A fellow familiar with the Course in Miracles told us the quote: "Perception is projection."
We do not see things as they are;
we see things as we are.
-- The Talmud
Psychologists since Freudian times have spoken of the concept of 'projection' and have stated that "perception is projection." Essentially, what this means is that you can't see anything outside of you that isn't you. So examining an area of your life that you are currently not happy with can yield extraordinary insights about what you believe about life.The difficulty with not exploring within is the consequent temptation to seek outside for some reified example of what is unacceptable to you and proceed to point out to everyone the flawed proof of your dislike. This roundabout confirmation of self-created reality becomes precedent we refer back to, taking on a life of its own -- not only in our own mind, but in the minds of others.
(-- in Chapter 5, Turning Passions into Profits, by Christopher Howard)
Clear the land, thatch the rush for roof,There are many tracks left behind by our unexamined thinking. Sometimes all that can be done when these tracks muddy our floor is to find a mop, fill a bucket with hot water, and swab.
All around cherish the empty, the pure.
Mountain blossoms fall by a secluded door,
Within, one who has forgotten the world’s schemings.
Concern with existence needs no possession,
Comprehending the void does not wait upon reason,
All things are of conditions born,
Profound is the silence in the midst of clamor.
A person’s mind is very much the same;
A bird in flight, leaving no tracks behind.
- Liu Zongyuan (773 – 819)
And like Nietzsche before him, Sierksma claimed that those features of the world to which an organism is attuned are those that have proved crucial in its struggle for survival. Perception is the means by which it "goes at the world" spontaneously; that is, seeks to control and assimilate it. In this sense, every species necessarily subjectively modifies or falsifies the world in the very process of perception. In this case, perception is projection.Here's the difference between contemporary belief and contemporary being. Some hold that we create the world, our reality, and the diseases found therein. It seems to me, rather, we determine (by our unexamined interpretation) the world as projected by our fragmented, subjective point of view. In brief, as the Talmud says: We do not see things as they are;
(--p.254-55 in Feuerbach and the Interpretation of Religion, by Van Austin Harvey, Cambridge University Press, c.1997)
we see things as we are.
Man's nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols.We make of what we see a representation of our often flawed and fragmented sight. With this we cause suffering. So seldom, if ever, do we practice whole-sight.
Jack stops in. He says that forgiveness means no judgment. When we judge things we make of what-actually-is an object of our attack. The Course in Miracles says that forgiveness ends all suffering. Judgment, he says, might be seen as attack on God. Judgment asks reality to be different than it is. What is forgiveness? Forgiveness is letting go of judgment.
The day has been glorious. Clear sky, clear breeze. People making their way through a holiday weekend, through a generous symbolic end of the summer season. The Taverner Consort sings Palestrina and Josquin Desprez. The air and sound are resplendent.
An older sister and younger sister piece together the red wood lobster puzzle. A woman with gray hair chews her Topfen Kuchen and finishes the email on her Apple Mac. Saskia washes coffee cups. The light begins to lower at 6:20 pm. It's Jim's 45th birthday.
Blessing -- it's all blessing!
September 1st is new year's day in my perception.