A few nights ago, my sleep was disturbed and restless. I remember waking up roughly four times: not to the point of a full waking state but to a subtle awareness of not being asleep. Each time I entered this state, I saw a sentence typed out before me on a small piece of paper. Even half asleep, I understood I was supposed to recall the words when I fully awoke. They would somehow be significant, I was sure of that. But when my alarm went off and I dictated the sentence into my phone so as not to rely on my faulty memory later, I found the sentence's meaning elusive.
We all have a right to perceive.
That was it. The sentence I struggled to keep in my consciousness all night. My first thought was a lesson in judgment, but that seemed too easy. Perceive means to become aware of or develop an understanding by using the senses. I stayed focused on the word "perceive" but I felt uncomfortable with that word choice. Just because I perceive something to be true does not make it so. I began to sense a struggle within my own being about reality versus perception, illusion versus truth.
"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth." Marcus Aurelius
Can perception be wrong? The information I bring into my brain via sight, sound, taste, touch and smell is my experience. You may sense the same information and it enters your brain the way you perceive it. I am not certain I can tell you or vice versa our perception is wrong as it is our own personal experience. However, our interpretation of what we are perceiving becomes opinion. Opinion is not based on fact but we all have opinions...are some of them wrong? Opinion begins to form with perception and then mingles with in our head with pre-existing beliefs and personal life stories to arrive at a conclusion.
"You don't know me; you know your life-based interpretative perception of me. There is a difference."
Again, we arrive at opinion versus truth. Perception versus reality.
"There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception." Aldous Huxley, English Writer
Though it is against my yoga nature, I have been very judgmental lately towards someone in my daughters' life. I have not spoken a word to this person directly, but I have allowed my thoughts to become words and enter the Universe. I am certain the note in my dream was to remind me that it is okay for my daughter and I to perceive someone very differently.
What does the message mean to you?
We do all have a right to perceive. We all have a right to hold different thoughts, perceptions, beliefs and opinions. Regardless, I do believe (opinion!) that perception is connected to attitude and attitude is connected to Life outcome.
"Life is all about perception. Positive versus negative. Whichever you choose will affect and more than likely reflect your outcomes." Sonya Teclai
Attaching to the positive brings you positive; grasping onto negative, brings you down. I leave you with this quote,
"When you look at a field of dandelions, you can either see a hundred weeds, or a thousand wishes." Unknown author