Monday, March 07, 2005

Truth, Reality, Perception

"What you perceive, your observations, feelings, interpretations, are all your truth. Your truth is important. Yet it is not The Truth." ~Linda Ellinor

"Reality is what we take to be true. What we take to be true is what we believe. What we believe is based upon our perceptions. What we perceive depends upon what we look for. What we look for depends upon what we think. What we think depends upon what we perceive. What we perceive determines what we believe. What we believe determines what we take to be true. what we take to be true is our reality." ~Gary Zukav

In the middle of taking a break from the last paper that needed to be polished, I checked my email box for subscriptions, clicked some links and wound up finding those quotes.

Knowing on a conscious level that our perception of reality is based on our beliefs and thought processes, including what "we look for" as a part of a giant circular pattern, it seems as if it could be easier to reframe negatives into positives when we choose, to "make lemonaide, out of lemons" so to speak, but the frame of reference we use to perceive the world is based on so many inputs, so many other people's effect and affect on the process, that it often takes a great deal of effort to think from different vantage points. It is so easy to get stuck on a one way version of how things were, are and could be. (On a tangent, it seems to also be easy to get stuck in seeing more possibilities and interpretations than the mind can deal with at one time...)

When I was a child, I used to lay upside down on an overstuffed chair of my mother's, hang my head over the seat cushion, and marvel at how everything and everyone looked from that perspective, how fresh and new. I thought it might be nice to be able to live and walk on the ceiling because it was less cluttered and everything looked so different from upside down...

Thinking that we might 'walk on the uncluttered ceiling' for a while if we choose, still seems attractive.

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