What do I mean when I say that perception is your reality? Do you really understand the importance of your perception for your life?
First of all, let us understand what perception is. According to the Cambridge dictionary perception is “a belief or opinion, often held by many people and based on how things seem”.
I highlighted the words belief and opinion to point the fact that none of these two could ever be totally objective. I also highlighted the last words of the definition because we all may easily understand that things cannot always be as they seem. This means that how things seem also cannot be objective.
“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”Edgar Allan Poe
Perception is Reality
What I mean to say here is that bottom line our perception is our life and the world in which we choose to live in.
Researches have proved that our strong beliefs create our reality. This is so powerful to acknowledge. If we believe that we can make something happen it is most possible that we will make it happen. This works also the other way around. If we doubt ourselves and think that we will never make it, we probably never will.
It is a hard thing to realize that most of the limitations we came across during our life or most of those we keep coming across are mainly there because of our perception. But on the other hand, it is powerful to understand that changing our perception can help us change our lives.
“I believe I am in Hell, therefore I am.”Arthur Rimbaud
What Impacts Perception and Our Reality
1. Previous Experiences
It has been proven that the experiences someone had in life have a major impact on the way he/she decodes events, behaviors, and situations in life. This interpretation that happens inside our minds could be either negative or positive. Previous bad experiences may lead us in being afraid of expressing ourselves, of trying new things, of taking challenges, etc.
2. Energy and Physical Condition
Researches have shown that when our energy levels are low when we are tired or in pain we perceive the world around us in a negative way. We perceive the tasks we have to complete as harder than they are and the people as more hostile. Feeling hungry or thirsty can also affect our perception and lead us to specific choices.
3. Emotional Condition
When feeling sad or disappointed we perceive the world as an ugly place and we think low of ourselves. Our life seems hard and everything much more difficult. On the other hand, when feeling happy everything seems easier, the people are friendlier and we are more willing to help anyone in need.
4. Other Humans Presence
It seems that the presence of other people affects our perception. This presence makes us think that something is easier than what we would have thought when being alone. Going through something painful seems less hard when a loved one is by our side and socializing with others reduces our stress levels.
“When you no longer perceive the world as hostile, there is no more fear, and when there is no more fear, you think, speak and act differently.”Eckhart Tolle
The Perception of Ourselves – Perception is More Important than Reality
How about what we perceive of ourselves? This is also the belief or the opinion we have of our self, or what the others believe about us based on what they have seen which we also have adopted us our belief. People with low self-confidence and low self-esteem perceive themselves in a bad way and value themselves low.
Thinking low or high of ourselves is mainly based on our previous experiences. However, we all have our strengths, and being able to recognize them will help us gain self-awareness. By gaining self-awareness we can raise our self-confidence and furthermore change our perception of our self.
Our self-perception is so powerful that could lead us to conquer whatever we want or totally destroy us. It depends on what we choose to perceive ourselves like.
How to Alter your Perception Tο Alter your Reality
1. Be Willing to Alter your Thoughts
Your perception is your belief. Changing your thoughts means that you decide to change the beliefs you have. However, no change is ever possible without the will for change. This is the starting point and everything else will follow.
2. Be Responsible
Understanding that you are the person responsible for your life is of major importance. Responsibility will help you identify that previously taken wrong choices are not here to define your future choices. You are responsible for the path your life took but you are also responsible for what is coming up next.
3. Show Sympathy and Understanding
Sympathy and understanding should be shown to yourself. It is not an easy step to change your perception. Learning to perceive yourself and life in a certain way was a long time process so shifting it will also not happen in one day. Taught behaviors cannot be altered instantly. Understand that time is needed and feel compassion for yourself.
4. Evaluate your Thoughts
Learned behaviors and types of thinking are not easily controlled. Sometimes even though you have the will, the past self takes over. Learn to question your thoughts and their validity. It is a good idea to share thoughts with a friend or someone you trust. Thinking about something from another perspective or simply listening to the perspective of another person could be very helpful.
Conclusion on Perception is Reality
Your perception is your reality. Shifting your way of thinking means that you use your thoughts to start creating the life you want to live. Start perceiving the world as a friendly place and the world will be a friendly place. After all, you are the artist of this piece of art called life.
“You have your brush, you have your colors, you paint the paradise, then in you go.”Nikos Kazantzakis