One of the many ways in which our mind attempts to make life easier is to solve the first impression of the problem that it encounters. Like our first impressions of people, our initial perspective on problems and situations are apt to be narrow and superficial. We see no more than we’ve been conditioned to see — and stereotyped notions block clear vision and crowd out imagination. This happens without any alarms sounding, so we never realize it is occurring. The illustration below appears to have no meaning. If you continue looking at it from your initial perspective, you will see nothing. If, however, you step back from your computer and view the illustration from a distance or from an angle, you will see a message.
When Leonardo daVinci finished a painting, he would always look at it from a far distance to get a different perspective. By distancing yourself from the pattern, you changed your perception of it, thereby allowing yourself to see something that you could not otherwise see.
Our perceptual positions determine how we view things. In the illustration below, if you sit still and focus on the dot in the center, you see two broken line circles. However, if you change your perspective by moving your head backwards and forward, something strange will happen.