Perception and memory are both classic examples of knowing something without being open to it.
Many people know their perceptions are flawed – that what they see isn’t what’s really there.
Take vision, for example.
Cells in your retina turn light into an electrical signal. This signal turns back and forth from an electrical signal to a chemical one, as the impulse travels along neurons. It then reaches the brain, which creates a sense of what’s there based on some of the signals it receives.
Memory is equally flawed. We don’t so much as retrieve data as reimagine what happened.
There’s little difference, neurologically speaking, between remembering something and imagining it.
A lot of people know this.
And yet if you question their perceptions or memory, they become offended.
We know what we see isn’t real… but it feels real, so we can’t act on that knowledge. It takes a disciplined mind and a lot of practice to admit, even to ourselves, that everything we see, hear and remember is fiction.
Often that fiction is useful enough to get us through the day.
Sometimes it falls apart.
What does that leave us with? A sense that we’re unreliable – that our minds, the very foundations of who we are, can’t be trusted?
It’s a humbling thought.
A terrifying one, even.
So we smile and nod. We store it in our intellects, reciting it when we hear someone so convinced of something impossible…
Applying that awareness outwards, but not inwards.
It doesn’t have to be this way, though.
In fact, the answers are so old, they’re ancient.
Or maybe you want to turn away from old religions and look at the latest neuroscience.
Either way, I explain the answers in Monster Mind Edukaré. And you can apply the lesson to your life right now.
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