Most of us take our perceptual experiences for granted and don’t always consider that others’ experiences may be completely different from our own.
The brain receives information from the environment through our five senses. Perception is the process of recognizing and interpreting sensory stimuli. We use this to develop thoughts and store them as memories. Every single thing we see, feel, or do can be perceived and will be perceived differently by each human being on Earth.
Any situation that unfolds before our eyes comes with the opportunity to view it from infinite viewpoints. That is, if we take the time and learn how to regularly shift perspective.
“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” ~Anais Nin
I have a peculiar knack for looking at certain things from every angle my brain can fathom. I’ll analyze and attempt to decode anything that piques my interest in an almost obsessive manor. When it comes to emotional interests, I shift my emotions and “empath” the way others may feel about things. I’ve read before that empathy is really just reverse projection, but I’ve also had brilliant minds tell me “empathy and intuition are not real”. To each his own, but that’s just the way I naturally perceive and relate to the world. First, intuitively, then emotionally, and finally I take the time to analyze and rationalize. I always come to a decision by combing those three modalities.
This is the beauty of perspective: it’s subjective, changeable, and adaptable! The intricacy and loveliness of perceptivity itself lays in our ability to mull over a situation, dissect the good from the ugly, and, ultimately, decide which lens we’d like to perceive it through. We each have the choice as to what we focus on and put in our field of awareness. When we begin expanding our inner perception of things, we will see more than what meets the eye.
I’ve learned that when we stop judging events or people, we can learn from them. Life has taught me not to follow the crowd’s opinions and beliefs about what is possible for you and your life. Also, not to answer the call of mediocrity, and to, simply, shape the world as I want it to be.
The fact of the matter is, shifting your perspective determines what you see. In doing so, we allow ourselves to open up and see opportunity instead of oppression.
“Reality is ultimately a selective act of perception and interpretation. A shift in our perception and interpretation enables us to break old habits and awaken new possibilities for balance, healing, and transformation.” ~David Simon