Perception and Illusion
If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern. William Blake, English Poet
Line of Sight
As our perception of reality takes form we can only see things that are not obstructed by something else. How can we determine if our view is obstructed? Like natural sight, if I can draw a line from my eyes to the object without any deterrents then my line of sight is unobstructed. In dealing with our constructs of perception if the image I see can be viewed without distortion then the constructed perception is valid. This means that two people can have different perceptions depending upon where they are seeing the image from. In other words, the foundation for the object seen must be true before one can know the derived perception is also true.
With the above concept in mind, perception is about image formation while the spirit of man is about authenticity. The ego seeks to dominate through competition while the spirit co-creates. The ego's main focus is the final outcome while the spirit of man loves the process. Mark Eaton says the ego, although useful is not to be in control. The ego is an operation of the flesh and not given by God but self-created and functions as a coping mechanism to make everything acceptable and realistic even if it is illusory. It's functional purpose is to bring the experience of reality to the living being via the Christ who is reality.
Is man a tripartite being? Can he function in any one part separate from the others? God formed the flesh, infused life and man became a living soul. The soul is not a part of man but is man. The soul ceases to exist if the heart stops beating, the flesh decays and the spirit returns to God. The soul is the result or reaction of the union of flesh and spirit, in that it is the resulting life force of divinity and humanity. The ego manifests perception gathered by the senses and the Spirit brings truth to life.
Neo in The Matrix was awakened out of his false perception to reality and then realized his real strength. I think we confuse our concept of the law because we have so confused God. God did not give the law to correct but to demonstrate the need for re- alignment. Religion took it to mean a realignment from bad to good and was behavior oriented but was it? Or was the realignment supposed to be a mindset? I think the true precept of God is there and freely given but the filters that are used to interpret cause the precept (the image) to get muddled (out of focus). So, in our reasoning we think God caused the evil/distress when it was just the effect of our interpretation of the law/grace, good/evil which was our understanding of God's requirements through dualism.
Blindness is not only caused by a physical problem with the eyes but it can also be a problem with lighting and interpretation of what is seen. If there is insufficient light on the object it cannot be reflected therefore it cannot be seen even with functioning eyesight. A fully sighted person is blind in darkness. 2 Corinthians 4:4 deals with blindness of perception as perception is sense derived. Romans 11:8 where God gave them over to a spirit of stupor so their eyes would not see is not a loss of sight but a loss of interpretation of what was seen. And finally, in John 9:1-44 the one blind from birth is a physical problem with the eyes experiencing a loss of function.
Some problems with sight can be reception, distraction, and perception. Reception is a normal seeing eye that is being blocked from seeing the object. When Peter was called out of the boat in Matthew 14:28 he stepped out and started walking then he saw the waves, which blocked his sighting of the Christ. Another is distraction which is looking at more than one thing and can't see the intended object clearly. In John 6:9 when Andrew is faced with feeding five thousand he proclaimed, but what are they among so many? He was seeing thousands of men, women, and children THROUGH the five loaves and two fish. Perception is something wrong with the interpretation of what is seen. I see it but I don't believe it mentality. In John 9 the man was born blind and Jesus spits on the ground, makes mud, and rubs it in his eyes. The Pharisees were like what did we just see? They questioned him and the man told them you don't know nothing about him but I know he opened my eyes. Why occupies your line of sight, occupies your heart. It comes down to seeing life through the Christ or through self.
I think blindness is a dualistic concept meaning less or no light. One night when I prayed with Tori before she took a college exam I told her that her intellect was God's and originated with Him and her thoughts derived from that intellect were hers and originated with her and they are both contained in her mind. We have to align our thoughts to the intellect God has givenlet this mind be in you and this mind of Christ there is no blindness.
Blindness is normally not a mental concept but has meaning as an interpretation of light derived from the senses and is a matter of perception and interpretation. The separation is not a God cause but is an effect birthedbrought to life after we interpret God through enmity and alienation.
Perception in the Bible
Perception is an image building exercise based on responses from the senses. In Mark 4:11-12 Jesus tells the disciples it has been given them to know the mystery of the Kingdom of God but to others it has not been given and he says in verse 12 that Seeing they may see and not perceive, And hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, And their sins be forgiven them. Here in these verses a desire to understand is required and if that is lacking perception is blinded. Perception is the process of apprehending or coming to understand through the senses a clear and correct image. It is the basic component in the formation of a concept. They were unable to form a concept deriving truth because of a lack of understanding.
The light of the body is the eye, if your eye be SINGLE (not two) your body will be full of light. Matthew 6:22-23 KJV
Matthew 6:22-23 I believe is saying the source of light (Reality) for man is his eye of understanding which must function properly. If you have double vision your understanding is out of focus. In saying the eye should be single is speaking of the ability of the eye to convey insight correctly with the image in perfect focus. The word for single is 'haplous' and carries the meaning of clear, good, sound, and perfect all which speak of functionality. The eye of the mind when functioning properly is the illuminator, the source of light for the living soul. Verse 23 says but if the eye be evil... and here we see an awesome definition of evil and that is simply inability to function properly. The phrase 'full of light' means the illuminator in the first part of this verse in conjunction with the fully functioning eye of the mind produces a clearly reflected image of truth and reality.
