Pssst…have you heard?
I found out this week that there was a rumour going around my partner’s work place about me: that I was terminally ill and dying! His co-worker was asking if he was excited for his upcoming trip and asked who he was going with. When he told her I was going she was shocked and asked how I could be going. He was a little confused and asked what she meant. She said that she heard I was on the verge of death.
My partner is very private. To be honest I wasn’t even sure people he worked with knew I existed lol. So I was super confused about how these people I’d never met would have this is their minds. It turns out that my sister knows someone that my partner works with. So somehow between my sister telling her that I had kidney disease and would need a transplant and when it got back to my partner the story completely changed. I was a little disconcerted at having that sort of energy coming my way. Not healing energy, but dying energy. Huh.
It seems that we humans love to tell stories. And when the story is incomplete we complete it in our minds. We do this perceptually all the time. When there ar pieces missing from pictures we fill in the missing bits (which I’ve always found really fascinating). And we do the same when telling stories I think. We imagine we know the truth and pass it on. But we get it wrong. And so does the next person and the next person. Wouldn’t it be great if when we filled in the details we would fill them in with something great? ‘She has kidney disease but I think she’ll get the transplant and make a full recovery.’ I would rather that energy coming my way😀
Just for fun, here are some perceptual illusions: thebrain.mcgill.ca