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Creating the world, one pixel at a time

By on September 22, 2014

We always tell our hypnosis and NLP students, you create your own world, one pixel at a time. The fact is that the world we experience inside our minds is not the actual real world that exists ‘out there’, but our own construct. Like Neo in the Matrix, we live in a fabricated illusion, the only difference is that we create our own.

You create yours, I create mine. But by believing we live in some kind of subjective reality we presuppose that reality is the same for everyone, that my reality is your reality. But they’re not. Not even close. My reality is shaped by my beliefs, by my values, by my memories and experiences. And your by yours.

The only way we can truly lead our hypnosis clients to change is to start where they are. And to do that we need to understand their world, their map. And to do that, we first need to understand that their map is different to our map. The map is not the territory indeed, not in some abstract philosophical way, but in a very concrete sensory way.

To illustrate this principal that the map is  to the territory, what better way than the amazing optical illusions of Akiyoshi Kitaoka from the University of Kyoto in Japan. Any while we may all experience these illusions in a similar way, they do show that reality is not what we experience, that what we experience is only our own personal reality.

So the next time your see a hypnosis client, remember they are running illusions fully as subtle and sophisticated as Kitaoka’s! Akiyoshi Kitaoka from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, has spent more than a decade creating his collection of moving optical illusions. Images: Caters News Agency Dizzying optical illusions by Akiyoshi Kitaoka in pictures | Science

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