I’ve been looking at some perceptions I have about me and other things: a caring father; I can’t do this (see through self view); I’m a Spurs fan; it’s very windy; I am awkward with people.
Sorry to hear you're a Spurs fan, especially after that Sheffield Utd performance - shocker that. :)
It can be difficult to stay with the a perception as others come in. The first thing I noticed was how many perceptions I have. There is a sense of freedom in putting a perception down, and each one is self confirming within its own perspective. Some were very emotionally charged e.g. the Spurs one while watching a game they were losing was difficult to see as neither true nor false because of the reactions going on in my body.
Good points Keith.
Now, the intention here is not to solve anything, push it away, fix, or avoid, or put down.
Or sole aim with this task is look at what a perception is through our experience of it.
Take the perception "it’s very windy" - it may indeed be windy, indeed very windy for you, and someone else visiting from the coast, perceives "a mild breeze". Does either perception have more truth than any other?
So, we take the perception "it’s very windy" - and look at it not through the content of "it’s very windy", but we are appreciating that this is a perception, an instance of perceiving, whether external "wind" or internal "caring father" - in both cases, these are perceptions, and it is the nature, the experience of perceptions that we're going for.
It's a subtle shift because we are so used to getting hooked into content, the perception OF this, the perception OF that. But here we're not interested in the OF bit, we're interested that it is a perception. And a perception is just that. Not true or false. We add that into it, and act accordingly.
So, for example, you perceive "it’s very windy" - and you notice, that this is a perception. You are having a perception. A flicker of perception. Notice how it arrives, stays, and goes.
And again, we're not wanting the perception to go, or make a big deal about the fact that it goes, we are just observing what happens with a perception.
It was as if a perception were made of tissue paper, but we'd never ever noticed that, we'd only ever seen the images and words that showed up on the tissue paper - and then one day, we go 'Oh fuck, it's made out of tissue paper!' and from that point on, all perceptions take on a different quality.
I'll shut up now. :D
Explore this Keith, see if you can make sense of my ramblings.