Doors of Perception: Embrace Reflection

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.

William Blake

Doors of Perception

We perceive everything around us through our senses and perception. Aldous Huxley describes perception as a funnel that not only filters what we receive but also narrows it down for us. Although, we mostly take our perception as reality. Yet, the perception process tints what is “out there” and narrows it down.

Perception works subtly and often hides from our conscious awareness. Yet, our perception is like a lens or a gateway to the world “out there.”

However, life experiences change our perceptions. Our memories, life events, stories we hear, social beliefs, and what we learn tint our perception.

These tints cloud over the perception. It can make us see everything in a negative, sarcastic, or cynical light. Left on its own, our perception sets us fences that we shouldn’t cross and ceilings that we soar above.

So, what happens if we could see everything with fresh eyes?

Free from the filters of judgment and expectations.

Everything would shimmer with possibilities, and the boundaries of limitation would melt away.

Sometimes, we get so caught up in our preconceived notions and beliefs that we forget to see the magic that surrounds us. But what if we could wipe away those layers of bias and see things for what they truly are? Infinite. Boundless. Full of untapped potential waiting to be unleashed.

Perception and growth

Every challenge is an opportunity for growth. Every obstacle is a chance to break free from the chains of limitation.

Cleansing the doors of our perception means embracing each moment with a sense of wonder and awe. Because when we do, we’ll discover that the universe is vast and expansive, just waiting for us to explore its hidden treasures.

As we navigate through life, our perceptions evolve. Self-reflection can make us aware of our perceptions.

By seeing the nature of our perception, we can find hidden fences and borders that hold us in place. Embracing growth means questioning our perception and becoming aware of it. This could be done through conversation or keeping a journal.

Here are some key aspects of perception and growth:

  1. Self-reflection: Engaging in introspection to examine our perception and projections.
  2. Open-mindedness: Accepting new ideas and even challenging our existing beliefs.
  3. Empathy: Appreciating the experiences and emotions of others.
  4. Flexibility: Willingness to adapt and see things in a new light
  5. Learning from mistakes: Seeing failures as opportunities for personal growth

Journal Prompt

Now, here are a few questions for you to contemplate in your journal:

  1. Have you ever noticed how your perception stands between you and the world? Do you remember a situation where you initially thought of something as negative? but realize your perception may have been influenced by past experiences or biases.
  2. How do you think your upbringing has shaped the way you perceive yourself or other people in your life?