Grape Vine at the Mounier House

When one awakens from a deep slumber for some fleeting moments, a feeling of being lost or unaware of one’s surroundings overcomes them until their ability to process all external stimuli is initiated and makes it is easily discernible to realize their wakefulness. Realization is an abstract multi-layered concept with immense depth both in conceptual, and literal meaning. The concept is open to a broad range of interpretation and understanding. Realization in one form can be equated to perception. One’s ability to perceive is essential to their existence and is also one of the most fundamental elements that determine the paths an individual chooses during their free-willed existence.

During an individual’s lifetime, through the lens of cognitive thought, one goes through many different stages of realization. Some stages one has no recollection of, others are but murky memories. On the contrary there are certain events in life which are realized to such an extent that attempts to distance oneself from them remain futile. Realization is not only multi-dimensional in concept but also in actuality if one develops the proper tools to disseminate from the illusionary realm an individual may feel constrained to. As a matter of fact, realization can lead to an individual forgoing all thoughts of confinement. Realization has the ability to open one’s mind to an existence in which one relishes in the boundless range of perception accessible to them in order to navigate through seemingly conscious life. Consciousness in itself is crucial to the true understanding of realization. In fact, realization is consciousness that transcends all obstacles placed in the way of true comprehension of external stimuli; it lends itself to greater perception and forethought granting limitless possibilities in thought. The heightened sensitivity to both external and internal stimuli an individual is subjected to can lead to a higher evolved sense of being. This evolution of the human mind through realization is what distinguishes ordi-nary from exceptionalism. It can be argued that true realization is the fountain of youth from which individuals are bestowed with invincibility and immortality.

Perception is an individualized process that is subjected to multiple interpretations which separate the effects of similar experiences shared by a group of individuals; this is one of the crit-ical parts of defining realization. Realization is acquired by embracing and accepting that mate-rialistic appearance is subjective. In attempting to gain understanding of the concept further, imagine briefly, what your senses are currently observing is reliant upon your own perception of the surroundings. Individuals, together, in identical surroundings can be intaking a completely varied set of stimuli of a respective area due to a process of differentiated analysis. This essen-tially means that individuals perceive their surroundings utilizing their own set of established rules and standards; collective agreement on traits exhibited by items in one’s environment is usually what is referred to as the norm. One with fluidity of thought can easily understand that defining normalcy is highly biased by external factors encountered or learned throughout one’s lifetime. If someone’s perception of stimuli identical to yours is not the same then one must know that perception can neither be accurate or inaccurate.

Throughout the ages, man has witnessed incredible amounts of devastation and carnage due to the actions of a majority. Now understanding that normalcy is routinely interpreted and accepted as the collective agreement of the majority on elements within their surroundings, one must question the legitimacy of the accepted definition of normalcy. When the majority en masse de-cides to normalize the persecution of a minority, objectively one can contradict the traditional definition of normalcy and blatantly argue whether in fact, true normalcy in essence is even vi-able at all. If a minority exists within a society, man’s disposition towards power and being a part of the larger majority sways him towards conventional acceptance of a created concept of normalcy. Realization is in aspect accepting that normalcy, in fact, does not exist and if it does there is no objective way to quantify what constitutes as normal and what does not; abnormality may in fact be what is conceptualized as normality.

Transcendent thinking of all physicality and existence considerably alters the boundaries of an individual’s environment; this is in fact realization. Realization eliminates all boundaries and rationalizes all possibilities as credible and infinite. An attempt at conceptualizing realiza-tion cannot be completed without delving into the blurred lines of physicality and spirituality. What is real and what constitutes unreal? Does one individual have the right to judge another’s actions as abnormal simply because their process of thinking is completely separate from theirs? These are some questions which can lead one to embrace the magnitude of the mind’s abilities to alter perception essentially playing a vital role in defining stimuli presented a given environment. This is when one can commence their journey to realization.