What Is Your Perspective?
By Art Ramsay, PhD

 We each live our lives through how we perceive everything; there is nothing taking place that escapes our perception. So what is perception? Wikipedia defines it in part as: the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to represent and understand the environment… Note that I use perspective and perception interchangeably here.

 While the discussion in Wikipedia continues with long and involved explanations, the basic “interpretation of sensory information” is enough for us to see that we each have our own way regarding interpretation from our senses Since what we touch, smell, see, hear, and taste are all defined by our brains, then each of us senses it differently.

 It has been noted repeatedly that witnesses to accidents, crimes, and other events report them in deferent ways. We all sense things with a predominant sense; that is, some of us are predominantly auditory, some visual, others kinesthetic, and so on. There have been many books written about perception, so it is not a simple subject. The point of this article is about using perception.

 Visual demonstrations of perception abound through a multitude of diagrams and photos, yet each of us will insist that how we see the identical thing is correct; and for us it is. How we view the world is important to our lives; it is the resource from which we function. Each of us has a different background and we live from this state of mind until something new arrives.

 It is only when we take steps to see something differently that we move forward. What has this got to do with perspective? Everything. You cannot awaken in the morning and begin your day without using your perception. This may seem obvious and most of you would think “so what?” Your interaction with people, animals, things, the environment, and such makes it important.

 How we view people and things is defined for us to a great extent during childhood, and continues the rest of our lives. Most of us do not entertain the thought of actually trying to change these views unless given a reason to do so. Suppose you could remove all of the ways you have learned to view the world and perceived notions of it? What would be your next steps?

 Your question right now, I am sure, is “why would I even do that? For those of you familiar with A Course In Miracles, the Workbook begins by pointing out we only see things through how they are defined for us. For example, an object with a flat surface supported by four equidistant round objects might be defined as a table. This kind of experience begins how we learn about the physical world.

 Why is the above important? Since we learn about the world we live in as children, even though it is defined by the adults around us, we can turn our attention to a new way of seeing, listening, reading, and even tasting and smelling things. Look how things have changed in two of these categories:

  • Viewing – we have gone from watching a live stage performance, to movies, to TV (black and white to color), to flat-screen TV, to tablets, and so on.
  • Listening – we have gone from listening to live bands, to a record player with needle and horn, to LP records, to CDs, to DVDs, to mp3 players, and so on.

 Each time the way we listened and viewed entertainment media changed, we had to make adjustments to the new way of experiencing them. When this happened, our perspective changed. We have gone from reading about everything through printed media to the Internet.

 In the same ways I have described changes over the years above, the world is making changes in the old way of doing many things, such as exchange of currency, how country’s governments are operating, and so on. The biggest change, although mostly unnoticed, is a move toward “Oneness”.

 Just as the Berlin Wall came tumbling down decades ago, so are the walls of separation across the globe gradually diminishing. Even though you will rarely hear it in the media, people are becoming kinder to one another. What uncaring people do regarding animals is changing so the way animals are treated better. The move toward Love and away from violence is increasing.

 What is your part in this change? Wake up to who you are as a spiritual being of Divine Love. See yourself and others as Divine Beings expressing this Love. See the world as one of beauty, love, peace, and kindness. Treat All of Life with the Love that you are and recognize that it is al One.

 Begin to understand that everything is energy vibrating at different frequencies. Quantum physics has been proving this for the decades and continues to reveal laws and aspects of the universe never known before.

 When we understand that we are aspects of this energetic force, call it God, Oneness, Spirit, it doesn’t really matter; these are only words. It is how you feel and perceive your world that will make a difference in how it unfolds into newness. Do you want to continue living in a world of hate, war, violence, greed, and such? I think not.

 It is up to each one of us to change how we perceive our lives moment by moment. See the world in peace and everyone happy and let it be so.


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