Perception Is Choice

Published: 02nd September 2008
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Perception creates your reality. How do you choose to perceive your life? What do you choose to create, as your reality?

There is a great quote by Dr. Wayne Dyer that says - "When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.". That quote is a great foundation for what you will discover in this article.

Whatever you focus on expands. If you meet someone and decide to focus on their negative or unattractive qualities, then you will begin to notice more and more negative and unattractive qualities. If, however, you meet someone and choose to focus on their positive and attractive qualities you will notice more of their attractive qualities, and they will suddenly become a very attractive person to you.

It is our choice how we choose to see and perceive things. We always get to choose how we see a person, place or a situation. Our perception determines our experience.

Life is all about perception. If you look at a homeless person, for example, and you think to yourself 'how disgusting', 'he/she is so dirty','why don't they get a job, like everyone else', 'what a loser', etc........

Then you will see a filthy disgusting person that is below you.

If you look at that same homeless person, and you think to yourself, 'I send that person love', 'I pray that they find food today', 'I wonder what situation occurred in their life to put them there', 'How may I serve that person', 'I admire their peacefulness', 'I respect their humanity', 'I am one with their spirit', etc......

Then all of a sudden they look completely different to you.You see their inner beauty, you respect them as your brother/sister, you see their humanity, you feel empathy and compassion, you see that beautiful Soul as one with yourself.

When you change the way you look at people, places or circumstances in your life, they will change. You have the power to choose to see through the eyes of anger and fear, or through the eyes of compassion and love.

It is the same thing if you are in a romantic relationship. For many people who have been in a relationship for a long period of time, the 'Rose Colored Glasses' begin to fade, and they begin to notice and focus on the qualities that they find frustrating or annoying. As they notice a few, they begin to notice more, then those qualities seem to grow and become very exaggerated. Now the person, all of a sudden, appears to be completely intolerable and unattractive and very often they stay together, miserable and unhappy, or the relationship ends.

The beginning of most romantic relationships is the opposite of what I just described. Both people in the relationship are noticing what they like about the other person, and the more they focus on those positive and attractive qualities, the more they notice, then those qualities seem to grow and be exaggerated. Because they are making the choice to focus on the positive qualities of the other person, they see him or her as the most amazing person in the world, and they fall in love with that person.

We can always make that choice to focus on the positive qualities of another person. If you have been in a romantic relationship for a very long time and you begin to notice yourself focusing on the qualities that frustrate or annoy you, catch yourself and make a different choice to focus on what you love about them and their positive qualities and attributes. Whatever you focus on expands.

We have seen it many times where two siblings, who are close to the same age, both grow up in an abusive environment. Each sibling will grow up to experience very different realities, one very positive and the other may be very negative. Each sibling, in this situation, experienced very different outcomes, because they made different choices of their perception. It is your perception that creates your reality.

Your perception creates your reality, not only with people, but also with how you perceive situations and circumstances. It is always up to you, in any situation, how you choose to perceive the situation or circumstance. There are both negative and positive aspects in all circumstances, even when the circumstances appear to be horrible. We can choose to discover and focus on the positive, in any situation. The reality of any situation or circumstance in your life will be determined by your perception.

The same goes for places. Your perception of any particular place will become the reality of that place. You can take two people and have them stand right next to each other at the same place, looking at the same things and they may have completely different experiences at that same exact place. They have different experiences because they are each choosing to have different perceptions.

The most important thing to realize is that our perception is always a choice, we can stop at any moment and choose to have a different view of things. You have the power to create your reality to be whatever you choose, by choosing the way you perceive your reality.


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Ryan Pearson is a Master Life Coach, Author and Inspirational Speaker. As a student and teacher of Metaphysics and Spirituality for over 14 years, he has helped many people experience more inner peace, joy, prosperity and love in their lives. Join The S.O.U.L. System Life Guide, Now Free.
http://www.happiness-lifecoach.com


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