THE RELAXATION RESPONSE
Relaxation News by Laurie H. Miller, C.C.H.
Changing Our Perceptions
Issue 23 – November 2005
Our perceptions of people, places, events, and the past carve out our attitudes in our daily life. Within all of us lies the ability to shift perceptions, to see or experience things differently inside so that we feel and act accordingly outside.
Sometimes we justify our perceptions with a negative attitude. This is always a clue that something needs to be shifted or changed.
The process for some is easy and for others a longer road. The journey is well worth it, as it brings good feelings, a more positive attitude, and the ability to obtain the things we want.
I wish you all a safe and comfortable holiday season.
Take care, Laurie
Changing Our Perceptions
Perceive: To become aware of, directly through the senses.
Perception is: Recognition and interpretation of sensory stimuli based chiefly on memory.
We spend our lives with our perceptive radar working. Our mind takes the sensory stimuli we have experienced and stores it in the subconscious. The mind does not differentiate positive or negative perceptions. Positive perceptions make us feel good, like loving to cook because it reminds us of happy times experienced in Grandma’s kitchen.
Hanging onto old negative perceptions hurts us because we end up living in the past. The mind, in its need to survive, will try hard to give you what you want based on your perceptions. These form your beliefs and attitudes. For instance if you were hurt by someone in high school, and from that hurt your perception about the opposite sex is that you can’t trust anyone, you could end up in many relationships where trust is an issue. By shifting this perception, or reframing it to the mind, the old programming disappears and your mind is open to new and positive experiences. Changing our negative perceptions makes life better and easier.
REFRAMING A PERCEPTION
How do you release an old negative perception and adopt a new one?
The first step is to recognize the perception that is faulty. Usually you can tell when you have a repetitive behavior.
The second step is to decide what your new perception will be. Ask yourself, “What do I want?” “How would I be or act if I had the new perception?”
The third step usually requires guidance, but can be done on your own. It requires going inside yourself (via hypnosis, meditation, or other relaxation methods) and facing the old perception. This includes becoming aware of the negative emotions, looking at the cause, and understanding why you accepted the perception and kept it. (the payoff or how it works for you)
The fourth step requires you to let go of the old perception. Rationalization does not work. You need a deeper understanding, releasing of negative emotions surrounding the belief and a willingness to experience life in a new way. Often times just visiting the source of the negative perception will do it.
The fifth step is to imagine yourself with your new perception, comfortable, safe and thrilled. Ask yourself “What will life be like now?” Create it in your mind and you create it in your reality!
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