, most likely the vibrant turquoise water, blazing white sand, and deep blue sky would attract our eyes first. Think of color as the cosmetics of the scene, much as a woman might enhance her face with makeup. But the artist purposely removed color, and hence the tree dominates, in all of its bare bones candor. Beautifully sculptural, the tree is very alive in this picture. I can feel its movement; I am acutely aware of its form.

Peel away the layers, look deeper

The takeaway? This is a simple example of a black-and-white tree. But in every encounter you have, be it with an individual, scenery, or society around you, start to look deeper, beneath the covers. What is hiding underneath what is readily apparent?

Rest assured, it is there, waiting to be noticed. And more often than you might imagine, it is important.

Be aware of, and beware of, the top layer, the facade, the distraction. It keeps us our consciousness on a superficial level. It’s not only what we are observing that is so much more, but so are we!

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Stories | Words shared between hearts, powerful threads of life's dreams, our humnaity. | HartHaiku.com

Stories | Bind us together

We make sense of life through our stories. Life is mysterious, scary, wonderful, big – replete with challenges, stumbling blocks, triumphs, sorrow and joy – and we feel a deep need to put it into words. As Maya Angelou said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you”.

When the person hearing our story looks in our eyes and nods, we feel that we are coming home, we are understood, the challenges are surmountable, and it will all be alright. We find delight, solace and strength in our shared humanity, and our stories.

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You Create | “Reality” is a construct of your thinking. Careful what you build. | HartHaiku.com

You Create | Thought power

What will you create with your mind today? Your dreams and aspirations, or your worries and fears? More at my related Hart Quill post:

Dreams or fears? Our minds create it all.

Inspirational Quotes:

“But here’s what physicists tell us. Things, in the quantum world, do not happen in steps. They happen immediately.” ~ Pam Grout, E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality

“I say “Out” to every negative thought that comes to my mind. No person, place, or thing has any power over me, for I am the only thinker in my mind. I create my own reality and everyone in it.” ~ Louise Hay

“Our thoughts create our reality — where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go.” ~ Peter McWilliams

“Instead of letting our emotions run amok, we can use our minds as tools to build or create realities that serve us better” ~ Jay Woodman

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Magical | The world is designed to make us forget magic. Feel inside; it's there. | HartHaiku.com

Magical | Your life can be

You do, you do, you do… have magic within you! How do you tap into it? You were born with powerful tools at your disposal; I urge you to use them:

  1. Your mind (power of your thoughts)
  2. Your heart (expansive love connects you to it All)
  3. Your higher knowing (also known as your intuition)

Now that’s a lot of power at your disposal! It’s time to create some magic…

Inspirational Quotes:

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ~ Roald Dahl

“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already.” ~ J.K. Rowling

Believe in your heart that you’re meant to live a life full of passion, purpose, magic and miracles.” ~ Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ~ W.B. Yeats

“I address you all tonight for who you truly are: wizards, mermaids, travelers, adventurers, and magicians. You are the true dreamers.” ~ Brian Selznick

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!” ~ John Anster

“Stories you read when you’re the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you’ll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.” ~ Neil Gaiman, M Is for Magic

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