What our mind sees first when viewing a picture can often reveal interesting aspects of our personality. In similar ways to that of an inkblot test, our minds are drawn to certain images for certain reasons.
While the interpretation is ultimately up to each of us to individually decide, it can be fun to take personality tests like this one and see if we can learn something new about ourselves.
A self-image is arguably one of the most important psychological aspects of the human mind. People tend to manifest and create their lives in accordance with who they think they are. If we believe we are a good person for example (and we all are by the way), we tend to engage in specific pro-social behaviors such as kindness and compassion, two acts which help make a peaceful world. On the other hand, if we feel we are ‘not good enough’ or are lacking in value, we tend to create lives which represent this way of thinking.
It’s very important to be conscious of our deep psychological ideas of who we really are, because they greatly influence the lives we lead and the paths we choose in life. The self-image is a collection of every thought we’ve ever thought about ourselves, and also often of what others have told us about ourselves while growing up. Always remember; you are lovable, and you are good enough. These two healthy self-affirmations can lead to a healthy self-image, and a healthy, happy life.
When viewing the beautiful picture by Rafal Olbinski below, see which image first stands out to you, then read on to find out what it says about you!
If you first saw the dolphin when viewing the picture, it means you currently have an outer focus of succeeding in life. The dolphin is jumping through a hoop, much like a performing dolphin, and you likely feel that you are jumping through the hoops in your life and career in order to get what you want. It’s possible one of your high priorities in life is currently making enough money in order to live the life you desire.
While focusing on making a certain income to have a certain life is natural, it’s important to remember that you don’t need a certain amount of money to both be happy and to live the life of your dreams. Rather than working a job you dislike or aren’t passionate about in order to afford doing what your heart desires, seek a job that supports a cause you truly believe in. If you can find something that affords your basic needs, and works towards making the world a better place, then your days will be spent in a truly satisfying way, and it’s likely you’ll be much happier because of it.
The Woman Of Stars
If you first saw the outline of the woman of stars, it represents your understanding of how deep and complex your inner landscape really is. You’ve likely spent a good deal of time understanding your own personal feelings, thoughts, beliefs and ideas, and while you haven’t necessarily ‘got it all figured out,’ you’re on your way.
When searching for who we really are inside, it’s important to remember a few key things:
Who we are is not our body. If we identify our body as who we are, for example our hand, even if we lose that hand we will still be who we are. This can be said for about every piece of our body, we will still survive and be who we are if we lose about every piece of our bodies. Who are we then? The mind? The same can be said of the mind, as many people have lost different parts of their brains, yet still remain alive and who they are.
It comes down to a question of what are we really as consciousness and awareness, and the answer isn’t something that can be read; we must directly experience it for ourselves in moments of quiet reflection and meditation. Though according to many ancient texts, the quiet space within the heart is a good place to start when seeking.
The Woman Of Sky And Ocean
If you first saw the outline of the woman of the sky and the ocean, it represents an illumination of clarity as you are beginning to discover the real you in your life. Who you really are, as you’ve likely found, is not something your mind can tell you, but is something you deeply know from within your heart.
You’ve also seen that what you consist of is the same of what the universe consists of. As the famous Zen philosopher Alan Watts explains, we as humans are not foreign entities existing on a planet Earth floating through space. We indeed are the planet Earth that grew people, we are one and the same as the Earth;
“When a man no longer confuses himself with the definition of himself that others have given him, he is at once universal and unique.”
“You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.”
The Woman In The Red Dress
If you first noticed the woman in the red dress when viewing this picture, it means you are one of the few and rare individuals who have seen through the veil of illusion in life and have found your innermost being. You are gentle natured, loving, kind and are wholly content in this life.
Years of emotional self-growth, meditation to quiet and calm the mind, and a profound ability to listen within have allowed you to let go of any and all untrue ideas of who you thought you were, and after letting go of everything, the real you remains.
The red dress represents your garment of love, and you tend to freely give your loving and kind heart to others. You deeply appreciate engaging in random acts of kindness as often as possible, and are one of the bright lights that help make the world a better place.
The Sky or The Ocean
If you first saw the sky or the ocean when viewing the picture, it represents your deep love of nature and your ability to find out more of who you are when traveling, or even when taking a walk or a hike outside. Being around the natural energy of plants and nature allows us to open and soften inside, and can often allow us to relax and our true selves to come out into the open.
After traveling a while, you may find that what you’ve really been searching for has been within your heart all along.