When we meet someone and start communicating, we slowly start creating a perception in our mind of the individual(s). As we continue to proceed, these meetings and interactions may vary and the amount of communication can either increase or decrease, depends on the nature of a relationship that develops. Usually, in a Social setting, it is about formal niceties.
If the relationship continues to grow we call it ‘friendship’. From this point, the communication becomes more casual, without the fences and boundaries, taken down as they feel there is a sense of trust. Communication of the world minimises and revolves around more personal exchanges and anecdotes. To know each other’s ‘REAL YOU’ by way of various details about each other’s life (past and present), daily updates can strengthen the foundation of trust further; which is important for any relationship to continue.
The mental perception that continues to be painted now has more features and aspects of the individual’s characteristics based on the narratives. A prominent or distinct imagery of an individual depends on how the communication is processed and analysed, with the level of consciousness and critical thinking. Also, when we start trusting a person and are comfortable we may sometimes become casual in the continuous perception building process. Some behavioural patterns suit only the concerned individuals and find a common platform to socialise and also invite like-minded people to join.
Thus, the area of communication expands and more information and anecdotes start rushing in. There is much more information to be processed and complex decisions to be taken to form perceptions, which require the mind to analyse faster and involve more critical thinking. The group interactions continue and at a stage, all perceptions in the mind seem to stand right in front of you, and you fail to identify each of them individually.
As interactions and relationships grow, the mind processes the characteristics in a cohesive manner, instead of doing so for each individual. The bonhomie continues to grow and even differences are settled amicably. Now, in the entire process, our individuality starts to pick up the group’s characteristics, naturally so, as we spend time together and through the interactions subliminally picking up behavioural traits which we were unaware of or never had. Fair enough, we learn from each other and that is how we grow as an individual. In this growth, do we lose part of our innate behaviour too? Maybe yes!
Now, everyone has perceptions that are projected simultaneously on the canvas of group meetings and socialisations. We subconsciously start ‘Mirroring’ behaviour (they include speech patterns, gestures, attitude, and other non-verbal signals). So, does all the perceptions and images we have in the mind are juxtaposed, or get more blurry? We may not be able to identify the perception(s) so intricately anymore, as we are comfortable in the relationship.
At a subconscious level, we store data about an individual’s characteristic and behavioural patterns. One to one- when we ask for a favour or wish to convince about something, we employ the type of narrative that sounds convincing to the individual. So, the individual perception once formed and the type of communication exchanged after initial introduction is registered. Friends, family, and society, we all identify with mass consciousness, where we do certain things and communicate in a more acceptable way, as sanctioned by social norms.
Now, at the end of this article let me discuss those people who have many names- mystics, sadhus, enlightened ones, priests, seers, philosophers, fakir, monk, holy men, etc. It won’t be a justice to mention them only. They are individuals who neither belong to a group nor are narcissistically individualistic. They speak the knowledge of the ‘Omnipresent’. Such narratives can be heard by them as they view the world in entirety; without the restraints of beliefs, religion, caste, creed, race, social standing etc. They are passionate to unify the world based on the true feeling of humanity and help propagate the immense knowledge that this Universe holds. Their perceptions do not lack clarity and communicate with deep consciousness with any soul.
Their words may sound harsh and dismissive as they are pure and defy the acceptable weak social communications. Behind the harshness is the love of eternity and for the souls of all life that exist in the ecosystem. So, before commenting on an enlightened individual’s narrative or hurling insinuations at them, remember, they are the one who will show the truth and take existence to next level of consciousness. Stay Blessed!
Keep an open mind and realise the dangerous outcome of insufficient information and faulty perceptions.~ Amitav