Welcome to the grand illusion
come on in and see what’s happening
pay the price, get your tickets for the show.
What do Caitlyn Jenner and NAACP Spokane Chapter President Rachel Dolezal have in common? They are shape shifters. They changed their respective outward appearances and way of living to match their inner identity. Jenner, born a man becomes a woman and Dolezal, born white becomes black as an adult. Fascinating. What the mind believes, the body achieves.
Through science, art and sheer audacity we can become on the outside who we really are inside. Professor Rachel Dolezal (Africana Studies) was recently thrust into the spotlight when a reporter and her parents exposed her as not being a racially mixed black woman as she has claimed to be, but in fact is white. Just plain white. “We’re all from the African Continent.” She states. Indeed. Welcome to the Grand Illusion.
The NAACP states that for them, race is not a factor of belonging or not belonging. They are are, for now, choosing to look at Rachel Dolezal through the eyes of her deeds; her work as they sort this whole thing out.
Haters are saying Dolezal lied. She stole blackness. Gary Younge of theguardian.com says of Rachel Dlezal’s deception (his word), “Dolezal’s ‘black’ identity doesn’t make sense-or make her black.”
Must a transgender person announce their original / birth form when they apply for a job, meet new people, teach a class or take a leadership position? Um, no. Of course not. See what you want to see.
Writer Meredith Talusan also of theguardian.com, says there’s no comparison between transgender people and Rachel Dolezal because Dolezal changed herself by choice.
Interesting. She was black enough for the NAACP and its members as well as the college(s) where she taught when perceived as black. Only now perception has changed, not she. Her DNA is as it always was. It would seem that for some people, reverse racism is not racism at all. WTH?
So is Rachel Dolezal allowed to identify, express and live as any race she wishes? You betcha. We all are.
Each person’s perception is their reality as they live it. I look at Delezal and believe I see a mixed race black woman. If I didn’t know the back story and saw a photograph of Caitlyn Jenner, I would say I am looking at a woman. My perception matches their projection and all is well. It is when we become aware inconsistencies that we become uncomfortable.We like our perceptions when they suit us. Reality is an ever changing illusion. So is Rachel Dolezal allowed to identify, express and live as any race she wishes? You betcha. We all are. The rub comes when a person lies to keep their secret, to uphold the perception. Surely there is a creative and truthful way for shape shifters to present their inner truth without lying to the rest of us.
Sooo, since this is a hypnosis blog–where does the hypnosis fit in this story? Hypnosis helps us shape our own reality through perception. What the mind believes the body achieves. Don’t like your reality? Change it! Using hypnosis you can change your perception of that reality and therefore change said reality. Sound a little Matrix-y? Yes but picture this: you’re a shy person. Your shyness keeps you from meeting new people and/or enjoying new experiences. Through hypnosis we change your perception of yourself into someone who is interesting, fun, quirky, whatever you’d like. The shyness melts away as your actions now easily and automatically match your new self-perception. People respond positively to the new actions and poof—shyness is in the past .
Got an unchangeable and difficult situation? We change your perception of it into something positive or neutral, the discomfort fades away and effortless acceptance becomes the new reality. There is no end to all the ways hypnosis can change your life. Perception is a powerful thing.
Just remember that it’s a grand illusion and deep inside we’re all the same.
About the author: Mona Jones is a Certified Hypnotherapist is Orange County, California who helps people shape their own reality using the power of hypnosis. For more information or to book an appointment, visit the contact page of www.MonaJonesHypnosis.com or www.HypnosisForKidsAndTeens.com