Perception can be defined as the active process of selecting, organizing, and interpreting the information brought to the brain by the senses.
We constantly process information coming in from our senses. We recognise and interpret sensory info all the time and most of it happens automatically. Our brain tries to turn the incoming info into something meaningful, something that makes sense. Sometimes, in an attempt to make something meaningful that doesn’t “appear” that way, the brain uses tricks. This phenomenon (of visual perception) is well known as Gestalt Psychology.
When our senses deliver the information, our brain organizes it and tries to make it meaningful. In this case (below) that could be: I perceive two overlaying triangles in the picture.
In psychology, Gestalt is a theory that suggests human beings are always in search of order in their mind/brain. This stems from “cognitive dissonance,” or the idea that the human brain cannot hold two conflicting beliefs at the same time. And this does not only apply to visual perception.
Perception creates reality
We are basically living in a reality created by our brain. Since perception plays such a crucial role in our (physical) life as well as in dealing with metaphysical matters, I wanted to address some issues around it.
Generally, in everyday life, there is mutual agreement on the perception of physical objects. We agree that the table is made out of wood, is brown and has this or that size. We may even agree – at least most of us – on the above Gestalt image looking like two overlaying triangles. Despite the presumed individuality of our brain we still share a collective reality.
The tricky part about perceiving in metaphysical realms is that we usually don’t have anyone who can confirm our perceptions. Our individual experiences of the other side are so different that it is impossible to compare. Does that mean you can’t trust your perception? On the contrary: you have to trust but stop comparing. How do we know what we perceive is really there, is really “true”? We don’t. Remember: we create reality, so no need to worry that our perceptions are for real.
Enjoy your creations!
PS: while writing this post I realized this is a huge topic…so if your interested in reading more about perception, perspective, projection etc… stay tuned. And before I sign off for today: here are two links on what Peter Russell has to say about this topic. The vid is long, the part relating to this topic is somewhere between mins 5:30 -8:00