In my last post I mentioned how my expectations got in the way while trying to receive information during the “Progression of Light” energy surges. From my experience, expectations along with strong emotions and a string of thoughts are the biggest obstacles to overcome when trying to connect spiritually/metaphysically. The latter (also mentioned in my post Spirit Guides 3 – my own path -) are blocking the connection, sometimes not even allowing to get access to the spiritual world. Expectations on the other hand come into play once you are actually connected. You’re already “there” but just don’t seem to perceive anything or whatever you perceive “just can’t be right”.
Expectations: the belief about (or mental picture of) the future.
Whatever type of spiritual connection we seek, if we expect a certain outcome, the information we “receive” will ultimately be skewed. Perception is influenced by expectation. How closely they are linked to each other? There are many examples from mundane everyday life that show how easily our perception is being affected by expectations. Starting with the Placebo effect, known as the beneficial effect in a patient following a particular treatment that arises from the patient’s expectations concerning the treatment rather than from the treatment itself, there are countless others. There are many experiments related to visual perception showing how expectation determines perception. The “invisible gorilla” is just one of them. However, this experiment does not only address the problem of expectation but also that of “selective attention”.
Our brain works in two ways “bottom up” and “top down”. The signals of the senses being called “bottom up signals”, they basically represent filtered data from the outside world. The “top down” effect on the other hand referring to the control of the brain in selecting, analyzing,, synthesizing, adjusting etc. the incoming info. Recent research shows that there are a large number of neurons that come down (top down) altering the incoming signals of senses, far more than the incoming sensory neurons (bottom up). The result being the influence of the brain and (its) expectation are far greater than the raw data. This top down effect is how expectation can determine perceptions.
So much for our daily experiences. Now what does this have to do with my expectations when connecting to the metaphysical realms? Well, we’re still dealing with our “little monkey brains” when trying to make sense of our experiences – be they in the physical or metaphysical realms – and so we are prone to fall into the same trap. As shown above, it is hard NOT to have expectations. Expectations are largely based on our previous experiences (and, perhaps, sometimes wishful thinking). Since the experiences we have when connecting to the metaphysical realms aren’t exactly what we are accustomed to, our brains usually have a hard time to make sense of it. They try anyways. Mix in the tendency to have expectations – and how can you possibly “expect” something you’ve never experienced before?? – then it gets all pretty screwy. Or the brain simply goes “blank”. Nothing there. Nada.
What it basically means: expectations are blocking new experiences as well as new perceptions (and I will have to address the issue of perceptions a bit more another time). When connecting, being, working in the “other realms” it is best to have little or no expectations (along with low mental and emotional activity). You’ll find ample literature online about the benefits of no expectations ….and even some advice how to NOT HAVE THEM. But from my own experience I can say: it’s not always that easy. If you can’t let go of them, be aware of them, acknowledge them, it’ll be much easier to work around them.
So far so good. Until next time….
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