Take Control of Your Visual Orientation
In my last article, WYSIWYG, I discussed how what we see leads to what we get in our lives. The concept of WYSIWYG is based on seeing and most people are visually oriented. Our eyesight often overrides our other senses. However, we can only get what we see. If we don't see it, we don't get it. Do you see what I mean? No, you don't get it? As these questions imply, it is actually the mind that is seeing.
Eyesight is Mental
On a basic level, the mind takes the information that is gained through the eyes, processes it and interprets it. To put it another way, what you get is what you make of your vision through your eyes with your mind. Our ability to see with our eyes and mind is innate to a great extent, but in modern societies, we are programmed from birth to see a certain way, i.e., to think a certain way. It just so happens that this programming is moving further away from nature and becoming more artificial every day which is not particularly good for us human beings.
Learning Visual Orientation
Children clearly learn visually with bright colored toys and illustrated books. When we get older, we transfer much of this visual learning experience to words, but also to symbols. Children and adults learn by watching others as well. This is most effective when in person, but also effective to some degree when it is on an electronic screen. However, it is said that one picture is worth a thousand words and this is the basis of advertising. Advertising is used profusely by companies, governments, the medical profession, and religions.
Advertising and Visual Orientation
The importance of visual orientation is clearly illustrated in the marketing world. Logos and images are used to catch our attention to products and services. These visual attractions are repeated constantly to sell us things and stories. Familiarity may breed contempt, but it also breeds recognition, trust, acceptance, confidence, and desirability. Advertising is used by sales people to lead us to action, usually to part with cash. Of course, we all do this to some extent when we engage in the working world that is based on money.
Another example of how we are visually oriented is that we can easily get caught up in the glamor world and all the external things that can lead to disillusionment. These things often cost lots of money and appear to be desirable, such as diamond rings, but the desirability is often short-lived. This is because that is the nature of our attention span. Because we are visually orientated, we require constant visual renewal. Again, this is why advertisements are repeated over and over, logos are placed on all products, and images are displayed as variations on a theme in the media to create and reinforce pictures that depict a contrived reality.
Visually Oriented Techniques
One other aspect of being visually oriented is that we benefit from putting our ideas into a visual form to improve and achieve. This can be done by writing things out, drawing pictures and charts, taking photographs, and making visual displays. If we refer back to these visual records, we will organize our thoughts more readily and progress to the next step towards our goals. One has to be careful with this technique though because too much of it, especially if outdated, will detract from present living and lead to living in the past. Nowadays, it can also lead to living on a computer screen which could lead to living in a virtual reality.
Accepting Visual Orientation
Finally, we can accept what we see, and often do so without thinking much, but we do not have to accept it because we have free will and a choice to decline it. For example, we may see a fast food restaurant symbol time and time again, but we do not have to accept that we should eat at that restaurant even though that is the well-known meaning behind the symbol. We can learn to avoid seeing that symbol (out of sight is out of mind), apply a negative thought to it, or simply not pay any attention to it. On the other hand, we cannot accept what we do not see. Repetition, learning, and other societal modes of reinforcement develop our recognition.
Agreeing to Visual Orientation
To accept what we see doesn't just take recognition though. It also takes agreement. We can give away our power when we agree to accept visions also known as beliefs that are imposed on us, especially when we accept visions that are not in our best interests. One example I will give is the prevailing vision that one with less than perfect eyesight needs to wear eyeglasses. This belief is not in the best interest of many people because the power in the eyeglasses takes away from natural eyesight by replacing and diminishing it. A better belief might be to do eye exercises which result in making the natural eyesight more powerful, but this is not widely recognized. Please see my article called The Eyes Have It - How to Care for Eyes Naturally for more information on this one.
Take Control of Your Visual Orientation
At any rate, we can take control of our visual orientation by consciously re-directing our visual input, changing our thought patterns/programming and focusing on new energies. In this way, we can change our beliefs to create a new visual orientation and reality.