MAGICK — THE SUBJECTIVITY OF EXPERIENCE
Your awareness of the physical world and of your
place within it is mostly based upon the physical senses
(hearing, sight, smell, touch, taste). These five senses
continually send information to the mind, and it is up to
the mind to select and interpret them. If you could not do
so, your senses would overwhelm you and be meaningless.
Selection and interpretation of your sensory inputs is
essentially an automatic, mostly subconscious function of
the mind. The program or map which the subconscious follows
as its reference point is called a _model_. The model is a
subconscious mental photograph of how you believe the world
looks (ie. worldview, mindset, egregore, or belief system).
It was built up from an early age by your religious and
cultural background through interaction with family and
others. It contains your experiences, attitudes, and
habits. And whether you realize it or not, most of your
behavior, thoughts, feelings, and habits are based upon and
conditioned by that model; even personality. The model is
one of the mind’s master programs. Change in behavior
generally requires a change in the model. These limitations
built into our way of thinking cause our perceptions to be
subjective. That is why Hindu philosophy looks upon the
world as illusory (maya); the world itself (object) is not
an illusion, however from our viewpoint through perception
(subject) it is.
Thus we are all conditioned by experience. Except
that our perceptions, hence our experiences, are first
conditioned and limited by the model. Our perceptions and
experiences tend to conform to what we expect. We tend to
misinterpret or ignore things which do not match our
preconcieved notions about them. This is automatic.