by Gabriele Conrad, Goonellabah, NSW.
A few days after the incident with the rogue ‘r’ that didn’t exist and had me running around in circles, as described in https://medicineandsergebenhayon.com/2018/08/05/we-see-what-we-want-to-see/ I was on an early morning walk with a friend on a wall by a river that leads to the ocean.
On the way we had been pointing out the birds and other creatures that graced our way – Willy Wagtails, Bluetongue Lizards, Magpies, even a Kookaburra. When walking back from the very tip of the wall which overlooks the ocean, my friend and I were again aware of the wildlife around us. A beautiful cormorant caught my eye and I pointed him out to her. He was well below us, at the water’s edge, preening himself and taking his time, giving us ample opportunity to admire the sleek lines, the long beak and his settled and sanguine demeanour.
We continued on our walk back to the cars, chatting at times and silent other times, until my friend said, “There’s another one!”
‘Wow! Great’, I thought. ‘How lucky can you get’ and looked around, or more specifically, I looked to my left and towards the water’s edge. I looked and looked and looked and finally had to admit to my friend that I could not spot the other cormorant.
Well, what had made me think that there was another cormorant? As it happened, I then spotted a Bluetongue Lizard right in front of me, in the middle of the path – the creature my friend had tried to draw my attention to.
And here I went again – I had been tripped up by my preconceived idea, the image I held of what I thought it must have been she was referring to. We had seen one cormorant, many other birds and a few lizards on our way. But I had immediately jumped to the conclusion that she must be talking about another cormorant.
Why? How? On what grounds other than a purely mental construct that doesn’t take kindly to what is really there to see but wants and needs it as it wants and needs things to be. And thus, again it was a case of seeing what I needed and wanted, what I expected to see rather than being open to what was there to be seen.
I wonder how frequently this happens in daily life and without the offered correction? Mefeels more often than we care to admit.
To elucidate further and just in case you harbour the tiniest of doubts about what is really going on with our five physical senses and especially our eyes, I will finish with a quote from Sermon 43, delivered to a live audience on 1 January 2017 (The Way of The Livingness Sermons 31 – 43):
“In the ‘looking’, that is, in the predetermined dictation, we cast or project what to ‘look’ for. In other words: we are seeking to match the preconception.” – Serge Benhayon