Welcome to Scotomaville!
"I'm really excited for you. I have had to stumble and fumble and find my way in the dark. I've learned from some really cool people for decades, long list of mentors, most of them passed away but their words live on. And so why am I writing Scotomaville? Because I wanted to pass on to you some of the essential things I have found in getting to a state of fulfillment, leaving my blind spots, leaving my lack of awareness behind me. And in this very first episode, I'm going to define scotoma."
A SCOTOMA IS: "a partial loss of vision or blind spot in an otherwise normal visual field." (2)
A scotoma is often referred to as a blind spot. All mammals have them. You and I share a biological defect. We can not see a small area right in front of us. It's in plain sight, but we're so familiar with it that we simply do not see what is really there.
"Well, it's already a term that is defined and I'm just gonna pass that on to you. You already know it, but you don't! A scotoma is an area in the field of our vision, right? In the area that we look, that we don't, literally see what's there. I'm gonna quote this a lot. We don't see things the way THEY are, we see things the way WE are. And there's some things missing in our awareness. And I'm gonna prove that to you. And over the next series of lessons I'm gonna give you tools, to empower you, to build your self-awareness. Which will change your belief system and that'll affect your habits and eventually you'll change lanes, and the destiny for yourself and your family."
"We're in the information era. You don't have the requirement of having inherited land. Or an industry or even to have been born in a particular class. You see, information can set you free. So a scotoma is the very first thing I want you to understand! The very first! It's the starting point of awareness, and that is, we don't even see things the way they are."
"Get an index card (or piece of paper, folded into little pieces), but an index card will work. What I want you to do is draw a + on one side, and a dot on the other. Draw this about the size of a ladybug. And now here goes the exercise. I'm gonna prove to you that you don't see things the way they are. You think you do. You believe you understand the way the world is. Not so! Nay! Nay! It's not that way!..."