Perception is individuality to the max! As three dimensional beings we love to think in absolutes, one truth, everything has only one right answer while everything else is wrong. Is it so, or is it our lack of better perception? The universe is just a bit more open to greater possibilities than the limited thinking would suggest.
Our perception is a product of our experience. Each experience is unique to what we’ve already done in life, not just in this life but in all of them. This difference has been long seen by science at least as far as this life goes. The example of having three people witness an event then asking each to recall what they saw happening. Comparing the three accounts of an event; each will have a mixture of similarity, difference and opposing information. The variations in perception and related selective memory is demonstrated by the game where a group of people sit in a circle, the one to start will whisper a short story to one person and they will repeat it to the next. By the time the story gets to the last person it’s changed completely.
Many times we hear what we want to hear and remember what matches our own experiences. Knowing this about our human nature we can understand the variations of perception. Working with others where perception is called for points out these differences in a profound way as we each may sense a different aspect of a situation to be understood. In these times we look for the similarities in perception to form a better picture with greater view of multiple perceptions.
Since our perceptions are always colored by the experiences we’ve had it’s not until we can clear the affects of our Ego from those experiences that we are able to obtain a perception close of the Collective mind.