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Perception

"An experience can be viewed in an infinite number of ways"

Introduction

Defining Perception

Perception is defined here as the way one views / interprets their life experiences. It has a similar meaning to the word perspective which is more to do with perception in the context of opinion-making rather than as a faculty of the mind. 

As these two words are closely related in meaning, the words will be used interchangeably throughout the article as we explore the subect of perception in relation to the journey of Self-Knowing and Self-Transformation

Perception In Depth

As one changes their beliefs about the world so will their perception change too. For instance, if one believes that it's horrible to be poor, then one will perceive their life experiences as suffering when they are without money. However, if that person had instead believed that there's nothing wrong with being poor, then they would have perceived that same experience differently.

So, from this example, one can understand that it is from the beliefs that the quality of our perception emerges. Or more precisely, it's from the possibility to believe in different things that different-perspective minds can exist in this world. 

To understand this better, one can imagine a reality that is without the possibility of believing in different things. In such a reality, there would be a lack of varying perspectives. People would be in agreeance with each other and share the same opinions because everyone would perceive the world in the same way. In such a reality, the experiences outside of oneself would be the thing of absolute truth as they would be ever unchanging when revealed to different minds.  

But it's not farfetched to say that such a reality exists because if one observes the world right now, one would be able to easily find people who are stuck in bubbles of such realities. For instance, there are some religious people that will continue to believe in their holy texts no matter how much you try to convince them not to. For instance, some people right now are currently living their life through a victim's mentality. For instance, if one observes the general population, one would be able to discover people who have become attached to certain beliefs about the world that are currently causing them to see some life experiences as fearful and miserable. So, to some people, their current reality—their experience of what is true and what is not—can seem as if dictated by the experiences themselves rather than their own interpretations of them.

But that is just an illusion; we are currently living in a reality where we do have a choice in what to believe and how we choose to interpret our experiences. The nature of our reality becomes clearer the more one develops Self-Awareness, especially through the practice meditation. With time as one develops Self-Awareness, one will be able to pierce through the illusions created by their minds to realize that they are truly the Creators of their own experiences—of their miseries and their happiness.

The potential we have to choose what to believe in is what differentiates the "human experience" from the rest. Animals, for example, can be seen as living in a reality where they could only believe in certain things. Cows probably can only believe that grass is delicious or necessary so it's unlikely that they will change their diets anytime soon. And as one observes the insect kingdom to the plant kingdom to the realms of the elementals such as fire and water, one will gradually find realities that grow ever more inverse to ours, until one can only be what their experience dictates them to be.

So, we are currently living in a world blessed with an abundance of free will. In this world, we can experience life through our very own beliefs, narrative, perspective; we can experience an experience in an infinite number of ways. Even if all are given the same experience, it would be experienced differently. 

That is why when a joke is heard by a group of people, some may laugh and some may be offended; when given a book of a bible to read, some may worship the contents as absolute truth whilst others may treat it as a work of fantastical fiction, and two lovers can even quarrel about what it means to be loving and unloving. Unlike the cows, we don't have to all believe and agree that only grass is food.

So, in this world, 'what is true" is not dictated by the experiences but rather by the contents of one's mind—one's beliefs. By transforming one's beliefs, one will be able to transform the quality of their perception and experience in life.

Let us now explore this journey of Self-Transformation. 

Path Of Creator

Perception In Relation To The Path Of Creator

We have the potential to experience an experience in an infinite number of ways. If one wishes for greater happiness in life, one can develop Self-Knowing as to why out of the Infinite Possibilities of realities that one could experience, why one has chosen their current perspective from which to experience life?

When one lacks Self-Knowing, one will not be able to see that one is the Creator of how one sees the world. With a lack of Self-Knowing, one would not know what beliefs one has created and become attached to that are driving one to react and see the world in undesired ways. As a consequence, one can feel like a helpless victim when they encounter "suffering" experiences, not realizing that the "suffering" is caused by one's own perception.

So, it's important to develop Self-Knowing, to become aware of one's deeply rooted beliefs and develop the discernment of whether these are generating the desired realities within oneself.

The more one develops Self-Knowing, the more one will know that each belief one carries has always been created by oneself. Although one could say that it's the experiences that have made us believe in certain things, the more one realizes their power to transform their beliefs, the more one will be able to take ownership of the creation of these beliefs. Without such realization, one can continue to see the outside experiences as the cause for one's miseries and not work on understanding their creations within.

To make progress on the journey of Self-Transformation thus will involve one learning to take full responsibility for one's miseries, which will help them discover true cause of their sufferings—See Catalyst - Discovering Negative Ideas.

To develop the Self-Knowing of one's negative ideas, one can simply try to be happy all the time because in doing so, one will be able to realize moments when they cannot help but slip into negative moments, which will allow one to understand more about the cause of their Negative reality and discover the beliefs they hold that are preventing them from experiencing greater happiness.

And the more one attempts to transform these beliefs, the more one will discover the deeply-rooted beliefs because these will be the ones that will not budge no matter how much one tries

See Catalyst - Transforming Negative Ideas

The more one develops Self-Knowing, the more one will learn about their powers as the Creator because the more one becomes aware of the consequence of their creations, the more one will also learn the ways of wielding that power to their desires. 

Confusion Of Realities

The best way to develop Self-Knowing is to practice meditation because it's only through the practice of observing the mind for very long periods whilst trying to remain Still / Equanimous—even in painful moments—that one can start to realize the power they have to shape the quality of their experiences with their will. For instance, with time one may start to realize that the more one learns to accept the pains in meditation, the less painful they will perceive their experience to be. 

