Perception of reality is just that. A snapshot of reality taken with our perceptual camera. Nothing more or less. But to suggest that every human has the same camera and that “reality” is the same for everybody and everything is not only ludicrous, but could not be further from the truth. Perception is our interpretation of reality, nothing more.
“Everything you see or hear or experience in any way at all is specific to you. You create a universe by perceiving it, so everything in the universe you perceive is specific to you.” – Douglas Adams
We can only see a tiny portion of the huge electromagnetic spectrum, from wavelengths of about 650 (red) to 800 nm (violet). The electromagnetic spectrum includes a huge range of frequencies, from less than 1Hz, to trillions, and that’s what we know about. This narrow range of perception is also true for auditory, tactile, gustatory, and olfactory phenomena. All perceptions are just tiny slices of a much larger universe of sensory events.
So now that you get that the small piece of reality we do perceive is different for everybody and everything, the next logical thought is that our perceptions (and consciousness) determine reality, and many physicists today believe exactly this. Quantum Mechanics dictates that the act of observation determines the result (reality). The dual wave-particle nature of matter and energy (i.e. light) are well established. Everything exists in waves (of probabilities), and the act of observation collapses these wave functions into particles (i.e. matter). Now that boggles the mind!!!
But what can we do with this information — practically speaking? We will discuss this in our next post by examining how to expand our perceptions through different activities.