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In a world where reflections deceive, a lone raven discovers that true freedom lies not in the illusion of individuality but in the understanding of our interconnected nature. Join the raven on a transformative journey from confusion to clarity, guided by the of a compassionate owl.

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Received the Visual Intervention in 2017 – Southport, North Carolina.

Discovering True Self Beyond Reflections

Once upon a time, in a world much like ours…

In a tranquil, boundless , a lone raven soared, unburdened and free. The raven, with its sleek black feathers and piercing eyes, reveled in the beauty of its flight. Every day was an , a new exploration of the endless expanse above.

One fateful day, while gliding gracefully, the raven spotted a strange object shimmering in a field below. Curiosity piqued, it descended and landed softly beside the mysterious item. It was a mirror, lying amidst the tall grass, reflecting the world with unerring clarity.

The raven, seeing its own reflection for the first time, was startled. It mistook the image for another bird, a potential rival or perhaps a companion. Intrigued and confused, it cawed and flapped its wings, trying to communicate with the silent stranger.

Days turned into weeks…

The raven's fascination turned to frustration. The bird in the mirror mimicked its every move but remained silent, unresponsive. The raven's days were consumed by this baffling reflection. It became obsessed, believing that it needed to confront this mysterious other bird.

In its confusion and growing anger, the raven failed to notice the world around it. The vast, open sky that once brought now seemed distant. The gentle breeze that once caressed its feathers went unnoticed. The warm sun that once filled its days with and warmth became an afterthought. All that mattered was the bird in the mirror, the illusion that had captured its mind and heart.

A wise owl, observing from afar…

One day, a wise old owl, perched high in a nearby tree, noticed the raven's plight. With a heart full of compassion, the owl flew down and settled beside the troubled raven.

“Why do you torment yourself over an illusion?” the owl asked, its voice gentle yet filled with wisdom. The raven, startled by the owl's presence, looked at the elder bird with a mix of confusion and curiosity.

“The bird you see is merely your reflection, an image, not a reality,” the owl continued. “It is a trick of the light, a falsehood that has no of its own. You have been chasing a shadow, my friend.”

A moment of clarity…

The raven paused, the owl's words echoing in its mind. It took a deep breath and, for the first time in weeks, looked away from the mirror. It lifted its gaze to the sky, the familiar sky it had once loved so dearly.

In that moment, a profound realization dawned upon the raven. The sense of individuality, the belief that it was alone and separate, was an illusion. The bird in the mirror was not an adversary or a companion; it was merely a reflection of itself.

With this newfound understanding came a sense of peace. The raven spread its wings and took flight once more, this time not as a solitary bird but as a part of the vast, interconnected world around it. The sky seemed bluer, the breeze gentler, and the sun warmer than ever before.

Embracing interconnectedness…

The raven soared higher, embracing the beauty of the world it had ignored. It realized that every creature, every gust of wind, and every ray of sunlight was interconnected. There was no separation, no true individuality. Everything was a part of the greater whole.

As the raven flew, it felt a profound joy in its heart, a joy that came from understanding its true self. It was not alone; it was a part of the lifescape that surrounded it, a lifescape filled with beauty and wonder.

A lesson for us all…

We too often find ourselves gazing into mirrors, mistaking reflections for reality. We become consumed by illusions of individuality, believing we are separate and alone. But if we take a moment to look away, to lift our gaze to the sky, we can find peace in understanding that we are all interconnected.

Let us learn from the raven's journey. Let us embrace the interconnectedness of our world and find joy in our true selves. For in this understanding lies the to a more peaceful and connected life.

So, the next time you find yourself entrapped by illusions, remember the wise owl's words and the raven's flight. Look away from the mirror, and see the world anew. Embrace the lifescape that surrounds you, and find your place within it.


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