Your experience is determined by your perspective and the meaning you assign. If you want to change your experiences, start by change your perspective and beliefs.
Your Experience Is Determined By Your Perspective
When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
I come across this Wayne Dyer quote occasionally and, while I really like it, it always reminds me of the inevitable moment in a glass-half-empty vs. glass-half-full debate when a self-proclaimed Realist steps in to say, “It makes no difference and is a waste of time because labels don’t matter.”
And while that has a certain truthiness to it, it not only disregards human nature, but goes against the nature of reality. Sounds too bold?
It’s tempting believe we are simply objective observers of the world as it is and we draw conclusions from those impartial observations.
Let me break that down.
We’re not objective observers.
Every observation is subject to our individual perspective and interpretation. What we’re focused on, how close or far we are, what else is going on in our minds that could be distracting us.
Observation changes the outcome.
Physics tell us that light behaves differently whether we measure it as a particle or a wave. The observer effect and the uncertainty principle both explain how observation can be limited or impact the outcome.
We view the world as it was, not as it is.
While the time it takes the light waves to travel from the object we’re observing to our eyes may be negligible for close objects, the time it takes our brains to process the signal is significantly longer. Then we have to label and assign meaning to what we’re seeing. All of this takes time. We experience and react to the world on a delay, usually measured in seconds. That means to some extent we’re all living in the past.
Ultimately, it’s the meaning we assign that determines our experience.
What we see is meaningless to us until we process, label, and decide what it is. It’s the stories that we tell that will have the biggest impact on our experience and life.
Is there some universal truth to physical existence? Probably, but due to our limited perspective we’ll almost certainly never know it.
The good news is that it’s what we do know and believe that has the biggest impact on our lives.
So if you’re not happy with your experience right now, the easiest way to change things is to get a different perspective.
Learn to look at things in a new way, and the things you look at will change.
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