STUDY Day 9—Perception, Creating Change

 

Changing Perception

Take a look at this photo briefly, glancing and then continuing to read.

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Many of us struggle with perception, either our own or how others see the world and how their existence effects us.  We struggle with the idea that we need to change, that we need others to change, to be different.   I have a suggestion that might clear some things up and make this process simpler, easier, more valuable to each of us.

Consider this, none of us need to change.   Pause for a moment and consider the idea that we are all perfectly wonderful exactly as we are.   What if our perception is flawless, perfect in every way?   Consider that this is true before moving on in this segment.

Now, WITHOUT looking back at the photo answer these questions:

Look at the photo again and answer the same questions while examining the photo.

Did looking at the photo again alter your perception?  In order to alter your perception you need new information.   The picture did not change from the first look to the second in any way.  Did looking at the photo alter your perception?  No.  What did change was your attention.  Were you able to give attention to new things?  Did you notice the first time that some of the gum was laid out in strings or that a single gum wrapper was in the photo?  Still further if I ask you the dominant color in the photo we will get different answers because it depends on what we are programed to give attention to.  The green piece in the foreground with the green strings could be considered dominant and yet the average color in the space percentage wise is beige.  There is no wrong answer.  Perception is a tool, it is not a finite function of the brain.  Perception is fluid and can change in useful ways.

Being in the Moment

Staying in the moment with our perception is a very valuable way to “change” our perception. Putting our attention on different aspects of the moment gives us space and awareness to choose how we experience our perception in each an every moment. Understanding some parts of perception can help us see how we are using our perception.

Observation

All perception comes from observation.  Observation is our natural state of being.  (You can use the Return to Observation Expansion Program to build on this.)  As infants we are purely in observation of our new world.  From about 6 months-5 years we still spend a fare amount of time in observation, you can see it on the blank face of a child. From 6-12 less and less time is spent in observation.  Very few of us spend time in open observation once we have reached our teen age years.  Without open observation, observation without judgments, attachment, or conclusions, we become ingrained in our perception and find ourselves blocked in literally and energetically.  Many of our aha moments occur after open observation followed by contemplation.

Awareness

Being aware of our needs, surroundings, other people and their needs is an important aspect of keeping our perception in alignment with who we are.  If we let go of awareness of our needs we become too selfless, if we only are aware of our needs we become too selfish; both selfish and selfless are necessary for balanced expression of self. When we reduce our awareness and use only perception templates, habitual behavior, fear, or the beliefs of others we will often witness ourselves struggling in the moment.

Attention

What we give attention to is what we see.   All things are present whether we see them or not which explains how two people can be in a situation and not understand the experience of the other. Giving attention to a specific aspect, what we choose to be aware of,  is a learned behavior based on what we have observed to be important to others and ourselves over time. Returning to observation as a habit allows us to see all aspects of a situation. Being aware gives us a wide angled focus of attention, here we can see more and make decisions based on open observation instead of beliefs, habitual behavior patterns, or fear.  Wide angled attention creates a perception that allows us to be selfless and selfish in all moments.  If our focus becomes too narrowed we will move into either too selfless or too selfish.

Steps to Becoming Aware of Perception in Every Moment

The feeling of being uncomfortable is for my benefit.  When I become uncomfortable I need to:

  • slow down and pay attention to the experience.  There is something I want to know.   My discomfort is an internal (subconscious) tool to bring it to my attention.
  • remember, discomfort does not equal problem or the need to change.  Discomfort equals my need to change focus of awareness or attention.  We are actively using perception templates that are suppressing something of value that the intuition or subconscious is pushing up from below the surface that already exists in this moment.  If ignored, we often move into fear and low level flight or fight mode (which includes the exaggeration of external observation and ignoring internal information).
  • feel the resistance.  The feeling of resistance is conscious control that allows the conscious mind to move faster without interruption.  This is neither good nor bad, it is merely effective for the lives we live today. The discomfort is felt to signal conscious mind to slow down, to listen, and look inside.  The reason this is missed is because when we currently slow down or feel resistance we are looking outside of ourselves.  Since the answer is not external we will not be able to move in a direction of self and will more likely move further into a declining situation.
  • If we are still uncomfortable stop.  Continuing to move forward while being uncomfortable triggers autonomic systems which can basically lock us out of our own control panel until the process is finished or we force control and override the conscious mind creating trauma to the energetic and emotional body, reducing safety (a key ingredient for wellness).

This week our first step to being in every moment is to notice our uncomfortable feelings.  We are not asking you to act on anything, we are asking you to be aware and give attention to the possibility that something is different than the conscious mind is expecting based on current perception.  Slow down, remember there is no problem, feel where the resistance is, and if you remain uncomfortable when possible stop and take a break from the situation at hand.

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