Vision is an interesting word.

At first glance :), vision refers to the faculty of sight. Often, we mistake this sense to be a function of our eyes. “I have to get my eyes checked,” we say. But it is not our eyes, alone, being checked. It is our vision, and vision is quite cerebral.

As such, there is great benefit in exercising our vision with optical illusions.

But, first, let’s examine some other intriguing definitions of vision. One is familiar to most businesses, charities, and organizations, as they have a mission and a vision, or stated aims and objectives.

Another definition of the word vision is the ability to anticipate trends, consequences, or other future events as in “She should be a part of this kick-off meeting. She really has vision and may bring up things we would’ve never even considered.”

What is interesting about these other definitions of vision is that they imply an ability “to see” things that aren’t there. And what makes this intriguing, is that these forms of vision can be learned. One way to learn to see things differently, or to train your vision, is with optical illusions.

Here is a small sample. More to come, so check back frequently. Click on an image to get started:

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[rokbox title=”Which orange circle is larger?… An interesting lesson in relativity. So it is with problems, priorities, successes, and failures.” size=”485 298″ thumb=””][/rokbox]

[rokbox title=”Which yellow line is longer?” size=”450 332″ thumb=””][/rokbox]

[rokbox title=”What do you see?… What else do you see?… A man of the sea, or a woman of the sea?” size=”450 350″ thumb=””][/rokbox]