”The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. Our vulgar perception is not concerned with other than vulgar phenomena. If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. No two people see the external world in exactly the same way.”
Perception is the physiological process through which everything in this world is interpreted and understood. And our perception is based on our thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors, which then define the way we think and therefore, the way we act.
There are two types of perception: the way you see yourself and your world and the way others see you and their world. The only perception you have control over is your own. How you perceive your world influences your attitude, which in turn affects what you attract. If you perceive a world of abundance, your actions and attitude attract abundance. Conversely, if you perceive your life as lacking what you need, you worry more about conserving what you have rather than attaining those things you want and need. Our brains automatically process what we worry about as a threat. This then changes our perception and even our body chemistry.
Perception is not about what happens, it’s about what you’re paying attention to and the then way you interpret that and then ultimately how you act on it or react to it. Happy or sad, exciting or dull, challenging or defeating, you interpret every moment you spend in the world. And your world is what your mind says it is. So ultimately your thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors all exert the most powerful influence on your perception of your life.
Everyone has bad days, but if you find yourself caught in a cycle of bad days, then you have to take the decision to change your perception of that. This means changing your thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. Going from a negative perspective to a positive one costs nothing. Being able to visualize beyond where you are and see where you would like to be, only takes a few minutes. Though you have to choose to do this, rather than stay where you are.
Once you’ve decided to change your thoughts, then you have to decide to take the action steps to make that happen. So, if you find yourself encountering a challenging situation in your day, ask yourself, do I perceive solutions and success or do I perceive problems and failure? The choice is always yours! Everything starts with a choice.