What is perception?
In Life, Perception is the mental faculty we possess that enables us to assign meaning.
This meaning is first developed by how we interpret through our senses.
Nothing has meaning in itself. No situation, no action, no comment, no circumstance, no experience. Nothing has meaning. Everything is neutral and simply exists or happens. The only meaning something has is the meaning we give to it, which is based on our perception.
Perception is our interpretation of the experiences and objects which influence us. In other words“Our perception is our reality”. No two people can have the exact same perception. This is what makes us all unique individuals.
- If we look at a situation that occurs. The situation happens and we then develop our perception of the situation based on our interpretation of the experience.
- Our senses take the experience and covert it to language. We ask ourselves a question, give ourselves and answer and develop our perception.
- Any reaction we have to that situation is not really about the situation. It is about our perception of the situation. It is always a reaction caused by something within us.
Things such as our beliefs, values, needs, expectations and past experiences combine to influence our perception of what is going on in that moment and we respond or react depending on how we perceive the situation to be.
Perception can be a choice. If we take a moment to see and accept things for what they are without judgment, we can actually choose how we would really like to see, react or respond to them.
Here is a great article by Pam Sterling on the power of perception – Click Here
Influences like culture, workplaces, society, family, religion, politics and education can sometimes take their toll over time and shape us to think in certain ways, or influence us to adopt certain perceptions.
‘’Something is usually perceived as right or wrong, good or bad and people follow their way, while not really being open to other ways, simply because it isn’t the same as theirs’’.
This thinking can sometimes make people narrow down their perception to one definite answer each and every time. To the person who the answer belongs to, it is perceived as right or good, and they believe it while perceiving others as wrong or bad.
This type of thinking can also be majorly influenced by media and social media. These things can be great if we accept them for what they really are. These are simply people sharing their own perception of their experiences and that is perfectly ok. Their perception doesn’t have to be yours.
” This course is just my perception of what I have learned on my journey. ”
I love this quote in relation to perception :-
‘’ One man’s trash is another man’s treasure ’’
The most important point to note, is that your entitled to your own perception and it is perfectly ok to change your perception at any stage. We can do this by broadening our awareness and becoming more comfortable with ourselves in our experiences.
In some situations, there simply does not need to be a right, a wrong, a good or a bad. Some things just are what they are and there may be no need to label them.
Perception in Photography
In your Mindography practice, when you take, or when you look back at a photograph, you understand that the photograph first originated as a thought inside of your mind created by your senses. Whether you are looking with your eyes or looking through your camera, what you are seeing in front of you is all actually happening in your mind. You look and focus with your eyes or your camera and photograph your perception of the experience you are having in that moment.
”What is a picture? A picture is your perception of the experience you are having, which is taken in the present moment and is full of thoughts, feelings and actions.”
‘’ Your camera is the save button for your minds eye ’’
Everything is experienced through our senses, this creates a thought in our mind. Our thoughts are determined by our perception of the experience and we then take action depending on how we are feeling in that moment.
Acceptance and Non-Judgement are very important tools to expand your perception. These are both core features of your Mindography practice. Use your camera to explore different perceptions with your pictures and in your life.
Check out this amazing video on perception by a man called Preston Smiles –
How are you perceiving stuff?
Each of the following pictures can be interpreted in different ways. Even though different perspectives exist in the one picture, it is extremely difficult for you mind to focus on more than one. Usually to can only focus on the one, so that is your perception and your reality for the time you are seeing it. You can change your reality by adjusting your focus and changing your perspective at any time.
Rabbit or Bird ?
Glass Half Full or Half Empty ?
Vase or Two Faces ?
Young or Old Woman ?