Muse for Monday

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Very rarely are things as they first appear. This is not true because of deception, but it is true because of self-deception. It is not a knowing practice. We do it without ever knowing what we are seeing is not truth. How do we clear the vision?

The first thing we must do is realize we are not looking at what we see. Second, we have to divorce ourselves for our preconceptions. Third, we have to be willing to stop. Want to step out of your bubble? What is on the outside of it?

Perspective Vision

We come to every situation a sum of our integral parts. We look at things from the combined vantage points of our sex, age and experience, among many others. These are the shimmery colors which make bubbles so pretty. The sheen distorts what we see to align with what we know about ourselves.

Prejudice

The word is much maligned when it is put into action. Do not assume you know what prejudice means here, as we are not going to use the PC definition you hear abused in the media and public conversation. No knee jerk reactions. No intolerance. No dastardly deeds.

We are going to use prejudice’s most simple definition: preconceived judgment or opinion, especially without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge.

In most situations, we judge what we see. How one-dimensional is that? We have five senses for a reason. Many things are not as they appear or sound when we take the time to investigate with our other senses… especially the most neglected of all… common sense.

Want To

MantraKnowing the hurdles to understanding others, we have to make the conscious choice to step away from what we think we know to always be true. Rarely is anything always one particular way. In order to make the decision to see the truth, we have to be willing to admit we do not know everything, and then, we must act to learn.

Mantra wants you to see something about assuming we know enough, accepting our sight as infallible and thinking our impeccable hearing means we understand the things meant of what we hear. In short, she wants to make the Bubble burst.

Bubble Burst

Inside the bubble, the wind never touches your skin,
nor the rains fall on your head.
The iridescent glimmer makes all you see sparkle
with bright firework color.
You’ve no idea the curve of the bubble distorts all
you’ve ever seen, heard and said.
Ignorantly assuming your perception is
the reality others share.
One day, you notice someone looking into your orb and wonder
why they stand and stare.
You examine them closely to notice flat eyes staring through you.
Are they undead?
Between bubble shimmers you see the skin,
ghostly and rubbery in its pallor.
In the blink of an eye, they leap into action.
No, not slow, but blinding instead.

With the flick of the  wrist, the bubble bursts and
what you see is certainly not dead.
You notice hair, clothes, lips and brows. The pale tones replaced
with healthy glowing color.
Contrasting your first glimpse and guess, you feel desire
replacing initial dread.
Gentle is the touch leading you away from the broken globe
with special care.
You ease  into the safe arms, clasp the offered hand and find
strong trust, but do you dare
Let down your guard, tear down the tower wall, be free with one
so new, not yet vetted?
Deep in your chest your heart cries out for your mind to succumb
to its steady tremor.
When it does, you then know the warmth and comfort
of a new love freshly discovered.

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Have you ever been surprised to find yourself attracted to someone, either as Mate or Quaint? Have you had the soapy film between you burst to see the true colors of the world around you? What are the dangers of only looking in one place for the love of friends and mates? Can you see how pervasive prejudice is beyond the public/media abuse of the word?

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23 Comments

  1. “WANT TO ”
    VERY AWESOME TO SAY THE LEAST XXCAT
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    • Red

       /  May 14, 2012

      Sometimes it is hard to want to change. Good to see you tonight, Cat. xxx

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  2. 🙂
    AGAIN ……
    LIKE “WALKING IN MY SHOES ” RIGHT ? 🙂
    WE CAN’T EVEN BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND ANOTHER UNTIL ………..:)
    ALL WE CAN DO IS LOVE EM XX
    Cat Forsley recently posted..Write like there is No Tomorrow Cat Forsley ©My Profile

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    • Red

       /  May 14, 2012

      Really, it is similar. We have to give ourselves the space to learn someone else before jumping the gun and thinking they must be XXX because someone we once knew was like them and was also XXX. In a relationship, discovery is the fun part. We should always savor and foster it! xxx

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  3. I DON’T GET THE XXX PART ….LOL …….

