Prisoners of our perception

We interpret our life based on events of the past. Set in our subconscious and often out of reach we continue to judge and compare every thought that comes through our conscious that took place, days weeks, months or even years ago.

We perceive our thinking through realities taken from our past, based around a distorted version of how we see that experience. As we live our lives we continue to perceive our life through distorted realities of how we want to see those experiences, in effect being prisoners to our perceptions.

The way each of us see our realities will differ. Siblings in the same family, will perceive their experiences, responses and interpretations differently. But being a prisoner to our perceptions will always be the source of our misery, if we’re struggling to let go, or we feel aggrieved with the way our lives have turned out.

The truth is we take what we want to take, what works for us in our reality. And somewhere along the lines we still believe our reality is right, trying to force our opinions on others, who interpret what we see differently.

But conflicts will always play out due to our differences in beliefs and perspectives, eventually trapping us further into those haunting perceptions.


22 Sep, 2018

2 thoughts on “Prisoners of our perception

  1. Wow, that explains so much and perfectly describes what I go through when dealing with life situations.

    Most people who have had the luxury of having a normal childhood will have a crisis and will know how to handle it right away, but in my world, a million different thoughts go through my mind simultaneously, which leaves me stunned.

    This drives people like my girlfriend bonkers, seeing as she’s the type to just handle it, whereas in the world I grew up in, we usually had to take in all of the information and process it later, while fighting to survive what was happening in that moment.

    It isn’t anything that people can even begin to comprehend, unless they have been through similar things themselves. I know that ‘deer in the headlights’ look all too well, when I have talked about something that blows their mind but was the norm in my childhood.

    The t.v. show ‘Shameless’ may seem far fetched for a lot of people, but it reminds me so much of my childhood where we never knew what to expect from day to day with my parent’s bright ideas.

    There were so many mixed messages, that it’s no wonder my brain shuts down when I’m trying to deal with even the simplest of situations.

    I am already well aware that what I perceive to be the situation and the reality, are quite often two very different things.

    Trying to take off the blinders and rose colored glasses is quite the monumental task, but I know it can be done; as I have seen it happen with so many other people.

    1. Thanks Randy. I not only resonate with you on what I have to deal with around my disability, but my childhood wasn’t altogether dissimilar.

      What you describe is a dysfunctional family Randy, where conflict, child neglect or abuse becomes the norm, where abuse occurs between two spouses continuously and regularly. Sadly that does lead to other family members replicating their actions.

      But being aware of such actions, which you clearly were, can bring about emotional change. But for that to happen we must all continue to work on our emotional health.

      The more we work on ourselves the more our perceptions can change. You can take ‘off the blinders and rose coloured glasses.’ I’m routing for you.

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