Why Perception and Reality Don’t Always Match Up

This article describes perception and reality as a process of cause-effect, a reflection of space-time, as ongoing cognitive, psychological, emotional, and physical factors of Actions-Reactions and the way the human mind receives, perceives, expresses, acts, and reacts through the three fundamental dimensions of reality expressed in the 4-dimensional Euclidian space: width, length, height, and depth.

We will answer questions such as:

How do we describe Perception and Reality and how do they relate?
Psychology of Perception vs Reality and the role of the Belief System
Does Perception Affect Reality and How?
Is Perception a Reality or Not?
Table of Contents
The 4 Levels of Self-awareness of Perception and Reality

The above describes the 4 levels of self-awareness of Human Consciousness of perception and reality.

Reality Expressed in the 4-Dimensional Euclidian Space

The first two levels of human Consciousness of perception and reality are the Space and Time dimensions (spiritual and emotional body) while the other two levels are the reflection of Space and Time (Space-Time) dimensions (psychological and physical body).

The underlying forces for Space and Time dimensions are Action-Reaction and for their reflection (Space-Time) are the CauseEffect (Interaction forces) through the Electromagnetic Field.

Perception and Reality

Actually, the world as we perceive it has three dimensions of reality expressed by three-dimensional shapes: length, width, and height. We are 3D creatures living in a 3D world but our eyes show us only two dimensions.

The depth we all see or we think that we see is merely a trick that our minds through our senses have learned to observe as a byproduct of our evolution through our eyes and sight.

The perception of depth is an illusion that comes from the mind’s ability to put together two images (Image1 and its reflection as shown in the graph above) in such a way as to extrapolate depth. This is known as stereoscopic vision. When two images are assembled in our mind (brain) they are interpreted as depth.

Actually, stereoscopic vision consists of two vision systems that work in parallel. Both are fed by the same two sensors, the eyeballs, yet they serve different functions.

One system is responsible for visual perception and is necessary for identifying objects (3d shapes: length, width, and height) independent of their apparent size or location in our visual field.

The other is responsible for action: it transforms visual input into the movements of our eyes, hands, and legs (by turning visual inputs to outputs creating a visual illusion of the 4th dimension, depth). We consciously experience only the former, but we depend for our survival on both.

Our conscious perception of the world, although relatively stable, is not static. We are not able to be completely objective, even in our most ordinary observations and impressions.

Phychology of Perception vs Reality

4-Dimensional Euclidian Space – Reality Creation and Existence

Our awareness of the objects around us is informed and regulated by any number of transient factors – our levels of strength and energy, our sense of confidence, our fears, and our desires. Being human means seeing the world through your own, constantly changing lenses.

Our thoughts are influenced by what we see, hear, feel touch, and taste as well as blogs, books, music, movies, and memories. Our thoughts (through thinking and cognitive skills) create our beliefs (belief system), which to some degree form or affect our values (character), and in turn dictate our truths (behavior).

Action (I) Cause (III)Reaction (II) Effect (IV)
Space Reflection of SpaceTime Reflection of Time
ConsciousPreconscious (Reflection of Conscious Tied to Character Traits)UnconsciousSubconscious (Reflection of Unconscious Adapted to Behavioral Traits)
Arsenal Energy (Positive)Reflection of Arsenal EnergyFeminine Energy (Negative)Reflection of Feminine Energy
Risk(s)Possible Solution(s)Assessment of the level of the Risk(s)Solution(s) – No Risk(s)
FatherSpiritMotherSon (Soul)
Internal EnvironmentReflection of Internal EnvironmentExternal EnvironmentReflection of External Environment
Subjective Consciousness – FeelingsReflection of Subjective Consciousness -FeelingsSubjective Consciousness – EmotionsReflection of Subjective (Objective) Consciousness – Opinions or Emotions
Concepts, Thoughts, Truths, FaithBeliefs
Values, Ideas, DoubtLiving Experiences (Certainties or Actualities)
Magnetic Field (Love, Senses, Rights)Reflection of Magnetic FieldElectric Field (Fear, Illusions, Duties)Reflection of Electric Field
SuccessHappiness – Bliss
ObservationOvert Observation
Reality (Receive as a Present)Reality (Perceive, Catch a Motion)
Behavioral TraitsCharacterCharacter TraitsBehavior
Future (As Possibility)Reality (Reflection of Past at Present Moment as Ability, Attribute or Quality, Fact)Past (As Probability)Reality (Reflection of Future to Present Moment as Responsibility or Inability, Event)
The Matrix of Reality Creation and Existence

Does Perception Affect Reality?

As individuals, we vary widely in the level of our thinking skills, or ‘cognitive function’. We inherit cognitive function from our parents, in the same way, that physical characteristics are passed down. Scientists have discovered that, unlike eye color, cognitive function is not influenced by a few genes but by many.

In a standard situation, feelings come first. Thoughts are ways of dealing with feelings as ways of finding solutions that meet the needs that lie behind those feelings. The feelings come first in both a hierarchical and a chronological sense.

When an emotion is triggered in your brain, your nervous system responds by creating feelings in your body (what many people refer to as a “gut feeling”) and certain thoughts in your mind. If something doesn’t feel right, it is your emotional system that is informing you to further evaluate the situation.

Our behavior reflects the solutions we choose as a response to the problems perceived as true or real (based on the belief system). Subjective Consciousness through personal feelings and emotions affect character and behavior and shape our personality. Personality shapes in turn our personal reality.

Understanding your personal values that drive your personal feelings and emotions helps you live an authentic, happy life. This is why making a conscious effort to identify your values is so important. I’m here because of my past decisions.

The 12 Core Values: Hope (To look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence). Service (Ready to be of help or use to someone). Responsibility (A particular burden of obligation upon one who is responsible). Faith, Honor, Trust, Freedom, and Honesty.

Is Perception Reality?

The mind actually can do some remarkable things, including shaping our health and well-being. Our minds actually “change reality,” said Alia Crum, an assistant professor of psychology and director of the Stanford Mind and Body Lab.

DNA is pivotal to our growth, reproduction, and health. It contains the instructions necessary for your cells to produce proteins that affect many different processes and functions in your body. Because DNA is so important, damage or mutations can sometimes contribute to the development of the disease.

But, it’s not in our genes, it’s in our thoughts. Our bodies aren’t shells or housing for our minds either. Body and mind are inextricably intertwined, and the thoughts that we think, and the activity of the mind, determine the health and expression of our DNA.

The influence of genes on behavior has been well established in the scientific community. To a large extent, who we are and how we behave is a result of our genetic makeup. While genes do not determine behavior, they play a huge role in what we do and why we do it.

All of that does suggest our genes can affect our future. But we also know that human development stems from a complex interaction of the genes we inherit and the environments we encounter. Nature and nurture combine to make us who we are.

Meditation and yoga can ‘reverse’ DNA reactions that cause stress, a new study suggests. Summary: Mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation, yoga, and Tai Chi don’t simply relax us; they can ‘reverse’ the molecular reactions in our DNA that cause ill-health and depression, according to a study.

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