    IN A RELATIONSHIP .ROMATICALY …….. PARTNERS – I SAY TAKE IT SUPER SLOW ……
    :)XXX LOL
    Cat Forsley recently posted..Write like there is No Tomorrow Cat Forsley ©My Profile

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    • Red

       /  May 14, 2012

      XXX just stands for any particular trait or feature or reaction or characteristic. Just a variable 🙂 You know the old tale…slow and steady wins the race! xxx

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  4. AHHH……
    SO NAIIVE = ME …..:)
    CUZ WHEN I SIGN XXX
    I MEAN – TONS OF HUGS –
    🙂 XXX

    YES SLOW AND STEADY IS GOOD …….
    AGRRED
    TONS OF HUGGS XXX 🙂 XO
    Cat Forsley recently posted..Write like there is No Tomorrow Cat Forsley ©My Profile

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  5. We are so quick to judge and assume and in the process miss out on so many wonderful people and chances..
    what a lovely poetry..loved it
    You know i read it somewhere if you keep doing same things you were doing yesterday you will have the same life you had yesterday…
    makes sense if we don’t open up to new possibilities dont open window how will fresh air get in …
    Soma Mukherjee recently posted..Ma-माँMy Profile

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    • Red

       /  May 15, 2012

      I like the line about fresh air! Yes, doing the same thing over again expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. Glad you liked this one, Soma. I think we are about to embark on a new series.

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  6. I don’t know why admittng my ignorance is hard, but I’m guessing it has something to do with control. Thanks for the help.
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    • Red

       /  May 15, 2012

      I think to some degree is it a matter of control. If not over the circumstances, at least over our vision of them.

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  7. It’s like my mother use to say, “If you do the same thing over and over again, you will get the same result.
    Great post, Red!
    Hugs xx
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    • Red

       /  May 15, 2012

      Very true. I think trying something new is good for us. Helps keep the learning circle open. For me, a day when I do not learn something is a day I should have stayed in the bed. {HUGZ} Red. xxx

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  8. Having been a victim of other people’s prejudice I can certainly relate to this! 🙁

    I try not to pre-judge people, so I’ve had many strange friends as a result! 🙂

    Unfortunately these days the bubble is the sum of all my irrational fears made manifest and is a tough bugger to pop!!! 🙁

    Love and hugs to everyone!

    Prenin.
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    • Red

       /  May 15, 2012

      Strange friends bring some interesting tidbits into play. There is always something to learn. When you look at the bubble, and can see it is there, it only takes removing one shimmer to make it pop. The rest of the curves cannot hold it together with a piece missing. Remember, Pren, you can eat an elephant. {HUGZ} Red.

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  9. I am not ashamed of my ignorance. Actually it is usually one of my most endearing qualities. I know, I don’t know. Some people don’t know either but they don’t know, they don’t know.

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    • Red

       /  May 15, 2012

      Makes me wonder if not knowing you do not know is the definitive example of ignorance is bliss…

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  10. Another truism here Red, I think many live within their bubbles seeing not the real world. While others wish they had a bubble to climb into.. Rainbow hues within the Soaps! Of life all mingle and swirl into a mixture of blended paths.. All of us tread upon a fragile film in which at any moment our bubbles can burst. We each of us carry a Pin, and have at times stabbed out in anger, hate and jealousies fearing another’s Bubble is bigger and brighter than our own.. And once that bubble is popped it takes a lot of frothy foam to form another in which we can float in the sea of Life to rise up once more.. We each of us Perceive Life wrapped up within our own bubbles of Truth. Truth is only Truth until its proven to be wrong.. This world has been living within its own bubble of Illusion now Red for quite some time.. And when this next BIG BUBBLE Bursts We shall all of us Jump as its Bang will echo across the globe.. Much love my friend.. A wonderful thought provoking post.. as you see it got my own thoughts floating 🙂 ~Sue
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    • Red

       /  May 15, 2012

      And that is the best compliment…to have the thoughts flowing. I think there is a concussion when many bubbles burst at the same time. Your concept of truth is very interesting…it has been doing some thinking… {HUGZ} Red. xxx

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