Reality Is Perceptual. Your Perception Drives Outcome.

Reality Is Perceptual

Reality is truly perceptual. Any situation can be viewed at face value for being what it is. But as we get wiser over time, we discover that reality can also be viewed through the filter of what is, what was, and what should be.

The opportunity to filter a current moment in time through those simple parameters enables us to learn how to take things in stride, reduce our internal suffering, and project brighter times ahead.

I don’t think there has been a moment in my lifetime in which all of humanity has been trying to leverage these filters in order to get to a brighter future collectively. To change our collective reality.

Some people are suffering considerably more than others right now as a result of COVID-19 and predicated upon how close or how removed you and your family are from those experiences, shapes your perspective as to what we are all experiencing.

I don’t usually spend time on the neighborhood app but as I am signed up for it to be aware of what is happening in my neighborhood, I happened upon a thread in which a few people in Bel Air were sharing an outraged perception that Ralph’s in Sherman Oaks had an employee who passed away from the virus. There were murmurs of litigation and flat out arrogance that triggered me to enter my own response sharing how grateful I was that these employees were in the store and facilitating my ability to shop right after the virus hit. I reminded them that the reality was that this woman in the bakery who passed away was someone’s daughter and I am sure she brought great joy to many peoples’ lives through what she did in the bakery, no different than Kobe Bryant. For them to overlook the fact that this poor woman lost her life by working in a supermarket, if that’s what happened, was a major tragedy in other people’s lives and perhaps my neighbors could be a bit more compassionate in their perception and a little less self entitled when contemplating reality.

There are a lot of tragedies happening as a result of this virus… both physical and financial and all of them lead to suffering. My note for this Monday is a reminder that whatever degree of discomfort you might be suffering through this chapter in history, perhaps it might be wise to take part of it in perspective to enable you to eventually transcend the suffering and emerge into the next chapter of your life.

We all have so much to be grateful for, sometimes starting your day on a note of gratitude can be the single most valuable tool for allowing you to march forward into the chaos and help establish your strength.

I am very grateful to have you in my life, in my reality, this is why I take the time to send these. Wishing you a very happy Monday?

QUESTION OF THE DAY: How do you see reality as being perceptual?

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Is suffering really necessary? Yes and no. If you had not suffered as you have, there would be no depth to you as a human being, no humility, no compassion. You would not be reading this now. Suffering cracks open the shell of ego, and it comes to the point where it has served its purpose. Suffering is necessary until you realize it’s unnecessary. – Eckhart Tolle

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!