Blinded by the Past

The great expanse of the world can be discovered through our personal experiences. To know the ins and outs of the untold secrets can be simply revealed within the words of others — through books and the tales of the wise. Vera Pavlova, author of “To Converse With the Greats”, writes a poem to express the importance of witnessing the world first hand, rather than through the bodily experience of others.

To Converse with the Greats by Vera Pavlova.

Pavlov sparsely uses syntax to allow the audience to feel the flow of her words. Never truly stopping with the use of a period until her message has ceased. Her writing style is comparable to her message of our ever-growing knowledge. Even our inevitable death teaches us to appreciate the “blindfolds” we’ve tried on. They’re the events we’ve persevered through because despite coming into it blind, humans come out with scars of experience.

Being fairly young, it seems I haven’t accomplished great things and it feels as if time is slipping through my fingers. Watching people of my age reaching the stars and beyond, I can’t help but place them upon a pedestal, making them feel untouchable. It creates a mindset of the constant churning feeling of being inadequate at our job, or worse, our own life.

Within Pavlov’s last line, she mentions the “confinement of the universe”, in which it sounds like our environment limits our ability to understand the world around us. Truthfully, our hesitancy and fear of facing the consequences to reach for what we claim to be ours is what ties us down to this universe. We limit our own mind space, therefore the blessings we desire to receive careens out of our path.

The fear of failure and embarrassment contain us into a shrinking space. Inevitably, we focus on our past mistakes and ones that we may make in the future. We tend to forget to acknowledge our presence in the current moment. The award winning game, Genshin Impact, presents a character who’s lived through many life cycles due to his role of being a god. Venti gently reminds the player, “… before you reach the end, keep your eyes open. Use the chance to take in the world around you”. It seems as if our life is defined by our milestones set up by our self or the pressuring environment. The moment we pull away from events that have happened, or yet to happen, we’re finally able to appreciate the gentle breeze, songs of the birds, and the moon watching over us.

Venti’s wise words about living the present.

In tarot, “The Moon” revels in the concepts of a “transformational experience” (Esselmont). Divinator, Brigit Esselmont, expresses how the energy of the full moon can open up new opportunities when we accept our present state of mind. Alternatively, it can represent deception and untold truths. Which can occur when we allow ourselves to live our life through the eyes of others.

“The Moon” symmetrical tarot card representing the duality of what the moon represents.

No matter how mundane or busy my day may have been, I relish in the fact that I have a choice how I will feel and react. I have a choice of how I will be controlling my words or how I decide how I will lead my world into something great. There will be a time where there is no need to place people onto high pedestals because what I’ve experienced, endured, and persevered on my hands and knees will be enough. Dave Hood, an article writer, discusses the personal essay he read, called “Living in the Moment”. The anonymous author states, “adversity lurks continuously”. There may be unplanned events and frustrating situations, but the things that challenge me will simply be used as an opportunity to try on another “blindfold”.

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(The great expanse of the world can only be discovered through our personal experiences. To know the ins and outs of the unsolved mysteries can only be gained not told. Vera Pavlova, author of “To Converse With the Greats”, creates a poem to represent how we as growing human beings can only understand with first-hand experiences.

Pavlov sparsely uses syntax to allow the audience to feel the flow of her words. Never truly stopping with a period until the very end. Her writing style is comparable to her message of our ever-growing knowledge can only be stunted by our own stubbornness. Even our inevitable death teaches us to appreciate the “blindfolds” we’ve tried on. They’re the events we’ve persevered through because despite coming into it blind, humans come out with scars of experiences.

Being fairly young, it seems I haven’t accomplished great things to justify the emotional traumas I’ve endured. But, being able to come alive out of anything, is enough for me to realize that nothing is more great than the things that the universe has given me, whether it’s seen as a blessing or curse.

I’ve realized the people I’ve placed on a pedestal will become merely another human being with emotional scars. In tarot, “The Moon” represents deception and untold truths. Similarly, we cannot rely on the words of others until we see it with our own eyes.)