Something has been messing with my state of mind lately. When I first saw this photo, I didn't see off-season milkweed, I saw a bunch of sparrows that had been impaled on sticks in some sort of freak calamity. Yikes!
Fortunately I know what has been skewing my perception -- I'm deeply engrossed in the Handmaid's Tale, with its too-close-for-comfort portrayal of a brutal fundamentalist regime taking over the United States. I've been primed to see portents of doom.
Of course there is plenty of real gloom-and-doom in the world, but mistaking weeds for a scene of unnatural carnage gave me a clue that I was looking through a highly charged emotional filter.
As an intuitive energy healer, my training requires that I do personal work on my own emotional and psychological issues so they don't interfere with my perception when working with clients. I do special preparation before each session and I "check my sources" frequently to make sure there is no emotional interference.
This can be a useful practice for day-to-day interactions as well. If you are finding yourself overreacting, misreading situations, or misunderstanding other people, why not stop and take a closer look at what else might be coloring your perception? Just taking a moment to step back and notice can really make a big difference. Try asking, "What does this person or situation remind me of?" and see what comes up.
If you would like to better understand the nature of your own personal filters, an energy balancing session can help.