Perception: How to Reframe Your Experiences to Attract Positivity
You may be familiar with the phrase, “What you go looking for, you’re sure to find.” Every experience you have comes in through sensory perception—taste, touch, sight, sound, and smell. How you perceive and interpret your experiences will trigger a series of thoughts that ultimately create your reality. What you determine as being real will affect everything you think, say, and do in your life; however, what you may not realize is that you have control over how you choose to see things.
In his book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says that we take in approximately two million bits per second of sensory information, and yet you’re only able to assimilate 126 of those bits. Because your conscious mind is not equipped to grasp everything occurring in your environment, you go through an internal process of deleting, distorting, and generalizing your experiences. As information comes in, it’s funneled through your internal visual representations of how you view the world. The data—and how you are interpreting it—is filtered down through your current mental, emotional, and physiological states, which you then “act out” through your attitude and behaviors. In a nutshell, how you perceive and interpret your experiences is shaped by your beliefs—filtered through your current mental and emotional states—and will determine how you respond.
Empowering Vs. Disempowering Interpretations
The reason it’s so important you understand this concept is because there are two kinds of interpretations: There are empowering interpretations and disempowering interpretations. Empowering interpretations support you and are the catalyst for moving powerfully forward in your life—spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Disempowering interpretations, on the other hand, limit your ability to have what you want and burden you with feelings of sadness, frustration, and hopelessness.
While you may have been told at one time or another to look at the bright side, you live in a world that perpetuates negativity and teaches you to focus on what’s wrong in your life or the world around you. As a result, your ability to maintain a positive state is hindered by your internal voice of negativity.
What you may not realize is that the unconscious mind (the 95-99 percent of the mind that is outside of your conscious awareness) is tasked with projecting whatever reality your conscious mind believes to be true. Dr. Bruce Lipton, in his book, Biology of Belief, writes about energy and environment being the two things that affect your biology first and foremost. In an article titled An Empowering Guide to Talking About, Thinking About, and Treating Cancer, Dr. Lipton states, “The chemistry of the body’s culture medium determines the nature of the cell’s environment within you. The blood’s chemistry is largely impacted by the chemicals emitted from your brain. Brain chemistry adjusts the composition of the blood based upon your perceptions of life. So this means that your perception of any given …read more
Source: Deepak Chopra