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An Illusion of Warmth

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An illusion of warmth

A sunny morning brings hints of green and gold, hints of a world that is alive. But, unless you live in this land, you don’t realise that this bright winter sunshine usually means that the temperature has dropped considerably. If anything, the weak sunlight leaches out what little life is left leaving plants freeze-dried and burnt. The scene makes me think of how sometimes we allow our thinking self to draw life from our feeling self so that we become lopsided in life, cold and hard embracing facts and a world that is seen only in terms of black and white. Not allowing messy shades of grey creates a deep-rooted anger and bitterness in what is left of the soul.


Written by Robert G. Longpré

December 11, 2012 at 10:41 am

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  1. Dear Robert,
    Thank you for this interesting Post.
    You ended with : “Not allowing messy shades of grey creates a deep-rooted anger and bitterness in what is left of the soul”.

    If you allow me I like to add some words that came to the surface after reading this Post.
    …… And then when we persist in this way of thinking without paying attention to our feelings and ignore compassion, we find ourselves confronted with circumstances that are not so pleasant for us.
    An outsider can be aware that we created these circumstances through our own actions and decisions – but to us we are not to blame, it is always somebody else.

    This is a objective point of view of the circumstances.

    But when we think this over, we can’t escape noticing that before our action is realized, there is the subtle but strong subjective (unconscious and uncontrolled) motive that accompanies our action or decisions.
    Our actions or decisions are strongly influenced through the way of how we are thinking.
    Through our way of thinking we do not only create the objective things, but also the subjective things that are behind and integrated in the objective.
    With my remark of “the way that we are thinking” I don’t mean solely through the way of the intellect , but the way that we are thinking combined with feelings.

    Furthermore I question if there really exist an solely intellectual way of thinking as we can experience positive and negative feelings when we are aware – but even when we are unaware, I don’t think that the powerful Forces of the unconscious are impressed by our intellect and expose themselves when they like.
    And so I close with the remark and question myself of how much I am aware off of the illusions with which I am confronted throughout the day.

    Opa Bear

    December 12, 2012 at 5:37 am

    • Thank you, Opa, for the words that you added. You are right, we exist on many levels, not just an intellectual level.


      December 28, 2012 at 11:31 am

  2. And, sorry,last but not least, the beautiful picture that acompanied this Post – great !

    Opa Bear

    December 12, 2012 at 5:41 am

  3. Robert, beautifully percieved and put.


    December 28, 2012 at 2:47 am

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