Eye of the Beholder

People often say, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." I'm sure most people know exactly what this means; but ever really look at it?

It is your judgment, as the beholder, that determines what is beautiful. Literally; the beauty was created in your mind and only exists in your mind. If others see beauty as well; they simply share similar criteria for that judgment.

This is why you and your friend can agree or disagree on who is cute and who isn't. It is open to the interpretation of you as the beholder. It does not exist in the world, or anywhere else, but your mind. You and your friend may agree someone is attractive and still have different reasons for doing so.

This does not only go for beauty. This goes for everything that is labeled and judged in life. There is always more than one way to look at something. A huge majority of the way we see and feel about the world is due to our labeling and judging it.

Life is defined in the eye of the beholder. No matter what is actually being seen; it is the way a person interprets what is seen that determines that person's life experience.

We often take the facts of life and add our own story to it. This story is all 'in the eye of the beholder.' To illustrate this: A man loses his job. This is a fact. He can choose to take this fact and add a sad sob story to it or he can choose to see it as a new beginning. Life is all about perspective. Life is defined in the eye of the beholder.

There is nothing like good times. Knowing what you know right now; you can choose when you are having good times. It is just a matter of practice.

To learn more, read What Is Really Good? and stay tuned!


Walt said...

As a musician, this is why you cannot listen to critics, whether professional or amatuer. Once you listen to negativity and take it in as fact, the work that you initially saw as "beautiful" becomes ugly! The inner critic is probably the hardest to silence, because we think we should "at least listen to ourselves." When it comes to art, it is better to "feel it" then to "listen" to your inner critic. This particular entry really made me think of this. Thanks again homie!

C. Om said...

I appreciate your insight Walt. The essence of "feeling it" is what our true perception is all about. Many critics and even our own minds may have a predetermined expectation for what will be good, but the only true knowing is what you feel and percieve and not what you have been told.