How do we know red is red? How do we know a circle is a circle, how do we know a tomato is red, at least in my day tomatoes were only red, or that the sky is blue (well … perhaps here in England this is not the best example one may consider :) Now, joking aside, since our early childhood we are taught things based on examples and comparisons, hence it is not surprising that when growing up we continue to take models and make comparisons. To a certain extent this is a matter of perspective and perception, however many times we, consciously or sometimes unconsciously, compare ourselves with the people around us, with our parents and relatives and with our schoolmates and later with colleagues.
What determines us to take models, how do we take models, how does the mind function in this regard? In fact, it is not a matter of how the mind is functioning in general since each one’s mind has his own individual inner mechanics. We contain within our mind’s memory or let’s say different personalities, different memories from different personalities that have been incarnated within us. All this data it is contained and easily accessed by our mind, different various personalities experienced situations and events that we unconsciously access when we need them.
We, in a way, by containing all this material, we represent all these various personalities gathered in one. They appeared as being many since they are facets of one bigger identity. They are facets indeed, but each facet contains the whole.
Our personality is driven by what we may say that it is the gathered of all the data and information offered by each part, by each personality, hence we cannot really speak of one’s mind generally. Of course, there are some specific traits of how physical reality is constructed, of how the consciousness breaks down in various personalities, of how the mind is a tool that allows us to access all the necessary information, all the information that All That Is contains.
When we speak of how generally the mind works it is but one aspect, however in the same time the mechanics of our own individual mind it is quite different. Our mind projects and interprets events and information, translates information in a very particular way. This is why it is important to understand about ourselves and to observe our own mind, our own phycology let’s say.
We take part in various mass events without being aware of that and this is in a way a different subject. But on what we call the personal events that one may experience and wish to experience, only reflects our individuality. Even if we cannot talk about human minds in general and we cannot apply the identical same mechanics or mechanisms to every human being, there are similar patterns and similitudes between our minds.
Coming back to our models, it is essential to observe us (not only from this perspective), to observe how the mind takes models, how our mind due to its own individuality will take certain models while another one’s will take different models.
There is always a certain way in which everyone creates models, and those models that one will take, are always related to him and some aspects of his personality or in connection with other personalities that sprang from the same source. The selection or the creation of models develops always hand in hand with one’s system of beliefs and the models are taken in accordance with one’s beliefs.
When one observes himself, one can observe the kind of models he is taking and in so doing he can easily become aware of his beliefs, he can discover how one wishes to mould or transform his personality, who would rather choose to be or become and most important what is not allowing him in the now to be that one.
Furthermore, the models, the personalities we see do not represent exactly what we see, the models we take are not a faithful representation of a so called reality, nor could they be because in truth we know nothing about the respective model. We have utterly no idea about that particular person, we do not know how “the model” thinks, what he feels, what desires and aspirations he has, what models he may have or had in his turn. All we see is a trailer we have been allowed to see, or we have been presented but we have not seen the whole movie, all we see is an illusion more than a reality but by believing in it, it becomes a reality to us. And all we see in the trailer, what we can and wish to see, we project by separating and dissociating personalities and qualities that we either reject or wish to embrace.
In addition to that, the models we take are always altered by our interpretation. And what is important, the models we consider always contain something that is already contained within us, maybe something that we reject or deny about ourselves, or maybe something “new” that we wish to bring in and to experience and we wish to express, but we always already possess within ourselves that particular characteristic let's say, yet we are not aware of it.
We alter these persons or characteristics that we labelled as models, we alter them by our interpretation and our imagination, we project into those models different, various beliefs that we already hold. We may project beliefs that impede our creation, or we may project beliefs that we wish to embrace. Once we pay attention and also carefully study all those models we understand they also contain information about ourselves and our desires, our beliefs and our auto-imposed limitations.
If one dislikes something very much within himself because one understands the limitations perhaps that those qualities would bring about his personality, one may tend to dissociate himself in this way, if he places all those traits upon a different personality and dissociate himself in this way, without forcing himself to see and accept as being his also, as belonging to him, as possibilities as choices, as experiences. And then he judges the model. When one judge one cannot accept, when one cannot accept one cannot look into himself and take back his power and accept that all the events are his creation.
Once we observe, once we take a good look at those personalities at those models and try to place them as they are, inside us and not outside ourselves we realise they do not represent what we would call “the external reality” that has nothing to do with ourselves because this is only a belief and a perception, a distorted one.
We can accept that all these personalities we are looking at, are within ourselves first, they are contained within ourselves in order for us to be able to project them outside and to allow those meetings to occur within our life into our physical experience.
We can embrace them as facets of our own individual personality and while we are looking at all these characteristics, accordingly to what we feel that we are, we can choose without disliking, without judging, but with the understanding that all is contained within ourselves and we can choose to form from this multitude of characteristics the personality that we wish to form, that we feel that it is in accordance with ourselves.
It is easy for us to identify, when we let our judgement, when we put our judgement aside and we allow ourselves to feel without any judgement, all these multitude, this variety of emotions and qualities and traits, we will feel which one is suitable or let’s say in accordance with our soul, with who we are because we will feel it.
We are not fragmented personalities. We are the whole. Every idea that at the beginning tends to separate and to our perceptions separates through a particular belief, with a deeper understanding everything becomes but one idea.
The series comprises 33 photographs.
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