The eyes and the idea of sight are often used scripture to convey perception. When we see something that is remarkable to the sight we say it was 'eye catching' or an 'eye opener'. When a person is great at a certain task he is said to 'have an eye for it'. In the Bible, the eye is the organ of perception and perception involves more that what is seen with the eye. When we understand a certain point we say 'oh, I see that now'. When we ignore a certain action of our children we are said 'to have turned a blind eye'. In biblical accounts sight is indicated by possessing knowledge and wisdom while evil is associated with sin and darkness as the inability to function properly.
Jesus uses the eye as the container for whether one is full of light or darkness in the sermon on the mount in Matthew 6:23-24. In Matthew 7:3 Jesus talks about the speck you see in your brothers eye while overlooking the beam in your own. In Proverbs we are told the seeing eye and the hearing ear are both made by God (Proverbs 20:12).
A very thought provoking question is raised in Psalms 94:9 when the psalmist asks, does the one who forms the human eye not see? Although man has applied anthropomorphic concepts to God as a means enhancing man's perception of a presumed distant God, it is confirmed on Psalms 139:16 that God sees our days before we live them.
The spirit of man has long been understood as the place of intuition, the place where the mind's eye sees dreams and visions making the spirit of man the place where wisdom and knowledge are at home.
I was telling someone I work with about this study on duality and she asked me to explain it. I told her it was like having double vision which is the simultaneous perception of two images from a single object and the mind interprets dual objects from the one. It was not physical duplication but a soulical one. We know we have a conscious and a sub-conscious mind but we do not possess two or duplicate minds but we have a polarity that pulls apart ideas, concepts, images and other input. It is done in the guise of better understanding but it effectively causes a battle in the thoughts and causes one to see double.
One explanation to consider taken from Des Walter's writing entitled Consciousness Unveiled in which Paul gives us the answer to this problem of the mind's duality when he said, "And be not conformed to this world: (Do not allow your mind to be patterned according to the thinking of this world of illusion) but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, (allow a total and complete reformat of your mind) that ye may prove (or test and prove experientially) what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." This duality of the mind is the battlefield of the illusion of good and evil causing a difficulty of the mind to function as one. Man has the power to create the person he believes himself to be either to live out of his true identity as Christ or to live as a mortal human being.
Thoughts are formed in the conscious mind where they become like seeds producing an effect in the sub-conscious mind. From this analogy we realize that our thoughts become a cause (a motive) and every condition becomes an effect. Now we realize what Paul said, "Casting down imaginations and every high thought that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ."
Man in his natural state considers the events of his life to be the result of luck, chance, or even an accident. This is a state of mind that has no recognition of God in the circumstances of our lives. However, we need to understand that we live our life out of a consciousness which is a part of the spiritual capacity God has built into every man. This awareness has been called our sub-conscious mind but regardless of what it may be called, it links our life either to the realm of God, or to the world that is around us.
Casting Down Imaginations
2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (NKJV)
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,(an opposition, conflict)
5 casting down arguments (concepts, effects of thoughts, reasonings) and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
These verses are not dealing with demoniacs but self made concepts. Look at Jonathan Mitchell's translation. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (Jonathan Mitchell) 4 for, you see, the tools and weapons of our military service and warfare [are] not fleshly [= do not pertain to our human condition], but rather, [are] powerful ones (capable ones) in God (or: by God), [focused] toward [the] pulling down (demolition) of fortifications (strongholds; bulwarks; strongly entrenched positions), 5 progressively tearing down and demolishing conceptions (concepts; the effects of thoughts, imaginations, reasonings and reflections) and every height and lofty [attitude or obstacle] that is habitually lifting itself up against (or: elevating itself up on so as to put down) the intimate and experiential knowledge of God, and taking captive every thought one after another and leading them prisoner into the hearing obedience of the Christ,
The phrase 'casting down imaginations' are not demoniacs but are the effects of our thoughts or more precisely the birth of a cause being the seed planted in our perception. Imagination helps provide meaning to experience and understanding to knowledge; it is a fundamental faculty through which people make sense of the world and it also plays a key role in the learning process. Imaginations is the Greek word 'logismos' and it is the act or power of forming mental images of what is actually not present or experienced. Imaginations are unreal and dreamed up being an image of the mind. The mind is a battlefield not of satan but of self and the knowledge of God. These scriptures often used for spiritual warfare are not dealing with demons other than those of our own fabrication. The lower nature of man perceives a battle but man's higher nature knows it is an illusion of his own design.
Perception depends on one's world view and is integrated into that world view in an attempt to define reality. Imagination or the ability to form an image is needed to make sense of perceptions. Imagination is also the awareness of one's inner most thoughts and intentions. Its literal meaning is knowledge within one's being. Perception is the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses. Perception is image formation while a concept issues from processing the perception and is conceived or birthed in the mind. A concept is that which is birthed in the mind from perception.