Seeing in 2-D

Did you know that our eyes see in 2 dimensions but our brain extrapolates the rest? The implications are stunning; the vast majority of what we see is extrapolated and inferred. We already know there are wavelengths of light and sound that are undetectable without special instrumentation. What other dimensions or sensory perceptions are we poorly or unaware of?

Visual perception, or what we think we see, is also a tricky phenomenon. So much of what we perceive depends on our focus as demonstrated by the famous invisible gorilla experiment. Our reality consists of what we focus on or notice, not necessarily what actually occurs.

The sum of these observations is that we live with a lot of mis- or incomplete information. However, we tend to be relatively certain about our beliefs, memory of events, and decisions given our inability to accurately perceive.

Though our lack of certainty can be fairly scary, it also affords a certain freedom; we have the prerogative of choosing the filter for our perception. For example, we each have a different take on someone’s comment or behavior. Do you choose a neutral, cynical, humorous, compassionate, critical, awe-filled, loving or competitive interpretation? Evolution and self-preservation means we have a tendency to interpret events as threatening, which means our initial response is most likely to be defensive or fearful. Choosing compassion, kindness, forgiveness, inspiration and a positive perspective as our filters may not be our automatic response, but they are more likely to give us peace and connection as the emotional products.

What world filter will give you the most joy and positive emotion? How can that change your reality? How would those around you respond to you if you perceived life through a rose-colored filter?