WHAT IF WHAT YOU SEE IS NOT WHAT IS BUT ONLY WHAT YOU SEE?
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What do you see? For those who have never seen this picture before, you most likely see either an Old Hag or a Young Socialite? Most likely you cannot see both of them. Whichever one you see, try now to see the other? If you have seen this picture a lot of times, like I have, most likely when you look at it now, you can see both, but here is the interesting thing, you CANNOT see both of them at the same time. To see one, you have to not see the other. Now, can you remember the first time you looked at this picture and could only see one image? Can you remember, the moment your perception changed and you suddenly saw the one you didn’t see before? It is a moment of awe. The way we see dictates the way we think. It changes the way we function in relationships and the way we do business. It determines who we hire and what we think about the people to whom we report. It effects how we vote and how we function as a country. It leads us to align with certain religious beliefs, and it influences our thoughts about right and wrong. We create stories about life from what we see; and our stories become powerful tools to either unite us or separate us from the world around us. All too often we use our stories to tell others, the way we view the world is right and consequently, the way anyone who sees the world differently is wrong. To see examples of this, we don’t need to look too far. Look at the political silos that separate us and prevent us from solving problems that together we could solve easily. But don’t stop there, everywhere we look, we see silos of separation. Look at our religious institutions; we speak of one God, but believe ours is the only right God. Look at our beliefs around the color of a persons skin, or the border they live behind, or the way they choose to express their sexuality, or their thoughts on the most compassionate way to treat an unwanted baby, or in climate change, or in any of the other places we disagree. What would happen if we were to consider the possibility, that what we see is not what is, it is just what we see? How would these words affect you? “Things are not what they seem“, We might come to see that the way we see the world is not the only way to see it; that people are not what they first appear to be; that we can not judge a book by its cover. What would happen if instead of trying so hard to have the right answers to the questions, we started to question the answers we have always given? Could it be possible that this one perceptual change could alter the way we function in the world, the way we relate to each other, and the way we come together to create a new future? Have a look at this TED TALK to see how perception in general changes everything.RESOURCE: PERCEPTION IS EVERYTHING TED TALK: Rory Sutherlandhttps://www.ted.com/talks/rory_sutherland_perspective_is_everything/transcript?language=en
Daniel Levin walked away from an opportunity to run a billion dollar business, to hitchhike around the world to find happiness and inner peace.
His life has been a combination of incredible victories and massive defeats.
He left the seminary one day before being ordained a Rabbi, and lived as a monk in a monastery for 10 years. He has meditated every day for over 45 years. He has run a restaurant, a publishing house, a market, a meditation retreat, has owned and run a clothing company, a branding company and a coaching business.
He was the Director of Business Development at Hay House and led it’s growth from $3,000,000 to $100,000,000 in revenue over a 10 year time span. He started DbL, by branding “the most anticipated hotel opening of the year 2013” according to USA Today, The Andaz Maui @ Wailea Resort and Spa.
The book he wrote for them, The Ohana of Red Earth created a corporate culture of family not staff.
Levin is a rare blend of mystic and business guy. He is a storyteller and the beautiful story he weaves in his book, The Mosaic touches the hearts of people and soothes their souls. It is a story about loss and discovery, about seeing the things we can’t see, about knowing the value of every living thing, and about connection.
He is married to his soul mate who teaches him what it means to love and be loved. He is the father of a beautiful special needs daughter
who teaches him that he is able to do far more than he ever thought possible;
the step father of a handsome and fun loving teenage boy who helps him remember how powerful fear is; and a brilliant and beautiful teenage daughter who reminds him how important it is to live inside out; and #hashtag, their adorable and loving golden retriever who reminds him that life is all about play.
They live by the ocean feeling very blessed, loving others and helping people get what they want.
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