It is a misconception that your senses are the only sources of perception. Perception is a product of the mind. Learn about the factors that affect our perception and take control of our minds.
The five senses play a small part in perception. It is not a complete picture of reality. We experience everything in our minds. Mystics, Shaman, and other gifted spiritual teachers are unanimous in their opinion on this point. They describe many levels of reality.
There is not just one reality. The Seer describes many worlds. There is a middle, upper, and lower world. Beyond normal reality, there are non-ordinary states, altered states, higher states. These are all doorways of perception beyond the accepted norm.
Your Perception is Not Reality
You’ve heard people say your perception is reality. This isn’t true. Perception is beyond the senses. We experience everything in our minds. And our senses do not provide an accurate representation of reality.
What we perceive results from a filtering process. Our worldview or paradigm filters everything. If something doesn’t fit our worldview, we alter or delete it. So, our perception is not reality, and it is a fictional representation of reality.
Again, everything we think or perceive happens in our minds. But the mind creates the image of what we call reality. This means our perception is an individually crafted fiction. What then are the factors that are used to craft this illusion?
What Factors Affect Our Perception
1) The Cultural Narrative
The first factor that can affect perception is the boundaries of expectations. We only see what we expect. The mind ignores anything outside the realm of expectations. The mind also limits even the small bandwidth of our senses, and this colors our experience can be good or bad depending on the individual’s cultural narrative.
Your ability to perceive is in direct proportion to the openness of awareness. The cultural narrative is the most influential component affecting your awareness’s bandwidth. This includes thought life, self-talk, and value judgments. Several factors make up the cultural narrative.
- The education or indoctrination we receive in our formative years.
- The health of our family and social structure.
- Any extraordinary life circumstances that imprint thoughts or value judgments.
Many psychologists (1) believe the cultural narrative is the most influential component in our perception. The programming of the cultural narrative overrides our hardwired personality and instincts.
Self-hypnosis and group hypnosis are the primary tools used by organized religion to program the cultural narrative. The mystery religions of the Mediterranean developed these effective brainwashing tools eons ago. All advertising tools trace their roots to these early brainwashing tools. Thus, perception is not reality. It is a product of the mind, not a reflection of reality.
2) Language and Sound
Language and sound are factors that affect our perception. Scientists prove a single word can alter our perception of the situation, and words do not need to say words out loud for them to have power. Our internal dialogue can reinforce either positive or negative thoughts. We know Matras and Sutras‘ use can alter consciousness and open doors to higher states of awareness.
3) Physical and Mental Health
Our physical and mental health is one of the major factors that affect perception. If we are tired or injured, this will alter or restrict perception. Medicines or psychotropic substances will also have a major effect on perception.
Analyzing what factors affect our perception, we discover that this fluctuates the most. Mental and physical health affects our day to day, our awareness.
Removing The Boundaries of Perception
We need to confront the boundaries of faith and belief. These are the real enemies of our progress. When we do not remove these boundaries, then we will not grow.
Many people find it beneficial to find someone who can help them face the fears attached to their beliefs. A study group of like-minded people is an excellent way. For this approach, we recommend using a process we call comparative analysis. This is a good way to approach the research of religion.
Find a qualified teacher if you want individual instruction. An experienced teacher will spend time with you, and they will tell if you are ready to learn the next steps. If you are not prepared to accept the new perceptions, your teacher will have you work on the barriers first.
If you want to forge your path, this is a suitable option. Many people find they are better when they can progress at their own pace. There are several spiritual technologies for this very purpose. It doesn’t matter what factors affect our perception, and these tools can help you overcome them.
Spiritual technologies are methods for exploring human consciousness. These methods come from all around the globe. These methods comprise a diverse body of practical mental tools. You can use these tools to develop your potential, open spiritual gifts, expand awareness, and reach higher states of consciousness.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning method. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. They are repeatable processes, and several produce measurable effects on our physiology. These changes include increased brainwave coherence, lower heart rate, and increased skin resistance. These changes prove these techniques produce states of consciousness that differ significantly from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
Anyone can use these processes to develop their full potential. They do not require faith or belief in any religious doctrine. All you need to do is follow the process, and it’s just like following the recipe for baking a cake. If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious.
We divide these tools into four major categories:
Everyone can develop their own path, and you can start with any of these methods. The more of them you use, the faster your progress.
Our discussion started with an important question, what factors affect our perception? This question leads us first to the health of our minds. The programming we install affects the health of the mind. When we install negative bias and prejudice, it acts like a virus affecting thoughts and values. Our perception is not reality. It is an individually crafted illusion with far-reaching consequences. This is exactly why we need to fix any negative programming.
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(1) Psychology Today, August 2013, Christopher Bergland, Scientists Find That a Single Word Can Alter Perceptions. Language has the power to make the invisible appear real.
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia