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What’s The Secret?

    In every walk of life…in every trade…and every profession—there are secrets. And I’m not just talking about secrets in the normal sense of the word. I’m also talking about the tricks, techniques and methodologies that make complex things seem simple.TradeSecret If you spend time watching any good tradesman or professional, you will discover that they all have tricks of the trade—secret techniques and hidden methodologies that represent the art and the craft in the science of what they do. And customers will often pay more for the kind of magic a really good tradesman or professional can do.

    And speaking of magic, even magicians have tricks of the trade. In fact, their tricks of the trade are quite literally tricks, in the sense that they are illusions, whereby they take advantage of the human attention span (or rather, the lack thereof). TricksofTradeMagicYour ability to truly focus on only one thing at a time, is the magician’s best friend in delighting you with surprises. His tricks of the trade are really tricks in diverting your attention—fooling you into missing what he is really doing—so he can surprise you later with what you didn’t notice that he was actually setting up earlier on!

    NotMagicScienceBut what a magician is really showing you is not magic … it is science. He is actually showing you the science of observing and cataloguing, as applied to the field of study that is human limitations. Magicians have catalogues of tricks because they have catalogues of observations about how to trick! The field of magic is really a disciplined field of scientific observation. And as neuroscientists and psychologists began to study why magical tricks work, they uncovered many valuable observations about how the brain works. QuestionBrainAnd what these observations prove is that our senses are no-where near as infallible as we tend to think they are. And yet we live out our lives as though they are indeed, completely infallible! It never occurs to us that we can’t trust our own eyes or ears. And yet, surprisingly often … we actually can’t!

    If you don’t believe me, take a look at the picture below:*

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    Now take a ruler or pen (even your finger might do in a pinch) and hold it across the middle of the picture where the charcoal and light grey objects meet.

    Low and behold—what your brain thought a second ago were actually two colours…the next second…it sees as only one!

    But why is this so?

    BrainClue2There is, of course, a secret. The image has been constructed in the knowledge of how the brain perceives and processes colour and depth, or dimension. Because of the way the gradients and shadows are painted in the image at the horizon line between the two panels…and at the bottom edge where the panel meets the gravel…your brain is given clues that the top panel is a well-lit grey surface—and that the bottom is a poorly lit white surface. These are clues that your brain trusts because of your past experience with shadows. The colour of the bottom panel changes when you block the shadow clues from your vision at the horizon line. By taking away the shadow information, your brain no longer adds perspective to the picture…hence changing the colour it perceives to be present in the bottom panel. In other words, your brain turns it into the colour it expects it to be, if it is not in shadow. Expectations_RealityExpectations are everything when it comes to our brains, which have been trained over years of experience to fill in the dots of what is expected to be there. This makes our brains very quick and efficient … but not very effective at seeing what is really there, multi-dimensionally.

    Now, if these kinds of expectations can change how you actually see physical things, imagine how other kinds of expectations can do the same thing with emotional and mental things! If you are seeing emotional and mental things in only one dimension, then you are not really seeing them at all.

    And this is primarily the area that I work in as a facilitator and coach. I teach people about the many ways that they currently see things that turn out to be nothing more than the illusion of expectation. FooledAnd it is little wonder that a common theme in my work is problems people have with unfulfilled expectations!

    All-too-often … how we see our problems … is the problem!

    SeeDifferentI help people to see things differently…so they can do things differently…so they can live life to the fullest. And I do this multi-dimensionally – so that you get to see things as they really are – instead of only how you think they should be.

    This is why I advertise what I do as life changing. It quite literally changes how you see things…and then how you do things changes…because of what you can now clearly see.LifeChangingExperience

    So, if you want to know the secret of how I do this, you really should book in for a session that will literally change your life. I work some magic in these sessions—but I’m not a magician—and they are not tricks of illusion. They are tricks of my trade as a Human Dynamics Facilitator and there is indeed a lot of science in what I do … but there is also some art and a bit of craft. This is only because I have been doing it for many years now and I have been lucky enough to learn some pretty neat trade secrets along the way. So if you come and see me, I will teach you the core secrets for dealing with people, communication and processes. The reason that I do this the way I do, involving a three pronged attack, is that people…communication…and processes go hand in hand in ways that will surprise—and maybe even shock you. So whilst you may simply come along for just one of these sessions (most people want to do the people one) I would highly recommend that you consider doing all three. You will be surprised how many dots your brain is filling in…in all three of these areas!

     

    *Picture credit: Beau Lotto – Experimental Neuroscientist.

     

    FURTHER EXPLANATORY NOTES (For those who are still curious):

    ShadowAll this has to do with how your brain uses shadows to make decisions, not only about what it sees, but where it is positioned in space. Once your brain has figured out what it is seeing…it then has to figure out how it is positioned in relation to itself and other objects in space. And one of its most reliable tools in accomplishing this is to use shadows. In a world with a single source of light (the sun) your brain has learned to trust shadows as a near fool-proof way to know the behaviour of objects in space. And in general…this actually works reasonably well…that is, until you look at the picture above, which startlingly demonstrates that your brain is simply using its past experience to generate its perceptions of the world. (Something to be aware of in other respects also…as already pointed out above…in relation to emotional and mental issues)

    But as you are beginning to see, shadows can lie to you—and actually do all the time. This is because the colours that we see do not necessarily exist out there in the world—they are completely a construct of our own brains! EyeRGBLight falls onto a range of sensors in the back of the eye that are sensitive to red, green and blue wave lengths of light rays. All the other colours that we perceive, are actually constructed by our brains using this information—our brains actually fill in the other colours! LightrayEyeColour(We see colour because objects absorb some wave lengths and reflect others…and it is what is reflected that we perceive as being the colour of that object. But whether or not the object really is that colour cannot necessarily be proven experimentally, because we would observe that experiment with the eyes and brains that are perceiving the colour! Put another way, colour doesn’t necessarily mean anything until it is perceived by the brain that is giving it the meaning … and so meaning, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder).

    In fact, when you really stop to think about it, all our perceptions are actually a construct of our brains. BrainWiresNothing that we see is necessarily out there in the world—because what we see are abstractions within our brains, derived from what is perceived and interpreted via nerves that feed information into our brains. Alas, our perceptions and the expectations that go with them are not quite as infallible as we are accustomed to think they are! We would do well therefore, to get used to the idea that there really is more to life than meets the eye! (Just as there is more to what I do, than what you think you have learned on this web site).

      A problem shared .... is a problem halved ... and a problem shared with the right person ... is a problem solved!

      Steven Bailey-Brown

      Human Dynamics Facilitator

      45 Ventnor Avenue, West Perth, WA 6005
      E-mail: steve@problemsonulllved.com.au
      Mobile: 0403 969 527