Aemilius wrote:If you are aware of a tree in front of you, then your mind or your consciousness goes out to that tree. Similarly with all other objects of attention. This is how perception, and awareness of objects, is viewed normally in buddhist psychology. And there is a lot about this theme of mind and perception in buddhism.
Consciousness does not literally project from you, like a beam of light from a flashlight
illuminating one thing or another.
This is a means of understanding the nature of mind and of cognition
but otherwise, there is no basis for such an assertion.
When you think you see a tree,
you actually see light reflected off the tree.
In fact, "you" do not see it at all.
(if you did, that would assert the existence of a self).
the brain processes incoming light.
it is only in the mind, that this information becomes a tree.
The same mind might perceive that information as a tall person.
Or to use a famous Buddhist reference,
might perceive a rope to be a snake.
So, the term "a projection of your own mind" is used
but this doesn't mean that the mind is operating like a movie projector.
It means that when we see something
we are really only seeing our own mental interpretation of it.
But if you think otherwise,
I won't argue differently.
There would be no point in doing so.