Practising meditation will also help one to develop the state of Stillness more and more so that one can see Reality as is rather than seeing Reality as painted by their reactions. The more one practises meditation, the more the distinction between "Reality as is" and "Reality as one perceives" will become clear.

The state of Stillness—in contrast to the state of visualization and contemplation—is the state encouraged for one to dwell in and develop in the practice of meditation. 

However, as the awareness of this distinction grows, some may become confused as to which reality one should focus on when one is trying to transform their mind.

A possible question may arise:

"Should I always focus on observing reality as is and ignore how I really feel and think inside?"

If one encounters such confusion, one can simply realize that the point of learning to observe as-is-reality with a Still Mind is not to escape the truth of what one is currently experiencing inside—The purpose is to become ever more aware of their Inner Reality. 

For instance, if one cannot see Reality as is, one will be unable to see how it is being distorted by one's perceptions. That is why we practice learning to observe Reality as is—so that we can understand more about the distortions that are happening within, which will help us to understand more about how we often perceive our experiences. 

So, the practice of learning to observe as-is-reality is not to suggest that one reality is more important than the other, but rather so that one can Know themselves even more. 

Accepting One's Inner Reality

On the journey of Self-Knowing, the more one can accept the reality that one is experiencing within, the more one will be able to transform their mind. So, instead of developing a habit pattern of rejecting certain realities, one will have to learn to accept and acknowledge them instead. 

See Catalyst - Transforming Negative Ideas

It can be easy to subconsciously reject one's Inner Reality on the journey of transforming the suffering states of mind because when a negative perception / state of mind arises, it can make such an experience undesirable; one can be greatly tempted by one's habit patterns to reject the fears, anger, jealousy, and so forth in various ways. For instance, one can end up living a life avoiding all experiences that bring about undesirable realities within. Or, one can make up reasons to cover one's actual perception of the experiences, for instance, in an argument, one can try to convince oneself that the other person is entitled to their opinions as a way to suppress the negative judgement they are experiencing inside. Or when one is betrayed by someone, one may come up with reasons to justify for the betrayal to feel less hurt. Or when one is faced with the fear of expressing their opinion to others, one may try to encourage oneself that everything will be alright in order to quell their fears of the worst outcome. 

Some more examples of Self-Rejection:

You could be yelled at by someone and not experience any negativities, but your beliefs of what "you should be feeling" can drive you towards caring about something you don't care about.

You may hear an opinion from your manager that you don't agree with but you try to convince yourself to agree because everyone in your team is in agreeance.

You may not feel like going on a holiday but you decide to anyways because that seems to be what everyone else is doing.

And so forth.

Of course, there are no right and wrong as to how one decides to manage/transform their Inner Perception, but when one attempts to distort their perception with the intention to escape them, then it can create great blockages within, impeding their journey of Self-Knowing and Self-Transformation.

Let us use the following example to understand this better. 

Imagine that someone is trying to escape the pain experienced in meditation by convincing themselves that the pain is only temporary. 

In this example, that person would only be practising conditional Acceptance, i.e. "I would only accept this reality if it's temporary.", which only works to distort one's perception temporarily rather than transforming the beliefs from which the perception has arisen, which means that the next time that person experiences pain in meditation they will perceive the experience in the same way as before—i.e. with contempt.

However, if that person, instead of escaping the pain they are experiencing, allows the painful reality to fully manifest within themselves, then through that process, one will have the opportunity to develop Unconditional Acceptance—"That I can accept reality even if there is pain." 

That is how one can go deeper on their journey of transforming their mind.

So, whenever one meets a situation they fear, instead of trying to escape the sensations one is feeling inside, one can learn to accept the inner reality by letting it fully manifest within themselves whether it is by allowing themselves to feel and accept all the fearful sensations coursing through themselves, or to be ready to accept the worst case scenario that may happen.  

Or whenever one meets a person that makes them angry, instead of using reasons and justifications to quell the anger within, one can learn to accept the Inner Reality as it is happening inside, i.e. to accept that one is currently angry at that person because they are a so and so person, i.e. selfish (even though that person may not be like that in reality). This will help one to develop even greater Knowing of just exactly what kinds of realities one is currently rejecting, and in working to accept those, one can start to really transform one's anger.

Realize that when one is constantly escaping into less painful realities to avoid the sufferings, one is also escaping the chance to know more about their sufferings and to transform them. 

To summarize, from the context of Self-Transformation, to" observe reality as is" can be understood as learning to Accept the reality as it is revealed within yourself and as it is seen outside yourself.

Work with your perception to discover what you are rejecting and use what you discover as opportunities to develop greater Self-Acceptance

Practising Self-Acceptance is important because through it one can then learn to properly discern whether one was driven to a certain perception by one's habit patterns / suffering states of the mind or whether the perception has arisen out of one's free-will.

The practice of meditation (and also Ashtanga yoga) will greatly help one's journey of Self-Transformation because through these practices one can develop the mental strength and stability to face and accept their suffering experiences. Without inner Stillness, one will simply react to the Suffering and not learn much from the challenges they encounter.

Ultimately, the destination is to develop the power to see reality as one desires to see rather than to helplessly fall into realities caused by one's habit patterns or unawareness. 

But eventually, all will inevitably gravitate towards a perspective that is All-Accepting because it's only from such a perspective that one can truly be limitless and happy. 

Know and Transform The Self!

Reading articles helps with understanding, but to transform the mind, one realizes the truth from experience.

For such an enlightening journey, the Self-Transformation Course has everything you will ever need!

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