Believing makes seeing oossible

“I wouldn’t have seen it if I hadn’t believed it.“  This quote by Marshall McLuhan struck me, it’s a powerful turnabout from the usual familiar hack that “seeing is believing”. It offers an exciting link to the new information from the fields of quantum physics, from some spiritual teachings, from the mind-body connection work that has made such a difference in my life.  Here’s a provocative commentary on the quote. Thank our higher powers for the many exciting developments in our worlds these days!

Jean Houston offers a course on quantum keys to living, where she takes participants into the new realms of our consciousness, invites us to explore the interplay between our familiar personal existence and the world of quantum possibilities.  She states: “As viewed, so appears.”  As we perceive and open to the new and multitude possibilities, so things will manifest. 

Here is a funky and illuminating experiment about seeing and believing. It seems simple enough. Watch a short video and count the number of passes a ball team completes. It’s called The Monday Business Illusion.  It is well worth a watch, even if you think you know the switcheroo at the end. Again: where we put our focus/what we pay attention to is what becomes our reality.  And we totally miss what we don’t believe in (at the moment), what we are not open to considering. I wouldn’t have seen it if I hadn’t believed it.

“We see what we want to see”, is another way of sidling up to this phenomenon .  If we don’t believe something, or are not open to a new way of seeing, we will not experience it, even if it’s there. The Double Slit experiment in quantum physics is a compelling example of how our perceptions, our observations, our engagements in the world,  actually affect the outcome.  Here is a cool, accessible explanation.  The results depend on whether we observe them or not!

observing affects the results

What in the world are you exploring these days that may have been “off limits” to you earlier? I’d love to hear. We’re not only in this together, we’re interconnected, interbeing, and affecting each other each and every moment!

You might also enjoy Perception Affects Reality, Thinking Does NOT Make It So! and Mindset Matters Mightily. Let’s Pay Attention.

Jill Schroder is the author of BECOMING: Journeying Toward Authenticity.  BECOMING is an invitation for self-reflection, and to mine our memorable moments for insights, meaning, and growth.  Check the website for a sample chapter, or see the reviews to get a flavor for the volume.  Your feedback, forwards, tweets, likes are most welcome. We’re in this together 🙂

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