Eye of the Beholder
by Iam Saums
“The way we see the world is not how it is. Who we choose to be in the world is what it becomes.”
Shades of Perception:
The bell is tolling in the broken down, forgotten cathedral of truth. Its ring echoes down the streets and corridors through the cities, suburbs, projects and underbellies of the world. We have become disinterested, desensitized and dismissive to its crucial, earnest and awakening call. Once there was a time in the not so distant past when its chime would gather together all who were in earshot of its sincere signal. Now, its beckon has droned off into the white noise of our insatiable desires for amusement, competition, intelligence, profit, vanity, self-righteousness and inauthentic security.
Our society has invented a disposable marketplace of compliance, censure, conquest, distraction, disassociation, disease, hatred and fear. This has engineered such a distortion of reality and its perception that confusion, collusion and illusion reign. Education, religion, politics, media sources and entertainment manipulate perspective into opinion further deluding common understanding. The eyes and minds of the world are blinded by agenda, arrogance, belief, pride and judgment. All that we have conceded to be our contemporary experience of life is simply a dream within a dream, within a dream…
What we have been led to believe is true are all lies. Common and popular points of view have gradually alienated us from the truth. The imposition of an artificial reality shapes, influences, overwhelms and ultimately annihilates any possibility of divergence. Our perceptions are altered and distorted in our everyday lives. Yet, they are even more so in our minds. We are besieged by the onslaught of visual and audible stimulus and the energetic impacts of lethal, electromagnetic emissions. As many thoughts we have are as many instances our perceptions of life are hijacked.
A Slight of View:
We surrender the potential and power of our perception as easily and frequently as we give our life force over to people, things and circumstances that are of little to no benefit. We are shadows of the human beings we were born, inspired and empowered to be. Instead of creating our lives as the expression of our truth, we predominantly emulate fantasies that prevent us from achieving our intentions. We adopt layers upon layers of perceptual filters that inevitably obstruct our ability to see the world as it is, let alone ourselves as we truly could become.
We do not establish our own true perception. We accept, adapt and adopt our point of view based on our external attractions, influences, relations and situations. Creating our own perspective requires us to claim the power of our choice, purpose, life and destiny. Our society does not support this lifestyle. It discourages, punishes and condemns creativity and diversity. It is counterproductive to the network of control the few enforce upon the many. We all choose, or rather don’t choose to claim our true vision. We resign ourselves to be enslaved by our own fear.
Our lives unfurl beneath a vast umbrella of human deception. The world enables this grand swindle with its apprehension, attention, energy and unconscious consumerism. Eventually, we all become vital components in this insatiable and insidious machine. Our apathy, cynicism, indifference and resignation are the building blocks of our simulated perspectives. Our perception doesn’t produce or influence reality. Reality invents our perception. It enforces an interpretive barrier in our observation of and interaction with how we understand reality and ultimately how we create our truth.
“We cannot see nor do we choose to perceive the world as it is because we deny our active role in its current dilemma.”
The Tao of Now:
Whosoever controls perception controls the world. Much of society is ruled by opinion. The facts, realities and truth of humanity are most often abandoned in the global, sacrificial ceremony we call “life.” Perception is exploited into a vortex of greed, vanity and status. This distortion of perspective separates us from each other and ourselves. It inspires us to doubt our relatives, condemn the accused, hate our opponents and fear all who are distinct from the contrived norm. It is this common fear that has become the superficial belonging we all cling to for importance, worth, orientation and relativity.
We are multi-dimensional beings with a four-dimensional consciousness existing in a three-dimensional reality having a predominantly two-dimensional experience. This is our true nature when we are born into this world. As we “grow up,” we are programmed by and conditioned to the three-dimensional reality and imprisoned in the two-dimensional experience. We eventually surrender the eclecticism of our essence. The piranha of contemporary culture maniacally and methodically takes it from us. Yet, it is not simply a conditioning of the mind. It is a manipulation of perception.
Linear time is the greatest weapon used in three-dimensional reality. Our perception is consistently and relentlessly attuned to an ominous, possible future, yet most often focused on an incomplete and regrettable past. Our lives are restricted by the uncertainty of what may be and the discontent of what was. This is the mirage of common reality. The only experience that is true in our lives is this moment. Everything else is an illusion. Even the future is a fantasy in relation to the now. Who we are being in the present is the only practice that will transform our life.
Eye of the Observer:
All of us are enamored within our personal hypnosis. We invent fantasies to present our lives to others as being of great value, meaning and purpose. We become so attached to what happens around us that we are not present to the extraordinary within. Most of us live from our peripheral. We rely upon external sources for direction, influence and motivation to make our choices, accomplish our routine tasks and endure. This is the three-dimensional perception of our two-dimensional experience. Yet, we rarely identify, consult and apply our own clarity, leadership, strength and wisdom.
The most overlooked and undervalued facet of our being is our “observing eye.” This is our “third eye.” It sources our epiphanies, insights, consciousness, transformation, creativity and enlightenment. With this unique perception we are able to live from our intuition. Our inner observer is not a locality within us. It is an essential expression of our being. This is our true personality. It was who we were as children and who we are destined to be. Our commitment to stand in and experience ourselves with the eye of the observer grants us the freedom to transform ourselves and ultimately reality.
We are not our perceptions. No matter how much power we may give to them, they are merely echoes of our intellect. We are almost entirely run by our positions due to our lack of commitment to consciousness. Awareness for most is merely optional. The less we create for ourselves, the more likely we become victims of our perceptions. It may seem extremely daunting to reclaim our power from the imposition of this virtual reality. Yet, our choice to transcend the tides of social influence and obligation is the distinction between simply surviving reality and truly thriving in our truth.
“The true power of experience is not in how it is seen, it is in how it is felt.”