Perception has a huge part in shaping the way we experience life. What we perceive and how we make sense of this is influenced by a huge number of variables – what we like, where we were born, how old, beliefs, values. You name it. The thing is though, that it is something we can influence, we can pick up on useful random elements in our environment and make them useful to us, and we can even fine-tune our perception filters to bring into sharper definition those things we particularly want. Let me explain a bit.
Every day the universe provides the messages that we need – well maybe not quite but that’s what it seems like sometimes. It can be as simple as seeing a movie and having a particular line or scene resonate more deeply. Or it might be an image or piece of text somewhere in the street that resonates with us as if it had been positioned there just for us. It might be in a book which you pick up randomly, or in a piece of music. Sometimes, it’s in the conversation of others.
Not so long ago I was at my usual cafe having my morning coffee. At a table nearby two guys were talking. It was busy so I couldn’t hear what they were saying. I was also writing in my journal at the time. Just as I put my journal away, I heard one guy say to the other, “you know you always do your best work when you’re happy” or words to that effect. The strange thing was, I could hear it as clearly as if he had said it directly in my ear. It was exactly what I needed to be reminded of. Now of course, he wasn’t talking to me, but I was receptive to it as if it was and this meant that I paid attention to it rather than just dismissing it as a random sound or advice to someone else.
There’s an element of synchronicity to this, at least that’s what it feels like. When I was in Europe a couple of years ago I was looking into whether I could get a passport from Malta. Over the next few weeks, I started seeing signs for Malta everywhere. I know it’s also like this when you start looking for all kinds of things. If you become interested in a particular make and model of car or a type of architecture, odds are because your attention is tuned to noticing it you’ll start seeing this all over the place.
So, just for fun over the next few days notice which messages are standing out to you. Think back over the movies you’re watching and note down the lines that stuck in your head. Make notes of anything else you can interpret as a message. The next step is to relate these to your present experience and the questions that you’re thinking about, or the challenges you’re facing.
At the very least, this exercise will assist in raising your conscious awareness of your surroundings, and the influences that fill your world. Used consciously, this becomes an exercise on focus, as we realise that what we focus on actually becomes a bigger part of our experience. The opportunities we want, the people we want to meet, are all right there, all around us, but we have to tune-in, to focus, in order to bring them into our field of conscious awareness and experience.