Being Real: Perception


noun per·cep·tion \pər-ˈsep-shən\
Definition of perception
  • : the way you think about or understand someone or something

  • : the ability to understand or notice something easily

  • : the way that you notice or understand something using one of your senses


What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.
C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.     –Robertson Davies

Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our point of view.   – Obi-Wan Kenobi


Müller-Lyer illusion- which line is longer?
What do YOU see?

We all perceive things differently.

Somewhere in our perceptions, lies the truth.  Contrary to Gustave Flaubert’s idea that “There is no truth, there is only perception.”  Our perceptions, or belief systems, more often determine what we choose to see, hear, and act.  The whole ‘There is no Truth’ perception has been beaten to death because there are truths that we know to be true, they are not perceptions- for example, the law of gravity, it is a truth that we know is reality and exists;

2 + 2 = 4, this is a truth we know to be reality.  So when the ‘truth is relevant (irrelevant)’ idea is thrown around, there is nothing to support it because we know that, no, truth is not relevant nor based on perception, rather our perception of truth is relevant (irrelevant).

I blame Brian Klemmer (1950-2011), founder of Klemmer and Associates Leadership Seminars for my profound shift in the way I look at everything.  I still remember sitting in the Personal Mastery seminar, the first of 4 in the K & A PhD in Leadership seminars, and Brian puts on these huge glasses, representing our worldview (perception) of reality.  The way he explained how we go through life seeing things through our filters, filters we didn’t even know existed because they were very much part of of who we are, has been burnt into my mind for the rest of my life.  You see some of our filters are helpful, some are not helpful, and some are downright destructive to ourselves and others around us.

Our perception of living is made of these filters to all areas of life, and you know some are helpful, some are not, and some are very much destroying and sabotaging life, the cool thing that I owe Brian, he showed that we can change our perception, and that is the beginning of something truly extraordinary!



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