We Only ‘See’ a Tiny Fraction of the World


Our senses enable us to perceive only a small portion of the world. Therefore, each and every one of us experiences a different ‘reality’…

This SNAPPY INSIGHT was inspired by two memes I saw posted by Quantum Awakening on facebook: one a quote from Nikola Tesla, the other a quote of Neale Donald Walsch.

Nikola Tesla passed over 70 years ago in 1943. He was a genius who was classically under-recognised in his day as he was “ahead of his time”—however, Albert Einstein is reputed to have said “I don’t know, you’d have to ask Nikola Tesla” in response to being asked, “What’s it like being the most intelligent person alive?”. The first sentence, “Our senses enable us to perceive only a small portion of the world” is attributed to Tesla.

Having spent a lot of my younger years researching and observing animal behaviour, I often reflected on the senses. Although I was skeptical about life after death, my awareness of how our senses determine how we see the world always kept my mind a little open to the possibly that science simply can’t explain everything that we experience. But quantum physics is now revealing much truth in metaphysics and this morning’s Neale Donald Walsch quote in full was:

“Quantum physics tells us that nothing that is observed is unaffected by the observer. That statement, from science, holds and enormous and powerful insight. It means that everyone sees a different truth, because everyone is creating what they see.”

There are some simple examples of how we know this to be true. For example, colour blindness, and even subtly different perceptions of colour, alter how we see the world.

I grew up in a household with a few different pets at any one time. So from a young age I observed in particular how our dog sensed things differently, and I was open to the idea that dogs and cats could ‘see’ or sense energies that in general humans, with our dulled-down senses, could not.

Then I found myself working closely on bats as an ecologist. First I worked on microbats—the ones that navigate using echolocation. Later I worked on megabats, including flying-foxes, which are very visual animals, and do not use echolocation. I’ve lost count of the number of times someone expressed surprise on hearing that bats are not really blind as the saying “blind as a bat” suggests, but that all bats have eyesight. Then, typically the person would go on to ask “So why don’t they use their eyes to navigate then?” My stock response was, “Because echolocation is superior—it’s much more accurate than our sight.” Now, you might laugh, but most people were completely bamboozled by this—I could see the puzzled look and almost hear their brain thoughts “How on earth could it be *more accurate* than sight?”

Indeed, it’s initially difficult for us to comprehend that different people, and different beings, see the world differently. But that is the truth. And because we each have a slightly different perception of the world, we each have a slightly different truth. If you tell me something is red, but I see it as orange, I’m going to think your perception of colour is a little off, and vice versa. But imagine for a moment if you will—this is essentially what we are all doing, all of the time…

A great post by Nassim Haramein of The Resonance Project, illustrates that we only perceive a tiny fraction—as little as “1/10 billionth”—of the information that is around us.

More and more of us now are opening up and perceiving the world in a different way—through the eyes of love—I wrote about this in my blog “The Look of Love is in Your Eyes…”.

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