Perception is our ability and to receive, organize, and process information in a way that gives us understanding. Whether the information is sensory input (like sight, sound, or touch) or whether it is abstract concepts (such as a math problem), we each perceive things in a unique way based on our own history, experiences, and memories. Our powers of perception are the focus of many fields of study from science to mysticism, all of which are interested in unraveling the keys of how hour minds automatically try to fit new information into meaningful patterns, even if that information is incomplete or ambiguous. Understanding how our minds work can help us appreciate our hard-working brains—even when they get things wrong—and help us avoid common mistakes our brains make in our thought patterns.
All addictions are actually a deep call for real connection. Isn’t that great to know?! It’s not that you have failed, it’s simply that you have been seeking for something real and lasting where it could never be found. All unhappiness is the same thing, no matter what form it seems to take.
Psychosis is a highly misunderstood condition. In this talk, Paul illustrates the condition's complexity, taking apart how our brains perceive reality by reinventing illusions around us. If perception is just a form of controlled hallucination, what does that make hallucination?
Genuine art has the power to awaken and liberate. The renowned meditation master and artist Chögyam Trungpa called this type of art “dharma art”—any creative work that springs from an awakened state of mind, characterized by directness, unselfconsciousness, and nonaggression.
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