Perception is more about projection than most can imagine.
Think of inkblots. In the same inkblot, some see an angel while others see a monster. Yet it is the same inkblot.
Remarkably, many inkblot world views are realities. One such reality is Newtonian science. It works. Others (though out of mainstream popularity) include yin/yang theory, five-element theory, and the nine graha theory.
This does not imply that all world views are realities. Some are simply incorrect, i.e. not consistent with how the world actually works.
Remember that humility is the flip side of wisdom. Have a humble relationship with your perceptions. Remembering that you live in an inkblot world can help.
Are you perceiving or projecting? Is there really any difference? In the depth of their hearts, the wise know that perception and projection are one.
Truth is an inkblot.
I think perception and projection are one, but I also know I am not wise, not yet at least. So my understanding is this
My perception is distorted by my IDs. When I am perceiving, I am actually projecting my distorted vision of the world around me.
Am I on the right track? Could you explain more? Many thanks.
That you project your distortions when you perceive is true. However, it all goes even deeper than that. Projection does not necessarily imply “invalid” or “of little value.”
Newton projected his understanding of life onto the world, yet that understanding is neither “invalid” or “of little value.”
Projection is inherent in the nature of perception. Knowledge is a dance between the knower, the known, and the process of knowing. Rishi, Devata, and Chhandas.
Also, to intellectually know that “perception and projection are one” does not mean you are wise. Knowing about something as a concept is quite different from embodying it as a living truth.