The Orientation of Experience, A Bridge Between Consciousness and Perception Johanna Bassols (Miami Shores, FL ) P1
Consciousness is not a topic that can be sufficiently explored in a few paragraphs. Nevertheless, I will present a summary of my most remarkable findings after 25 years of research during which I guided over 200 people through experiencing changes in consciousness that improved their health and behavior. Consciousness is different than perception. The two terms are often used interchangeably, but consciousness is a more instinctual source of awareness than perception. Consciousness is the source from which various perceptions can be formed, and this connection allows us to have a homogeneity of awareness but still experience unique perceptions. Between consciousness and perception there is a type of bridge that I describe as an orientation. This orientation precedes the formation of our perception, behavior, and thoughts, and it even influences the performance of all physical processes. Additionally, this orientation determines the level of experience of the forming perception, which could be any degree of the polarity of experience from limiting to permissive. With this degree of orientation we choose the level of exposure of the experience that we are about to have. The orientation of our experience can also determine how impressive the experience will be in our physical body and how impressive the emotional response will be in our psyche. When a person has internalized a specific orientation, he or she will continue creating perceptions, behaviors, thoughts, and physical processes according to this orientation. If, one day, that person chooses to internalize a different perception of something, he or she will also have to internalize a new degree of orientation to allow for an effective change. Otherwise, this new perception will continue to produce the same result in his or her mind, body, or other aspects. Although the process of assigning a degree to our pre-conceptual orientation is subconscious, this does not mean that the change can only occur that way. As a matter of fact, we can consciously alter this orientation to become more permissive than limiting overall, which allows us to have more intense and expansive experiences. Restructuring our perception begins with bringing awareness to this orientation of consciousness and realizing the degree of our experiential exposure, which is as simple as analyzing our next thought, perception, or behavior and determining whether it is limiting or increasing our experience and how. Permissions can create a positive environment for the body and mind that translate to good health and proper functioning, while a predominantly limiting environment restricts and slows down such processes. What we formally call perception begins when we delve into the limitations of understanding to define our experience through one of the following windows: self, others, origin, or destination. From there, other ramifications of definition could exist. The more we define something, the more we separate our awareness from our instinctual source, known as consciousness, which is permissive in nature, to limit our experience through the boundaries of definition and language.