The average person expects their view of the world to be accurate and reliable, even if they have doubts about certain aspects.
We need a stable view so we can function in the world. Yet our basic assumptions become the foundation for many further assumptions. We often formed these very early in life, before our intellect developed. The sum of our assumptions becomes the perspective or lens through which we see the world.
When something unexpected happens, we can feel personally threatened, even if the event wasn’t personal. Yet the unexpected is also an opportunity to recognize false assumptions.
If we stop and listen to the mind, we’ll often notice a variety of stories running at the same time. One rises to dominance, then is replaced by another. Memory, events around us, and purification can shift that emphasis.
Another way to notice is by listening to what we’re telling others. Much of what we give importance to is confirmation narratives, stories that “prove” our position.
All of this illustrates the fundamental lens through which we experience the world. Our subconscious filters out all sensory information it feels irrelevant, leaving the conscious mind to notice what the subconscious feels is important.
Usually, the conscious mind is a few steps behind events, yet it often claims to be driving it.
For example, when you’re considering buying a car, you suddenly notice similar cars around you. Oddly, we may take this as confirmation of our choice.
A more prominent example is the materialist paradigm that dominates our culture. It sees only what we can sense and measure as real. Vast swaths of reality are ignored or seen as anomalies. Science prides itself on objectivity, yet generally doesn’t recognize this paradigm, insisting materialism is reality.
All of this becomes much more apparent when we witness or shift into observer consciousness, a step back from being contained in our experiences. We are then uninvolved, watching. It’s as if we “wake up” from the world and begin to recognize our true nature as the experiencer. This may happen with clear Self Realization or prior to.
With stepping back from our mind, the stories running become much more obvious, along with reactivity and assumptions. Some are surprisingly foolish and primitive. Once seen, they are seen through and discarded, no longer believed.
Our narratives are built up in layers. It often takes events to bring them to the surface to be seen. Thus, they’re cleared over time. It’s a common experience to do a lot of unpacking after awakening (Self Realization), then the mind becomes much more settled.
Yet some can be deeply embedded. Our mothers energetic modelling cultured them even in the womb. Then we added stories to support our feelings as we grew up.
Sometimes, life experiences added to our impressions. Sometimes, they steered them in a different direction. And occasionally, insights helped us see through them without a witness. Then we let go of stories that didn’t serve us. That’s part of growing up.
Refined perception is the other major influence on perspective. As the perception refines and we begin to experience more subtle levels between consciousness and the surface experience, new vistas unfold which can markedly change our perspective of the world and how it works.
Unfoldment also depends on our dominant sense. We may explore through sight, sound, or somatically, through feel.
At first, other layers of being may feel like other places or lokas (sometimes people say other “dimensions” but that’s very misleading).
Then, they can come to feel like floors in a building. Then, the building as a whole with layers in it. And then as a simultaneous reality in concurrent space. It’s all present here.
All of this is distinct from the dominant guna. It can seem more or less illusory, for example. But we require sufficient sattva for the refinement to unfold in detail.
We can be clearer on some levels than on others. This can be due to where sattva is cleaner but also our laws of nature, and what we feed with our attention (our interest). A healer is naturally more drawn to purification processes. A consciousness nerd to the mechanics of consciousness.
With progressive unfolding, we come to recognize that perspective is an evolving thing. Our view of reality changes as we grow. With a little blessing, it will be a progressive expansion of ever-grander vistas.
Last Updated on May 2, 2021 by Davidya