What you aim at determines what you see

What you aim at determines what you see

Our vision is neurologically expensive: in order to see, we need to put millions of brain cells into action.  In our effort to see, our eyes are always aiming, but in limited directions.  Most of our vision is indeed peripheral and low resolution.  So we constantly filter what we see.  And that’s exactly how we deal with the overwhelming complexity in the world: we ignore it and we concentrate minutely on our private concerns.  However, this makes us blind for solutions to challenges we are facing… 

To see, we must aim and our eyes are especially pointing at things we are interested in.  On the one hand, that’s ok – because you must use your limited resources carefully.  Seeing is very difficult, so you must choose what to see, and let the rest go.  On the other hand, however, our eyes make us blind.  Are you familiar with the ancient Vedic texts, the oldest scriptures of Hinduism?  To be honest, I’m not.  I just know that in these texts the world, as perceived by our eyes, is described as “appearance” or “illusion”.  And that may be very true: we are blinded by our own vision, by our own ideas and we are simply incapable of seeing things as they truly are.  

So we need our eyes for focused direction, but we pay a high price: blindness to everything else. But that blindness may be created by yourself: you have built the ‘seeing pattern’ of your eyes yourself.  You have programmed them what to screen out and what to screen in.  You have spent decades of time to build those tools.  And now they orient your world and they may blind you to what else could be.  

As a consequence, it is valuable to change your focus.  I deeply believe that what you aim at determines what you see.  The rest of the world (and that’s most of it) is hidden.  So have the courage to change your focus and to start aiming at something different.  This is highly relevant in the context of dealing with business/private challenges, but also in the context of simply broadening your focus. 

Personally, I try to change my focus and broaden my view by reading loads of books.  Or by talking to people – especially to those whose opinions are grounded in a different reality.  And why do I do that?  Because I want to use that new information to enter a more elevated and a more complete reality.  I simply want to compensate my own mistakes of programming my eyes in incomplete directions.

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