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MODELS, 2021

Model noun /ˈmɒd.əl/

  • Something that a copy can be based on because it is an extremely good example of its type. ‘The UK educational system was a model for those of many other countries.’

  • A person who wears clothes so that they can be photographed or shown to possible buyers, or a person who is employed to be photographed or painted. ‘I worked as an artist's model when I was a college student.’

  • A particular type of machine, especially a car, that is slightly different from machines of the same type. ‘New models come with laser devices that help guide the car into a parking spot.’

  • A physical object, usually smaller than the real object, that is used to represent something. ‘By looking at this model you can get a better idea of how the bridge will look.’


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 have been 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, with our schoolmates, and later with colleagues.

What determines us to take models (I am only talking here about models and not idols), how do we take models, and 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 person’s mind has its 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 is contained and easily accessed by our mind, different personalities experienced situations and events that we unconsciously access when we need them.

In a way, by containing all this material, we represent all these various personalities gathered into one. They appeared as being many since they are facets of one bigger identity. They are indeed facets, but each facet contains the whole.

Our personality is driven by what we may say is the aggregation 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 consciousness breaks down into various personalities, and 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, at the same time, the mechanics of our own individual mind its quite different. Our mind projects and interprets events and information, interpreting information in a very particular way. This is why it is important to understand ourselves and to observe our own mind, our own physiology, 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 by and large and we cannot apply the identical mechanics or mechanisms to every human being, there are similar patterns and similarities 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 creation of models always goes 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 he would rather choose to be or become, and most importantly, 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, or 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 rather 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 experience and we wish to express, but we always already possess within ourselves that particular characteristic, let's say, even if we are not aware of it.

We alter these persons or characteristics that we label 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, 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 without compelling himself to see and accept them as being his also, as belonging to him, as possibilities, as choices, as experiences. And then he judges the model. When one judges, one cannot accept; when one cannot accept, one cannot look into himself, 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 allow those meetings to occur within our lives into our physical experience.

We can embrace them as facets of our own individual personality and while we are looking at all these characteristics, according to what we feel that we are, we can choose without disliking or 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 put our judgement aside, and allow ourselves to feel, without any judgement, all these multitude, this variety of emotions, 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 whole. Every idea that, at the beginning, tends to separate and, in our perceptions, separates through a particular belief, with a deeper understanding, everything becomes but one idea.


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