Changing Perspectives: Choose to View Life Through a Different Lens
“Your opinion is your opinion, your perception is your perception–do not confuse them with ‘facts’ or ‘truth.’ Wars have been fought and millions have been killed because of the inability of men to understand the idea that everybody has a different viewpoint.” -John Moore
There is only one thing we truly own while we are here on Earth. One thing that can never be taken from us and that we carry with us every single place we go every day of our lives. This thing is our perception.
Our perception is completely unique to us. No one ever, anywhere, will ever have the exact same perception of reality as we do because there is no two people whose lives have been exactly the same.
The way we were raised, the culture we grew up in, the relationship we had with our parents and siblings and the types of music, books and movies we have been exposed to, all play a part in forming our perception. Our perception changes naturally over time. The perspective we had on life at 10 years old is completely different than the one we have at 25 years old. If we are lucky, at a certain point in our conscious evolution comes a shocking discovery… our perception does NOT equal truth.
Here we had been going through life thinking every idea, judgment of a situation or a person, and belief was the ultimate 100% correct viewpoint. Technically, we were wrong but we were also right. If we think of the phrase, “perception creates reality” we see that while our perspective is OUR truth, our perspective is not EVERYONE’S truth. So yes, we can choose to see the world a certain way and that is the reality that we will manifest, but when someone comes along with a completely different perspective of life and how the world works, they are also creating that reality for themselves. Yes we are all living in the same world, we are all viewing the same people, events, and scenery, but as the saying goes, “there are 365 ways to see an elephant.” (And that’s only from the ground!)
Two amazing things happen to us when we come to the realization that our perception does not equal truth. The first being, we are able to view circumstances and people from a birds eye view rather than being attached to one side or another. Because of this ability to see things from both sides, we notice that we no longer are naming situations in terms of black and white, right and wrong, good or bad.
We see that each person has their own unique viewpoint and technically they are both “right” (from where they are standing.) People can only see things through the lens of their own perception, and if they are not at the point that they realize that their perception does not equal truth, we must be aware of that as well. We may meet people who are able to look at the coin from both sides and be able to empathize with both, but it is certain that we will also meet those who are still completely rooted in their own perception and can not bring themselves to see a situation from another point of view.
Either way, this is ok. People can only understand and process situations from the level of consciousness that they reside at, so if we are at the point where we see all perspectives as one, and they are not in this frame of mind, we can only accept the situation as it is, without trying to convince them otherwise.
Everyone we meet is exactly where they need to be for their own journey, and the sooner we realize this the sooner we stop the tiresome act of trying to change people to meet our standards and expectations.
The second magical revelation is that we have the power to change our perception at any given time, thereby changing our reality. Instead of being a victim of circumstances where we think that our perception is formed FROM the things that have happened to us, we take back control of our lives and change the lens on our cameras.
We instead come to realize that we see things as WE are and not as THEY are and if we don’t like how something has happened all we need to do is change our perspective of the situation.
The happiest people know that there is always good in every situation. Either in the form of a lesson or a blessing, and even though a situation may have made us feel negative emotions, at the end of the day, if we stay focused on the fact that every circumstance is given to us either to help us work through an unhealed aspect of ourselves or to challenge a limited belief system, we align ourselves to always find the silver lining in every circumstance.
When we begin to challenge and question our perceptions we will find that our life changes dramatically. We become more accepting of others and the happenings of our lives to the point that we no longer find ourselves resisting unplanned events, or people who we may view as different than ourselves.
A beautiful wisdom naturally occurs as we transcend the nature of our perception which allows for the complete tranquility of unity consciousness to emerge.