"Perception is the brain's way of interpreting ambiguous visual signals in the most likely explanation possible.
These explanations are a direct result of past experience.
"Effectively your perception of reality is based on past conditioning.
To test this out, let's conduct a thought experiment.
Imagine you grew in a poor family.
Your regard of money led you to believe it was hard to come by.
You formulated beliefs toward a lack of money, since you were exposed to that growing up.
Let's assume an alternative view.
You grew up in a wealthy family living in Beverly Hills; in an $80 million dollar mansion, equipped with maids, butlers and chauffeur.
You were privileged to all the luxuries you could ever need.
Your family had media interests in a global business empire.
You worked in the business throughout your adult life.
What do you think your perception of money would be based on the above scenario? It would clearly be one of prosperity, abundance and wealth.
You'd believe money flowed into one's life as it was readily available.
Can you see how one's perception can be limited based on the thought experiment previously? Their environment determined their outlook of life.
They painted a canvas of reality based on their circumstances.
In another example, some believe in the institution of love and marriage, while others consider relationships to end in divorce and misery.
If you put those people in the same room and invited a debate, I'm certain there'd be an exchange of words as to who was right or wrong.
The truth is neither party is right or wrong.
Their perception of life is coloured by THEIR experience of reality.
Your experience of life affords you with a distorted view of life as seen through your lenses.
I use the word 'distorted' not to suggest your view of reality is invalid; rather to imply its only one view based on your experience.
They're differing considerations given your past conditioning.
It's best to remain open and aware to both situations; even considering alternative views, before settling on one.
It's my opinion that people are quick to pass judgement on others; while not giving them the benefit of the doubt.
They're calling upon their past conditioning of memories and beliefs in order to feel better that this is how the world is.
Consider for a moment, an event which recently drew a similar scenario for you? One where you passed judgement believing you were right and they were wrong.
My friend tells of a scenario of a young man sitting on a bus recently who failed to offer his seat to an elderly passenger.
My friend was quick to pass judgement on the young man inferring he was devoid of manners.
Little did she know the young man had just been fitted with a prosthetic leg that afternoon, after a horrific motor vehicle accident in which both parents were killed.
The prosthetist advised he occupy a seat for his journey home, since standing on the leg would cause further damage to his already amputated limb.
The bus journey home was full of commuters.
The young complied with the prosthetist' orders.
My friend discovered this information about the young man after she got off at the same bus stop, striking up conversation with him.
Suffice to say she felt bad, given the elderly woman was clearly not handicapped and not using a walking stick.
While the above scenario is an extreme example, it illustrates how quick we are to judge or label a person.
My friend called on her memory which suggested that not offering a seat to an elderly person was a sign of disrespect.
She concluded the young man to be rude by failing to offer his seat to the elderly passenger.
The truth of any situation is that there are always hidden meanings underlying any number of situations.
The best you can do is remaining open and aware to all possibilities, to appreciate the gift of the lesson.
I'm reminded of the Thomas Dewar quote, "Minds are like parachutes; they work best when open.
" I invite you to adopt a similar way of thinking.
Suspend your judgement from time to time as your mind grows tolerant of others.
Ask yourself the following question, "What else could be going on underneath the surface which I'm unaware of?" Relationships are a good testing point to remaining open.
You may assume your partner or loved one doesn't care when they fail to call you at a desired time or day; including your birthday.
If you ask yourself the above question, you remain open to considering alternative possibilities; thus remaining neutral toward a heated exchange of words.
Remember, your perception is based on YOUR interpretation from past conditioning and beliefs.
The word YOUR is purposely capitalised to draw awareness to only one interpretation i.
Remain open that there may be more to see than meets the eye.
In doing so, you become aware, awake and a conscious creator of your destiny.