Perception is not Truth
Symbols and Perception
Letters and numbers are symbols. A symbol represents something that triggers a memory or association we have made to its meaning.
In the case of the letter 'A' we are reminded of the sound associated with the letter unless it was being needed for some other purpose in which case the context would trigger the alternative meaning e.g. Grade A in an examination.
A number such as the number '2' refers to two things e.g. two apples or two cats. The number by itself means nothing unless connected to something but we have given it meaning in order to explore patterns and make predictions based on theses patterns.
The symbols +. -, x, / are basic mathematical symbols we are all exposed to from an early age which are used to explore number patterns and help us make sense of the world we live in.
By the age of ten most children will have internalised the letter and number symbols so that they are proficient in literacy and numeracy. In other words they would be able to read, write and perform basic arithmetic.
It is important to keep in mind that symbols are like sign posts that direct the mind to the meaning we each associate with them. We collectively agree on the meaning we associate with letters and numbers but no two people will assign exactly the same meaning to any symbol. It is this that allows creativity and gives rise to new discoveries and new ways of perceiving things. If we each perceived some things in exactly the same way then we will have arrived at an absolute truth. In the world of perception it is inconceivable for all of us to completely agree upon a meaning for anything.
The Brain as a Perception Device
The brain is designed to make sense of the information it received. These messages are in the form of electrical impulses which the brain decodes and serves to us in a form that 'makes' sense of the external world.
Since no two brains are the same the 'sense' each brain makes of the information it receives must be different. We must therefore conclude that we each live in worlds of our own making. This is what is meant by perception and how it creates the illusion we each call reality.
Since each one of us creates our own reality we cannot say that what we make up in our heads is truth, nor can we claim that any one of our made up realities is any truer that the next!
Hypnosis and Psychotherapy to Correct Perception
Realising the subjective nature of perception makes it easier to help people who suffer with conditions of a psychological or emotional nature using a combination of hypnosis and psychotherapy. When the client corrects the error in perception the symptoms abate and the condition cured. The method is highly effective and is called Hypno-Psychotherapy or Analytical Hypnotherapy.
At Setanta Hypnotherapy Clinic in Peel, Isle of Man we specialise in treating many conditions using this method. Following are just some of the conditions we treat successfully using Hypno-Psychotherapy. List of some of the conditions that can be treated using Hypno-Psychotherapy.
Hypnotherapy to Correct Self-Perception
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