Looking in the Mirror: How Human Perception Distracts from the Big Picture

Perception

When looking in a mirror, at the various reflections present, one can notice there are no separations or borders dividing one reflection from another.

One needs to give attention to perceptually selecting one reflection to focus on, while giving less attention to others. The apparent “independence” of the selected image, is purely an act of selective perception.

There is no reflected object disconnected from its total field of reflections, beyond one’s “mental act” of selectively isolating a particular pattern of light and color.

 

This is how our human perception works.

The universe and all appearances are always in a state of inseparability and Wholeness. Our mind draws artificial lines delineating and highlighting one object out of its unbroken web of non-dual oneness. There are no separate objects or persons other than as conceptually and fictionally isolated.

This is essentially what our capacity of “selective attention” is constantly engaging in; like out-lining or highlighting inseparable parts from their context of Wholeness.

This process is exactly what “conceptualizing” is busy doing. The mind targets a perceptual pattern within the unbroken field of experience, gives it a name and meaning, while believing that it now exists as an object-entity, independent and apart from its total web of Wholeness.

The conceptualizing mind in this way creates the illusion of there being separate persons existing independent from each other, and independent of one’s “own” out-lined self image.

We then live in the imaginary world of these conceptual abstractions. The most pernicious abstraction is the one where we carve out of the Wholeness, the illusion of a personal, autonomous and independent self entity; identifying with it, trying to protect it and keep “it” (the body) from involuntarily returning to Wholeness prematurely.

Quantum physics also sees reality, the universe, as a single quantum field or quantum system constituted of various, inseparable forces comprising an unbroken Wholeness.

All our suffering comes from this process of conceptually separating out ourselves from the Wholeness and separating out “others” from the same Wholeness.

 

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