The Mouth: Illusions

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).

An illusion is a distortion of the senses, which can reveal how the human brain organizes and interprets sensory stimulation. Although illusions distort our perception of reality, they are generally shared by most people.

An illusion can also be described as something that deceives by producing a false or misleading impression of reality, just a crafty construction, or fantasy. Like the old rabbit-out-of-the-hat trick practiced by magicians around the globe.

Again, it reflects the state or condition of being deceived; misapprehension, often different from reality.

Illusions may occur with any of the human senses. The emphasis on visual illusions occurs because vision often dominates the other senses. We must also understand the place of the mouth and this requires consistency. We fail to understand the power of the mouth so much we create illusions that we can’t comprehend until we fully sulk in.

Speech as an Illusion

A spoken phrase is repeated several times, without altering it in any way, and without providing any context. This repetition causes the phrase to transform perceptually from speech into a song.

Illusion in this instance basically describes a misinterpretation of a true sensation often associated with words spoken with the mouth. For example, hearing sounds and speaking about something constantly can create an illusion.

Illusion and Reality

Let us see the difference between illusion and reality.

While illusion is an instance of a wrong or misinterpreted perception of sensory experience, the reality is the state of things as they exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them. This clearly makes us understand the power of the senses. We also need to remind ourselves that there can be transparency in illusion and this is a tendency for people to overestimate the degree to which their mental state is known by others.

Psychological Views on Illusions

Many prominent theorists have argued that accurate perceptions of the self, the world, and the future are essential for mental health. Yet considerable research evidence suggests that overly positive self-evaluations, exaggerated perceptions of control or mastery, and unrealistic optimism is characteristic of normal human thought. Moreover, these illusions appear to promote other criteria of mental health, including the ability to care about others, the ability to be happy or contented, and the ability to engage in productive and creative work.

Our perception of where our mouth is is learned through experience, rather than being entirely innate, the awareness of our mouth in space is primarily learned through experience (We must use our mouth with caution).

“If we had some even minor innate knowledge on where in space our mouth should be, this information would be clashing with the sensory information received during the dental model illusion” (Baxter, 2019, para. 7).

The psychological concept of illusion is also characterized as a process involving the interaction of logical and empirical considerations. The definition accepted as best is ‘a discrepancy between one’s perceptions of an object or event observed under different conditions.

In conclusion, the déjà vu phenomenon is best described as a feeling that a past episode is repeating itself in the present; what occurs is a fusion of past and present to create an illusion that one is reliving an experience and therefore knows its outcome.

(Proverbs 13:3); “Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin”.

We should be careful what we speak to existence. Remember, your mind thinks it, and then it’s spoken to existence with your mouth.

Your mouth is a great tool, be sure it’s being used in the right way.

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