I have closed my eyes to see everything. 


When you close your eyes, what can you see?

Many would postulate that once your eyes are closed, the vision stops. Yet in the world of dreams, our vision, perspective, and experiences may, in many cases, outweigh, that which we are able to experience in the real world. 

In the mind’s eye, we are able to conjure countless permutations far above, and beyond anything, which we might potentially witness with our own eyes. 

When the Buddha expresses this sentiment, I believe he references the ability to take in all different forms of reality, experience, opportunity, circumstance, and ultimately find a cohesive perspective on everything. 

Many times, our vision clouds our judgment, based upon whatever triggers that we are seeing, may evoke within us. These distractions, triggered by emotion, can be both detrimental and harmful to our overall well-being, if we are not wise enough to sequester them in our own mind long enough to respond properly, rather than to react. 

In our quiet, calm state, with our eyes closed, we are almost always capable of filtering out all distraction, to enable us to have a much more focused perspective on the variables that we wish to concentrate on. 

In the choice to close our eyes and enable these extrasensory perceptions, to do their best work for us, we are facilitating some of the most important resources at our disposal. 

Happy Monday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!