Perception is a trick on the human mind. In order to improve on your happiness, it is important to understand perception and to differentiate the human mind from your true eternal mind.
First, your true eternal mind needs to be awakened. It is burdened under many lifetimes of worldly conditioning, attachments and desires. Until you are aware that you are not your human mind, it will rule you. It’s called your ego. Ego’s can be reprogrammed to function more friendly instead of reacting from a preprogrammed dysfunctional state, but that is just treating a symptom. The real cure is to awake your true eternal mind. When that happens, your choices for reaction will be coming from love and compassion. The world is sorely in need of more folks coming from love and compassion. There is no greater mission to accept and fulfill than this one.
What is perception? I’m going to quote from yahoo answers, *** “Perception is what our senses feed to our consciousness. That is all it is, knowledge of having had a sense of sight, sound, etc. What we make of what our senses feed us is determined as "the proof in the logic." If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, swims like a duck, it must be a duck.
But sometimes our minds do not grasp everything our senses feed us, only because we were not paying attention, or because we don't have enough prior knowledge to make sense of our perceptions.
Therefore, there is no right or wrong perception, only right or wrong interpretations of what our five senses feed our minds.”***
As we grow up our individual perception is formed and influenced by the significant people teaching us what is right or wrong according to their individual perception. There is also our interpretation of what is going on around us as we develop. Our interpretation is influenced by our past lives. We are not aware of that, but are part of the equation. If there was trauma during our developing stages, that will also shift our core beliefs which is our perception. To demonstrate this; if someone you are talking to insists that the moon is pink with purple polka dots, there is nothing you can say that will change their vision of the moon. Have you ever had a conversation with someone and you knew exactly what you said and what you meant, but when that conversation is reiterated back to you by the other person, it comes back so different that you think you must be on another planet?
This is why perception is not reality. It may seem like your reality, but because it differs so much from someone else’s reality of the same situation, it cannot be called reality. Hate crimes and genocide are a very real example of this.
I promise you there is a true reality. The good news is that perception can be changed and once your true mind is awakened, your perception can be replaced with true reality. I love knowing that I am not a victim of my programming and that I can be the creator of my own world. To be on a quest for happiness you cannot accept any false ideas.
Due to individual perception two people trying to communicate will never be on “the same page” completely. This is why compassion, forgiveness and patience are important to any on-going relationship.