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They, after all, have accompanied me for as long as I can recall. Their tenure has helped me turn my tiller, fill my sails, and transport me over seas to distant lands. Maybe if you take the time to get to know them, a few will do the same for you.

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Our Distorted POV

Our Distorted POV

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
— Plato

oes being ahead mean one is out in front? in the lead? has an advantage? Maybe it means one is such a brain, ahead of time? Looking up ahead seems easy, but it is more challenging than looks.  At first glance, seeing what's coming seems simply anticipating what's ahead. But looking doesn't always mean seeing or understanding.

We humans are all viewers and voyagers, but some of us are more voyeurs.  Our line of sight, our view of what's ahead is often obscured by our own vision. Some of us only view and project the reality we want to see.

 When heart and brain divide perspective, humans have a difficult time seeing. They can neither see or feel a head or a heart pulling at their being. 

When heart and brain divide perspective, humans have a difficult time seeing. They can neither see or feel a head or a heart pulling at their being. 

Attitudes, beliefs, superstitions, interpretation, judgements, biases or fears often distort individual as well as group vision.  Sometimes our maturity and experience level may help, but maybe our arrogance or shyness intrudes on reality. Maybe it is about time we acknowledge  that vision is only as clear as our thoughts and feelings are. Without clarity, transparency is challenged.

Even though some humans may think they see ahead, most are blind to what lays below their surface vision. Of course, all viewers are voyagers; all steer their course towards a distinct destiny. Yet most can not see ahead to their definite destination. Even experienced sailors run aground or bump bows.  A surface thinking or feeling can also help steer a perilous course. Many of us can see, but fail to look deeply or beyond a surface.  It is dangerous when even a few of us project an alternative reality. We only can see our limited view.   Some react from their fears while others think they know an answer.  Some of us may be more vicarious voyeur than actual voyager.

We are all viewers and voyagers, but some of us are voyeurs.  Our line of sight, our view of what's ahead is often obscured by our own vision. Some of us only view and project the reality we want to see. Does being ahead mean one is out in front? in the lead? has an advantage? Maybe it means one is such a brain, ahead of time?  Clearly clarity is desirable when thinking

A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.
— Dalai Lama

Transparency has no secrets or mystery.  It is clear through and through. That is if your lens is clean and clear.  Like a glass window, it may share a clear view of the outside. However, transparency does not always share reality.  While it provides an inside glimpse, a partial peek inside looking out, It is one's inside that is frequently obscured.  A window's translucence may provide an outside peak.  But what I really see depends more upon how I see outside inside of me.  I view life from my own unique vantage point.  And my perceptions come about with how I see and feel the wind fill my sails and turn my tiller.  So I know the course I steer is more often about what is inside of me than what is dead ahead.  While I may be steering clear of submersibles and subterfuge, it is my head and heart I need to know before I can trust and feel secure.

"Throwing caution to the wind " is rarely a wise strategy.  "Taking a flyer" is usually a desperate act leading towards an uncertain outcome.  While a "Damn the torpedoes and full steam ahead" approach may sound courageous, it is often foolhardy and reckless.  Similar to "two ships that pass in the night" without lights.  When one's head, heart and horizon are not well lit, "shit happens." So I always have to "keep my wits about me" - a balance  between my feelings and instincts as well.

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Loving, and therefore the ability to give and receive, depends on one’s ability to perceive reality with uncluttered vision. This ability, in turn, depends on how well you can suffer pain in an undefended way that is free from manipulative interpretations of the pain. Such interpretations only aim to annul the pain, whereas letting the pain be will make room for a truthful interpretation of the events which bring the pain about." - Taken from the Pathwork Guide Lecture No. 207 - January 12, 1973

We are all viewers and voyagers, but some of us are voyeurs.  Some of us only view and project the reality we want to see.

How's your view? Have you watched all the previews, read the reviews and listened to all the interviews? Do you have an clear overview of your situations?  You have your facts straight? Know the difference between reality and fantasy?  Are your viewpoint and worldview supported by facts or baseless / biased opinions you treat as factual?

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Though we are a wishful thinking lot, many of us are skeptics, cynics, critics, blowhards and bullies who challenge viewpoints.  Has your viewfinder filtered out distortions or clarified your lens to see what's up and what's ahead? Sometimes it is what is behind us that catches us unawares.

Like every human, I possess a worldview which is limited because I see myself and my surroundings based upon my limited point of view.  Of course, occasionally my head and heart bump.  Then I don't see so well.  I know this to be true because when my thoughts and feelings unite and play in concert, any angst or anxiety fails to appear.  Passion and purpose often accomplish this.  For within my so-called element, I am no longer a "fish out of water".

When passions like sea and sailing for me sync, they resonate and I can see better.  My feelings mesh with my thoughts when they float / sail.  My thoughts become freer while my feelings more enlivened on and by the water.  I enjoy this wonderful oneness.  It is the same with writing. When my thoughts and feelings flow effortlessly onto my screen, my proverbial sails respond to the wind's whispers, whistles, gustings or howls.

I can always count on choices emanating from my head and heart. But I can also count on them tugging me in opposite directions or telling me I'm on course. They are my magnetic field and compass!

Do you notice that every photo shows many viewpoints....including the photographers!

We all want what benefits us most. But few things in life are absolutely certain beyond a shadow of doubt.  Knowing what's ahead helps to understand one's move.  Being uncertain is ok as long as you know the rules of the game.  Some of us steer to our future whatever we believe it to be; some futilely attempt to alter it.  In comparison to the present and the past, the future is the only one of the three that is uncertain.  No matter how well we plan or prepare or anticipate or predict it, what is ahead isn't always clear. Whatever one's perspective, it is always a head of us.  After all, much of what will happen is in our heads.

Games of chance require little skill other hand being present and participatory. But games of skill require most of our faculties to show up. Some perceive life as a chess game or poker where they anticipate their next move as well as their opponent's. The difficulty is that the options are often so numerous, the average player can rarely envision all the possibilities. How we make our moves determines how we get to where we are going.

Some of play with fear or live with our hearts on our sleeve. Some live with all their emotions bottled up inside. Some dream big. But no matter how one experiences life, none of us want to be blind-sided, ambushed or assaulted by what we did not see coming. No matter how we experience our race course or chess board, what lies ahead is heading toward you...whether you know it or not.

All of us probably are just a wee bit curious about what the future holds. Whether we crave a crystal ball, yearn to crack open an after-dinner fortune cookie, read a favorable horoscope or resort to old faithful - the family Ouija board, there will always be others are impulsive to trust their gut, instincts, intuition or even their tea leaves to the whims of fate.

Some viewers know where they are sitting. Others take risks to improve what they don't have so they can be somewhere else. Some overly view only to view themselves more puzzled and perplexed than ever.  Some viewers love the mystery and intriguer for what awaits them. Others prefer a clearer scope and more visibility Some just like the status quo as is. I guess it is mostly a matter of trust and risk. I, for one, tend to trust my head and heart. The problem I face is my thoughts and feelings occasionally clash. While blind trust and insensitivity rarely provide clarity and comfort, too analytical and careful get me stuck in one place. When my head and heart conflict, my views are often obscured.

How many of us try to be more transparent - 
more open, more known and more understood? 

No one really knows you inside and out.

And as these earlier-noted cliches clearly show, sayings rarely clarify. Ironically, they commonly confuse. That is why I write - to clarify my own thoughts and feelings. By finding and expressing my words, I can better understand. By sharing my own confusions and conflicts, I actually clear my head to make some headroom and headway. Writing my thoughts helps me find my way.  Understanding my feelings opens my heart's way.

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