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Most of us have at least five good senses, and many have a sixth sense, or intuition, as well. But sometimes our excellent abilities to perceive are fooled—and sometimes royally.
A simple happy example is the case of film sets. Often made to look like a town or neighborhood, they may be flat, single-panel construction. A fun example of this is in the movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Near the end, a town falls down and turns out to be a movie set. In The Chelsea Detective, a new series from Acorn TV, everything is filmed outside, in the Chelsea district of London. There is a beautiful, sunny, fresh feeling throughout the episodes. However, one thing is actually a set: the interior of Max’s houseboat. Because of the movement of the tides, the real houseboat rocks. So the houseboat interior was re-created with walls and ceilings that could be switched around, so the cameras could get the right angles and lighting– no rocking.
In Phoenix, Arizona, my late husband managed many rental units. One day, he went to a unit for a routine evaluation of a ceiling fan. The fan would need either repair or replacement. As he left the unit, he heard a terrible sound. The loud, unhappy sound was as if a dog were being tortured. My husband raced to the tall, solid wooden fence from behind which the loud sound was coming. Fearing the worst, he stretched himself up until he could just see over the fence. Surprise! The sound was from two giant tortoises, mating! In fact, they were apparently trumpeting very happy sounds! Take that lesson, humans!
Phaedrus, in the Dialogues of Plato, said:
Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of few perceives what has been carefully hidden in the recesses of the mind.
Through business networking, I met a man who talked about his accomplishments in sound engineering. I thought meeting him was no accident because I had created some meditation scripts and wanted someone to do the recording. My husband and I went to his studio and saw an impressive control console. He was also going to convert the beta videotapes of a seminar I had just had filmed, to another format so they could be edited for several uses. I left the tapes with him and took a pink receipt. Soon, the man came to my office and said it was quiet enough to record the meditation CDs there. We recorded them. Soon, he came back with beautiful, professional-looking CDs, labeled and in cases. I was so excited! I thought I had found my sound engineer! Unfortunately, the CDs were unusable. They contained many rattles and knocks. Had he not listened to them? Why did the man not edit those out or request we re-record in a different environment? He never explained and by not replying to calls or emails, he declined to correct the CDs. Oh, and remember the Beta tapes? I could never get him to return my calls after that, so my tapes that cost about $3000 plus a day of effort to record…are out there in the Universe somewhere. An expensive lesson.
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There are probably countless examples of people and situations turning out to be other than we thought. And do you have examples you would like to share? I now believe there is no perfect answer to knowing who and what someone or a situation really is. My recommendation is that we approach the fence quietly and look over carefully, before we get into something we might wish we had not. Taking care in situations means you are taking care of your own energy and time. And that is you, ever more Healthy Happy and Loving Lifesm! And that is what I want for you.
Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert, holistic healer, and award-winning author who celebrates life. She has a 30-year natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. Among her books are: Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire, and Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. The books are available on Amazon and through Kebba’s office. They are also available in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the Franciscan Renewal Center bookstore and at the bookstore at St. Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church. Or simply email us to order: email@example.com . Thank you!