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Caught within the Camera Eye

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In photography, we want our cameras to be in good condition, with clear lenses that are not sullied with any debris or greasy smears.  If the lens of the camera is opaque or grimy, we take care of it immediately.

What about consciousness?  To be of keen understanding and discerning, holistic perception, the mind must be clear and untainted.  Distortion doesn’t perceive things for what they truly are; therefore, it is prudent to care to observe without twisted or tainted patterns or values.  A clear lens is a simple thing, even with complex, digital photography.  A clear lens is not burdened with a lot of fabricated symbols, onerous images, or profuse patterns; it is simple and pure.  The mind can be like that if it is lucky; but not if it is contaminated with the parameters and limitations that society implanted upon it.  Indeed, our rote structures of rather mechanical and/or separative observation (that we have learned and blindly accepted), including our so-called separative countries, political groups, religions, hypnotic (mat-sitting) techniques erroneously called meditation, and that so-called separate “internal controller, called ‘I’,” are all, whether we like it or not, contributing factors toward limited and contaminated perception.  Most of our mind-lenses are more than cloudy, yet we think we see just fine. 

Only an inner lens untouched by man can be of the purity to transcend distortion.

Black and White. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Black and White. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Black and White. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Black and White. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

 

 

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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original mindfulness sayings and/or poetry that deals with mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: tom8pie.com (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

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  1. >> Only an inner lens untouched by man can be of the purity to transcend distortion.

    >> our so-called separative countries, political groups, religions, hypnotic (mat-sitting) techniques erroneously called meditation, and that so-called separate “internal controller, called ‘I’,” are all, whether we like it or not, contributing factors toward limited and contaminated perception.

    🙂

    Take care Tom
    Regards

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  2. Beautiful photo and nice words, Tom. I think the best photos are those taken without intention and those we take while we feel free and can see everything around us.

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  3. Most of our mind-lenses are more than cloudy, and most of the time we don’t even know it.
    Well said, Tom. Great photo capture!

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  4. and yet perceptions, other peoples perceptions are so fascinating… The way I see one thing and someone right next to me sees it another way, all so that the world is multi dimensional. If we all saw it in the same light, wouldn’t that be just as distorted? We grow, we see things differently and then just when we think we get it, we have to try and portray what the heck we think it is and {{{giggle}}} we.ve not a flippin chance! Bless us all with compassion ❤

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    • I am not saying that we should all see everything in exactly the same way; i never said that. However, so many of us do exist in the same way — seeing things in the same way — though we think we are so different… and even though many claim to be of different countries, political groups, religious groups, and cultural groups. Though we (even in distant countries) seem so different, we are composed of the same kind of fears, desires, dependencies, etc., and — no matter where we are from — exist largely in (and “as”) symbols and ideas… though life is (really) so much more. I have seen a lot of people caught in the net of hierarchy and power — and caught in systems and patterns created by others — without ever seeing things purely and directly for themselves. The hierarchy and the systems are designed to shape the way people perceive things… and if they would perceive things beyond these systems, they wouldn’t be just puppets of the hierarchy and corrupt establishment. Compassion is helping people to understand this and perceive for themselves (without depending on — and being — mere symbols).

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  5. Hey Tom! Appreciate your visit to my blog. I’ve been exploring your space. Your photos…talk about up close and personal. Just beautiful.

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