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Perception and Reality

Reality as it appears to us

According to Indo-Tibetan Inner Science, perception does not take place through the senses alone, but also conceptually and feeling wise. Reality as it appears to us is therefore strongly influenced by concepts and feelings. If a person is in an unbalanced state of mind, it is easy for others to see that the way he perceives the world bears no true relation to reality. However, even a relatively balanced person will experience bad days, when the whole world looks gloomy and dull and good days, where everything is fine. This apparent perception is therefore also to a great extent a mental creation, i.e. is not existing out there in itself the way we perceive it.

On a general level we share a common ground in a certain culture and within a certain society, where we agree on the conventions of naming and values. But this does not imply that the naming  or the agreed values have objective truth – we are simply partaking in a collective view of reality.
The only normal yardstick remaining for contacting reality is thus sense perception. But even here, we can only refer to the human senses as co-creators of a shared human reality. Were our body condition to change, our sense reality would also change. Subjective sense perception and the perceived object are therefore interrelated. Beyond the sense perception (subject) and the sense reality (object) a deeper level of reality is to be found, leading to a new way of perceiving reality as a continuous flux of mutually determined interconnectedness.