Perception is one of your mental faculties.
By definition Perception is: the act or faculty of apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind. Expressed another way, we form a conclusion about a subject or object, either via the information gained via the physical senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch), or via the ideas we formulate regarding said subject or object. In a general sense, Perception may be interpreted as being a point of view or what one believes to be true, their belief. I like to say your perception colors your world. It is the lens that you look through and how you see things.
Another interesting point about the working of the mental faculty of Perception is that it may be aptly considered to be relative, i.e., the perception formed is a direct result of how an individual so-to-say approaches the subject or object in question. Just as a simple example, two persons look at a cup or glass that is filled with water or some other liquid to the half-way level – one person’s perception is that the vessel is half-full, while the other’s is that it is half-empty.
The above illustration also highlights a most interesting point – the same subject or object may appear to be different, if and when viewed from different perspectives or viewpoints, but from each perspective, they both appear to be correct. And it applies just as equally to the physical world, as to the non-physical world – the world of ideas. Evidence of this can clearly be seen all around. One perceives opportunity, while simultaneously, another perceives lack or absence of opportunity. One perceives safety and security, while simultaneously, another perceives danger and uncertainty … and so on. And when all is said and done, both parties are simply using that mental faculty of Perception, in opposing directions.
Here is the best part about your perception, you can change it. One way to change your perception is to be open minded and ask questions of people you disagree with. This enables you to see through their perspective and afterward you may want to adopt part, all, or none of their perception. The late Dr. Wayne Dyer used to say, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” This is very true and you should experiment with that practice until you discover for yourself how true it is. If you don’t like your results change them by changing your perception in life.
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