“Krishnamurti said, ‘When you teach a child that a bird is named “bird,” the child will never see the bird again.’ What they’ll see is the word ‘bird’. That’s what they’ll see and feel, and when they look up in the sky and see that strange, winged being take flight, they’ll forget that what is actually there is a great mystery.”  ~Adyashanti

I knew a Buddhist couple who made a point of telling their child, “We call this a tree,” not “This is a tree.”

There’s a wonderful instructional book about sketching, Drawing On The Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards (she has a website HERE), which has an interesting exercise:  beginners are given a photograph which they turn upside down before copying.  The results are typically much better than when the drawing is left right-side up.   I think it’s because the change in perspective forces the student to really see the lines of the image in front of them, without competition from the preconceived image they instinctively formed in their heads.


  1. markonit

    …when you reframe the picture, you can see so much more detail…


  2. It’s so interesting!
    I am recently realizing the importance of letting them see things and situations from the different angles. I am also learning to do the same xx


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