We live in a hypnotic world. This world out there is not for you to correct your perceptions. If you thought that way you would be terribly mistaken. The consumer world is there to exploit your hopes, fears and desires. It is there to distort your perceptions. It is for you as an individual to become aware and correct those perceptions.

Medicine is not an exact science but consumerism has influenced the medical profession to act in a way to give the public impression that medicine is indeed an exact science. Medicine is not a consumer item yet they go along with the notification that it is a consumer item. This way they can apply the same standards of measurement of quality that applies to any consumer item which of course further reinforces and distorts our perceptions into believing that medicine is indeed a consumer item. Politics is game of distorting people's perceptions. Medicine is all about clearing up people's perceptions and improving their mental health. If the medical profession plays politics it means that they are also involved in distorting perceptions. Obviously they should stop playing politics and stop politicians turning medicine into a political football. They should be exposing politics. Alas, I can see no hope of society ever improving its mental health without the medical profession clearing up its perceptions regarding the current role they are playing.

In my recent article “Mental Illness and Perceptions” I have pointed out how mental illness is related to our perceptions and it is increasing in every society in the world today. If we are to improve our mental health we have to clear up our perceptions. Quite clearly, from what I have stated above we can not depend on the medical profession to do this. They have one of the highest suicide rates in society. Where is their credibility when it comes to their mental health?

So how do we go about clearing up our perceptions? I can only try to help you understand what happens in the mind from my own observations. If what I write makes sense then it should start clearing up your perceptions.

First of all let us understand what perception means. There is an observer (the ego) in our mind looking at the picture of reality in front of us. So when we open and close our eyes (blink) our eye momentarily fixes on a spot and takes a picture of reality. Perception takes place when the eyes are momentarily fixed and not while traveling from one fixed point to another. We are in actual fact taking a series of pictures of reality and it is our brain that interprets it as one continuous event.

In my mind, when I look at reality, I see it as a timeless dimension. When the observer in the mind and what is being observed become one phenomenon, which many of us experience from time to time without recognizing it, you are experiencing that timeless dimension. Here there is no past, present or future. You are looking through a clear sheet of glass. It is only when you introduce words such as 'Oh how beautiful it is etc …' that you step out of this timeless zone and quickly return into your own manmade time zone. The words just smudge that clean sheet of glass and distort the picture.

Everyday all of us are experiencing reality. Our perception causes all sorts of physiological and biochemical changes in our body without us realizing it. It influences our subconscious mind positively or negatively to make us feel happy or sad. It directly affects our immune system. In fact in my mind perception is the link that connotes our mind to our body.

So let us see how distorted perceptions can affect an individual. Suppose you are looking at your spouse at a distance talking to someone. You come to the wrong conclusion that they are having an affair. Now the moment you make that perception, your subconscious mind will create negative chemicals in your system which will lead to thinking that is essentially negative, which in turn will lead to actions that are fundamentally self-destruct. You will create chaos all round you. Clearly this distorted perception has led the individual to a path of unnecessary self-created misery.
When it comes to personal health many individuals believe that the cure to their illness lies outside them, that is, someone outside them is doing the curing. This in my mind is a false perception.

You see every one of us is born with the healing power within us. This power lies in our immune system and is under subconscious control. It is directly affected by our perceptions.

If you keep a wound clean and protected, it will heal by itself. That is if you provide the right conditions, Mother Nature will heal you. However, if you keep scratching or irritating it, it will never heal. So you see people can heal themselves, if they provide the right conditions for Mother Nature to heal them.

What happens when you go to the doctor? The doctor makes a diagnosis and prescribes the right treatment. We assume the doctor is healing you, but is he? Not really, because what we do as a doctor is prescribe the right treatment and conditions that helps your immune system to heal yourself. If your immune system does not respond, then no doctor in the world can save you. Remember the healing process always takes place within the individual not outside him. It is what you do with yourself 24 hours a day that will heal you. Here if you provide the right conditions, Mother Nature must heal you.

So you see it is most important for every one of us to understand how our perceptions affect our thinking which in turn can lead us to wrong or right conclusion. If you know you have to power to heal yourself and it lies in your immune system, and it can be boosted with positive perceptions, would not you take steps to straighten out your perceptions on various issues?

Therefore if you are in conflict, stressed out, anxious or depressed, it means you are not in harmony with your subconscious mind and your immune system is at risk. You should not try to keep your feelings to yourself but try to talk to someone who can help you see the problem from another point of view. It is only by straightening out your perceptions that you will be able to find instant relief from your symptoms.

After reading this article your perceptions should be clear about you being the sole person responsible for your own health and that you have the power within to heal yourself. If you think you have gotten the message but still think someone outside you does the curing, it means that you have not understood what I have written. You are indeed writing your own destiny.