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Weekly Message for November 21, 2021

 

                  William Blake stated so clearly, “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man (kind) as it is, infinite.”

                  In Psychology "perception" is defined as so:
Perception can be defined as our recognition and interpretation of sensory information. Perception also includes how we respond to the information. We can think of perception as a process where we take in sensory information from our environment and use that information in order to interact with our environment. Perception allows us to take the sensory information in and make it into something meaningful.

                   Where perception falls short is when our perception of someone, a human rather than environment, is perceived by us to be the truth about that person. I will always remember and never forget the Human Resources Manager who told me that "you must always be concerned about other's perceptions of you." Wow! What do you do with a statement like that? How would we ever truly know what other people's perceptions of us are? To be thinking constantly whenever we have contact with someone what their perception of us is would become just so much craziness. I think I prefer Terry Cole Whittaker's statement, "What You Think Of Me Is None Of My Business." She wrote a whole book about it.

                   The error in relying on our perceptions of people is found in the fact that each and everyone of us is multi-dimensional. Often how we act and react to different individuals varies; sometimes greatly. I definitely have experienced this in the past on more than one occasion in both my work and in my personal life. When people find out that I am an Ordained minister, their perception of me changes sometimes drastically. And usually their perceptions have nothing to do with who I really am.

                   William Blake is absolutely correct in his statement. If our perceptions were cleansed of our personal judgments, biases, and personality, we would indeed be able to see the multiple dimensions in others more clearly.

Keep the Faith!
Rev-Bates
(Reverend Dr. Henry Lee Bates)


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