Okay, first a disclaimer: I realize that my brain operates oddly. I think we have established that. I have been a "fringe-dweller" pretty much my entire life because I can't find anyone on the same wave length ( a few come close, but there are still times when I get that "Wha...?" kind of look, or the reply to what I said doesn't correlate to what I was thinking when I said what I said, etc. I'm sure everyone has this experience now and again, but I have pretty much decided that that's my "comfort zone".)
Anyway, when I was tearing apart the dining room chairs I was reupholstering for my cousin, I let my mind wander like I do (who needs a Zen garden - I've got staples to pull!) I was reflecting on the whole dot thing (see previous posts), and the responses I've received from various people, most of which have been along the lines of "who'da thunk?", which led me into why I see things that others don't, or they see things that I miss, etc., etc.
Backing up the thought train for a moment, let me give you some background: I've had training in Reiki Seichim and Eye Movement Processing and gone to many wellness and/or holistic seminars and read many books ranging from orthodox religion to New Age self-help to Your category here blah, blah, blah. I guess I wanted to be Enlightened. It worked, to an extent, and I will now impart some of this Wisdom to you:
What we see (our Perception) is unique to us, and is based on our background - where we were born, how we were raised, what education we had, what our life experiences have been, etc. Our perception may or may not be truth, but it becomes our Reality when we find someone who agrees with, and therefore validates, our perception. Two people having the same experience are NOT having the same experience at all! Case in point: If I listen to my children discussing something that happened in their childhood, no two stories will match exactly. Their recollection of events is colored by their perceptions at the time.
Why I'm telling you this is: If you look at polka dots and say "Those are polka dots", you miss seeing all the other things that polka dots are capable of being. Likewise, when we label people, we miss seeing all the other possibilities in them. So much for perception.
On to manipulation: I was mulling over why I liked the two results when I didn't try to disguise the dots (or manipulate them into being "not dots") better. Maybe the polka dots are resistant to being anything other than what they are. People certainly like NOT being manipulated.
Lessons in Papercrafting; Lessons in Life! Like I said, weird mind, but now you see why I still maintain that everything is interconnected, and everything is really the Same Subject. You just have to look for the connections...