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Becoming Conscious: The Power of Perception

Becoming Conscious: The Power of Perception

Part 1: The Menagerie



A growing number of people are trying to raise their level of consciousness for a variety of reasons and in various ways. Some continue on with whatever belief system they were indoctrinated in as children. Others look elsewhere in their search be it something that matches their beliefs and notions about things or that suits their temperament, which from their perspective, "feels right", and so on. There are many different schools of thought and belief systems one can follow. We can choose one, blend them or try to find their way outside of them. No matter how one goes about it there is only one truth and every one of us, regardless of our belief system, perceives and conceives of that truth through our own unique lens.

We can refer to this one truth as "objective reality" even though we cannot know it directly. This is because we cannot avoid the subjective nature of our existence nor discard our uniqueness. Nor is there a need to. Our challenge is not one of knowing or finding that reality, it is to align with it. When we consider our journey in this light it becomes obvious that alignment comes by, as some refer to it, being at one with ALL. A very large part of this process is dealing with false, conflicting and limiting notions, the baggage in our minds, that lead to the illusion of separateness. Hence it makes sense that if we want to become more aligned we should deal with their source, our perception.

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Becoming Conscious

The Power of Perception

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Our reality is not determined by what is perceived, it is determined by our perception of it. Our perceptions are based on our reactions to what we perceived in the past whether we are conscious of it or not. This applies to what we perceive without and within. These perceptions are thoughts that are part of our mind. They do not define who we are, but in a very real way they do delimit what portion of our "true self" we are able to be conscious of.

An awareness of the power that our perception holds over us is the first step in overcoming the limitations it can impose. Once we understand more about the nature of our minds such as what they are, how they process what we perceive and the interplay between the conscious and non-conscious aspects of our minds, the more control we take over it. By doing this we can start to reduce the limitations our minds impose. Exploring our perception and what we can do to gain more conscious control over it is the purpose of the Becoming Conscious series.

Our journey through the hallowed halls of our minds and it's mechanism starts with the first essay in Becoming Conscious series, which is titled "The Power of Perception". Each of the essays in the series is fairly long and so each will be separated into a number of parts. The first part of the Power of Perception essay is titled The Menagerie. Note, there will be links at the end of each essay part to the next or previous part of the series where applicable. 


© 2015 Allan Beveridge 

Last updated on November 4, 2015