Lucid Dreaming and Ways Your Perception of Reality is Skewed
In his book, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self, Robert Waggoner talks about how lucid dreaming as an infinitely invaluable tool that could be the catalyst for a shift in our collective consciousness toward creating heaven here on earth.
At present, we’ve yet to make sure if becoming lucid is our next evolutionary step. In the meantime, our concept of reality is turning to be subjective or even skewed. One determining factor in all these is perception.
The following are some of the instances that remind us, “seeing is believing only to some extent”:
Things Seem Easier With Other People Around
In most instances, the presence of other people affects the way you perceive difficult situations. Notice that when someone is holding you while in a jam, the pain seems lessened? It’s because the mind anticipated that it wouldn’t be alone in carrying the heavy load.
Apart from apparently making hills appear less steep, social connections also play a role in reducing stress. This phenomenon also explains why our perception of pain or difficulty changes when we’re with our trusted peers, as social support plays a vital role in individual resilience.
Our Body’s Energy Levels Impact Decision-Making
Have you ever made a decision while hungry only to wish you didn’t later on? Numerous studies show how the body’s energy level affects decision-making in a given situation. For example, children who eat breakfast tend to have fewer behavioral problems and perform better in school. Even sugary drinks, like a tall glass of lemonade, make you more helpful to others.
These examples show that how you feel physically in a given situation directly influences the way you think at that point. That’s why it’s crucial to make sure that you or the people you trust don’t feel spent when important decisions are to be made.
Personal Abilities Affect Perspectives
Another factor that is likely to skew your perception of reality is your overall physical capacity. Thus, your ability to move has a direct influence on how you view your surroundings. For this reason, distances appear to be greater than they are when you’re tired or overweight.
On the other hand, if you’re holding something that enables you to extend your reach, things around you tend to appear closer than they seem. Athletes who are successful in their respective fields have altered perceptions toward reality as well. May it be in the form of bigger holes in golf or more sizeable balls in baseball that make them appear easier to hit.
Feelings Affect Your Political Views
It doesn’t come as a surprise that feelings affect how you think and perceive things. Although it’s a well-known fact, it’s still awe-inspiring how emotions can affect your personal choices or even your views regarding political issues.
Strong feelings from our brain’s limbic system, such as rage or disgust, can dictate our reactions and evaluations. These emotions that are below our conscious awareness make us less than impartial in particular situations.
Although they seem to come unsolicited, your emotions are your creation. We use them to perceive what’s right or not in this world that’s filled with both.
Things Seem To Be Harder When You Feel Bad
Finally, it’s interesting to note that feelings also alter our sensory perceptions. You’d attest to this if you ever felt deeply sad or even depressed. It’s hard to face the world when you’re in this situation.
Going back to the study about the perception of geographical slant, it’s interesting how the same hill will appear even steeper if you look at it while listening to melancholic music.
If there’s one thing that we should learn about emotions, it’s the fact that they’re capable of affecting our approach towards people, objects, and situations. Thus, it’s safe to say that they shape our perception accordingly.
Therefore, we should nurture positive emotions that will help us approach difficult tasks more easily.
(Lucid Dreaming Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self tells the account of a remarkably talented lucid dreamer who went beyond the boundaries of psychology and religion only to stumble upon his Inner Self in the process.)