to see is to believe

We believe what we see, correct? But what if we cannot see it? Does that mean that it doesn’t exist?

A snail has an extremely slow nervous system. So, when a human quickly walks by then that snail does not have time to process the human, thus making it invisible to the snail.

Here is another example from when Christopher Columbus landed:

Waves were crashing against a shore. A local shaman went to the water’s edge day after day and could see ripples in the water made by the ships but not the ships themselves. He was troubled by this and after days of staring, finally saw the ships (maybe because it was the morning they arrived). Of course, no one else in the tribe could “see” the ships until he did.

We can only see what we have been conditioned to believe. Our senses are created and conditioned from the brain, thus coming to every situation with a bias. So, just because you cannot see, taste, smell, hear or touch something does not mean that it does not exist. And let’s be honest. Unless you knew what you are looking for, how would you know when you have found it?

How many times have you believed that a solution was impossible because you couldn’t see how it could work? But then someone drew it out or created a prototype of how it could work and then suddenly, you believed. Or you think that someone had it out for you because of the cold shoulder they would give you, but then an opportunity arises and you find out that they are just shy? If this has happened to you, I know you are not alone. We come to each situation with our own baggage and assume that that has to be “the truth.”

What do you see?

You may say, “I see a two faces, silly.” Which is fine. But do you also see the vase?

The term figure-ground perception describes the tendency of the visual system to simplify a scene into the main object that we are looking at and everything else that forms the background, as illustrated here with the Rubin vase illusion. Most people immediately recognize the shapes as faces, thus the brain immediately simplifying and categorizing the image into one viable object that we understand.


  1. Make a list of 10 things that you would love to create or experience within your lifetime.
  2. Take 10 minutes a day (that’s a minute per item on your list), to imagine what that item would be like. Some of mine include:
    1. Walking through walls
    2. Flying
    3. Changing Shapes
  3. Record any findings and changes you may come across. You may be surprised what your imagination comes up with.

I look forward to your creations. Feel free to send them to me. I am happy to share them with everyone.

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