Steven Covey used to say, “Believing is Seeing”, but that’s not entirely true. It’s probably more true to say, what we believe is what we see, and what we see is not always reality or truth.
What we see with our eyes is only what our attention is drawn to.
Our attention is focused on those things we believe based on our fears, guilt, phobias, biases, prejudices & assumptions.
So we only see what we want to see. What our subconscious minds will allow us to see.
What we think is true is not always of the same value as other truths.
For instance there are three categories of thought; personal opinion, socially accepted truths and scientifically validated objective facts.
‘Attention’ is a powerful principle.
It’s how stage magicians, con-men & religious tricksters are able to fool their victims.
It’s what makes us blind to those things our subconscious minds want us to avoid because it would be too painful to contemplate, even though in the long-run it would be to our benefit.
If only more people realised this they’d be less susceptible to the “deceptions of evil & conspiring men!”
“The eye only sees what the mind is prepared to accept.” ~ Robertson Davies