The word fierce is from the old French fiers: ‘Fierce, brave, proud’, and from the Latin ferus: ‘Untamed.’ So your ‘Fierce’ Perception is the courageous, perceptual engine of your untamed consciousness. Why is it courageous? Keep reading my friend, because drama is anticipation, mingled with uncertainty!
In my previous posts I’ve discussed ‘Hacking Creative Gravity,’ tools for ‘Scribblers’, and explored the ‘Anatomy of a ‘Creative,’ so I think we’re ready to deconstruct Your ‘Fierce’ Perception: the courageous, perceptual engine’ of your untamed consciousness. The newest Post in our Creativity Series.
Perception has become pretty ‘ho hum’ for most of us. Sure it’s a core program in the human OS, but our appreciation of it’s sublime powers has been systematically co-opted by it’s flashier partner – action – which constantly demands our attention! Unfortunately, we’ve been conditioned to praise action’s muscular outcomes, over perception’s thoughtful grab bag of impressions. But our addiction to action puts the cart before the horse, because perception drives action. Without it, we would have become extinct long ago.
Whenever you read a story, listen to music, or watch a performance, episode, or movie that really touches you – you are experiencing fierce perception in action. But the same goes for ANY activity or accomplishment that resonates, because FP expands our field of vision into the ‘Collective-Connective,’ the place where we link to and Free-Associate with the familial nature of all things. And opens the doors to the imaginal space where icons & archetypes ‘Power Link’ us to sympathetic ideas, people and resources.
A s a sentient being, using your FP is also central to achieving personal bliss. Without it, you can intellectually understand the world, but not really know the world – or yourself. It’s similar to the vast gulf between liking someone, and loving someone; and yes, it’s key to our ability to love, because to deeply know anything thing, or anyone, you have to love them! FP allows us to step beyond the mundane and restrictive and pass into the transcendent state of Knowing. So ask yourself this question, do I know myself? Not just the shining face and great hair, we see that Story in the mirror every day, but the completely divine, creative, you? If you answered No, then continue reading; if Yes, continue reading anyway, because with power comes responsibility and this manual is designed to help you energize your Bliss by blasting open The Doors of Perception.
Interesting Fact: Why do some movies fall flat, while others blast into the box office stratosphere? It’s the quality & quantity of fierce perception that filmmakers use to craft the Story, gather the creative team, and make the movie. It’s why “Harry Potter,” “Lord of the Rings,” and “Star Wars” were mega hits; while “The Gods of Egypt,” “The 13th Warrior,” and “Battlefield Earth” fell short… Think about the hits & misses that you’ve experienced in any area of your life, can you see the Perceptual patterns opening up? Oh yeah, you’re cooking with fire now!
Finally a word about courage, since fierce perception is the courageous, perceptual engine, of your untamed consciousness. I define courage as the selfless act of facing the unknown, and willingly accepting it’s big ‘R’ Reality (in all it’s conflicting glory). If you are conditioned to think a certain way, it takes courage to alter your perceptions and accept the Reality of what is, as opposed to what you want it to be. Every time you step up with courage to challenge established perceptions, you draw on the power of creativity to make a positive change in yourself, and in the world.
‘Fierce’ Perception – ‘Quick Start’ Guide:
How you ‘Perceive’ determines what you ‘Receive.’ The clearer and more connected your ‘Fierce’ Perception is, the more energy and creativity you flow – when you take one step forward, the object of your attention takes two steps toward you. This means your Fierce Perceptive skillset will translate into every facet of your life. Think of it as the swiss army knife of your creative process, and remember to give yourself the time and space to practice using it until it becomes second nature. Confidence and flexibility are the keys to creative happiness, and you deserve to have it!
I love watching that checkered flag wave, and seeing you in the winner’s circle, so pop the champagne! Then, when you’re ready, move on to the next changeable perception; repeat Steps 1-5; and keep going until you’ve re-tooled every perception that is obstructing your uniquely amazing life. After you’ve ticked off everything on your list, you can relax and cruise into perceptual maintenance mode, consciously adjusting your perceptions as needed. Keep doing this and I promise you that your creative energy will jump from Kilowatts to Petawatts, and you’ll have all the flow you need to lavish on everyone and everything you love – especially you…
And be sure to write it all down so you have a record of your success, and share it with us, because we love celebrating your fabulous ferocity!
Now, a parting gift for all of you ‘Creatives’ out there: Are you experiencing a prickly problem with one of your creations? If so, you can engage the five steps above to re-vision your work. The process of shifting your perception can dissolve barriers and create a deeper relationship with your work. And whenever you deepen any relationship, you’re allowing more love and creativity to flow into it!
Here are a some personal recommendations to ‘Fierce’ up your perception skills:
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