Perception: The Lens on our World

Lens on our World

Perception is the point at which the reality becomes subjective to the circuitry and data configuration of the receiver. In simple language, the received information through the eye; or figuratively the ability to take in external information from our 5 senses and process it in some fashion that can be interpreted by the individual.

At that point the there are so many different directions that things can go. Truly“beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and so is reality. Why does one person look at a situation and see things very clearly while another looks at that same reality/situation and looks at it so clearly different.

Expectations, preconceived notions, media driven impressions, stereo types, prejudice, narcissism, self defamation etc; all can be on the “Mother Board” of our minds. All this sounds breathtaking to consider; how do people ever see things remotely in the same way?

A large part of how this is done is through the language of culture. Those who share the same cultural lens are more likely to view or perceive their world in a similar way. The cultural lens is a way to quantify the interpretation of our world, or is to reveal a” World View”

There are so many factors involved in perception. When speak of perception, God’s word looks at it this way. As spoken of earlier, the Eye is the focal point of our reality and defines the presentation of the information received. The Eye is more than just the cornea, lens, retina and optic nerve. The Eye or perception involves the brain, the memory, the physical/mental health, soul (mind, intellect, and emotions) and most importantly the spiritual well being of a person.

As we understand perception we can see that the light of God has the potential to shine brightly within Christ’s followers and specifically within our perception.

“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” Matthew 6:22

Now, the word single was translated from a Greek word meaning literally to be un-braided, or un-twined with others. In other words, He is telling us if thy eye is singularly focused, then your light will be great, and then he says… 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. The Greek word for evil is poneros which means full of labors and annoyances. In other words, so full of distractions, that there is no focus.

In light of all of the information stated earlier that clouds our perception or colors our lenses; it is apparent that human nature’s perception is full of labors and annoyances. Combine this with the imagination, our view of situations and each other are never accurate or fair, unless we allow the Spirit of God within us clear our clouded lenses.

By Kevin K. Robinson

Founder and Executive Director of Accord1

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4 Responses to “Perception: The Lens on our World”
  1. T says:

    This is great! For the past year and a half I have been having a problem with one of my eyes. I have learned a lot about how our eyes work and what role our brains actually have in making them work. I lost vision in one of my eyes and though its back now I still have a blind area in one of my eyes but I can not see the blind spot unless I close my good eye because my brain has somehow compensated for that blind spot. Though the whole ordeal was frightening at first it has also been very interesting. Also in losing that vision it has allowed me to notice things in a whole new light than I used to see things and I do not mean the physical way I see them. More in the way of thankfulness and noticing blessings basically whole new perception on life and what its really about. Loved this post and the pictures are great too!

    • accord1 says:

      Thank you for the kind words; more importantly thank you for sharing your story (WOW)! That achieves the real purpose of this blog which is to get people sharing and hearing their personal stories that make all of us closer and stronger.

      Thank you
      And God Bless you Terri:)

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