The Duck#1

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This is the first post out of 4 which will explain how does the human mind works (and yours included :-)).

It all began just a few days ago, as I was walking around my neighberhood, when suddenly I heard a call: “Hey you, do you know how to get to the beach?”, as I turned around, I saw this guy ——> “Sure man, Just take the left turn and you’ll hit the main road, and as you arrive there, you can basically take which direction you want”, “10x dude”. Just a few seconds later, I suddenly realized how strange  this situation was, so I turned back and ran after him.                   “Hey” I said, “I have never seen a talking duck!”                              “A TALKING DUK?!” he replied with astonishment, “Here?? where?” “You are!” I said.                                                                                                                               “Me? No I’m not!”                                                                                                                                 “No? Well you look like a duck and walk like one..”                                                                                 “And still,” He replied “I’m nothing but dots and numbers”

“Oh, mmm… right. But your dots are ordered as if you are a duck!”                                                     “No they are not. They are randomly distributed”                                                                                     “No they’re not!” I have suddenly found myself shouting, “The dots are ordered as if you are a duck, and the numbers prove that! If I will draw a line between every 2 consecutive numbers, you will become a duck!”     “But who asked you to draw a line between every 2 consecutive numbers?”, “hmm, I’m just saying that..”, “Don’t just say. No one asked you to draw that line. That line exists inside your mind, that’s it. It does not exists in reality. Your eyes doesn’t see it. There are countless ways to draw the lines, and therefore there are countless of shapes that u can draw between these dots, so why do you choose to see a duck?”, “Truth is.. I don’t know”, “Because that’s what you’ve been taught to see. You were taught that only 1 straight line goes between every 2 dots. But here is the inevidable truth: A countless number of lines passes between every 2 dots, and not a single one of these lines is straight. There are no straight lines in nature. Just put a mouse in one corner of a room and put some cheese in the opposite corner, and let it go get it. Repeat this little experiment 1000 times. The mouse will never choose the same path and will never walk in a straight line. A straight line is nothing but a belief. Look, by connecting just some of my dots a bit differently, I could easily become a chicken. Now, instead of being just dots and numbers, I become dots, numbers, the color red and some lines. Your mind automatically completes all the other lines,and colors and gives this new shape a name. It all happens inside your head, but it is not a part of reality.

“Thing is” He than continued, “That our mind is used 2c the world that way. It sees lines, and always the same ones, where there are nothing but some dots. And these lines create a limiting perception of the world.. We will discuss that next time. In the meanwhile, in order to prove my point, I’m going to challenge you with a nice little riddle. Think about it for a few minutes and leave it if you don’t succeed. The solution will be found in the next part of this post.

CHEERS.

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The Duck #2

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* This is the second article in a series of posts which will explain how does the human mind works (And yours included :-)). In case you didn’t read the previous one, please click here or the number 2 in the right bottom of the image.

So this time, I went to one of the bars around my neighborhood to have a beer with the Duck, and to keep listening to what he has to say. As I saw him, he immediately smiled and excitedly asked: “Well well, do you have a solution for my riddle?”
“Truth is, I don’t. I know I’m not good enough with Math so I didn’t even try”
“HA! Bartender!” He shouted “Plz bring my dear friend a shot of scotch for his fixed brain. It might loosen it up a little”
“Hey! why do you say I have a fixed brain?”
“Because I gave you a riddle (1st dot) with some numbers (2nd dot), and you immediately assumed that it has to be a Math riddle (Straight line). You just drew that fixed, straight line between those 2 dots” He said and smiled, “And than, youv’e let this line shape your world so u didn’t even try to solve the riddle, because if it is a Math problem (1st dot) and your’e not good in Math (2nd dot) than you won’t succeed anyway (Straight line).”
“Oh” I responded.
“So, here is the solution. As you can c, it really has nothing to do with Math. Actually, the younger you are the easier it will be to solve this one, as your brain not yet fixed.”

“Is that the reason you said last time that these lines shapes my reality?”
“Yes. But I didn’t say it as a metaphor. It goes into the physical. Your brain itself is made of ties (the dots) and lines that connects them in a fixed way in order to invoke a thought. Every experience you go thorugh, everything you see or hear – they all create some more lines and more ties”
“And because when I was in school I was tought to do the Math when I see numbers, this kind of line was created between those 2 ties (dots) in my brain. I get it”
“Exactly. Therefore, what is needed in order to solve this riddle, is to think outside of the box, to go against some rules of thinking, to do not accept what everybody “Knows”. This is called creativity”
“Oh. Well I’m not so creative”
“This belief is a line my friend. cut it”
“How do I cut it? It is not possible to become creative! you have it or you don’t have it. right?”
“No. Totally wrong. As I see it, there are 2 main ways to cut that line. But I’m sure that there are much more. The 1st way is becoming aware to your thoughts as thoughts only, and not reality. Once you start observing your thoughts from the outside, just watching them come and go, you become familiar with their true nature – a subjective illusion that appear and disappear just like the waves of the ocean. At that point, your brain starts to untie itself(*). The 2nd way is to seriously learn new creative things. Have you ever tried to paint? playing a musical instrument? dance? Have you ever tried some intuitive writing? All of these and many others can be a great way to become more creative.(**) They will all create new lines and new ties in your brain, as well as untie others.”

“Got it. So, what are we going to discuss the next time?”
“I believe that next time we will take it one step forward. We will see how the lines are responsible for you being sad and happy, passionate and a fearful. This is going to be the real thing. Hey, until than, let’s play a game shall we? I’m going to add a photo for you, and you will try to think what you see in it. Remember, there are endless ways to connect the dots, and none of them is straight. As for me, I think that this is a dragon. Definately a dragon. What do you think?”

C u next time!

* A highly recommended book about the plastic brain – The brain that changes itself / Norman Dodge.
** A highly recommended book/workshop about unleashing one’s creativity – The Artist’s Way / Julia Cameron.