Perception, Projection, and Reality

A separate self, a human being, will experience a world in two varying ways. He or she will experience:

A world made of matter.


A world made of mind. 

In other words, there’s perception (sometimes termed materialism or outside-in), or there’s projection (sometimes termed idealism or inside-out). 

And while from the perspective of a human being, perception and projection are the only two options, in this article, I’m going to recommend that it makes little sense to rank one over the other, share one as truth and the other as mistruth, or try to live a life based on either.


Because a human being, as you’ve experienced, lives in a natural state of flux.

For instance, we often suggest that others can bring us love, but suffering, “no—that’s from the inside.” Or we might propose that what we see and feel are figments of our own thinking, but we still seek to mold ourselves, others, objects, states of mind, and circumstances in a quest to improve our feelings. Or one minute a rainy day brings gloom, the next minute we can’t wait to take a walk in the rain.

So why this apparent inconsistency?

Simple. We overlook that both perception and projection are cut from the same cloth. They both take place within us. And, thus, we’ve become super interested in perception or projection, rather than this space in which they appear. In short, we tend to explore the glittering objects of experience, not the basic nature of experience. We tend to explore how the world operates, not what the world is. We tend to explore how we work—how the mind works, how observation works, how thought works—not who the heck we are.

And what might we find if we were to explore the fundamental nature of experience, the world, and ourselves?

That mind and matter are not separate realities. They are not two. In fact, we just might find that mind and matter can only come into existence when the reality of experience—that mind and matter are co-created images or illusions that appear in us (Consciousness), are made of us (Consciousness), and are known by us (Consciousness)—is ignored.  

The bottom line is that a human being has no actual power to perceive or project. And matter has no actual power to be perceived or projected. 

Mind and matter are nothing more than illusory modulations of Consciousness. From the perspective of Consciousness, there’s no such experience as matter influencing mind or mind projecting matter; there’s no such experience as cause-and-effect. From the perspective of Consciousness, there’s only Consciousness. 

This is why, rather than an outside-in model, an inside-out model, or any materialistic model or paradigm, it’s becoming more obvious to me each day that a Consciousness-only model is worth our consideration.

This is why a Consciousness-only model—a model that suggests that we (mind) and the world (matter) are not separate but one and the same—is the bulwark of Peace.

Thanks for reading,