The world we perceive bubbles forth from a network of interlocking thoughts that form a grand composite. What we think the world is becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy ....


Reflection and Projection

The principal way to facilitate learning is to manage self-reflection, the almost constant mental and emotional referencing about ourselves to ourselves, others, and our world. When management of self-reflection combines with stopping our thoughts, the stream of our mental energy, it delivers a one-two punch that knocks out the images of our preconceived world.

The world we perceive bubbles forth from a network of interlocking thoughts that form a grand composite. What we think the world is becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy where we verify our own thoughts and feelings day in and day out.  As you experience when shifting the images of a figure-background image, a simple shift of perception can evoke an entirely different view of the world.

The trick, then, is to stop thinking . . . at least long enough, and regularly enough, to break apart the composite—the cohesion—in order to allow new perceptions to enter into our conscious world, to allow new thoughts to form, and then to repeat this time and again as we expand cohesion throughout the energy body. It therefore supplies a means of discovering what exists, not what we think exists.

In a social environment, projection is the attribution of your traits and perceptions to another. It is often accompanied by a denial, even to the point of dysfunction if not pathology.49 Associated with this, the amount of emotional reactivity often marks the degree of projection.

From an energy body perspective, projection extends beyond simple attribution. It can be seen as the effect of cohesion spinning and shaping all perceptions as cohesion determines what is perceived and expressed, including interpretation. Projection, then, pertains to the mere act of interpreting anything, since doing so results solely from the type of cohesion in place at the moment.

Much of the work of the classic mystical traditions is geared toward interfering with this projective process, to removing the stranglehold that beliefs and feelings have on interpretation, in order for new perceptions to be brought forth, making it possible to eventually arrive at new formulations of reality. The skill of suspending beliefs is known in modern psychology as deautomatization, meaning that you interfere with automatic responses and their associated interpretations that mold perception into models and models into reality.50

 

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