Perception and Perceiving

Perception is the process, act, or faculty of perceiving, the recognition and interpretation of sensory stimuli based chiefly on memory; the neurological processes by which such recognition and interpretation are effected; insight, intuition, or knowledge gained by perceiving. To perceive is to become aware of directly through any of the senses, especially sight or hearing; to achieve understanding of; to apprehend.The Oxford English Dictionary

Perception, which is closely aligned with discernment, gives you the ability to look right through the outer appearance and to know that you know. Conscious perception is the ability to perceive a thing with understanding before or as it happens.

Perception is an instinctive mental faculty, the mind’s thinking ability using the physical senses to gather information. Apperception is a soul knowing, the action of the mind’s mystic eye of the soul.

Edna Lister on Perception and Perceiving

You must lift self’s desire until it becomes love, marry it to the intellectual will, and let them act as one in perfect balance. Do not force either will or desire but let them serve as the basis of love and wisdom until both surrender in loving devotion to become one with soul and the soul with God. Only so can you fully perceive or apprehend truth.—Edna Lister, March 30, 1939.

Universal Mind, what we call cosmic or divine Mind, includes everything manifest and unmanifest, seen and unseen. You may perceive cosmic Mind through your superconscious phase of the One Mind.—Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

Intuition is a quick perception of truth, without conscious attention or reasoning, truth attained through apprehension, also instinctive knowledge or feeling, which we induct from the five senses. A hunch is a premonition, meaning to admonish before actual warning, instinctive foreboding or a prediction. Perception is the act or power of perceiving intuitively, to become aware through the faculties, or instinctively through the five senses.

Seeing where misunderstandings can occur is easy because the definitions seat intuition and hunches in two different places, superconscious I AM, and the subconscious mind. The solar plexus is the seat of the instinctive "brain," ruled by the subconscious mind. The I AM center in the head, ruled by the Christ Mind, holds the centers of intuition and illumination in the pituitary body and pineal gland. Thus, confusion results.

In apperception, the conscious mind is active during the process of perceiving. It is the ability to perceive a thing before it happens. Apperception includes recognition and interpretation, all powers of the intellect you use in acquiring and explaining what you perceive.—Edna Lister, Intuition or Hunch? September 18, 1955.

You achieve purity by accepting purity as a need to cleanse heart, mind and body, thinking, imagination and emotions. Then perception becomes apperception. To perceive is a mental act; apperception is an act of the soul. Perception is mental seeing, the mind’s thinking ability; apperception is a knowing, the mind’s mystic eye of the soul.—Edna Lister, The Beatitude are Be-Attitudes, February 12, 1956.

Discernment is the high art of keenness in perceiving the whole inner and outer picture at once, now.—Edna Lister, Triumphant You, November 25, 1957.

Apprehension is the first step toward comprehension, a state of knowing in the Light above, the first step toward perceiving truth.—Edna Lister, Miracles Through Comprehension, July 10, 1960.

Perception is the reception of truth, being open to truth, recognition of truth or recognition of an esthetic quality that you can perceive by your senses or intellect.—Edna Lister, Heaven Is a State of Consciousness, November 19, 1963.

You can perceive through odors or fragrances. The smell of gas may come as a warning for illness or darkness. You can also have a taste of bitterness when the vibration is negative. All warnings come from the twin senses, taste and smell.—Edna Lister, May 16, 1967.

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Edna Miriam Lister
The original Pioneering Mystic, Christian Platonist philosopher, American Idealist, Founder, Society of the Universal Living Christ, minister, teacher, author, wife, and mother.

Edna Lister

Etymology of perception: Latin perceptus, past participle of percipere, "to perceive." Etymology of perceive: Latin percipere : per- + capere, "to seize."

Perception is a mental faculty.


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