We should be in Vienna and beginning our second day there as you read this. I wrote this blog post just before leaving so that there would be some continuity with posting. Hopefully, tomorrow’s post will be written while we are in Vienna,
I took this early morning photo as we were waiting for our ride to the airport . The photo was edited to create the blurred effect as that will make the image unpopular with the pirates who collect photos for their porn sites.
Why did I choose this photo rather than something more “realistic?” Well, the best answer I could give would be that nothing is clearly defined in life, especially when one looks deeper than the skin, or the clothed outer layer. There is no question that I am the subject of the photo or that I am nude. That much is clear. Yet what or who am I exactly? Of course I have some ideas but I know that I don’t know the whole truth of who I am.
No one does. Anyone who claims to fully know themselves is likely less aware that those who admit to some confusion. We are complex beings What you see and get to know, for the most part, is the tip of an iceberg that floats in the sea. What is hidden from the ego, in the personal unconscious, is also “self.”
With this thought in mind, there is always something to discover about oneself. Usually, we learn from what others see and say about us. Rarely do we realise that we could learn even much more about ourselves by how we see and relate to others. Those whom we see in a positive light are usually mirroring positive things about ourselves about which we are unaware. Those whom we see in a negative light – anger, envy, annoyance, jealousy, fear, etc. – are mirroring inner aspects about ourselves that we aren’t ready to acknowledge. People such as myself in the fields of psychology, call these responses to others, “projections.”
We see naturists and nudists who seem much braver than ourselves, not realising that within us lies the same hero or heroine. When we smile inwardly at naturist images, we are smiling at the same capability that lies within. We just don’t realise it. It takes work and a lot of reflection to take back our projections and “own” what we put onto others. We all project onto others, but we don’t all come to understand what we have done and to withdraw those projections. Why? Likely because one would then have to own the darkness within as well as the light. We would rather live with illusions (delusions) about who we are. We work hard a believing and trying to convince others about the persona we create for ourselves, telling them, “what you see is all there is.”