Friday, July 31, 2015

Truth of Perception

Talking about "genuine listening" or "true seeing" ... brings up the question, what is the truth in perception? I am reading Dostoevsky's ``The Idiot'' and a conversation between Prince Myshkin and Epanchin's (in which one of the daughters exclaims that she cannot see and hence cannot paint) reminded me of the topic.

There is a dimension in perception that relates to our state of being. Nothing complicated. Imagine yourself in your best, most relaxed vacation and remember how perceptive you were compared to the everyday routines of high stress and being closed to almost everything happening around. That's it.

The relaxedness dimension I just described also reveals itself in the power of (real) imagination which reminds me of the following quote from Moshe Feldenkrais in ``Awareness through Movement'':

``One of the great disadvantages of the spoken language is the fact that it permits us to become estranged from our real selves to such an extent that we often have the mistaken belief that we have imagined something, or thought of something, where in reality we have only recalled the appropriate word. ... when we really imagine an action we come up against the same obstacles as in performing the action itself.'' --- p. 135, Awareness through Movement, Moshe Feldenkrais

What I am trying to approach here is a physical dimension to imagination that is closely related to the physical aspect of the state of being calm, open, and curious as appear in works of Stephen Porges and Cesar Milan, and I described in a series of posts in February 2014, haphazardly:


  1. 2016-11-02: This may be related too, about ambiguity, imagination, and shift in perception:

  2. Also, maybe related to Wittgenstein problem of change in perception?


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