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Spiritual Perception

Looking past shifting impressions to the real interaction

From the September 2011 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Thought will finally be understood and seen in all form, substance, and color, but without material accompaniments.  — Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 310

In design and architecture, perception plays a key role. One area where this is especially true involves color, because our perception of colors—and every building material has color—is based on their interaction with one another and with the larger environment around them. 

When we look at colors as they interact with other colors and other visual elements, we get personal impressions. Our impressions depend on our level of education about color perception and on how we’ve been conditioned to see color. But what any of us sees personally when we look at a color that’s surrounded by other colors is not the reality. No one actually sees the true color. What we see is more an impression of the true color—a “reality” that presents itself to our human sense of sight. 

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