I saw this interesting “magic” trick online the other day.
It showed four cards, and you had to choose one.
And then think about it and click the button.
The trick was the card you were focused on would be gone on the next screen.
And it was!
But the trick was that ALL FOUR cards were different.
Because they were all face cards, and a mix of suits, the only way you would not be fooled would be if you memorized ALL the cards.
But since the instructions said to pick ONE, most people don’t even notice the other cards.
So when four new face cards are shown, all mixed, and all different, it looks magical, because the others “look” the same.
Scientists tell us our brains run off largely cache-like memory. Meaning in order to save brain processing time and energy, we only “guess” what’s “out there” and come up with a memory based on what we “think” is there.
Clearly, this can be a HUGE disadvantage.
Especially when talking about the many deep nuances of communication.
You think you are being clear, but the other person completely misunderstands you. Later on, you “assume” they “knew” what you meant, but they “assume” you meant something else.
On the other hand, magic tricks, movies, optical illusions, even silly jokes wouldn’t work if our brains were super accurate like a Vulcan.
But it’s also so easy why we tend to believe stuff that CAN’T be true.
So many “ideas” out there are contradictory, most of them HAVE to be wrong!
The good news is that because “meaning” itself is so slippery, you can CHOOSE what you want things to mean.
This is a lot easier if you have a solid PLAN for your life.
You already have tons of preprogrammed desires. Sex, money, safety, shelter, companionship, a certain amount of social status and recognition.
But unless you take the time to SPEFICIFY what these mean to you, and HOW you are going to achieve them, it’s easier to get knocked around like a ping-pong ball in a typhoon.
Just doing this (choosing specific goals and how you’re going to achieve them) is a feat unto itself. It’s not easy, and it requires a lot of introspection.
Which is why most people don’t really take the time to do this.
Sure, everybody has WISHES. These are usually dependent on the wish-fairy showing up and giving you a magic bag of stuff.
You’ll be surprised that once you get going on the process of creating and manifesting your goals.
Because the process itself is what LIFE is all about.
Not to be a ping pong ball, but to be a person of PURPOSE.