We begin life with the world presenting itself to us as it is.

Someone — our parents, teachers, analysts —

hypnotizes us to “see” the world and construe it in the “right” way.

These others label the world, attach names and give voices

to the beings and events in it, so that thereafter,

we cannot read the world in any other language

or hear it saying other things to us.

The task is to break the hypnotic spell,

so that we become undeaf, unblind and multilingual,

thereby letting the world speak to us in new voices

and write all its possible meanings in the new book of our existence.

Be careful in your choice of hypnotists.

~Sidney Jourard

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11 Responses to Hypnotists

  1. Littlesundog says:

    Great quote and photograph. It seems I’ve spent a lifetime trying to overcome what was “put on me” by these childhood influential people. What freedom and liberation to break those chains… to view the world in a “new” manner. Thanks for that thought-provoking quote and for delivering it on the first sunny, warm day in weeks!! 🙂

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    • Thanks! YAY for sunny days! 🙂 I too spent many years conflicted on the labels that others had taught me to be the ‘true’ way. Luckily I figured it out so I could pass it on to my daughters to not judge and pass sentence on things you don’t understand or just because it’s different. The world would be a much more peaceful place if everyone could just let some things be as they are than to try and forcefully twist things into their perception of what is right and wrong. Well from what I saw of the forecast it looks like we might have a little stretch of nice weather so get out there and enjoy it while you can. Have fun!

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  2. I really am appreciative of that fine quote and photograph. It goes a lot with the way I deeply feel. Some cultures – like the Algonquin Native Americans – even had a language based more on seeing the world in terms of verbs… not nouns as ours is!

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    • Thanks! I’ll have to look that up. I love a lot of the American natives views and philosophies on life. I definitely can relate to a lot more of their views than I can of what I was force fed as I was growing up. 🙂 Take care and have a great day!

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  3. If you don’t have it… get Native American Wisdom by Nerburn and Megelkoch… and, also, Wholeness and the Implicate Order, by Professor David Bohm (whom, by the way, I used to have one on one, face to face discussions with); Bohm was friends with Albert Eienstein and Einstein even wanted Bohm as his assistant. Stuff about the Native Americans’ verbal oriented language is in the excellent Wholeness and the Implicate Order book.

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  4. Lynda says:

    Your work is always lovely.

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  5. PJ Clouse says:

    Wow very thought provoking words.

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