It’s a Thought…

Before I explain, do the video-test below…(it takes around half a minute)

(do the test first and no looking down for the answer - stop scrolling)


                                            Did you get a surprise?

If you can miss ‘that’ in the middle of a basketball game - can you be sure you didn’t miss the Angel sitting opposite you in the restaurant - or the theatre, or the train station, or simply when you were thinking about other things…

  Sometimes we only see what we want to, (or are conditioned to)…see


I saw the vid’ initially in ‘Lilly’s Life’ ~ Lilly is a fantastic writer - She is so funny, witty, bright…go there :)

I said I’d use it one day Lilly :)

ps: Click on Obama to hear about rainforests and other (none moonwalking) bears

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  1. Comment by Geoffrey on December 14, 2008 10:26 pm

    Hi Henry

    Of course, I didn’t see it! I’m a psychologist, for goodness sake, how would I see what was there right in front of my nose?

    I’ve done those perception experiments with others where we all look out the window and see something different, totally different realities. Perhaps what perturbs me most and it’s where I am in my life now, but it’s people who care and yet I don’t notice they do always. It’s the same thing in another dimension.

    G x

  2. Comment by Geoffrey on December 14, 2008 10:29 pm

    I’m not sure I expressed my feelings that well then. But what does disturb me is how badly we perceive the feelings of others.

    G x

  3. Comment by Tamera on December 15, 2008 12:47 am

    No, I can’t believe I missed it when it was so obvious. I was busy counting how many passes the white team made. ;o))) Good find!

  4. Comment by Lilly on December 15, 2008 5:11 am

    Thanks for the kind words Henry. No, I of course had to watch it a few times before seeing the bear because I was too intent on counting the passes too. I am sure I have missed the Angels although I am trying to loosen up somewhat and be more open to ’seeing’ them. By the way, were you always open to the spiritual side of things or is it something that has come with life experiences. I just wondered what makes you you (now that is a tough question, hey?). Thanks again, your comments and positive thoughts always make me smile!

  5. Comment by Susie on December 15, 2008 1:43 pm

    Wow.. I can’t believe I missed that either.. focusing on counting and not opening my eyes!

  6. Comment by Liara Covert on December 16, 2008 3:23 am

    Henry, this is a clever exercise. John Assaraf used a similar video in a presentation he did with Secret teachers in Toronto, Canada. I concur with you that awareness is a personal thing. People are open or closed to what is happening all around them. People are selectively blind to misery, hardship and sorrow unless it directly affects them or through a loved one in their own lives.

    And yet, even when someone you know is ill or seriously suffering, or that happens to you, you may still focus on that and forget how many other people have been suffering similar pligths all around you. The key lesson is empathy. Love others as you learn to love yoruself unconditionally. This is part of pesonal raising awareness process. People are encouraged not close themselves off from the world. We are each are part of everything and everyone. You need not follow in Mother Theresa’s footsteps and go to Calcutta, but to do nothing, to remain de-sensitized or indifferent to everything around you is not in your best interest. Life experience invites you to re-evaluate what serves you in a given moment. Learn to love again.

  7. Comment by Robin Easton on December 17, 2008 6:32 am

    This is an very interesting point. I think no matter how aware any of are, we inevitably miss…something. So every day I ask myself how do I stay more aware? One of the things I’ve found that really makes a HUGE difference is to do things that we would never do, or that we “think” are not us. Whether that is to converse with someone we normally wouldn’t, or go to a place we wouldn’t, wear clothes we wouldn’t, read something we wouldn’t, eat something, experience something, say something, and so forth. It’s astounding how this heightens awareness.

    Another thing that I’ve found is when we dare to experience/feel our fear we become immensely more aware of the world, people and life around us. We see as if from a great mountain top. When we shut down our fear and bury it way inside, we not only shut down fear but we shut down the eyes/energy that innately want to connect with the world around us. We often cease our innate curiosity.

    This is a wonderfully sparking post!! Brilliant idea.
    Thank you so much henry.
    Hugs and love, Robin

  8. Comment by Ade on December 17, 2008 7:20 pm

    A very powerful way to get a point across.
    Because I WAS TOLD to look for something that is what i did and so…missed out on the bear- something very unsual in that circumstance. Thus, do I miss out on the unusual/strange(but true), things in my everyday conditioned life?

  9. Comment by Evita on December 19, 2008 3:44 am

    Great exercise!

    I have seen these before in great movie done with a few more examples and it is amazing how things that are really right in front of us go unnoticed. It shows too that if we are always focused on one thing, or living life one way…we may be missing a lot.

    I like the activities too where they ask you what a certain person was wearing, etc and it is amazing how many of us just don’t really focus or better yet live life consciously to take in everything that is before our eyes.

    Excellent indeed!

  10. Comment by Janet Gardner on January 2, 2009 7:44 pm

    Hi Henry,
    Great Post, I believe our minds are sometimes what I call Kind. I think our minds let us see what we need to see and often times don’t see what may be upsetting or unkind. It reallys brings the point home though, are we fully aware of what is right in front of us? I think I will focus a little more on my surrounding now after watching this video.
    Take Care Henry,
    Janet :)

  11. Comment by stoney on January 4, 2009 10:56 pm

    Well, i definitely missed it! And I hope my comment is not to inappropriate but it reminded me of what i say to my doctor when
    he asks me if i do self breast exams - my response “it is really difficult to look for something you don’t want to find!” the girls will understand!
    I know there is a much better analogy and i’m sorry to trivialize!

  12. Comment by soulMerlin on January 5, 2009 12:36 am

    I could talk about a male parallel, but I don’t think I dare…

    thanks for the :)

  13. Comment by priya chopra on June 10, 2010 9:19 am

    yes ofcourse i didnot notice it .i was actually busy in counting the passes.

  14. Comment by shivangi agarwal on September 11, 2010 3:24 pm

    its a nice video….yes i do miss the bear….like we miss several things in life while focusing only on 1 thing….

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